|London's Westbank Gallery was full to capacity|
on the opening night of the Portobello Film Festival
|A toast to indie cinema: C.J. Lazaretti (right)|
with fellow filmmakers Paul Herbert and Charli Hendy
|The Turtle Terminator had its English premiere|
at the 2017 the Portobello Film Festival
"I couldn't miss the English premiere of The Turtle Terminator," says C.J. Lazaretti, the film's director, who attended the event. "I'm especially thrilled that it was chosen for the opening ceremony of the Portobello Film Festival. Every year they get bigger: new venues, more dates and more independent films from around the globe. Totally worth the trip."
Our film was in excellent company. Highlights in the bill included A L'Arraché (Snatched), a poignant Belgian drama following two young lesbian lovers whose relationship unravels as they put themselves in physical and emotional danger to make ends meet, and the gripping cautionary tale of Los Angeles 1991, which uses filmmaking techniques of estrangement and objectivity to illustrate the pointless tragedy of racial violence.
In its two-decade run, the Portobello Film Festival has established itself as a focal point for filmmakers and other movers and shakers of the British independent film scene. Also in attendance at the opening event was David Viey of Exploding Cinema, another landmark London institution promoting DIY cinema in unusual venues, both in Britain and abroad, since the early 90s. Rounding up the crowd were film directors Charli Hendy (Kubrick's Coat) and Paul Herbert of Blue John Productions.
Get your fix of indie cinema at the 22nd Portobello Film Festival, with daily screenings and events running until September 17th. All events are free and unticketed.