Long Long Long Live at the Edinburgh Fringe

Over the last few days I averaged 62 500 steps in Edinburgh which is around 48km, watched over 15 plays and caught up with so many friends. Edinburgh Fringe has been amazing and even more so because we took our own play Long Long Long Live this year to Greenside Venues as part of the Edinburgh Fringe programme. This was my personal debut as a theatre producer and a premiere of new work: Long Long Long Live.

Long Long Long Live is a new show developed with Dangerosity. Three short plays all happening on the day of the funeral of the Queen and a glimpse at the stories of everyday people. The show reflects on current issues such as the cost of living crisis and growing up in different socio-economic backgrounds. It is raw, honest and unfiltered tragicomedy 

I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who choose to see Long Long Long Live from 3535 shows registered at this year’s Fringe.

Odyssey Film Festival

I had the honour to be one of the jury members at this year Odyssey: A Chinese Cinema Season and watching the varied selection of films submitted to the festival. This year’s theme was Global Sustainability and the Jury’s Special Prize was awarded to Chih-Chieh YU’s thriller Contained from Taiwan. Hong Ning’s The New World: The Variation of Stay-Home Activities, Ran Li’s Till Love Do Us Part and Helai Lu’s Everything were the Special Mentions this year. All the films were incredibly different stylistically and thematically which meant we had a very interesting discussion with the jury members in regards to the favourites. 

I also hosted the Q&A at the Opening of Odyssey after the premiere of “Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice” with Josie Ho and director Kim Chan at the Cinema in the Battersea Power Station. It was very exciting for me to welcome international filmmakers at the cinema which happens to be my local and be part of this cross cultural event celebrating film.

“Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice” is a documentary about a group of creatives from Hong Kong who travel to Iceland in pursuit of happiness. I was very inspired watching it and particularly enjoyed the original piece of music which was created at the end thanks to the cultural exchange and collaboration between Icelandic and Hong Kong musicians.

In the post show Q&A we spoke about the making of the film and what happiness means.
I felt the film was incredibly relatable and spoke to the struggles of many creatives living in big cities doing their best to live well whilst also surviving the storm of the everyday. It was refreshing reminder of the importance of play, surrendering to the present moment and connecting with others.

Thanks to UK-China Film Collab for organising and the photos

Cannes Film Festival

Incredible time at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It was a last minute decision to go and I am so glad I went. 

Wonderful time catching up with my filmmaker friends from around the world and a chance to connect with so many new people who enjoy film and are passionate to bring their own projects to screens.

I made it to two premieres at the Lumiere: Idol by Sam Levinson and Rapito (Kidnapped) by Marco Bellocchio.

Rapito was my favourite film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It tells a story of Edgardo Mortara, a child who was born into a Jewish family before being kidnapped by the Church by the order of the Pope to be Christianised in the 19th century. Based on a true devastating story against a beautiful backdrop of Italian landscapes and architecture.

As per usual I managed to watch only a handful of films and left with a long list of films the releases of which I am eagerly awaiting. 

My Brilliant Divorce

I was happy to be part of “My Brilliant Divorce” at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes voicing the characters of Meena and Leena. Production by OnBook Theatre directed by Jason Moore. 

The show was listed as a highly recommended show by the FringeReview. You can read the review here:


I also really enjoyed exploring Barnes, a beautiful area! 😍

BAFTA Film Awards

In February I had the absolute privilege of going to the BAFTA Awards for the first time. It was an incredible night celebrating film. Many amazing films were nominated this year including “All Quiet on the Western Front” which won most awards and some of my personal favourites like “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” and “Corsage”. Also my list of films to watch has grown exponentially over night and I am still catching up on it. 

Arriving to the BAFTA Film Awards at Royal Festival Hall

On the red carpet with director Ravi Chopra and actor Jimmy Akingbola who presented one of the awards

The stage is ready

Beautiful dessert at the BAFTA dinner

Here is me with a BAFTA award (cheers to Ross White who let me hold it. His short film an “Irish Goodbye” is perfect and totally worth a watch)

P.S The award is very heavy but I think it suits me :D

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