Back in May this year, Portobello Live hosted its very first Sustainability On Screen Film Festival and I was invited along as a co host by the man behind it Richard Hobday @theveganactor (who is also coincidentally one of my costars in a film called Clownface that should be out next year) along side Clare Every @thelittlelondonvegan and JP McCormack @portobellovegan
Portobello Live is a community Music and Arts Festival celebrating the talent, heritage and diversity of Portobello Road in west London, supported by Mick Jones (The Clash), and Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite).
The new SOS Film Festival was a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating a sustainable and vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The festival screened some thought provoking and hard hitting screenings of short and feature films, showing the impacts of how our diet, consumption and how we live is affecting the world and local communities we live in.
Some of the films screened were award winning from award winning directors and documentary makers. Topics included vegan and plant based diet, climate change, waste, pollution and environmental sustainability.
The aim was to explore how our every days lives affect climate change, pollution and the health of communities and educate on how to reduce this.
World Premiere of Vegan Planet – James Hoot, Filmmaker
73 Cows – Alex Lockwood
The Hudson – Lizze Outside, Adventurer & Environmentalist
The End of Meat – Marc Pierschel Filmmaker
Urban Mermaid – Lyndsey Cole, Adventurer Environmentalist
Derek Sarno, Vegan Chef and mastermind behind Tesco vegan range Wicked Kitchen
Cath Kendall, Vegan activist
Dr Gemma Newman, GP and plant based health specialist
Do check out the films if you can. All made by people who really want to make a difference.
I have to say the most warming for me was the Bafta winning 73 Cows, it really shows how people can make changes, that they’re possible if not always easy, a very inspiring story.
Vegan Life Magazine www.veganlifemag.com
Boundless activated seeds and nuts www.weareboundless.co.uk
Gift bags on the day were sponsored by Plastic Freedom www.plasticfreedom.co.uk and contained vegan and sustainable goods.