The London Symphony Journals. #8.

As you’ll already know if you’ve been following these occasional journal entries, the making of LONDON SYMPHONY has been a long, slow process — but I’m delighted to say that, finally, we have had our World Premiere! The event took place at the end of June at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where we were nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film. Given that the short film which became the starting point for LONDON SYMPHONY also showed at EIFF, I can’t think of a better place for us to have had the premiere, and returning to the festival felt like returning home.

Of course, when you’ve been working on a project for as long as I’ve been making LONDON SYMPHONY, the moment in which it finally meets its first audience is marked as much by trepidation as it is by excitement — thankfully, though, the film was very well received, with some nice four star reviews and some positive comments on Twitter (which, nowadays, is the way one can best gauge the genuine response to your work).

Left to right: cinematographer Diana Olifirova, writer Rahim Moledina, cast member Siobhan Callus and director/editor Alex Barrett. Photo credt. Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Given the reception at EIFF, I’m now hungry to share the film with more people, and I can’t wait for our release in September, when I’ll be doing a string of post-screening Q&As. We’ll be announcing more details of our release early next month, so I’ll write again then…