A few weeks ago I attended a free event at the Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road in London which was the launch event of the book Bloom by Estée Lalonde which included the author (a well known youtuber and blogger) in attendance doing a live Q&A in conversation with blogger Emma Gannon.
I was in London that day anyway for the London Film Festival and since I have been watching her videos for a few years (as well as enjoying the book CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon) it seemed like the perfect opportunity! The atmosphere was very friendly there were around 30 people there (mostly female) and everyone was a similar age.
I really enjoyed the Q&A it was warm and funny and I got to meet Estée afterwards for her to sign my book.
I recently finished reading it, it only took a few hours due to the spaced-out magazine style of the book filled with loads of gorgeous photos. I definitely enjoyed the first half the most, in which Estée is the most personal talking about her past, relationships, and mental health. The second half is very much focused on fashion, lifestyle, and beauty most of which is similar to things you can find on her youtube channel or blog. I think you could classify it as a coffee table read as it’s very dip-in-dip-out and visually pleasing. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone who enjoys her online content.
On Saturday the 28th of February my film “Translucent” was screened at the Queer as Film event in London. This was the first time the film had been shown outside of my University plus I did a Q&A afterwards. There were 7 short films shown in total all with a theme of LGBT. There was a range of funny and sad films, some silly and others far more dark and serious. Queer as Film was founded in 2009 by Robert Gershinson and Craig Ford and was hosted by comedian Tom Allen.
The event was really great, laid back and had a friendly, supportive atmosphere which made me slightly less nervous to do the Q&A after the screening! The other films shown were good, a particular favourite being “A Little bit Country” by Amy Coop which compared coming out as a country music fan to coming out as gay which was very funny and poignant.
For my film “Translucent” I got a really good response, and I’m very happy with how it went. I’m grateful to the people at Queer as Film for selecting it! Below is my Q&A.
When I was in London yesterday I stumbled upon the set of the film “Suffragette”.
They were filming outside the Houses of Parliament, the film stars Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter who were present there for the filming and I saw them coming out to start filming.
IMDB describes the film’s plot as “The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.” I think that it’s fantastic that a film is being made about the struggle these women faced to get the vote. “Suffragette” is fictional but inspired by the suffrage movement and real events.
Interestingly, this is the first time the Houses of Parliament have been used for filming a commercial film. All previous films and television shows have used sets.