ECAAG’s event went online this year due to lockdown restrictions and was accessible via Twitter on @saveEarlsCourt.
ECAAG’s fringe event was originally set up to provide an alternative, creative space to the Earl’s Court Film Festival whose first sponsors included the former developer of the 45-acre Earls Court Masterplan site and is now partly funded by The Earls Court Development Company, a division of Delancey, which is responsible for driving the redevelopment. Our events are entirely free from corporate spin.
Long synonymous with the arts, the avant-garde and the LGBTQI community, the rebellious maverick spirit that first put Earl’s Court on the map, is still very much alive and kicking in Earl’s Court.
The three core participants in our event were, in alphabetical order, Duggie Fields, Amer Jamhour and John Rogers.
Artist Duggie Fields who has lived in Earl’s Court for over 50 years and is a passionate advocate for the area officially opened our event and said:
“It is always good to have an alternative point of view to the ‘official’ point of view.”
He chose his film “My Chemo Summer” as his contribution on the night. Having completely recovered from cancer via chemotherapy he says that people can be reluctant to talk about their treatment and he has had positive feedback on his film from patients and health care workers alike.
We showed our first ever foreign language film which was “Dunia” by Amer Jamhour. Amer is a motion graphics designer and a writer/director who has British/Jordanian nationality. His film is in Arabic and he told us:
“Dunia was my first film, the visuals popped up in my head before the story crystallised. However, the story became about the cycle of violence. I like the idea of this festival because it's organised by the locals, for the locals, and it supports local initiatives.”
Film maker, psychogeographer and author John Rogers participated again this year. He picked his film “The Heart of London” focusing on the Save Denmark Street & Soho Centre of UK Music campaigns and said:
“It was originally filmed around the time I filmed the Save Earl’s Court campaign when it felt like there was a fight on to save the very soul and essence of London. The Save Earl’s Court Campaign is close to my heart. It is such a spirited and creative campaign that it was an honour to document. I had a fantastic experience screening at the previous festival, and I feel privileged to be asked to screen again.”
ECAAG’s fringe film nights have always featured a large campaign cake for attendees. As we were unable to have a real cake this year, we asked our supporters on Twitter to post pictures of cakes. We had a few cakes in our larder which we posted to encourage competitive bakery and we were so pleased to see the wonderful cakes with a film theme which people had made to join in our event! Thank you to our filmmakers and all who joined in on the night.