Raindance Film Festival Opening Gala Announced

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We reported last week that the 2014 Raindance Film Festival was taking place from September the 24th to the 5th of October. The festival celebrates and supports independent, new and alternative filmmakers. There will be a total of 100 feature films and over 150 short films during the 12 day festival, which promises some unmissable premieres from the UK and around the world.

Yesterday, it was announced that the festival is holding a grand opening night gala on the 24th of September, at the Vue West End cinema in London. But before you start packing your goggles and speedos, it’s not a swimming gala. It’s a posh do, with lots of posh people, posh drinks and the bloke from The Fine Young Cannibals (he is not an actual cannibal).

Raindance has announced that its opening night gala will be screening Mike Cahill’s I Origins, and Mike will be at the cinema for a Q&A session afterwards, where you can ask him all about his film, and exactly who the Fine Young Cannibals are. The film stars Michael Pitt (who played James Darmody in HBO’s award winning Boardwalk Empire) and rising star Brit Marling.

When asked about Raindance, Mike said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to Raindance for the premiere of my second film I Origins. Elliot and his colleagues do so much to support indie film and I’m happy my work has found its way onto their radar.”(Elliot Grove is the Festival Director).

After the film, there is a party being held at the Cafe de Paris in Leicester Square, where Roland Gift (lead singer of eighties band The Fine Young Cannibals) will be performing with his new band. If he’s rubbish, then there’s a DJ afterwards, and lots of drinks to see you through the the small hours.

Roland still doesn't know how to use a microphone

Roland still doesn’t know how to use a microphone

To join the hottest indie film night in town, and be part of Raindance, you can purchase  tickets for £25 on the Raindance official website.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.