The Port Eliot Festival is annual celebration of words, music, film, fashion, food and much more else besides. It takes place every July in Cornwall. My Good friend Lizzy asked me if i would document her workshop in the woodland gardens and park of an ancient stately home and mediaeval monastery. The family ticket she acquired for us was put to good use. My two loved it and we fully engaged in every part of the festival. Scarlett particularly loving the opportunity to swim. Port Eliot Festival is hard to pin down; recent years have seen Barbara Hulanicki and Sandy Powell leading a fashion drawing masterclass for children; Kate Winslet performing a Sunday morning children’s story; Dominic West hosting a spelling bee; Britain’s finest wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson, blasting the sounds of Sheffield along the river walk; Gruff Rhys presenting a poignant and funny musical history lesson; tales of life as the ‘60s it-girl and style inspiration from Penelope Tree; and Martin Scorsese handpicking the film programme.
After a little confusion regarding the permission to fly i was asked to stop flying, i included this in the film, the guys were a great laugh and all was well in the end. The Chemical Brothers Tune Go just fitted but i do not have the licence to use it. This film is like part of my family home Movies.
The spirit of the festival is a reflection of the singular history and character of Port Eliot itself. The House has been lived in for over 1000 years and is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. It has housed Augustinian monks, survived confiscation by Charles I’s Court of the Star Chamber and been declared the most beautiful place in England by Napoleon. Its central room boasts a 360° masterpiece mural by South West England’s most celebrated 20th century artist, Robert Lenkiewicz, alongside great works by Reynolds and Van Dyck. The