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Let It Go Premieres in London

Last night, as I wandered through rainy Manhattan, my mind was abuzz with nervous excitement. Here I was, nudging my way through folks headed into the bustling lights of Times Square, as I headed for my train, wishing that I could been a few thousand miles away.

Back in London, on a different time zone but very familiar turf, my latest film as a director, co-written with my girl, Maria McIndoo, played to friends and strangers at my most revered UK event, Portobello Film Festival.

If you're familiar with Portobello, you'll appreciate the kickass, non-conformist, absolute support attitude this event has. And indeed, that approach isn't something grafted on - it comes from the organisers themselves, whose passion and belief in the medium of film is bigger than their own egos of being seen and heard as the badass human beings they are. So before I continue, to all the guys behind Portobello Film Festival - thank you. You do something amazing every year in showcasing so many movies, and not once have you disappointed us film fans and filmmakers with the size and ambition of the event. Simply amazing, and all credit to you for making it happen and making it all seem so breezy.

So that brings me to Let It Go - I was nervous. This is the first comedy I've directed, but yet we still stepped away from all the tropes etc, instead focusing on trying to make something that was fresh, yet felt classic. And we were doing it in a pretty small way.

Of course, as it played, I tweeted back and forth with my amazing friends who I knew were there, and it was a teasingly good to get their messages from the screening.
And yet, this all just added to that burgeoning anxiety - that night-before-Christmas feeling that you had as a kid. Knowing I couldn't be in the room - that a flight back to my home city was at its most generous, north of $1000 - it was painful. After all, this was the world premiere! And more than that, London is where I was born and spent my formative years (and many more since). I love that town. I loved this movie. And my friends who I miss dearly, were all there.

I'll be honest, I was deflated as I rode the N train home to Astoria.

And then, this morning, I woke up to some amazing and sweet and genuine emails from some of the people in attendance. Guys - it means so much that you enjoyed the film. Thank you for taking the time. 

And not only that, my buddy and compadre, Tom Sawyer sent me through some videos from the event. I've stitched them together here...

When you start out, it's tough trying to do what you love. All the odds are stacked against you, and the support can often be pretty thin on the ground. But now that I live in New York City, write and shoot movies with my favourite person in the world and get to share them back in London with some amazing people in attendance, I realise I've not done too bad in this life. 

Of course, there's much more to go - not least of which are our NYC screening on NYC screening on September 23, and the LA screening on September 24 - both of which I know will be just as awesome.

So if you want to see the film, you can find out all the details over on Cinema Zero. But in the meanwhile, thank you London for reminding me why I make films.