Old School Gin and Movies at the Beefeater Gin MyLondon Film Festival

EARLIER this week, Pillow’s features girl Ally Lowe headed over to Roxy Bar in Borough to check out the Beefeater Gin MyLondon film festival – and she certainly wasn’t disappointed…

When a bottle of gin is delivered to your door the day before an event to ‘get you in the mood’, you know it’s going to be a good one. Gin has always been my tipple of choice (vodka is for amateurs), so I was more than a little bit excited by the prospect of an evening of films and cocktails.

As we arrived at the Roxy Bar & Sceen on Borough High Street, we were welcomed by a line up of drinks along the bar to wet out taste buds. My personal favourite has to be the Beefeater Old Etonian.

Beefeater MyLondon Film Fest

Beefeater MyLondon Film Fest

We settled down at an old-fashioned leather two-seater sofa, complete with a tiny table to stash our canapes – this felt like a proper old-fashioned night at the movies!

The MyLondon Film Festival invited low-budget film makers to make short film (5-10 minutes) about what London means to them, and crucially featuring a bar using Beefeater Gin. The result? A shortlist of twelve very different short movies that were a real treat to watch. From the arty to the poignant to the outright funny, I definitely want a YouTube release.

Unhappy Hour by Jamie Sims took the trophy for best film – must to the shock of the director – and won £5000 worth of film-making equipment. Unhappy Hour (it still makes me laugh just thinking about it) tells the story of ‘one of those days’ where nothing seems to go right.

The winners: Charlotte Newton-John, Jamie Sims and Richard Dimery

The winners: Charlotte Newton-John, Jamie Sims and Richard Dimery

Take a look at all the shortlisted films HERE.

All in all, the films are well worth checking out if you’re looking for an hour’s entertainment – and, here at Pillow, we’d never say no to a healthy dose of Beefeater gin…



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