The Lush Film Festival 2018

The Lush Film Festival 2018

Hand up who wants to a free film festival? Right then, 2018 marks the second year of the Lush Film Festival. Yes, those people who introduced us all to the bath bomb way back when and natural soaps and beauty products long before it was mainstream are at it again. This time film and their ethos is that some stories just need to be told.

The 2 day film festival aims to give a platform to filmmakers all over the world and it includes screenings, talks, Q&As. Wait a minute, did we mention it is FREE. Yes, a film festival taking place just before the Christmas rush which is free, informative and showcasing films and documentaries you just have to see. LUSH FILM FEST is also giving away free coffee courtesy of Change Please if you bring your own cup!

The feature film programme includes British Independent Film Award nominee, ISLAND (+Producer Elhum Shakerifar Q&A), a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying. The Judge about Kholoud Al-Faqih the first woman judge to be appointed in the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic Law) courts (+Q&A with Amaliah curated panelists, hosted by Writer/broadcaster Yasmin Abdel Magied). A Deal With The Universe, a groundbreaking film that questions what it means to be a parent (+ filmmakers Q&A). Last Animals by Kate Brook about Africa’s poaching epidemic (+ filmmaker Q&A).

In the Nest space at LUSH studios, discussions and talks will take place around: #metoo, Women in the film industry in Leading Lady Parts, Ableism in film, a Sound workshop with Andy Hawley (Springwatch), a Women on Docs Editing workshop led by filmmaker Roxy Rezvany (Little Pyongyang), and the Importance of the short form led by the Guardian’s Charlie Philips. See below for the full programme details.

I have seen and been moved deeply by Island. It is probably one of the most challenging and daring documentaries I’ve seen this year but so vital to watch. Even though it is about death, it is strangely life affirming.


Friday 30 November

14.30 – 16.15: Island plus Q&A

14.45 – 15.30: Cristian Solimeno

17.00 – 18.00: Sound Workshop with Andy Hawley

17.15 – 18.15: Leading Lady Parts

18.15 – 19.45: Girls in Film

18.30 – 19.15: Ableism in Film panel discussion

19.30 – 21.45: The Judge plus Q&A

Saturday 1 December

13.45 – 15.30: The Last Animals plus Discussion

15.15 – 16.45: Lush and Guardian Documentaries Present: Silent Sam

16.30 – 18.15: A Triptych on Knife Crime

17.00 – 19.15: Women on Docs Editing Surgery

18.30 – 19.15: Radical Elders

19.30 – 22.00: A Deal With The Universe plus Q&A

For FREE tickets, book here:

If it wasn’t enough that LUSH is giving this free 2 day festival, there is also a film fund. Yes, did you know LUSH have a film fund budget of £250,000 to help finance small-to-medium-sized film projects that focus on issues of animal protection, environmental preservation, and human rights.

So if you are budding filmmaker get in touch with the LUSH film fund.

LUSH film festival takes place  30 November and 1 December in Soho at LUSH, 67-71 Beak Street studio.

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