20 August 2021

London Wonderground show reviews

Dinosaur World Live

Given the line of prams queuing up to get into the big top and the slightly gooey start to the show, the first image that came into my mind was Baby George from Peppa Pig shouting “diiiinausauuuur”.

The average age in attendance was either 4 or 40 and I was with two boys aged 14 and 15, so my heart sank a little.

But Dinosaur World Live is much more than dinosaur panto. Sure, there is the classic “it’s behind you!” on occasion, and no end of wackiness.

But the sheer power of the dinosaur puppets is such that, just like good film or television, the suspension of disbelief is almost immediate - even when there are several men handling them from under their skirts.

Dinosaur World Live is actually epic. The puppets are so detailed, so deftly handled, and in some cases so large, that it doesn’t matter what age you are. Seeing the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex the size of a small bus loom through the swirling mist is enough to get anyone going.

We all left happy, a little more educated, and extremely excited about seeing the rest of the funfair. Proof positive that at the end of the day, dinosaurs rule.

Dinosaur World Live is on until 31st August. Book tickets to see the show by clicking here.

The recent Best of the Fest was a phantasm of filmmaking.

Presented by the The Earl’s Court International Film Festival (ECFF), hosted by innovative promoters Underbelly, and sponsored by the Earls Court Development Company, this 75-minute evening fringe event and community screening showcased a Directors’ Choice of short films from eight years of ECFF’s output.

Emerging writers, producers, directors, actors and short film lovers came together to enjoy this cinematic celebration in the iconic Udderbelly tent, enjoying a fabulously quirky and diverse mix of cinematic styles. From low-budget local horror to high-definition international documentary formats, all genres were cleverly represented.

Bringing a charitable, community-focused approach to cinema to the heart of the area, locally shot shorts films were particularly interesting, each in its own way emblematic of an ongoing and positive conversation between Earl’s Court and the creative communities that live in and around it.

ECFF’s mission was ably supported by the words of actress Diana Rigg (RIP, 1938-2020). As part of a charming short film, Dame Diana advocated on behalf of the Earl’s Court Youth Club (ECYC). Like the Film Festival itself, she described how ECYC actively encourages freedom of expression, creates opportunities for young people to develop their skills and does much to nurture the extraordinary raw talent of this special London community.

Best of the Fest culminated in a surprise accolade for short film producer and director Corine Dhondee. Awarded ECCF’s 2021 Women in Film Award, Dhondee’s film-essay was made in collaboration with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young, who locates himself within a lineage of visual artists actively formulating a new black aesthetic - an intellectual, creative community that he hopes to foster.

Dhondee’s beautiful composition was a perfect exposition of the cultural tapestry that ECFF’s organisers have woven.

The next episode of the Earl’s Court Film Festival will be coming soon, and Best of The Fest is a teaser, then the upcoming ten-day 2021 Film Festival in November should prove to be a cinematic feast to relish.

Register at www.filmearlscourt.com for details.