Portobello Pirate TV

With this year’s Portobello Film Festival scheduled for September, the month of traditional Virgoan Harvest Home sees the screening of some 700 new films at one of London’s most important alternative media events. Unbeknown to a large proportion of its audience, not to mention many of its participants, the festival itself grew out of the street level DIY Culture of the nineteen eighties and nineties.
This month, as a tribute to the Festival’s administrator, Jonathan Barnett, with whom I have been collaborating on videos and other projects for some twenty years or more, Merlinhedd Youtube is releasing an accessible dvd showcase of some of his earliest videos; some of which will be viewable on line to readers and followers of this blog. In the meantime, here’s a quick blast of Spiral Tribe, themselves scheduled to appear in the Video Cafe in a reshowing of my film on the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill, ‘A Hard Act to Follow’.

About Rupert Ferguson

A lineal descendant of Captain Robert Ferguson (1719-1799) the older brother of the great Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher and historian Adam Ferguson (1723-1816); the friend of Hume, Gibbon and Adam Smith. Also related to the great feminist author and playwright Rachel Ferguson. Have written extensively on a vast range of subjects, been published in print as book author and in various journals and magazines into the bargain. Early work as an underground film maker on the early Goa Trance and radical anti-CJB political scene in the 1990s has since become more refined and ambitious and I have since been a regular contributor to such high profile events as the Portobello Film Festival Annual Film Maker's Convention.....
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