I’ve just returned from an absolute whirlwind of a long weekend at the largest, and most glamorous film festival in the world: The Cannes Film Festival. Here I share my adventures, firstly in a film of my time there (shot by myself and my publicist and friend Hayley who was out there with me and edited by Pippa Bayston of Sparkle Films.
My 4th time at the festival, and a part of the world I know well, Cannes sees the union of my work as both a professional blogger and an award winning filmmaker with a merging of meetings both with press and producers. I love how inspiring and creative it all is.
This year saw me get red carpet ready with dresses c/o Fever London (the red hot Julia dress) and Jacques Vert, the latter I also shot a summer campaign for, posing by the marina wearing a purple embellished lace knee length number I fell head over heels with. Talk about feeling a million dollars for Cannes.
By day I wore various designers, my favourite being Brazilian Lucidez c/o Luxe-Layers and I was carrying the beautiful yellow Brisbane bag by Nova Harley whom I model and am an ambassador for. A random passerby actually stopped and asked for a photo with the bag. Bizarrely I was asked for a lot of photos so I either looked like an actress in a film there or I have a lot of Southern French readers 😉
The highlight, alongside the style of course, as always, is meeting up with great friends from the film industry (I was also there with one of my closest mates and colleagues, renowned Casting Director, Nicci Topping) and it was brilliant catching up with actor and crew friends out there, all now shining in major movies I was so utterly proud to support.
It’s a real privilege to attend film premieres in Cannes, being able to watch pre-released films in such an iconic setting steeped in cinematic history, curated by a renowned jury. Must-sees I caught out there were the Amy Winehouse film that will make you weep, ‘Amy’, and the sensuous ‘Carol’ starring the captivating Cate Blanchett.
…Oh and the parties are pretty epic too. The Cannes soirees are truly out of this world. Think elegant weddings rather than standard parties. Marquees of free flowing champagne, starry lit mountains above us, crashing waves below, world class DJ’s on the decks and non stop laughter.
Despite what you might think, these parties are far from pretentious. Creatives are coming together and letting loose, celebrating their success and really living in the moment. It’s that joie de vivre. That perfect energy of Cannes is so infectious, you can’t help but feel revitalised there.
I returned ready for new creative projects, some secured out there, a modelling shoot under my belt, and a mind buzzing with ideas of how to take my blog and filmmaking career forward.
Cannes was a blast. I simply can’t wait for next year.