Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is an annual event taking place every February – more than 500 shows are squeezed into 19 days in various venues across the city. Here are a few portraits from a selection of those shows! Pesha Lily at The Glang Show Morgan & West Ben Clark-Betts …Continue Reading
A selection of short film excerpts from the Writer, Director, Editor and Producer Lucy Peel. Featuring Cinematography from Bill Newsinger, Keith Allott, Gurdeep Sian, Ash Brown, James Shrig, David Wilson Clarke, Alexei Kirkham and Peter Banks. Actors featured include Joe Ross Williams, Grace Davis, Rob Coleman, Santiago Mosquera, Kenton Hall, …Continue Reading
Created for Miracles of Modern Science and taken from their debut album ‘Dog Year.’ Available from – http://www.miraclesofmodernscience.com/ Synopsis: Jake is frustrated. He’s a popular and confident person but always feels like he’s putting on a show for other people – that he’s not being himself. One day Jake gathers …Continue Reading
Created in support for Grace & the Magic Roots new EP – Dawn. Available from – http://magicroots.bandcamp.com/ More information about the band – https://www.facebook.com/magicroots Synopsis: Desperate to discover and understand more about themselves, Fëanáro, Taurnil, Arminas and Elrohir take a step out together into a strange and unfamiliar world. What …Continue Reading
Grace based the song ‘A Hell of a Good Time’ upon Richard Feynman (an American Physicist and popular broadcaster) and in particular the relationship with his childhood sweetheart – Arline. Four years after their marriage, Arline succumbed to Tuberculosis and a heartbroken Richard wrote his late wife a love letter, sealing …Continue Reading
Passing Time was made as a submission to the Sundance London short film Competition. Joe is caught in the moment, taking a second to look back into the past to decide about his future. Passing Time examines how attitudes in society have changed over the last several decades and how …Continue Reading
Fish was made as a submission to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival short film Competition. Fish – A little bit of water is all that is needed in fact, these two chaps aren’t just thirsty but actually dying for a drink. Are they all they appear to be? Ash and Dave …Continue Reading
This short film was made as part of the 3rd DocFilm festival.
Supported and organised by somewhereto_ and Workspace1, there was a competition to make a documentary of 10 minutes or less in no more than 48 hours. At 5pm on a Friday evening, the theme of ‘Space’ was given to all the participants.Continue Reading
This film covers the events of 13th October 2012, when Occupy London joined people all over the world for Global Noise – a global day of protest to highlight the fact that people from the Occupy Movement are still here, one year on, united and more determined than ever.Continue Reading
The short film and article featured here covers an English Defence League demonstration in Leicester and the counter-demo by the UAF. The article goes on to discuss whether groups such as the EDL should be allowed to hold demonstrations at all….
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November 2011 saw the biggest strike in the UK for 30 years. Various polls (in both left and right wing press) suggested an average of 70% of the population supported the public sector workers involved in the action.
Click on the button below to watch a short film about the strikes & a discussion about their cause and effects.Continue Reading
On Sunday 9th October 2011, just days before the NHS Reform Bill moved to the Lords, UK Uncut held a spectacular act of civil disobedience.
This film and article discusses UK Uncut’s actions to block Westminster Bridge, symbolically blocking the bill getting from Parliament to the nation’s hospitals.Continue Reading
Under gloomy, swirling, dark clouds, it was with precision that the Police Officers lined up to protect the visiting Conservative Party conference members and keep them safe from the occupying forces that morning.
This article and film examines the foundation of the UK’s first Occupy camp in early October 2011, a few weeks ahead of the camp in London.Continue Reading
Following a request from the Metropolitain Police, a ban on moving (non-static) protests was introduced throughout five London boroughs.
The ban started on the 2nd September 2011 and was meant to last for 30 days. On the 3rd September 2011, the English Defence League took to the streets…..Continue Reading
As the disturbances of Summer 2011 spread from London to several cities across the country, Leicester experienced its first night of unrest.
The following short film & article discuss the public response and how this affects the instigators of the violent looting and arson.Continue Reading
Fancy spending a night under the stars – literally under the stars with at least enough people to fill the London O2 Arena to capacity? You won’t be allowed to take a tent or sleeping bag, just a poncho.
This short film and article lets you discover what happens at the Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge.Continue Reading
Following a freedom of information request, zombies had fortunately discovered that Leicester City Council would have been unprepared for an attack by their group.
They quickly launched their offensive upon the East Midlands city…..Continue Reading
Emma Friedmann has epilepsy and took an anti-convulsent medication while pregnant to manage her condition. Her neurologist ensured her that the medication would not affect her unborn child, but this wasn’t true and her son is disabled as a result.
She is currently fighting for justice for her son.Continue Reading
The anniversary of the capture and death of the ‘anti-capitalist terrorist’ Osama Bin Laden also falls on the same day as International Worker’s Day.
This article goes on to discuss what IWD is, including footage from a rally promoting the occasion.Continue Reading
100 million tiny handmade, hand painted, porcelain sunflower seeds were once currently scattered across the barren, concrete floor of the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London, UK.
What were the intentions of the artist behind the project. What did it all mean?Continue Reading
Campaigning ahead of a local by-election, Nick Clegg once visited Leicester where residents were ready to give him a warm welcome……Continue Reading
Following on from the winter 2010 student protests against increases in tuition fees, a protest against more general government cuts took place in the spring of 2011.
Continue reading to watch a short film and learn about how the anti-cut movement evolved.Continue Reading
For the past 700 years, the residents of Ashbourne in Derbyshire have held an annual game of Shrovetide Football. The pitch is 3 miles long by 2 miles wide which is just as well, as thousands of people take part in the game.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to voluntarily jump out of a plane?
Continue reading to learn about Lucy Peel’s experience of falling from 13,000ft through video and a written diary.Continue Reading
The One Day, No Religion organisation suggested that on February 20th, people should join together around the globe by making a pledge to not partake in any kind of religious activity for the whole day. They suggested that religion and religious differences should be set aside, and everyone should come together only as people.
This article contains interviews on camera from both religous people and atheists alike.Continue Reading
A tale of what happened when one Amazon customer logged into their account and discovered that £5000 worth of goods had been ordered.Continue Reading
In the first year of www.lucypeel.com, a variety of age old traditions, circus shows, conferences, fairs, farming events, festivals, ghost hunts, theatre productions, music concerts, parades, political events, protests, religious gatherings and sports events have been discussed as illustrated in the following short film…Continue Reading
Have you ever been part of a flashmob?
Every Christmas for the past few years, a flashmob has formed in the middle of Leicester to take part in a pillow fight….Continue Reading
Back at the end of 2010, students staged protests and walk-outs in order to illustrate their opposition against the proposed increases in tuition fees for higher education courses and the abolition of educational maintenance allowances (EMA) for college students.
Continue reading to learn about what happened at those protests.Continue Reading
At the NEC winter Memorabilia fair stars of sport, television and film were invited to mingle with the attendees. A significant portion of attendees dressed up in costumes, paying homage to the roles that the guests were famous for.
Indeed, the fair attracts life forms and entities from all over the universe as seen in the following film.Continue Reading
If you think you’ve seen a carnival, then think again. The Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival is a sight for sore eyes (probably caused by all the bulbs on the floats……). The floats were up to 100ft in length, 16ft high, and 11ft wide with some having up to 30,000 light bulbs.
An amazing site to behold all recorded as part of the following documentary..Continue Reading
Leicester consists of a diverse community of 280,000 people. In 2001, people of Asian origin formed the largest single ethnic group in the city, forming 30% of the total population, compared to a national average of 4%.
For the past 27 years, Leicester has hosted the largest Diwali celebrations west of Mumbai as seen in the following film and article.Continue Reading
The Hindu festival of Dashera takes place in October in which 10-headed effigies of King Ravana are set alight to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The following short film was recorded in Leicester.Continue Reading
Members of the English Defence League (EDL) gathered in Leicester on Saturday 9th October 2010. All marches had been banned in the centre on that day, but static demonstrations were still allowed. The following footage was taken from the EDL side of the Police barrier.Continue Reading
Pope Benedict XVI toured the UK from 16th-19th September 2010. Catholic Mass and anti-Pope protests were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London. On Saturday 18th September at 10:00, Mass took place inside a cathedral. There were so many people in attendance that the crowds spilled out onto the street.Continue Reading
The Last Night of the Proms is the time that the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) in the centre of London is packed to the rafters with flag swinging, anthem singing people proud to be British, but there are also the odd few who sneak in their French, Brazilian or Japanese flags – well more nationalities that you could shake a baton at.Continue Reading
There are so many crazy and curious things happening out on the street in Edinburgh during the sweltering month of August. Enough to keep you occupied, to cloud your mind and make you lose track of time.
Continue reading to discover the amazing sights and sounds of the Edinburgh Fringe!Continue Reading
Down in the dark, humid cellar of a building that had hosted 300 years worth of occupants, activities and events – a group of intrepid ghost hunters huddled around a spirit board. Guided by the brightness of only one torch, the members called out into the darkness – encouraging lost spirits to communicate with them.
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The Leicester Tigers hosted Will Young on Friday 16th July 2010 for the second ever concert at their grounds at Welford Road.
With the stage positioned just in front of the largest stand, the Caterpillar Stand which holds 10,000 people, the evening started off with two artists Jersey Budd and Edei performing under a dark and tempestuous sky.Continue Reading
The Hobby Horse Festival in Banbury is a relatively recent creation, having started a decade ago in the year 2000. It is based around the English nursery rhyme: ‘Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse; rings on her fingers and bells on her toes and she shall have music wherever she goes.
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It’s the summer with record breaking tennis matches at Wimbledon, one day international cricket matches, Formula 1 car racing and a variety of golf matches. Oh, and then there’s World Cup Football. Here’s what the crowd watching the match at the Big Screen in Leicester thought of the England team’s performance against their competitors.Continue Reading
20,000 people celebrated the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge gathering on 20th June 2010. From dusk till dawn with the sun setting at 21:26 on Sunday and rising at 04:52 on Monday, a vast array of people danced and sang throughout the night.
The following documentary covers the events throughout the night.Continue Reading
Having never been to a rugby match before, organisers at Welford Road were running a free game – in exchange for your contact details. But hey – what are a few phone calls and e-mails in exchange for the chance to see what rugby is about?Continue Reading
Why would anyone take their clothes off in public?
What are the motivations?Continue Reading
This article features interviews with all the candidates standing for election within one particular consituency. Some candidates had never stood before, others were very experienced. How do their views complement or contrast with each other?Continue Reading
Why do people box? Why do people go to watch boxing? Isn’t it just an event that takes place over a violent, bloody and confusing few minutes, after the scantily clad attractive ladies have walked around the ring holding cards?Continue Reading
Ah, sweet bliss! The days are getting longer and warmer, plants and trees are starting to grow again and ewes are giving birth to their lambs. How can anyone resist smiling when they see those lovely little lambs doing their funny hoppy jumps around the fields?
This article covers a visit to Hadlow College Hadlow College – an agricultural college just 22 miles south east of London. They had an open weekend which allowed visitors to walk around their lambing shed, look at newborn lambs and if fortunate enough, see a lamb or two being born.Continue Reading
Mika once performed at the O2 Academy in Birmingham. With an amazing performance, his songs were happy jumpy, sometimes heart wrenchingly raw and he’s a fantastic, sometimes surreal performer. Very enigmatic, very sexy, very lithe. Absolutely bloody mesmerising set design!!Continue Reading
Ah, the city of York. As described by some some as having architecture so lovely that you’ll be spending most of your time looking up and bumping into people and tangled cobbled streets that are really good for getting lost in.
Quite peaceful. Then all of a sudden you come across a bunch of Vikings walking down the street;Continue Reading
Kobe the Wanderer is an alien from beyond space. When he activates his Destiny Cube, the stage is flooded with a cascade of marvels and wonders… See Nightpanther, an avenging superhero, go head to head with Robolord. See pirate Captain Von Moonstrangler wrestle with cashpoints and werewolves. Richard Peel and Matthew Smolka harness the power of mime to unleash a 3-dimensional thrill-ride. What will happen when the Destiny Cube is activated? Adventure? Horror? Suspense?Continue Reading
This is play that features a full orchestra indeed – ‘A play for Actors and Orchestra by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn.’ The orchestra is a fantastic bonus. Through going to see the production at the theatre, you learn that it wasn’t just an orchestra that sat on the sidelines and ocassionally spoke up for dramatic effect, it was a play for Actors and Orchestra – as if the two were married.Continue Reading
Richard Herring and Andrew Collins held their 100th (ish) podcast recording at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. This had been their 2 year anniversary of podcasting together. The gig had sold out and people had even brought tickets to stand in the aisles………Continue Reading
According to The Straw Bear Organisation , from when no one quite knows, it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a ‘Straw Bear’. This custom was used to collect food for the impoverished indentured farming workers in the area, who had by January, begun to run low in their supplies of food and firewood….
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Twelfth Night is an event that happens 12 nights after Christmas and marks the end of the Christmas festivities.
The celebrations at Shakespeare’s Globe were kindly led by the theatre company The Lions Part, in association with the Globe. Continue reading to watch a short film about the festivities.Continue Reading
If you were to glance quickly at Jon William’s ceramic figures, you could be forgiven for thinking that they are made quickly & in a hurry. There’s an overall roughness around them – but take a second to look & you’ll start to notice the wonderful detail that he adds to his work. You can see tiny tiny teeth in the tiny mouths of his figures & the colour & glazes of his figures are just fantastic. They all have wonderful expressions!Continue Reading
Featuring as the inaugural article for Lucy Peel, these documentaries were recorded in Nottingham when the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Facism (UAF) groups both held protests in the city centre. A large Police presence was required to keep the two groups apart.Continue Reading
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