Very exciting news! – Winter At Westbeth (2015)


Dudley Williams – contemporary dancer, 75 years young.

Some old faithful readers here at Film Grimoire may remember that back in late 2014, myself and my partner and our good friend all travelled to New York City in order to make an amazing film, meet some amazing people, and also enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. That is, my partner and our friend made the film – I just swanned about taking photos and crying whilst standing in front of the restaurant from Seinfeld.

I am beyond happy and excited to share the news that this film, which is titled Winter At Westbeth, will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival here in Australia! To see a synopsis of Winter At Westbeth, please check out its Sydney Film Festival page. The film is about ageing and its intermingling with creativity and the arts, about striving for your passions, and is a love letter to the very special community in which it is set.

To say I’m extremely proud of this is such an understatement. Obviously I had no direct role in making this film or anything technical to do with the production side of things. But it was my honour whilst in NYC to help out on the production by getting people cups of coffee and carrying equipment during spontaneous trips to New Jersey, in between being a complete and total tourist around the city. The feeling of being around this production whilst it was happening overseas back in 2014, and now having the opportunity to see the film on a big cinema screen during one of my country’s most pre-eminent film festivals, and one of the world’s longest running film festivals – this feeling is beyond coherent description.

Sydney Film Festival is held between the 8th and 19th of June, 2016. It goes without saying that if anyone who reads this post happens to be in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Friday the 17th or Saturday the 18th of June, and has a spare 80 minutes or so to see a wonderful documentary – please consider seeing this amazing film. You won’t forget it.


  1. That’s brilliant news! Congratulations to all concerned.

    1. Thanks heaps Josephine, we’re really excited! 😀

  2. It looks very interesting – my wife and I have a sweet spot for movies about older people leading eccentric or unusual lives. Hope it’s a great success!

    1. Thanks heaps! 🙂 I really enjoy stories about eccentric older people as well! Documentaries like Bill Cunningham New York are so great. Winter at Westbeth will always hold a very special place in my heart.

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    Hey – if you’re ever back there – I work in New Jersey now… maybe we could meet!!


    1. Thank you EI! Next time I’m in NY I’m going to stop by and say hello! I fully intend to return, so it’s on!!


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  4. Congratulations, that’s wonderful!

    1. Thanks so much! 😀

  5. That’s amazing news! Congratulations to your partner and friend! I hope there’s some way I could watch the movie after the festival 🙂
    – Allie

    1. Thanks heaps Allie! I’ll definitely do a post about where to find the film once the cinema run is complete! 😀

  6. Congratulations to your (dishy – let’s not forget the dishy!) partner and his friend!! 🙂 that is excellent news, what a wonderful achievement and so exciting.

    I also loved that you “swanned about taking photos and crying whilst standing in front of the restaurant from Seinfeld.” – I feel that would be me if I ever went to Vegas and went to the Pawn Stars shop!

    I’m going to look up the synopsis 🙂 my sister is actually currently in Sydney and will be until next year, maybe I could ask (TELL) her to go and watch it!! 🙂

    1. Haha, thanks Emma! 😀 He is loving the dish title, absolutely loving it! Seriously though, that Seinfeld restaurant had my heart. I didn’t even go inside, I just basked in the fluorescent splendour of the sign.

  7. It could just be my computer Anna but getting a 404 error message when I click on the Sydney film fest website link.

    1. Just double checked the links (I am super late on replying to comments!!) and they seem to be OK, do they work for you now?

      1. Oh I’m ALWAYS bad at replying!! I don’t mean to be but I know some comments get lost sometimes….!

        Anyway, it’s all working now hurrah! 😀

  8. How cool! Congratulations.

    1. Thanks heaps Cindy! 😀

  9. Awesome! Congrats!

    1. Thanks heaps! 😀 We’re super excited about it!

  10. Very cool! I wish I could be there!

    1. Thanks Jay! I’ll do a bit of a follow up post later on to let people know where to find it on the internet. 🙂

  11. That’s amazing, wow!

    1. Thanks Zoe, we’re pretty psyched! 😀

    Always good to get festival recognition – well done!

    1. Thanks so much Brad! 😀

  13. Of course I remember — and huge congratulations to all involved on the achievement!!

    1. Thanks heaps Alina! 😀 Feels like only yesterday we were heading off to the US and going on a grand adventure!

  14. […] Sydney for the Sydney Film Festival, and for the world premiere of a little old documentary named Winter At Westbeth (2015). The premiere was this morning, and I’m delighted to say it was received very well […]

  15. […] my good friend (and director of Winter At Westbeth) suggested to my partner and I that we come along with him and his lovely partner to see The Eyes […]

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