Afternoon In Ventnor by Aaron Freeman

Ventnor on the Isle of Wight is a south facing resort with a micro climate owing to its position on the side of a cliff formation. With adjacent country walks and down lands, a fine beach, unique shops, nine pubs and eight churches it’s a great place to spend the afternoon or even longer!

Produced by Aaron Freeman for Ventnortv

Page To Stage With The Apollo Theatre Company

Louis follows Michael Arnell and the Apollo Theatre Company in the run up to their production of London Assurance, a six-act comedy by Dion Boucicault.

They make it look easy don’t they? See what goes on behind the scenes. We were invited to look at the whole process, from page to stage, at the Apollo Theatre in Newport Isle of Wight.

From Page to Stage produced by Louis Lawrence



Bestival head honcho Rob da Bank has today announced details of his annual quest to uncover the freshest talent on the Isle of Wight, the 2014 Bestival Island Band, DJ, Choir & Spoken Word Competition.

Once again, the prize on offer to the eventual winners in each of the four categories in the Competition is a coveted, once in a lifetime opportunity to grab a slot on one of the stages at the Island’s biggest summer event, Rob’s multi award-winning Bestival spectacular, sharing the bill with the likes of headline acts Outkast, Foals, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Beck and Sven Väth.

2014 Bestival Island Band, DJ, Choir & Spoken Word Competition prize-winners will take to the following stages at Bestival this September:

Winning Band – slot on Main Stage
Winning DJ – slot in Hidden Disco
Winning Choir – slot in The Big Top
Winning Spoken Word Artiste – slot in Amphitheatre

Rob da Bank said “I am still slightly flabbergasted at the crazy amount of young Island talent that I see on a regular basis via my monthly Music Club at Quay Arts. All of the competition winners shone brightly at Bestival last year when they stepped up the very biggest of stages and I am totally confident that this year’s winners will do me and the Bestival team proud yet again. Bring on the mp3s!”

Competitors should send 1 x MP3 (no more than 6MB in size please!) of the one track that they feel best represents their abilities (or a recent DJ set that really demonstrates their skills – 20mins max) via one of the following downloadable entry forms – click category below as appropriate;

Band / DJ / Choir / Spoken Word

Competition return e-mail address info for each entry category are detailed in the above forms.

NB. All entrants MUST be full-time residents of the Isle of Wight – all entries will be fully vetted & any entrants found to not qualify will once again be disqualified. So please, no more entries from America or Wales this year (the clue is in the competition title)!

Visit Bestival’s website for even more details.

Seaview Wildlife Encounter

When we heard that Basil the goat was rather lonely and looking for a friend we thought that we might be in the ideal position to help with a lonely hearts film, but it wasn’t long before he was found a feisty little play mate.

Basil lives at Seaview Wildlife Encounter but he isn’t the main attraction. Watch the film and you will see some of our favourite animals, such as the wallabies and penguins – and the amazing thing is the interaction available at the park – visitors are encouraged to feed the animals.

The wallabies are incredibly tame and gentle, seeming to enjoy being petted and fussed over. They certainly didn’t mind young Alex getting in amongst them.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter has a more serious side – the conservation of rare species – so there are breeding programmes in place. The mirrors in the flamingo enclosure give the illusion of greater numbers which makes them feel more secure, and there are materials provided for nest building too.

Many of the babies can be spotted by their plumage and/or size. There is the rare albino wallaby, the greyish juvenile penguins and the brown flamingo chicks.

Check out Seaview Wildlife Encounters website for full details of all their wonderful animals.

Produced and directed by Luisa Hillard and Rez Collingwood.