This time last week it was the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival (a mouthful) and I was volunteering!
was only one shift as I had other plans that weekend (RAAR! business,
post to follow soon) but it was the most fun I had had on an unpaid job.
arrived promptly, not knowing what to expect, then I was taken up many
stairs, which seems to be a running theme of all these jobs. I was then
greeted/bombarded with loads of runners all rushing everywhere in the
kitchen and the terrace area. I was introduced to people throughout the
evening while moving boxes and boxes of wine, beer and other assorted
The first job of the evening was to move
furniture into other rooms and then clear the outside terrace area so
that people, when they arrived had time to mingle.
my job was to work the bar. Excellent. I was working on the bar with
another volunteer who was really fun to work with. She had done this
sort of thing before and showed me how to pour beer properly.
bar was, unfortunately, outside and in the rain. It was freezing cold
so we were given Rushes jackets and macs to keep off the rain. We
totally kept them after. We were also told that we could have as much of
the drinks as we liked. This was amazing news. But I thought to keep it
professional I wouldn't drink until the end.
It was a
slow start to the party but eventually it became to crowded in the other
bar so people did drift up to ours, in the rain. We did have a cover
but that didn't prevent the rain falling just between where the bar was
and the cover.
We got to serve actors, directors,
producers and organisers all night, which was actually really fun,
especially when they got really drunk. Some highlights were
watching/listening to Nick Moran (actor/director) chat up a woman for
about an hour, right next to the bar, then at the end he and his friend
were smashed. There was another film festival organiser who kept leaving
her wine on the bar and walking away then panicking when she couldn't
find it. We kept it safe and she was eternally grateful and suggested
that we helped at her festival, but it was in Cornwall. I also got to
talk to 'Dreams of a Life' producer, Cairo Cannon, who was really excited to know that I saw the film at N21 film festival and wrote about it. She kept asking to read what I wrote but I didn't know how to show it to her . . .
At the end of the party, well when the bar was closing, I and my fellow volunteer decided it was time for a drink. So I drank three cups of rose wine and a very nice Portuguese beer. I was very tipsy going home. Everyone was so nice and great fun to work with, I had a great time and definitely will volunteer again.