Black Gold

Tonight's the night.Everyone's frocking up and getting out their bling.Film Festivals are sexy aren't they? Red carpets, celebrities, press rooms and opening night parties - it all starts tonight.I was there last year, it was hot and sticky. Not tonight though, it's gorgeous in Doha tonight.Over the next few days over 50 films will be screened from … [Read more...]

Do you want to go to the movies?

Doha begins to tease us in October, the sun loses some of it's fierceness and we begin choose to sit alfresco in the evenings. It's amazing what a few "moderate" days of weather can do, suddenly the scorching summer is forgotten and we begin to talk about the spectacular weather that lay ahead.Last October may have been my best October yet. There … [Read more...]

The Press Room

I've always had a bit of a love affair with journalists. Throughout my 20's I surrounded myself with girlfriends who worked in media. I could try and tell you it was because I'd always had a love of news and sharing a yarn but I think it may have been more the fact that most Journo's shared my love of a drink and they never wanted to go home … [Read more...]

Doha – Reinvent yourself

We arrived in Doha just a few weeks after the 2009 Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which meant any magazine in a hotel foyer, coffee shop or dentist' office still had a reminiscent photograph of DeNiro or Scorsese in the first few pages. I read every article fascinated with who was in town and the beauty of the Festival, they had films screened in … [Read more...]

Who is Brigitte Lacombe?

Doha doesn't do anything on a small scale. If you build an outdoor theatre you make it a huge marble amphitheater with mind blowing acoustics and have a spectacular backdrop of the ocean.  It leaves you speechless for the first two minutes of laying eyes on it. If you build a soccer stadium you make it the first outdoor solar cooled stadium in the … [Read more...]

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault – or you can just call her Salma Hayek

The word is out. Salma Hayek-Pinault is coming to Doha.As you can imagine the team at DFI are incredibly excited and this is big big news for DTFF. There's all sorts of fantastic rumors that Salma will also be at TEDx. I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of sleep deprived people in Doha from the 26th - 30th of this month.Now, in most … [Read more...]