1. Watching the beautiful Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene and getting the chills. The younger sister of the Olsen twins gave a brilliant performance as Martha, a damaged girl who unravels as she attempts to reclaim a normal life, after fleeing from an abusive cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). It's a thriller that will leave you with many questions, but is definitely worth a watch.
2. Interviewing Dutch actor Vincent van Ommen, a regular guest at Cannes Film Festival. He told me when you attend Cannes as a guest you have to make appearances at parties, one time he went to six events in one night, staying 15 minutes at each. Over the years he's had drinks with Ryan Phillippe, Robin Thicke, Nick Cannon, Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe. He's even done a South African line dance with Jennifer Hudson.
3. I also interviewed Nina Hatchwell, a British actress who's brought her directorial debut to Cannes in the short film corner. It's called You Look Stunning and tells the story of a young girl who falls in love with the idea of being with a man she knows nothing about. Her obsession leads her to extreme thoughts verging on actions of insanity. Including taking 'dressing to impress' to another level. She explained how we all know girls who overthink things and I agreed. I think Nina may just be one to watch.
4. Next it was time for cocktails at an exclusive event held by Grey Goose Vodka for a small group of film journalists. While discussing our favourite films of the festival we were served delicious cocktails that had been specially created for Cannes' A-list party-goers.
Hosted by Grey Goose Ambassadors Dimi Lezinska and Ludo Miazga, we tasted the refreshing Grey Goose Le Fizz, with Grey Goose vodka, elderflower cordial, lime juice and chilled soda water (my favourite). Next came the La Palme de Cannes, with Grey Goose vodka, fresh strawberries, passion fruit and home-made saffron syrup. Finally, Etoile de Cannes, which consisted of Grey Goose L'Orange with fresh morello cherry puree, blood orange juice and star anise. They were all gorgeous and the cool pop-up bar was a welcome retreat from the bustling streets and hot sun.
5. Finally realising the pluses of staying in Juan Les Pins, a small seaside town half an hour outside of Cannes - the people are super friendly and after staying there five days I already know people when I walk down the street. I have acquired a local, La Bamba, and the waiters give me free shots every time I come by!
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