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It's taken me a couple of days to become coherent enough to type this up. We saw some features (CHUD being a particularly cheesy highlight) and shorts (Mortified was the best IMHO, but the shorts on Sunday were ALL good, technical issues with one of them notwithstanding) and ate some of [personal profile] matgb's home made cake and it was all good.

And we recorded little bits with both of the makers of short films who had come to the screenings, and they were both very cool. It was fun geeking about The Amicus Hand with Ashley Thorpe especially.

And then at some point before the screening of Whistle And I'll Come To You I was standing outside having a fag when a gentleman approached and lit up saying Aha! This is where the outcasts go... ... AND IT WAS SIR DR JONATHAN MILLER!!!!!eleventy!! And he chatted away quite amiably to me and [personal profile] magister on a range of subjects and was witty and interesting on all of them. And James and I went inside mumbling variations on a theme of OMG Jonathan Miller OMG and having geekgasms. And then the next time I went out for a fag it happened again!

Anyhew, to cut a long story short we secured his agreement to record a little bit for [community profile] mygoditsthebaggageman, which we did after his interview with Sir Professor Christopher Frayling (who is enough for geekgasms all by himself). I don't know how good or useful the recording is because my brain was basically in screamingOMG mode by the time I hit record, but I suspect that even if I am totally incoherent on it we'll be able to make something of it because the man can just talk about ANYTHING. I seem to recall us chatting about opera, German film, atheism, psychology, philosophy, sculpture, and many other things, but which of those I recorded I couldn't tell you.

The man has such a towering intellect, but he's so unpretentious with it. He is an absolute master of the fine art of not giving a flying fuck what anybody thinks about him, and I fully approve of that. Yeah, if you hadn't noticed yet, I was very, very impressed.

Oh yes, and apparently Madame Bovary is a tedious slut, and you might as well have a degree in stationery as media studies. And lots of things are drivel.

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pmoodie
He was awesome.

When we had breakfast in the hotel on Monday morning, he and Sir Christopher Frayling were sitting at the table next to ours! I wanted to say hello but I felt far too shy and unworthy, and didn't want to come across as a mumbling imbecile.

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karohemd
I'm petrified in such situations as well. Also, I would never interrupt anyone at the table, that's just rude.

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
pmoodie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pmoodie
Yes, my usual custom when encountering famous people is to leave them alone. I'm sure they get pestered constantly and I don't want to contribute to that. I did say hello to Peter Sasdy on Sunday morning though! :)

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
So did I, and he very cheerily said Good morning back. Great man. :)

Date: Monday, June 20th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I dated his daughter for a while a couple of years ago, so had even more reason to be terrified of him than the legendary reputation bit.

Alawston (still dithering over jumping to Dreamwidth)

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davegodfrey.livejournal.com
His PhD was on nematode worms (mostly to do with their ageing I think). So you could probably have completely ignored the arts and still had him talk with wit and knowledge on a wide range of scientific subjects.

The man is a national treasure.

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