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 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 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 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
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.