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Re: London Film Festival 2009

#61 Post by a_person » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:03 am

Yeh... It's still free for you! Might as well add it to your 100+ list! Feeling better today I hope!
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#62 Post by Beate » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:06 am

Not really. Had hardly any sleep last night, kept up by cold!
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#63 Post by superhero » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:15 am

Beate you might enjoy it, I just wrote my review for it

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#64 Post by superhero » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:19 am

Just a heads up for the people going to see films at Vue for the London film festival, I went to see Up in the Air on Sunday; if you are going to a screening with 2 showings 15 mins apart, it's better going for the 2nd screening, because apparently I think they said only the second screening gets a Q&A at the end and not the people in the 1st screening.
I was really glad to be put in the 2nd screening for Up in the Air. It really added to the film, having the director Jason Reitman there to answer questions along with the 2 lead actresses (George Clooney didn't show up, I think he got bored of walking down that red carpet in leicester sq), but it was very insightful.
But I do think this arrangement is very silly, where 1 screen the people won't get Q&A

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#65 Post by kevinknapman » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:47 am

There's bit quite a bit of complaint going around about the Q&A situation already. I was at the first screening of The Road and found out later that the second screening got a Q&A. I was not happy. Seeing as I'd pa*d out extra anyway because it was a gala screening. I expected more than the very brief introduction we got. If you're on Facebook there's more about this on the film festival's official page http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=bfi+l ... lmfestival If there's a filmmaker present for the surprise film and the same thing happens I think a lot of people are going to be upset about it, seeing as those at the 1st screening won't even get an introduction.
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Re: London Film Festival 2009

#66 Post by Beate » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:02 am

My friend is also complaining, she has come to the Film Festival for years and can't understand why most films are now held in small screens at the Vue West End, and she couldn't get in some of the films even as a journalist. And then those films will probably be free previews in a few weeks time...
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Re: London Film Festival 2009

#67 Post by superhero » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:15 am

Yep, thats why I said as soon as I saw the move from Odeon West End to Vue West End, I was like oh no! what a mess it will be!
Not only did the 1st screening people not get a Q&A. When the director (Jason Reitman), his wife and the 2 lead ladies had to leave the screening, they had to fight with the public to get to the escalators to leave! Most unglamourous! No wonder George cleverly decided not to show up.

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Re: London Film Festival 2009

#68 Post by superhero » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am

lol....even the journalists can't get in. Now thats real bad....
Beate wrote:My friend is also complaining, she has come to the Film Festival for years and can't understand why most films are now held in small screens at the Vue West End, and she couldn't get in some of the films even as a journalist. And then those films will probably be free previews in a few weeks time...

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Re: London Film Festival 2009

#69 Post by superhero » Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:23 pm

I have got tickets for the 1st screening for the surprise film *sigh*. When I applied, I applied for everything in the 1st screening thinking that will be the better one! What an idiot :wall: ....
I was thinking they will still do Q&A for both screenings and maybe the people in the 2nd screening will just have to wait for ages!
kevinknapman wrote:There's bit quite a bit of complaint going around about the Q&A situation already. I was at the first screening of The Road and found out later that the second screening got a Q&A. I was not happy. Seeing as I'd pa*d out extra anyway because it was a gala screening. I expected more than the very brief introduction we got. If you're on Facebook there's more about this on the film festival's official page http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=bfi+l ... lmfestival If there's a filmmaker present for the surprise film and the same thing happens I think a lot of people are going to be upset about it, seeing as those at the 1st screening won't even get an introduction.

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#70 Post by kevinknapman » Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:13 pm

superhero wrote:I have got tickets for the 1st screening for the surprise film *sigh*. When I applied, I applied for everything in the 1st screening thinking that will be the better one! What an idiot :wall: ....
I was thinking they will still do Q&A for both screenings and maybe the people in the 2nd screening will just have to wait for ages!
kevinknapman wrote:There's bit quite a bit of complaint going around about the Q&A situation already. I was at the first screening of The Road and found out later that the second screening got a Q&A. I was not happy. Seeing as I'd pa*d out extra anyway because it was a gala screening. I expected more than the very brief introduction we got. If you're on Facebook there's more about this on the film festival's official page http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=bfi+l ... lmfestival If there's a filmmaker present for the surprise film and the same thing happens I think a lot of people are going to be upset about it, seeing as those at the 1st screening won't even get an introduction.
That hardly makes you the idiot. I think the festival organizers are the idiots for allowing this to happen. I thought exactly the same thing.They must have realised this would upset a lot of people. Especially loyal BFI members. I've been going to the festival on and off for about 27 years and this is the first time I've felt let down. They organizers have claimed in a message on Facebook that the reason this happens is that filmmakers introduce both screenings and choose to stay and watch the second screening and don't want to get dragged out of that to do a Q&A in the first. My answer to that is simple. Don't do a film-maker introduction in the second screening. As long as they get a Q&A as well, audiences in the second aren't going to be too upset by the lack of an introduction. They could also make the difference between the screenings 20 or 25 minutes instead of 15. Any number of things could have been done to prevent this.
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