Alright, but I’m going to call it a ‘holiday’ since I’m British. By far, the best holiday I’ve been on to-date was in the Summer of 2012 when my best friend and I travelled all the way to San Diego for Comic-Con. It was my first time visiting America, so that was exciting enough, but we’d been wanting to go to this con for so long after hearing all about it for many years. We stayed for a week, so we had a couple of extra days there to soak in the California sunshine, visit the beach, Balboa park and Seaport Village (all of which were delightful). Comic-con itself was bigger and more ridiculous than I could ever have imagined, but after having been once I’ve caught the bug and would love to go again if I can ever afford the flights and hotel. We quickly learned to deal with the longest queues known to man, and managed to catch panels with Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, the cast of Breaking Bad and a bunch of others. Our baggage on the way home was stuffed to bursting with all the goodies we couldn’t stop ourselves from buying in the amazing exhibit hall. I really had a great time.
Currently, I’m looking into a trip to Brussels this Spring to visit my aunt who lives there, so that’s a slightly less expensive trip to look forward to!
In a project announcement that is the quintessence of the American Film Market, MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are launching “XX” as an all-female horror anthology, with each segment featuring both a female director and a female lead.
The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch (“Boxing Helena,” “Chained”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”), Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “Jennifer’s Body”), sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (“Dead Hooker in a Trunk”, “American Mary”) and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Captured Bird”).
Just spent a hectic five days working non-stop for Grimmfest - Manchester’s international festival of horror and cult film - as head of Guest Liaison. My voice is broken, my feet are hurting, and I haven’t the mental capabilities left to process any kind of complex thoughts right now. However, this year the festival was better than ever - and I’m very proud of myself and the rest of our little team for managing to get the whole thing organised and running smoothly. Feedback from press, VIP guests and punters has been extremely positive. Now, back to work on our upcoming feature film…
Fantastic opener to Grimmfest this evening at the Stockport Plaza. Celebrated director Robin Hardy’s 84th birthday (yep, it’s October 2nd - the date on Wikipedia/IMDb is incorrect) (yes, I too was shocked to learn that the internet can sometimes be wrong) in style with a screening of his cult classic, The Wicker Man. I made a dash to ASDA while the film was on to get him a cake, candles (which we weren’t allowed to light for health and safety reasons, ha) and a bottle of scotch! We ended his Q&A by getting the entire audience to sing ‘happy birthday’ to him on stage. Very surreal. Make sure you check out our other events happening in Manchester tomorrow until Sunday!