Today started with a challenge. The space we had at The Brewery Arts Centre made sightlines for the audience very difficult, plus the projectors were struggling somewhat. Still, between Simon, the Brewery tecchies, Cara and myself we managed to sort something out in time for the screening.
Basil arrived in his vintage Roll Royce with the Dowager Duchess Ann in the back seat, both of them in costume and bang on time. They certainly attracted a crowd! Basil is 82 and it was quite a haul from The Isle of Whithorn to Kendal, so he is top of our 'gotta love' list. He had support from Mike and Bob from Machars Movies – also our heros. I didn't have the camera with me but eventually we'll get some screen shots from Simon. Our next runner, James Webster also arrived in plenty of time after a long drive from Newcastle. He brought his film costume (check out Justin – Party Animal and Justin and the Precious Vase on the Hansel 2012 web site) and was very patient with us whilst we filmed him doing the canister handover a half dozen times.
Met some lovely folk at the screening, including some of our film makers, Andrew Eliot and Tom Lloyd. That was a treat.
But just in case you were starting to think that life on the road is al just too exciting, I have to say that the most glamorous thing we did today was take Simon's undies to the launderette whilst he struggled with the projection. Good job he had some doughty womenfolk with him – or he'd have had to 'go commando' for two days!
Tomorrow we lose Cara to the Edinburgh Film Festival She has worked SO hard and so cheerfully – we're really going to miss her. (She's already plotting to come to Berwick on Sunday.....). Onward – to Berwick upon Tweed and a date with Mark Kermode.