Last night saw a double bill of MK3D & MK4D.
Our first guests were director Terry Gilliam and producer Lucy Darwin. Two days before the show, Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) had been the closing film at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be released alongside Lucy Darwin’s second documentary chronicling the 29-year long gestation of Gilliam’s ill-fated project: after 2002’s Lost in La Mancha (2002), Lucy is just finishing its follow-up He Dreams of Giants (2019).
Next up was Nora Twomey, Irish director of Oscar-nominated animation The Breadwinner (2017), about a girl who dresses as a boy when her father is arrested and imprisoned for owning the ‘wrong’ books so that she can rescue him. Exec. produced by Angelina Jolie, the film was created by
Our final guest of the evening was Sir Michael Caine who came to talk about his rock documentary My Generation (2017). He proved that star quality does not fade with age. Charismatic, wise, warm and witty, he received a standing ovation.
In MK4D, Skyfall director Sam Mendes introduced his Guilty Pleasure: Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Waiting for Guffman (1996). The screening was followed by a Q&A in which Mendes talked passionately and thoughtfully about why the film is so important to him.