We opened the show with Here’s The Thing. Mark paid tribute to the late director Franco Zeffirelli, who was Oscar-nominated for Romeo and Juliet (1968). Mark humbly pointed out he plays the harmonica on Good Omens. We played a clip on which we can hear Mark’s skills, sadly the actors kept talking through it. We trailed Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) which will play at Glastonbury and whose director Julien Temple and DJ Fatboy Slim talk to Mark about the movie on Kermode On Film.
Our first of two guests in Coming Attractions was Sanjeev Bhaskar from Yesterday (2019).
Mark is a fan of Peter Strickland and was hugely excited to welcome Leo Bill who appears in Strickland’s upcoming film In Fabric (2019). In true Peter Strickland style, it is close to impossible to describe the film without raising a lot of confusion. In short, we follow the journey of a cursed dress and how it ruins the lives of the people who own it. Leo talked about the wild ride it was to work with Strickland as well as the inner workings of washing machines.
Next, we welcomed Be Manzini, a Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Director of the Caramel Film Club and Poet-in-Residence at Sundance London. Be told us about touring with Bird’s Eye View’s Reclaim the Frame and shared a poem she wrote while on tour, based on the movies Wild Rose (2018) and The Kindergarten Teacher (2018). She shared a haiku she wrote in response to Apollo 11 (2019), which she saw at Sundance, and she left us with a poem of a film she enjoyed particularly for because of its representation of women of colour on screen: Late Night (2019).
Mark was chuffed to welcome to the stage Hollywood legend: Richard Dreyfuss, who had just come from the Edinburgh International Film Festival to promote his upcoming film Astronaut. Mark relished the opportunity to talk about some of his favourite films featuring Dreyfuss: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Jaws (1975) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). Richard was extremely witty and poetic throughout his conversation with Mark. There were moments when the entire audience was so engrossed in what was being said that you could hear a pin drop. While we could have listened to Richard speak for hours on end it was time for the show to end. We saw our first standing ovation and boy was it well deserved.
In honour of the release of Yesterday, we paid tribute in Sound and Vision to the Beatles’ I Should Have Known Better from A Hard Day’s Night (1964).
You can listen to Sanjeev Bhaskar and Leo Bill here!