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Les Miserable Pre-Screening

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On Tuesday 4th I attended the pre-screening of the film adaptation of Les mis. It was a cast and crew event and I was very excited to be among the audience with my friend Julie. Despite being a big musical theatre fan I still haven’t got around to seeing this award-winning show at the West End. Guest speakers included theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Director Tom Hooper who gave a very low-key introduction to one of the films biggest stars Hugh Jackman. His appearance was a little unexpected and left me overwhelmed being a big X-Men fan. After he said a few words they started the film.

As I hadn’t seen the theatre version I didn’t really know what to expect. The amazing Mr Jackman was unrecognisable in the first scenes playing a prisoner and it wasn’t until later in the film that I realised he had played that part. I was incredibly impressed with the stunning performances from all the actors and especially the main cast who I was surprised to hear sing fantastically. Helena Bonham Carter’s performance was very Sweeney Tod-esque and along with Sacha Baron Cohen added a slight comedy element to the otherwise serious storyline which breaks it up a little.

Overall I loved it. I thought it was very emotional and intense and I found myself holding my breath with anticipation in parts, I also shed a tear or two. I now look forward to the DVD release and I really must get to see the show in the West End now I know what to expect. It will be interesting to compare the two.

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My First London Film and Comic Con

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I’ve been wanting to go to one of these for a few years now but never got around to it. If I’m honest my first experience was a little disappointing due to the poor organisation of the event. I spent most of my time waiting around and queuing and I only had 3 photo-shoots booked so I don’t know how people only going for the day managed to do more than that and some talks as well. I didn’t even get much time to look around all of the stalls but the ones that I did see were really good with items being reasonably priced. I bought 4 mounted pictures of True Blood and the Vampire Diaries at £5 each and a Lost Boys mug at £5. In a way I’m glad I didn’t look at much as I would have spent a fortune on things that I didn’t essentially need.

I liked my photo shoot pictures though and I was most excited about meeting Alex Winter of ‘Bill and Ted’ and ‘The lost Boys’ fame especially as The Lost Boys is my favourite film of all time. Another impressive guest was Gillian Anderson… I used to be a big X-Files fan back in the day. And as I am currently working my way through Heroes, I had to have a photo taken with Hayden Panetierre 🙂

As LFCC had been moved to Kensington Olympia this year, its understandable that things were a little out of sorts for them. Having to organise an event like this must be incredibly difficult, especially when it involves having to get hold of guests. They certainly pulled that off really well as there were an array of guests to please everyone. Depending on next years guests I would definitely give it another go at Earls Court.

Something to look Forward to

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So it’s coming to the end of my first week back at work since getting back off holiday and I couldn’t be more excited for the weekend. It’s not over yet though! Tomorrow I have a two-hour trek to a conference to look forward to, (Can you detect a hint of sarcasm in that sentence?) but at least it gets me out of the work place for the day and they feed me 🙂

On a brighter note, West End Live have finally announced their 2012 line-up and schedule. Anyone that knows me, knows I love my musicals and this is an event I’ve been looking forward to since last years. For those of you who haven’t a clue what I am talking about, I shall explain. West End Live is an annual 2 day show-casing event where shows from the West End perform a selection of songs on a big stage in London’s Trafalgar Square for the general public. Whether they be old favourites or new and upcoming, this years performances come from every West End musical.

More details can be found on their website: http://www.westendlive.co.uk/