Thursday, 6 March 2008

The Colour of Magic

I've begun to do some work on the side for a wonderful site called Den of Geek that specialises in TV, movie, game and cult news and reviews. I've done a couple of games but then an email went around last week that offered a seat at a press showing of the new Sky One adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. I jumped at the chance - I love the books - and, instructions in hand, set off to Mayfair and the cinema.

I get there, and it's very busy. The path each side of the entrance is blocked off with barriers covered in film posters, and the other side of the road is similarly adorned. Fans line each barrier - one the Cinema side of the road, they're several deep. Around 50 cameramen are lurking around the red carpet.

An actual red carpet!

I walk up to the very large and beefy-looking security guards on the carpet and introduced myself as a member of the press who was there to review the film. Once they'd checked out who I was, they said I was ok. And I got to hang around on the red carpet! So I did until it got a bit busier and I headed inside.

Indoors, there were a few big models - a couple of Rincewind and Twoflower, and one of the Octavo - and an area prepared for interviews. Limosuines drew up, out stepped Astin and Jason. Pandemonium: fans scream for autographs, photographers yell for pictures and poses, and a thousand flashbulbs go off at once, illuminating the road in front of the cinema. It was like a real film premiere, oddly enough.

Then they came inside and said hello to all the people from Sky they knew. I almost introduced myself but bottled up and headed indoors.

For my thoughts on the show itself you'll have to head over to my review at Den of Geek, which you can get to by clicking here. Suffice to say, it was pretty damn good.

After the showing, everyone stuck around: there was a promised Q&A session with Sir David Jason and Sean Astin. Also attending, to our delight, was legendary author Terry Pratchett - and it was hosted by the director, Vadim Jean. My thoughts on this and a full transcript will be going up over at Den of Geek in a couple of days - but it was funny, hugely entertaining and very illuminating, as couple of interested facts that hadn't been previously known were revealed.

I've never been to a film premiere before. But I'll tell you this - I really, really want to go again.

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