Back in London now and reflecting on Dinard. It’s a strange festival, in fact more a kind of film convention mixed into a film festival (Cannes in a microcosm), a place for new and established players in the film business to mix. It’s clearly a very important one if you want to make it in the British Film Industry.
There was the usual eclectic mix of people there, and I made some incredible new contacts with actors, young producers going places, older producers already there, and also made some new friends. It was great to also see our DP Vernon and his wife Lyn, and we spent days sat in café’s really examining the meaning of stories, life and how it all intertwines.
On the up side, Colin Firth saw the film and said that he thought it was ‘wonderful and beautiful…’ which is rather nice.
In conversation with some of the producers there, I also discovered the very strange position that film makers are now in with regard to private investment from wealthy players – film may, for some private investors, be a better investment that other companies (ie, buying shares is not a good idea due to volatility in the market). Incredible.
Those of you who watched the video blog over the weekend will know that I dedicated one screening to my old friend Mandy who lost her mum a few months back. She saw it online and dropped me this email…
Onwards and upwards!