I am sat here at Terminal Five, Heathrow airport and about to board a plane for LAX. Officially, I am flying over to attend the Santa Barbara Film Festival where Gone Fishing is playing. Unofficially, I am also going to LA to be as close to the Oscars as I can get, for the nomination announcements on Thursday. We all find out then, if Gone Fishing has been nominated or not.
And I am looking at the newspaper, with a new American President that fills the whole planet with hope for the future.
I feel like I am in some kind of dream.
I am currently in ‘hour two’ of a fifteen hour journey. All I can do over those thirteen remaining hours is sit around and think… and I can’t help but be reflective of the journey we have all been on over the last 18 months. It’s truly extraordinary.
Whatever the outcome on Thursday, I am so very proud of all of us – everyone involved in ‘Gone Fishing’. And I know from the emails I have been getting, many of you are also very proud of our achievement too. Together we created something that has its own life, it reaches out and touches people across the globe. It makes peoples lives better. That is wonderful.
Last night, quite out of the blue, an old friend from school contacted me via Facebook. I had not spoken to her in 25 years, and it was great to get in touch. Really great. But she also told me of a few friends who I had lost touch with over the years, had died. It was a shock. People who I went to school with were no longer here. And it was a stark reminder to me, to live in the moment. The here and the now. Even if it is in an airplane seat. Life is a gift never to be squandered.
The Oscars will come, they will go, maybe we will get the nomination, maybe we wont… But whatever the outcome, the film will still live on, continuing to reach the hearts of those who choose to spend 13 minutes of their life watching it.
This is the real prize.
We did it. We really did. We made something extraordinary.
Thank you for choosing a seat on this roller coaster…
So hold on tight, 'cos the BIG one is headed our way VERY FAST!
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author
UPDATE – I got into LA and hooked up my laptop to find literally hundreds of 'Good luck' emails. I won't have time to respond to them all just yet, but thank you. I am Jet lagged and feeling really ill right now, so very nervous. Less than 12 hours… Blimey!