They queued all day, around the corner, to see the film…

Lines They queued all day, around the corner, to see the film…

It sounds just like a formative experience I had as a kid, in the summer of 1975, in line at the Wigan Odeon cinema, completely unaware of what was going to ravage me over the next two hours. I can remember it just like yesterday. It both traumatised me and thrilled me all at once. I am of course talking about Jaws and the phenomenon it created in that hot summer.

As you may know, Gone Fishing supported a new documentary about Jaws that had its world premiere this weekend in LA – The Shark Is Still Working. You can read the original post on my blog and watch the trailer here.

Apparently the screening was a double sell out (the second running 4am!). Film maker Erik Hollander, one of the team who made The Shark Still Works, emailed me this today.

I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed "Gone Fishing". It was the perfect opener to TSISW at the LA Film Festival, and I was proud to have your film precede ours.  Wonderful storytelling from start to finish with beautiful cinematography and stunning production design!  You're right, it seems to be a marriage made in heaven – maybe made in Amity!  My compliments to your cast and crew and I wish you all the best of success with it. Sorry we didn't get to meet, but I'm sure we'll cross paths somewhere down the United Film Festival circuit.  I definitely hope to be at the London screening in November!

He also has a big write up about the première on his blog (and mentions GF, as well as having a short video), which you can read here… LOOK AT THOSE QUEUES (that’s lines for the Americans).

I so wish I could have been there!

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author


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