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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 01:07
Subject: Hogfather
Security: Public
We're just back from the première of Hogfather, or at least, part 1 of 2.

If we were celebrity spotters, then tonight would have been a field day.

Firstly, Dawn French in the bar at Claridge's, at the next door table. Pure coincidence.

Then at the cinema, oh, where to start ? Linda Robson (a row further back from us, and further over to the side), Sir Ian Richardson (the other end of our row), Tony Robinson, Nigel Planer, David Jason (in the loos at the Park Lane Hilton!), Michelle Dockery (played Susan), and probably a whole bunch of people we didn't recognise on sight.

...

Oh yes, we went to the cinema this evening. We had out first ever (and very likely last ever) invitation to a première: to the Sky One production of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (it's coming out as a two-parter on Sky over Xmas, since the theme fits very well). We left relatively early, and started off meeting people in Claridge's, wherein I had two martinis (nice ones, too).

Then we all took taxis over to the Curzon. There wasn't a red carpet as we entered, because it had all been decked out with a wintry theme, so there was a white carpet instead, with fake snow underfoot. However, there were plenty of police to keep the hordes of fans under control (OK, not that many fans, only a few dozen in total. It felt really weird bypassing and going straight in. Or, I would have gone straight in, if I hadn't stayed to pay off our taxi and promptly lost bellinghwoman, who had our tickets ...)

Into the cinema, to our seats and, hey, we get goodie bags. Chocolate (only Hersheys, rather than decent stuff - why give Hershey's out at all in Europe?), water bottles, CD, brochure (both for Sky's winter schedule), paperback of Hogfather (with the new cover showing Michelle Dockery as Susan), the hardback of the script, and a candy stick thing. All very nice, and somewhat unexpected.

So, trailers for Sky's winter schedule (not expected), but no ads (so the Pearl and Dean experience somewhat lost). 90 minutes of Hogfather part 2, followed by a quick trail for part two, and then a quick question/answer session from Pratchett/Jason/Dockery. I suspect many were wanting to get on to the party, so that was fairly brief.

Then onto the Zeta bar in the Park Lane Hilton. Good drinks (and I drank a fair bit - any typos are entirely my fault), with really nice nibbles, including tiny but delicious mince pies.

And finally home, by the fast train. Park Lane to home took 75 minutes.

And now, what was the actual production like? On the whole, extremely good (we did see it on a cinema screen, but someone with an HD TV should get most of the effect). Dockery made an excellent Susan, Marc Warren was exceptionally sinister as Teatime, Ian Richardson voiced Death rather nicely. The only point that I felt didn't entirely work was The Auditors - they are supposed to all sound the same, but in life, the result was too close to an info-dump.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2006-11-28 01:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We have yet to decided whether it's worth getting Sky before Xmas for this or whether to wait for the DVD :/
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-11-28 06:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am likely to copy it on the PVR. I am sure korenwolf can find a way to read/convrt MythTV's NUV recording format if I give you a DVD.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-11-28 08:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was going to record it straight to the PC, and Nero will bung that to DVD with no problems. I might even muck about dividing it into chapters.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-11-28 08:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The PVR is a linux box running MythTV. .nuv is the linux/MythTV format it records to.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-11-28 12:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I more-or-less worked that out. :-)

The PVR software which came with the Hauppauge TV card in Mandy's PC records MPGs in a variety of sizes / compression levels, which makes life easy for burning to DVD, watching on the PC or streaming downstairs to the TV.

I need to clear off 10 Gb or so on the PVR drive so I can record Hogfather at maximum quality.
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2006-11-28 10:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We'd be interested in a copy, too, either from you or from Ian :-)
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-11-28 11:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sure we can provide you with something between the two of us.
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hesadevil: Hogfather
User: hesadevil
Date: 2006-11-28 08:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hogfather
I am extremely jealous. Was it good (the film, not the evening which was obviously very special)?
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Colette
User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2006-11-28 09:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the whole, I thought it was good. If I were to nitpick, I would say that, like the bellinghman, I thought that the Auditors didn't work terribly well; in addition I thought Albert was a little too un-curmudgeonly and I wasn't sure about giving Mr Teatime (who in appearance reminded me strongly of Malcolm McDowell in 'Clockwork Orange') what sounded like an American accent - he sounded like Peter Lorre. But he was definitely creepy. It also helped to know the story - for the first 30-40 minutes there was a rather confused narrative thread, which, given the audience at which this will be aimed, is possibly less than optimal. But like I said, those are nitpicks. I'm glad it was made, and I hope it's successful, so that more are made.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 09:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If it helps, the actor playing Teatime - Marc Warren - was the narrator character in that weird Dr Who episode last year, Love and Monsters. The one who ends up in love with a paving slab.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-11-28 10:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I too commented to mrscosmopilite last night that I wasn't sure whether someone who didn't know the book would follow the narrative thread. I found the nasal voice they had picked for the auditors didn't really work. But as you say - these are nit-picks.

I shall now read jealously to your account of Duvel and nibbles with the stars.
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Mrs Cosmopilite
User: mrscosmopilite
Date: 2006-11-28 18:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I said I find it very difficult to work out if JO Public will follow something like this (the same with the plays) as I know what is happening so don't actually have to think.
It was however very enjoyable with some superb casting. Teatimes voice was a little too Johnny Depp (as Willy Wonka) for my taste but it did give an air of "oddness" about him.
I am looking foward to seeing it again and part 2...
It sounds like the Bellinghpeople had loads of fun!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 18:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Had fun?

Perish the thought. You'll never see me at one of those again!

(OK, only because I'll never get invited again.)
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hesadevil: Hogfather
User: hesadevil
Date: 2006-11-28 13:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hogfather
I was convinced that Marc Warren was the young Clockwork McDowell when I saw the picture in the DWCon programme.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 18:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The resemblance was uncanny. And pretty well deliberate, I expect.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-11-29 03:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
that was pretty much what I was thinking as I watched it.
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La Renarde
User: renarde
Date: 2006-11-28 09:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We commented on the deliciousness of the mince pies. And the nice lady left us the _whole platter_. When we called her back and asked her to please let other people have a few of them too, she brought a slightly smaller platter and insisted on leaving some for us.

Mince pies and Duvel. Yum.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 09:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The serving staff were very good - friendly, without being overly so, and helpful. That they were handing out free food and drink helped.

I don't normally eat mince pies, for the simple reasson that most taste like the Devil's Earwax.

These, though, were excellent.

I also did drink some Duvel. And some red wine. And some white wine. And an apple martini. And a whiskey thing. Oh, and we'd had drinks before the performance, too.

I'm still suffering slightly from the dehydration.
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Colette
User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2006-11-28 10:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here is a picture from last night's premiere.
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2006-11-28 10:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And for those that don't see the picture, switch to the UK version (top left of the page).
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 11:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Or try this link
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2006-11-28 18:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So it wasn't an animation like the last couple of adaptations then? I wonder how that would work. Oh well, I'll see it one day, not having Sky no more.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-11-28 18:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nope, proper live action jobbie. Well, some SFX for a certain skellington, of course.
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