On Saturday 6th May 2017 I took my dad and sister to a special screening at the BFI Southbank. Hot Fuzz, one of our favourite films, has just had its 10th anniversary, and the BFI and Loco Comedy Film Festival were hosting a special 10th anniversary screening with a Q&A after.
I was really excited to go to this event. Hot Fuzz is very special for my dad, sister and I as it’s one of our favourite films, and we must have seen it about 50 times between us. We had never seen it on the big screen, however, and even though I thought they may get a minor cast member and some producers for the Q&A, I still thought it would be a great evening.
And it was! Hot Fuzz was definitely made for the big screen; it worked so much better than just rewatching it on ITV2. Everything just seemed just slightly better almost, the sound, the colours, everything! It was so great to watch a film full of a room of people who loved the film just like you and who knew all the jokes as it gave the room a real sense of community. One of my favourite things about the screening was that Nick Frost had booked a seat in the theatre and watched it with us!
But the absolute best thing about the screening was the Q&A after. Instead of a couple of producers and minor stars like I expected, we had an amazing turn out! The panel consisted of Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Kevin Eldon, Bill Bailey and Jim Broadbent. It was moderated by Joe Cornish, a good friend of Wright’s and honestly, the Q&A was the best I’ve ever been to. I could have listened to their stories for hours! The Q&A was so funny and informative about the film. They all bounced off of each other really well and you could tell they were all good friends. What else was apparent from audience questions was the love for that film and how special it was for a lot of people. A lot of people told of how they had watched the film with friends, family and how it had even become an in joke in one couple’s relationship. From their stories and the cast’s stories, it was clear it had affected a lot of people’s lives.
Overall, it was a fantastic night, filled with fun and laughter. I’m so thankful to the BFI for putting on this spectacular event and for the cast for attending. It was fantastic, and I hope to go to many more of these kind of events!