Just got back from a week in London…not sure why exactly I came back, but here I am. It was rainy and cold, but being there alone was fantastic. I had several very cool moments all to myself. One of which was in Trafalgar Square two nights ago. I emerged from the “tube” just after dark to find a screen set up in the middle of the square (against the foot of Lord Nelson’s monument) with a 35mm projector set up in a small truck screening trailers and short films from the upcoming fest, which began yesterday. About 200 people at any one time came and went, sitting on the stairs, watching, cuddling, generally enjoying themselves.
I sat on the stairs for about half an hour. Most of the previews were films I had seen in Toronto, but it was a charming and fun way to promote The Times bfi London Film Festival. I know some other fests have done this (Tribeca), but there is definitely something unique about Trafalgar Square. It was a perfect ending to a perfect trip.