Derby's biggest and best film festival returns and the Hatch'd team will be there all weekend to blog about it. Day 3 features a directing masterclass from Paddy Considine, a Q&A with Brian Bless, and a screening of Flash Gordon.
The third day of ID Fest 2012 was a mammoth day of press conferences, masterclasses, screening and DJ sets.
I started the day with a television showcase of the work of the day's main attraction, Brian Blessed. The first piece of work chosen was an episode from the third series of 1970's post-apocalyptic drama, Survivors, in which Blessed played meat-loving, chauvinist gang leader, Brod. The other, an episode of Roald Dahl's darkly-comic series, Tales of the Unexpected, this time featuring Blessed as a well-meaning detective investigating the death of a colleague. The screenings served as great examples of Blessed's ability for character acting, convincingly portraying both an immensely dislikable villain and a old-fashioned good guy.
Meanwhile, Hatch'd Magazine's resident film-buff, Lara, attended a directing masterclass with actor/director, not to mention QUAD patron, Paddy Considine:
I was lucky enough to attend the highly anticipated 'Directing Actors' seminar with Paddy Considine on Saturday, which was full to capacity with an audience eager to gain a better insight into his work. Paddy was joined on stage by friend and News Editor of 'Empire Magazine' Chris Hewitt. It was really nice to have the opportunity to listen to a director who is so honest, down to earth and willing to share his experiences.
In the evening, Hatch'd were lucky enough to be invited to a press conference with the subject of the morning's television showcase, Brian Blessed, during which we were regaled with tales of mountaineering, yetis, acting and space. Following the conference, Hatch'd writer, Rob attended a Q&A with the actor and a screening of arguably his most famous work, Flash Gordon:
Brian Blessed took to the stage doing what he does best, booming - his voice filled the room (and probably the corridors). It is probably important to forget, like I did, all you know about the conventions of a Q&A, or even a conversation. Blessed does not subscribe to the rules of these basic arts; he needs only a stage, an audience and someone to tell him when his time is up.
He began, as would most, at the beginning of his life, speaking with absolute fondness for his parents and his early years, as well as his obsession with acting, actors and the theatre. Indeed one of the most memorable stories from this section was his arrest on a school trip at the age of eight because he had climbed into the theatre roof to watch the stage.
It became clear that Blessed had met a vast amount of important people over his 50 year career, from Patrick Stewart - with whom he is still close - to the great Katherine Hepburn.
While the stories he told of these great pillars of the acting world were brilliant, my favourite had to be his story from his early days in the audition circuit alongside Patrick Stewart among others. He was giving advice to one of his friends on auditioning - someone whom Blessed described "couldn't act for toffee" - "just stand still" he had told him, "if you move they'll know you can't act".
Later that week Blessed received a phone call from his friend rejoicing the fact he had been given the part. It transpired that Granada Television was also in that audition and had cast him in Coronation Street, the man in question being Bill Roache.
Blessed's love for acting and mountaineering are already well-known, but what may not be so well-known is his passion for space. For some years now he has been working with the British space program and also training in Moscow. At 76, Blessed is now a fully trained cosmonaut awaiting his first visit to the International Space Station in 2013. Blessed is a truly incredible human being.
The time was now 9:30pm and I am pretty certain that Flash Gordon was scheduled for about 8:15pm, but I think I can speak for everyone that was present when I say we would have listened to Blessed for many more hours and I am fairly certain Blessed would have been happy to oblige.
He ended this session with a phrase so poignant, he bellowed it twice; "Follow your dreams, and don't let the buggers grind you down!" Wise words.
The day ended with a video-game-heroes-themed DJ set performed by myself and local musician, .
To find out more about what else has been happening at the festival over the weekend and for a programme of events visit the ID Fest website or the QUAD website.
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