September 2018~ An Evening With Anthony Daniels

An Evening with Anthony Daniels took place at The Chickenshed Theatre on Saturday 8th September 2018. It was a charity event with all funds raised going to Chickenshed.

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The evening began with Anthony retelling the story of how he got the part of C-3PO, after initially turning down a request by ‘some American’ filmmaker. He went on to talk about how the costume was made, the problems he encountered and the improvements made of the years.

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The evening continued in such a fashion with Anthony telling stories from his time on all the Star Wars films as well as discussion on spin-offs such as the animated show ‘Droids’, an anti-smoking commercial he wrote and more recent activities such as the Star Wars LEGO cartoons. There was also some discussion on merchandise including some very strange items! The whole evening was accompanied by behind the scenes images and videos. Some never seen before.

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There was a lot of audience interaction and the evening ended with a raffle, autograph session and photo opportunity. All proceeds again went to Chickenshed.

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Limited edition large-size trading cards were sold for £5 each and it was these that Anthony signed. Only 200 were made and luckily for me not everyone wanted one so I was able to buy extra for my brother and nephews.

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March 2017~ An Audience With Gareth Edwards

BAFTA occasionally host “An audience with” type events. This month it was to be with Gareth Edwards, director of hit movies such as Godzilla (2014) and the latest blockbuster in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This event was organised in conjunction with BAFTA Cymru and took place on St David’s day.

The evening began with a showreel of Gareth’s work, including some unused footage from Rogue One. Gareth then went on to talk about his work, his life in general and things that had influenced him. He then took questions from the audience.

I particularly enjoyed hearing about his work on Rogue One and how he filmed it in a very organic/fluid way. Indie hour also seemed an interesting concept where any idea, from any crewmember was considered and most likely shot.

Only one thing spoiled it for me. The day before, we received an email from BAFTA saying that Gareth would sign autographs for about 10 minutes afterwards. I took my Rogue One book just in case. There were a group of autograph hunters (more likely dealers) who shoved their way to the front and in many cases had 15-20 items each to get signed. It’s just very inconsiderate when you consider the fact that there were about 50 people wanting autographs and that he was only doing 10 minutes. Luckily, the man is a trooper and stayed long enough to sign for everyone.

Interestingly enough, lots of items signed by him appeared on a popular auction website the following day! Some starting at £50….