Sunday, 25 April 2010

FanFest 2010 - The Lowdown

This weekend FanFest 2010 was held in the British Film Museum based in County Hall (just next to the London Eye and London Aquarium). It was an event for all film-lovers but especially focusing on the Spy Film and Sci-Fi Genres.

There were quite a few exhibits and the rest of the Film Museum was open to look around as well (if you go to the museum make sure you check out the Charlie Chaplin exhibition, it's pretty amazing). Apart from vendors there were chances to see the stars in the flesh and get their autographs (with two large halls full of stars, this was an autograph-hunter's dream; stars were charging £15-20 for an autographed photo, and some were happy to sit and chat, and have their picture taken with people). A number of props and costumes from famous sci-fi and spy thrillers were on display, news reporters were getting peoples' reactions to the festival and news that James Bond may have reached its end, and there was a "spy school" for younger visitors.

Apart from all the memorabilia on display and for sale, the exhibits and autograph opportunities, there were several question and answer sessions going on throughout the day, featuring famous actors and actresses, special effects wizards and the like. The highlight of the day was animation legend Ray Harryhausen's press conference.

More on some of the exhibits, Q&A sessions and of course Ray Harryhausen's special announcement to come on this blog...



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