Any London-based film fans out there can't fail to have noticed that Somerset House, in conjunction with Film4, put on a series of outdoor screenings over the last couple of weeks of some really quite good films, the best of which was obviously Die Hard. I was there, but if you weren't, you can recreate the atmosphere by placing your face one centimetre away from this image:
Anyway what went largely untrumpeted (although I did a small trump myself) were the Behind The Screen talks that were held before each screening in conjunction with BAFTA. I went along to the one about John Barry, which took place before a screening of The Spy Who Loved Me. It looked a bit like this, only with more people:
One of the composers, Richard Jacques, also talked about the score he wrote for the James Bond video game Blood Stone, which I couldn't help but notice was more influenced by David Arnold than John Barry. It did, however, feature Derek Watkins and Maurice Murphy on trumpets, who both played on Barry's original arrangement of the James Bond theme, and that was the best bit of trivia I'd heard all day so I kept my trap shut about the David Arnold thing.
I didn't get to any other talks but would be interested to hear from anyone who did, if only to reassure myself that the technical annoyances and irritating twats weren't a feature of each event. Did you go to any? Did you have fun? Where did you sit? What were you wearing? What are you doing tonight? Fancy a drink? Let's get interactive!