At the movies

Ah, summer.  A time of ice creams, strawberries and, in the great British fashion, holing ourselves away in a darkened room. We do love a good summer blockbuster though, in fact we love spring blockbusters (if there is such a thing, perhaps they’re just movies) and generally going to the cinema.  So thank goodness we just so happen to have a cinema on site in May!

So as we eagerly await Iron Man 2 (30 April – eek!), Robin Hood (14 May),  Twilight: Eclipse (9 July) and Toy Story 3 (23 July) we thought we’d let you in on a glimpse of life in L-HAY (sorry, awful pun!)

Cressida Cowell

The stupendous writer of How To Train Your Dragon, which just so happens to be the best received movie of the year thus far, chats about her star creation Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, dragons and Dreamworks.  Cressida went down a storm last year and we were pretty gutted that rushes of the film weren’t available, but being a whole year ahead of ourselves with excitement we won’t hold it against the studio.  So this year she is back, full of tales of her adventures and where she plans on taking Hiccup, Fishlegs and Toothless next.  Plus we have film clips, so you’ll be able to see Cressida’s favourite bits, so it will be like a live DVD extras – genius!

Peter Lord, co-founder of the really quite amazing Aardman Studios is popping to Hay to say hello and chat to us for a bit.  He’ll be tracing Aardman’s hits and hitches, as well as giving us an exclusive class in how to create one of Aardman’s most famous figures.  Be warned – there will be prizes! So get those crafting fingers at the ready, as we’ll be sending you away to get busy and send pictures of the results.

Eat My Shorts! is our way of sharing our love of films with you and we thought it was high time Hay Fever got involved in The Ritzy screenings.  The search for films threw up all sorts of magical places on the web that we didn’t know even existed; pockets of quality short films just waiting to be watched.  So if anything we hope this event will encourage you to go forth on a filmic quest of discovery.

If this wasn’t enough UK Youth will be running free (yes, we did just say free!) film workshops from their exhibition stand on site to celebrate their centenary.  Keep an eye on this blog for more UK Youth updates, as they have plenty more treats up their sleeves.

Finally…Some of our fave movie quotes that we like to use in everyday life to add a little Hollywood sparkle to our day:

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca

“Inconceivable! Princess Bride (all about the tone obviously. Such a brilliant film, but still getting over Vizzini appearing in Gossip Girl)

“Run Forrest, run” Forrest Gump (done in our best deep south twang in times of extreme rush)

“You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly.” Shrek (we admit only very rarely, as it’s quite a chunky one)

“To infinity, and beyond!” Toy Story (expecting a summer 2010 revival)

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