Monday, 8 October 2012

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary


I can't believe it's already 30 years since I went to the advance screening of Blade Runner in Shaftsbury Avenue, organised by Alan McKenzie and Starburst magazine; which coincidentally I ended up working on a couple of years later. There was a voucher inside the magazine that month and all you had to do was cut it out and take it along. Unfortunately and unexpectedly, hundreds of readers did exactly that and the queues went right around the block. Word had got around and people were travelling down from Scotland and from all over the country. There was concern that some of us weren't going to get in, but to save disappointment they opened up two of the screens and as soon as they reached the end of the first reel in Screen 1, it was transferred to Screen 2 where the other half of the audience could watch it. Ridley Scott himself was there to oversee this by all accounts.

UPDATE: Alan McKenzie has left a comment on this post and here it is...

"All absolutely true, Steve ... we weren't expecting Ridley to show up. Far from it. But when he heard about the screening, he came to the cinema because he wanted to, "make sure the sound was balanced correctly." It was very important to him that the first proper audience for the film should hear it exactly as he intended. And yes, way too many people turned up. We figured we'd be lucky if ANYONE showed up on a Sunday morning. But as you say, there were about two hundred people more than we could accommodate. Luckily, the publicity company we'd arranged this with were delighted that their movie had generated so much interest and agreed to pay for the second screen to be opened up. And yes, we did have to carry the reels of film from one projection booth to the other, as we only had one print of the film. That was a fun day ..."


2 comments:

  1. All absolutely true, Steve ... we weren't expecting Ridley to show up. Far from it. But when he heard about the screening, he came to the cinema because he wanted to, "make sure the sound was balanced correctly." It was very important to him that the first proper audience for the film should hear it exactly as he intended. And yes, way too many people turned up. We figured we'd be lucky if ANYONE showed up on a Sunday morning. But as you say, there were about two hundred people more than we could accommodate. Luckily, the publicity company we'd arranged this with were delighted that their movie had generated so much interest and agreed to pay for the second screen to be opened up. And yes, we did have to carry the reels of film from one projection booth to the other, as we only had one print of the film. That was a fun day ...

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    1. Thanks, Alan!
      It was a fun day and an amazing film preview that made a lasting impression. I'll add this to the article itself.

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