There are many aspects of this new London life that I like, but I am absolutely infatuated with the British Film Institute.
The film premieres, retrospectives, special events, and extensive archives provide incalculable delights. Iain has wondered if I actually live in a cupboard under Southbank, since I'm there so often.
My favourite aspect of the current Boom Britain series is the fact that so many of the directors, composers, and other players are on hand to introduce the work. Controversies forgotten decades ago seethe through the auditorium - this is living history. This is electric, amazing.
A few thoughts from the festival:
"No film can be too personal." -Lindsay Anderson
"Free Cinema is just a name." -Walter Lassaly
"Be careful of directors who espouse good causes." -John Krish