Ever since I can remember I’ve loved the 1920s. You can imagine my excitement then, when I found out it was announced they were celebrating 40 years of Bugsy Malone with an exhibition,screening of the film and a very own Fat Sam’s speak easy at BAFTA picadilly.
It was Bugsy Malone that made me fall in love with the 20s in the first place. The fashion, music and awesome headdresses. I remember watching Bugsy for the first time when I was about 8. I was sat in a classroom,surrounded by my peers on a Friday afternoon,the last school hour of the week. My favourite teacher(Mrs Duncan,who,fun fact taught me gymnastics when I was 5) put on the film about gangsters who shot each other with splurge guns filled with shaving foam who visited a New York bookshop which just so happened to be a speakeasy. Whilst everyone else sat and watched bits of it,I was completely absorbed. So much so that I asked what the film was called and purchased it on DVD not long after. I think it was the first DVD I actually brought.
Anyway,back to the reason for this blogpost and the Bugsy Malone 40th anniversary event report.
With the 20s being my favourite era,there was no way I wasn’t going to go dressed in style! Wearing my black flapper dress(well closest to anyway) me and mum made our way to the train station to meet our friends and mums work colleagues,Jen and Trish for a day spent in the 20s.
Expecting the BAFTA building to be a prominent landmark we were surprised to find it tucked away in the middle of Picadilly,not far from the billboards that Picadilly is known for. Like most places in London the best are tucked away in little nooks. BAFTA was no different.
Walking in it was immediately as though we were royalty. Ok maybe a bit dramatic but I felt important anyway. A man dressed in 1920s attire informed us that the event was happening upstairs and to enjoy our day. It was great to imagine who had walked up those stairs.
After collecting our tickets we made our way into ‘Fat Sams’ a room decorated out with different activities from custard pie throwing,to splurge gun shooting,a dress up photo booth and character named mocktails.
With three activities to choose from,we immediately made our way to the photobooth taking some 1920 inspired photos,dressed up in the different headpieces and hats that were on offer! We had a great laugh,as you can see below.
Next,we had a go at the custard pie throwing which proved a complete fail on most of our parts. We done better on the splurge gun shooting though so it wasn’t all bad.
The exhibition was filled with loads of behind the scenes photos of the cast,a mini version replica of the car used in the film and a real life spurge gun! I also found lots of BAFTA memorabilia which I though was rather cool.
After a wander around,taking far too many photos,we went back into ‘Fat SAMs’ for a mocktail before going to watch Bugsy Malone in the most poshest and comfiest theatre ever. We even got out picture taken on the stage as we were the first ones in.
Like with most films,you notice different things each time. We were surprised to see how different film making had changed since 1974 when this film was made. Examples being actors messing up their lines but still being kept in,actually listening more to the lyrics,and how different the film is when you watch it as an adult rather than a child. It is however,still one of those films that is classed as a classic! Nothing has ever been done like it since. And that’s what makes it so unique.