Bugsy Malone 40th Anniversary Bash! 

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. 

We then made our way upstairs to the exhibition. Not before finding Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch though🙊

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. 

The day ended with a natter and dinner in Garfunkles before travelling home. All in all it was a wonderful day and I’m so glad I got to live out my fantasy of being a part of the 1920s for the day. 

Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibiton 

  
Having been a fan of Audrey Hepburn since I was 15 I was so excited to attend this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery-and it certainly didn’t disappoint. 

Audrey Hepburn was one of the most iconic actresses of her time. So much so that her legacy still lives on today. 

The Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibition features 70 unseen images of the actress from her days studying ballet in the war,her west end debut in Gigi and her impressive film career. 

Dedicated by her sons Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti,these photographs,taken by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Richard Avendon,give a beautiful insight into the life and career of a true Hollywood icon who’s life will continue to live on through this gorgeous exhibition. 

If you’re a fan of Audrey Hepburn or photography,then this exhibition is most definitely for you. 

The Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibiton runs until the 18th October at the National Portrait Gallery,London.

  

2014 & New Years Resolutions ❤️

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. As midnight on the 31st December once again looms,now is the time we look back and reminisce on the year gone by,and decide on the things we wish to achieve in the year ahead.

In reflection,this year has been a pretty great one. I ticked off quite a few things I wanted to achieve this year. Mainly with the people I wanted to meet.

This year alone I met some of the people I’ve admired and wanted to meet for years. It started in March when I got the chance to meet Pixie Lott at her cd signing. April followed and was probably the best month. I attended the Olivier awards where I met three of my favourite people. Hayley Atwell,Tom Hiddleston and James McAvoy.

June I met Carey Mulligan who I’d admired since 2005. July was another brilliant month. Getting to meet Pixie again,and be in the same room as my idol since I was seven,Keira Knightley was a dream come true. This was also the month where I met the lovely members of the birdsong cast. Both an extremely talented and lovely bunch of people. Also met the brilliant Declan Bennett who I first discovered in January when I went to see Once.

August I got to go to Highclere Castle,the real life Downton abbey. What an experience that was. A great one at that.

October I had the operation id waited ten years for. Of which I couldn’t have got through without all of your support. So thankyou.

And this year ended with meeting the gorgeous and lovely Olly Murs,Mcbusted and Dan Stevens.

I feel like this year has been a dream it’s been that amazing.

2014 was also the year I discovered the theatre. In total I went to see six shows and i loved all of them equally. I’m very excited to attend more shows next year. That’s one of my not so much resolutions but things I wish to do more of next year. The others are below:

1. Write more-on the blog and generally. Write more features and make a full start on my book. Have a first draft written by December next year. Keep a diary.

2. Attend the theatre more-I’ve already booked to twice but more can’t hurt.

3. Explore-both Southampton and other places. Go to different places in London rather than the same ones. Despite them being my favourite,there are others too.

4. Get more work experience- the only way I’m going to get my foot in the door. Plus,it’s fun to meet people and learn things.

5.Meet the rest of the people I admire-Sheridan Smith and Fearne Cotton amongst others.

6. Get my braces off-end the procedure and wear the retainer.

7. Make a start on my theatre fanzine.

8. Capture more memories and take more photos.

9. Watch more films and read more books. Broaden my mind.

10. Most importantly:
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY LIFE!

LET 2015 BE EVEN BETTER THAN 2014!

With that I wish you all a happy new year. I hope it’s the best year yet.

Lots of love

😘

Heroes at Highclere,Lights Out & Writing

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Heroes at Highclere

Sorry for not posting in just over a week.

The past week and a bit has been rather hectic on the writing front. I wrote three different pieces for three different competitions which I’m waiting to hear back from.

Also last weekend was the Heroes at Highclere event at Highclere castle also known as Downton Abbey. Those who know me know that I’m a huge Downton Abbey Fan,and for those who don’t,you now do.

I didn’t think I was going to get to go as I wouldn’t have got there in time but my friend Alice who I met on Twitter and met for the first time back in June invited me to stay at her house the night before so we could go and share the experience together.

A few days before the event I saw a advertisement on Twitter from one of the journalist profiles I follow saying about a job as a contributor at the site Film and Tv now. I sent off my cv and thought nothing of it. Then,Saturday afternoon just as I was about to catch my train to Shoreham to meet Alice,I received an email from the editor,Lisa letting me know that she had reviewed my cv and asked me to write a tv piece on anything of my choice.

I thought about it on the train going up to shoreham but put it to the back of my mind until I came home Monday.

Alice picked me up from the station at 8.45 after a very hectic and squished train journey due to it being the weekend of Pride in Brighton. We had a chilled evening before our early morning start en route to Newbury and Highclere.

It was a very exciting day and I got a bit overwhelmed when I saw the house. I’d waited 4 years,since the show had started to visit. It exceeded my expectations completely. Still yet to go in the house itself but the grounds were beautiful. It helped that the weather held out too.

The grounds were filled with white coloured markee tents including a music tent where I managed to catch The Three Belles,The Military Wives and some swing dancers. Was very tempted to join them. There was also a tent for oxfam where we admired all the beautiful vintage clothes that were way out of my price range,amongst others.

The day celebrated all those who we lost within the First World War and those who gave their lives. Various charities were there including The Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes along with hero bear who I got a bit excited about as he had had photos taken with the Birdsong cast. Silly I know.

It was so lovely to be out in the sunshine to help celebrate.

Unfortunately,unlike previous years,Elizabeth McGovern was the only member of the Downton cast to attend the event. She came on the stage after a lovely introduction from Hugh Bonneville to tremendous applause with her band Sadie and the Hotheads.

All in all the event was great and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go. Thankyou to Alice and her family.

I don’t know how many photos I took of or by the house so I won’t bore you with all of them but a few of my favourites are above and below this post.

After a great weekend I came home and wrote my first article for film and tv now about the Great War programme airing on itv tomorrow evening before going to the #LightsOut event in town to commemorate the start of world war 1 100 years ago.

On Tuesday I went and spent a few days with my family which involved a day of shopping and ended up with the shot below in ikea.

Another post for film and tv now was put up within those days. Both can be found below.

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/itv-commission-drama-series-celebrate-first-world-war-centenary/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/full-cast-announced-for-maxine-peakes-hamlet/

Needless to say the next few days will be spent writing a few more articles and reading.

I’ve also decided to start doing book blogposts about books I read over the rest of the summer so look out for those.

Also I still need more people to join the fanzine so if you’re a fan of theatre check out this post.

https://emilypontin.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/for-the-love-of-theatre-a-fanzine/

Hope you’re all well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

E ❤️

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Partying with Pixie

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Yes,the title of this blogpost is exactly how it sounds,well the nearest to it anyway.

A few weeks ago I entered a competition to win tickets to the launch party of Pixie Lott’s range of Batiste dry shampoo. I thought nothing of it,just a normal really cool competition to enter and put it to the back of my mind.

Then a week afterwards when I was on my way home from a day in Brighton I checked my emails to find out I had won.

I’d get to go to an exclusive launch party where I’d get my hair done and listen to pixie perform and get a photo with her afterwards. That night was Saturday.

After much difficulty trying to find the venue(when they say tucked away in the middle of soho,that’s actually what they mean). Needless to say me and Lucy finally found it and had a great night.

We had cocktails,got our hair done(I got my ‘Isabelle’ braid I had been wanting for ages and Lucy had her hair curled which looked really nice.) and took a couple photos in the photobooth whilst enjoying a catch up.

Then,at around 8ish we escorted upstairs to the stage area where we were treated to performances by Molly Rainford(who for a 13 year old was very confident and had a great vocal range for her age),and Jocee who got the crowd hyped for Pixie’s performance.

Pixie came on at around 8.45 and played a 45 minute acoustic set of some of her most famous songs including Mamma Do and Cry Me Out,aswell as some of her new songs off the new album released on August 4th such as Ocean,her latest single Lay Me Down and Nasty. She also done a cover of Cry To Me from Dirty Dancing and her most recent cover of a mix of Waves by Mr Probz,All of Me by John Legend and My Love by Route 94.

After an amazing set the event came to a close with us each getting the opportunity to have a picture with pixie and a free goody bag featuring lots of Batiste products

An absolutely amazing night with great company. Thanks to Batiste hair for organising the event,Pixie Lott for being the most kindest person ever and putting on a great show and ofcourse to Lucy for coming with me.

❤️❤️❤️

Birdsong and Phoenix Collective Gig

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What a great week!

This is just a catch up on this week really to fill you in as I feel bad about not updating as much.

On Monday I caught up with a friend I used to go to school with. We went for lunch and saw the new transformers film which was great,even though the film wasn’t really my type of thing.

Tuesday I went to Brighton and met up with one of my online friends,Emily. We had a wander around town and ended up getting a bit carried away talking to a sales assistant in Cath Kidston about Mcfly. We also went dream house shopping. Only wish I was moving to London now so I could buy all the gorgeous stuff I saw.

We also had fun on the penny slots and won a mini minion on the hook a duck game at the seafront. Most people know I like minions so I was happy. Hence the minion selfie with Emily.

I was orginally supposed to go to Eastbourne on Wednesday to watch Birdsong again but ended up going on Saturday instead. Kind of glad I went then as I think going both Saturday and Wednesday would have been a bit much,no matter how much I enjoyed it.

Thursday,Friday and Saturday morning were spent working on more drawings and getting the last few bits together for the gifts I planned on giving the cast.  Which turned out great,despite the rush that morning. I ended up writing the cards on the train going up.

I feel very lucky to be able to have gotten the chance to see the amazing cast in action twice. It was amazing the first time,but even better the second time,probably because it was their penultimate performance and they were coming to the end of the run. I noticed a few subtle changes from when I saw it on Winchester but it still worked perfectly.

After the performance me and mum made our way round to stage door,gift bag in hand to wait for the cast to come out.

I wasn’t sure they would but I hoped they would as I got a tweet from one of the actors letting me know they would be out at some point in between shows. To my luck around half 5 they did.

Elizabeth came out first followed by the rest of the cast-Selma,Jonny,Carolin,Sam and George. Each took the time to stop and chat and sign and take photos,which was great as I was the only one there. Having been a bit of an avid fan of both the play and the actors I was a bit nervous about how they would react,especially as I’d done drawings of them. They were all absolutely lovely and I can’t thank them enough.

The encounter with the cast went a bit like this.

Me(to Elizabeth) hi can I get you to sign my programme?
Elizabeth: ofcourse- did you enjoy it?
Me: yeah,it’s actually my second time seeing it.
Elizabeth: thankyou for all your support.
Me: you’re welcome. Can I get a photo?
E: yeah,sure. Shall we get someone else to take it? *selma takes my phone and takes the photo*
*After selma had taken the photo I ask her if she can sign my programme. She finds the page and signs.
Me(to Selma) can I give you these? *hands over the gifts.
Selma: thankyou so much. Guys we have presents.
Sam: If you put them inside we’ll open them later.
Me:(to Selma) can I get a photo?
Selma: ofcourse.
Jonny: opens his arms for a hug. Hey how are you?
Me: I’m good thankyou,how’re you? *Jonny take a photo of me and Sam and then we swap.
Sam: *after taking our photo together rubs my shoulder. Aww bless you.
I then go over to where Carolin and George are standing.
Me(to George) I like your flower.
George:thankyou,it’s Macmillan I think.
Me(to carolin) can you sign my programme.
Carolin: ofcourse.
Me:(to George) I don’t know how you can get out of character so quickly.
George: you get used to it after a while.
Me(to Carolin) can I get a photo?
Carolin *nods* we take a really nice selfie.
Me: can I get you to sign my program too George?
George: I have to warn you my handwriting is terrible.
George signs the program and we take a photo.

We say our goodbyes and I go back to where mums waiting.

Mum: where’s the lid for the pen?
Me: oh
Just as I’m about to go back to get my lid from George I hear him mutter damn under his breathe and he calls my name and hands me the lid back.

We then said more goodbyes and George and Carolin walked down the street. Me and mum followed behind to go to the station and selma cut in front of us to catch up with them.

Me and mum made our way to the station to go home. Whilst I was waiting I checked my twitter to find that George had favourited my tweet from this morning. A few hours later I checked again and I had received these lovely tweets and a follow from Sam.

I can’t thank the cast enough for putting on such a great show night after night. I feel very lucky to have been able to have seen the show twice and met such talented actors. I wish them all the luck for their next projects and they’ve each made a fan in me.

Thankyou guys.

Sunday was the day of The Phoenix Collective gig. The band the orginally cast of Once formed together as they liked performing together so much.

I got on the train and 10.25 and by 11am my Sunday had been made. I checked my twitter and I had a tweet from the birdsong tour tagging me in a photo of Simon Lloyd with the picture I drew of him. The caption ‘Bear with his fabulous portrait by @pontinemily. Needless to say I was happy and couldn’t stop smiling. Even more so when Simon replied with ‘a very proud looking bear indeed’

This is why those guys are a awesome!

I arrived in London and met Tim feeling really happy and excited. I relayed the conversations of the Saturday with him to which he smiled and spoke in the right places which I’m very grateful for. It seemed all I did was talk yesterday.

After KFC we made our way to Highgate where the gig was. The Bogaloo is a small pub with tables and stalls with a space for people to play at the front.

When we got there it was pretty empty. We grabbed a seat and got the drinks in whilst we watched The Phoenix Collective sound check and waited for the other acts to arrive.

Declan Bennett arrived and said hello to everyone including waving at me whilst he was talking to some women at the table next to us and asked if I was ok.

I’ve been a fan of his since seeing him as Guy in Once and his music has since been on repeat, so being on the same room and listening to his set meant a great deal.

The support acts were great. Nick Edward Harris made playing the guitar effortless, whilst Scarlett Starlings looked they had great fun having a dance to their set.

Forty Elephant Gang were just epic sounding like a cross between Mumford and Sons and The Beatles when they first started out as the Quarrymen. They got the biggest cheer and psyched everyone up for Declan’s set.

After a ten minute break,Declan came on stage to a huge applause and played song from his album Record Breakup including Everything More,Love Wins,Freer and The Longer I Leave It. I couldn’t help but sing along with him. He’s amazing and to see him live was awesome!

The Phoneix Collective closed the gig with some Irish folk songs and transported me back to Dublin for the last hour. Everyone’s feet were tapping and everyone was singing along. In that moment we all became one sharing our love of music. Nothing beats that feeling!

After a great rendition of Chandlers Wife from Once, much to the audience pleasure which went on for a good five minutes because the audience kept singing the same part over and ever again the gig came to an end.

It made a change for a Sunday. Great company accompanied by great music. Definitely one of the best Sundays.

After the gig I waited to see if I could talk to Declan afterwards which I managed to do.

He turned round and saw me and the conversation went like this.

Declan: oh hey,how are you? *opens arms for a hug*
Me: *hugs him*
Dec: did you enjoy it? It was fun wasn’t it?
Me: it was great. Can I just say thankyou. Record break up has been on repeat since I saw you in once back in January and I love it.
Dec: ah bless you thankyou that’s lovely.
Me: can I get a quick photo?
Dec: ofcourse.
Me: sets up my phone to take a selfie.
Dec: oh wow are we actually doing this? Are we actually taking a selfie?
Me: takes the selfie* thankyou so much.
Dec: aw you’re welcome.
Me: when are you back in Eastenders?
Dec: the end of the month.
Me: I loved your tattoo by the way.
Dec: oh the one on my neck?
Me: yeah. That’s mine *shows him my tattoo.
Dec: ah come what may. That’s lovely. *walks over to Tim and shakes his hand. Alright mate,Declan.
Dec: so are you guys heading off now?
Me: yeah.
Dec:ah thankyou so much for coming. I’m glad you had a good time.
Me: thankyou. *opens arms for another hug*
Dec: *hugs me back* See you soon.

Needless to say I came out of the venue smiling like a loon and talking non stop again.

What a great way to end an awesome weekend.

Thanks to everyone who made this last week great.

I love you all.

What have you all been up to?

Lots of love

E ❤️

Ps: I woke up this morning to the final tally of the money Birdsong raised for Help for Heroes. So proud and happy that I got to see it twice. Help for heroes is a great charity and one that I was raised to support so congratulations to these talented guys. Can’t wait for next tour.

❤️❤️❤️

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West End Live,reading and a general catch up

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West End Live,Reading and a general catch up.

Sorry for the lack of posts.

Had quite a few personal things to deal with which I won’t bore you with. I also spent the weekend at my Nan’s without wifi and minimum 3G which proved difficult than I thought,especially having to screenshot George Banks Birdsong blogpost in order to read it so I didn’t get overcharged on my phone bill.

So Thursday I met up with Lucy for lunch at Westgate Tower which I’ve started to call Amiens just because that’s how I picture it to be in Birdsong. Lunch then turned into dinner as we managed to catch up with Sophie and Megan too which was lovely. My third Nandos of the week with chocolate cake for pudding. Lush.

Last weekend did and didn’t go to plan. In my last blogpost I mentioned that I was going to meet Tim in London and go to West End Live and see a show afterwards.

I still went to West End Live but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan with meeting Tim up there so I went to check out the new Once Cast and watch Carrie Fletchers performance in Les Mis before leaving and getting the train to my Nan’s.

Whilst there I got through one and a half books. I took a book called Elenor and Park by Rainbow Rowell with me,which I finished on the Sunday morning. I then went to Waterstones and bought another book by her called Fangirl which I had wanted to read for ages because it summed me up completely.

I also went to Sainsbury’s and bought three more books for £5 and the DVD Don Jon starring Scarlett Johansson,also for £5.

To say that most of my weekend was spent reading would be an understatement. Needless to say it was enjoyable.

I also managed to catch up with my cousin which was lovely. Then today I done a bit of scrapbooking and a bit more reading.

Tomorrow I’m hopefully getting my macbook which means I can start typing up my script for the deadline on Friday. Exciting stuff.

What have you all been up to?

Have a great rest of the week.

Lots of love.

E ❤️