This week in press launches: Empire presents Big Screen

Friday July 1st 2011

Yesterday at twelve noon I boarded a seafaring vessel that would take me from The London Film Museum on the South Bank to ‘the world’s greatest entertainment site’: the O2 in Greenwich. We were heading for the press launch of Empire Magazine’s first ever Big Screen event (a spiritual successor to their popular Movie-Con weekends at the BFI) which takes place this year between August 12th and 14th.

There was a lot of champagne on the boat so after a while I stopped concentrating on why we were there and just started taking pictures of things. Here are some of those pictures:

This is a lovely man called James who does PR. He wasn’t allowed to have champagne because he was working so he had a nice glass of mineral water instead.

This is a man in a pink shirt posing by the river for a photographer. They did this for most of the 30 minute journey. I have literally no idea who or what he might be.

This is a photo of Chris Hewitt from Empire standing next to the O2’s Union Square. He’ll be hosting the event in August. I crouched down to take the photo to make him look more powerful.

This is fellow blogger The Incredible Suit eating some kind of cheese triangle.

This is one of the areas in the dome where they’re going to put the event on. We were allowed to carry our wine glasses around the O2 while we toured the building, which felt ever so slightly subversive. A bit like putting Coca Cola in a sports bottle and pretending it’s water during an exam.

I didn’t take any notes during the presentation itself but luckily I’ve got a press release RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF ME so quieten down please because I am now going to tell you about some of the things on offer at the very first Empire Big Screen:

  • UK premieres of Cowboys & Aliens and Fright Night.
  • Something called the ‘Star Wars Padawan Training School’.
  • Special screenings of The Help, The Change-Up, The Guard andTroll Hunter.
  • Sneak previews of The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailer Solider Spy and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) Titanic 3D.
  • Classics such as Apocalpyse Now, Clerks and the Scream trilogy.
  • Special guests including… uh… Kim Newman.

Full details at, natch.