How far is it? Dunoon.
Narrator: It was a time of kings. A time of majesty. A time of cheese toasties. And Costas. Lots of Costas.
That would probably be the intro to this if Ian McKellen happened to be voicing it. But it won’t be, it isn’t and frankly if you believed it was then I can’t help you, neither can the nurse. But yes, travelling up from the south to Scotland is a long long way. Particularly by car. But, 9 or 10 hours after setting off, I made it and here I am in Dunoon.
But before we talk about the film festival, here are a few shots from my trip - there would be witty video but due to both my b&b wifi (imagine a leaf travelling in a high wind carrying access to wifi. Occasionally, it drops on your nose and you can access it…then it flies away again. You see it across the road, you run, you just get to it, and off it pops again. Then you catch the leaf, destroy it and then promise you shall wreak vengeance on all of it’s leafy brothers and sisters. Ok, I need that nurse.) and intermittent access, it’ll just be a few salty pictures.
WORLD OF WONDER
BIRD ON CAR WITH GOPRO
Zombies, cake, ferries
I almost wrote ferrets there. I would have tried to style it out too and written a few paragraphs on ferrets. Like when you make up an obvious piece of rubbish to sound intelligent and then get caught out and proceed to talk for hours on the subject hoping everyone will die of boredom if you keep going for long enough.
But there are no ferrets in this section, so don’t worry (though if you had asked, I would of course have told you that the ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.)
So, once on the ferry (right, crossed that bit from the title) and not ferret (although, imagine a fleet of ferrets ferrying your car across a Loch. Now imagine saying that pissed) I held down my various coffees despite the Loch wishing otherwise and arrived in Dunoon. Rain, rain and more rain but here I was and after a good nights sleep (fuelled by a pint of Tennents in the local) it was off to discover the festival.
Now, I’ll post more later once I’ve been to the first of today’s (Friday) sessions I’m filming, but on the schedule it’s a Zombie Workshop followed by a screening of John McPhail’s Anna And The Apocalypse followed by a Q&A. Hoping to get an interview shot later with John and certainly a lovely picture to pop up here. Here’s the trailer - looks like a fun mix of horror and musical and quite frankly don’t we all need that right now:
DUNOON BURGH HALL
So that’s it till a bit later when I’ll post some interview bits and lots of pics from Zombies and much more. A great way to kick off a truly local festival.