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Entrance to the foot tunnel at Greenwich

Greenwich

I attended two back-to-back screenings of Bata-ville this weekend (Friday and Saturday evening) which couldn't have been more different ...

Many thanks to Jo Blair of City Screen for programming the film in their super relaxed basement cinema space in Greenwich Picture House on Saturday night. The screening room may only have 32 seats but they are the biggest I've ever seen! They recline back and have slots for drinks etc. It's always a boost to see you have a full house and they're squeezing in extra chairs at the sides ...

Sadly not so at the RCA, students there are so over stimulated (it seems) that you can only get about 25% of the ones you actually teach to attend a screening. Depressing though this was, it did remind me that Karen once confessed to missing a Ridley Scott lecture whilst studying there as she was indeed 'too busy'!

Anyway the Q&A after Saturday's screening couldn't have been more lively, and it was fascinating to see the type of audience that the film drew at a regular cinema (rather than a gallery). Some, I would say, were docs. fans, and many others had Bata connections, but I certainly didn't get the feeling that any were from a more regular 'art' audience ...