Monday, May 22, 2006

Fast Food Nation

Is it possible to live on canapes? The results of this crucial piece of research will be published later this week. Last night's party on the yacht was definitely an excellent adventure - almost exclusively British film people, drinking and munching while trying to work out how to stay upright on a moving vessel. It's so windy here that all the boats are swaying all the time. I came out of the party with a party invitation for tonight, cards from three people who want to read the film script, a meeting on Wednesday morning, and a card from a woman who wants stage plays by female writers. I think we can count that event a success.

This morning, went to see "El Caiman", Italian entry in competition and so far the only film I've walked out of. It just wasn't engaging enough, and having lots of shouty Italians at 8:30am is just too much. Besides, I had to get into the American pavilion for a talk at 10:30 by Richard Linklater, director of both "Fast Food Nation", and "A Scanner Darkly" which shows here on Thursday in Un Certain Regard and is the film I want to see more than any other this week. It was a great session, he gave loads of insights into making both films, how they got off the ground (Scanner got going because Keanu was involved - according to Richard Linklater, Keanu has two gears, on and off, and when he's on, he's ON - "he eats, sleeps, consumes the work, calls in the middle of the night because he's just translated the German bits of Philip K Dick's work"); the problems with making both films, an insight into his career (he might get sued in his home state of Texas for criticising the food industry - how bizarre is that?). A really fascinating session.

And now I've just been at a lunch party at the Kodak Pavilion, wine and canapes, really nice canapes actually, so thanks for all your concerns but today I am eating food, and yesterday I had a salad AND pasta. Stacie, you're right, coffee is the main fuel here! But I think I'm going to head off to snooze in a cinema - its really hot here today and I don't want to to the English thing of going out in the sun because we never know when we'll see it again - plenty of rather pink brits are in evidence here today and I don't want to add to their number.


Blogger Stacie said...

I'm having my second cup of coffee this morning, so had a bit of a giggle as I read.

My sister wrote a law review article about that law. I guess it's on the books as well in North Dakota. The most visible application was when Oprah Winfrey was sued for negative comments she made in her show about beef. The suit was eventually dismissed.

2:15 pm  
Blogger Viv said...

Yes, you probably could live on canapes - I hear a lot of people on the london social scene do just that. If you tried to eat as many different varieties as possible, that would probably constitute a(almost) balanced diet...

Definitely a film worth walking out of though, in exchange for insights like that!

4:09 pm  
Blogger Nez said...

I'm not even sure what a Canape is.....?? *blushes*

I have led a very sheltered life.

Go out and get pink. The sun is not forecast to come out here for the rest of the year (or so it seems) so make the most of it! LOL.

Take care m'dear.

6:29 pm  
Blogger Mama(French for mother!) said...

I am sure you can live on canapes if you choose the more substantial ones! Delicious.
Sounds as if you are having a fascinating and useful experience and we look forward to reading your entertaining postings every day.
You probably don't care but the sun is actually shining in Derbyshire this morning so the dogs had better have an early walk before the clouds roll in again!
Take care. Love, M,D,L and N.

9:21 am  

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