I'm back home again after a journey up to London to attend the UK premier of Stardust, the film based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. Howard Gayton and I were there by the kind invitation of Charles and his wife Karen, who I don't see nearly often enough now that I live in the UK. Neil and his extended family were there too, though Neil was much in demand over the evening and we saw him for about a nano-second.
It was truly a star-studded event (forgive the pun), and a surreal experience to walk down the famous red carpet (which in this case was actually green) while paparazzi snapped photographs and wondered who the heck we were. But what a wonderful way to see the film for the first time, sipping champagne, cheering, and celebrating our friends' big night.
The video above is the UK trailer for Stardust. You can watch a video interview with Neil about the creation of Stardust here. (I hadn't known, before this, that the story was inspired by a falling star above my winter house in the Arizona desert...how nice!) More informaton can be found on the Stardust movie site. Photos: (above) Howard, Karen, Charles and me at the premier (photographed by our companions in the Young family); (left) Neil at the premier; (below) pages from The Stardust Visual Companion, a new book that mixes film imagery with wonderful art by Charles, along with text by Neil and others.
Many thanks to C & K for a truly memorable night.