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The BFI Denton Convention and Screenings 2016
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The BFI Denton Convention and Double Feature Screening
A celebration of 41 years of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and 35 years of Shock Treatment
With Patricia Quinn, Richard Hartley, Sue Blane, Jeremy Newson, Claire Toeman, David John, Donald Waugh, Gary Shail, Sinitta, Benji Sperring, Tom Crowley, Alex Beetschen, Andrew Sanders, Mateo Oxley, and on video Jim Sharman.
Plus an international performing cast of fans old and new for both movies.
It was great when it all began..........
Back in the last century (well the late 1980's), a young lady by the name of Gia started a little Rocky Horror Picture Show performing group called Charming Underclothes. A group of Rocky Horror fans got together every week at the Screen on Baker Street (and later the Prince Charles Cinema) to dress up and shadowcast the movie. Steph and I joined in the first few months of the group and we went on to do more than 400 shows.
Fast forward to 2016 and Gia puts out the word that she wants to 'get the band back together' for special screening at the prestigious British Film Institute on London's South Bank for a double screening to celebrate 41 years of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and 35 years of Shock Treatment. As well as some of the original members of Charming Underclothes we also had performers from other UK casts as well as USA and European shadow cast members.
The event then gets a little bigger when a mini-convention is added to the day, with guests from both movies as well as from the recent London stage production of Shock Treatment. Helping organise the day is Mad Man Mike and Marty, who along with Ruth also host some of the panels of guests throughout the day.
I was a regular Frankie Fan..........
It was lovely to see a facebook conversation a week or so before the event with someone asking how ticket sales were going and the reply of "It's sold out!!!" appearing on screen. NFT1, the movie screening room has 450 seats. The mini-convention also had over a hundred attendees throughout the day.
As well as the guest panels we also had 'The Blue Room' a nice area for the fans to chill out and admire some original posters and some of the actual costumes from the show/movie.
The day kicked off around 1pm with and introduction to the programme of events from Mike and myself in NFT3, followed by Marty hosting the first of our guest forums.
Oscar Drill and The Bits Reunion
We were joined by Clare Toeman, Gary Shail, Donald Waugh, Sinitta and David John to discuss their memories of of filming Shock Treatment.
It Was Great When It All Began-Fan Panel
Next up we had a fan panel. This was a general discussion about 'the early days' in New York and London and the ongoing fandom. Mike Ellenbogen, Gia Milinovich and Ruth Fink-Winter looked back on the start of performing casts and early Rocky Horror fandom. I also joined them on the panel, something I wasn't expecting to do, but I must say it was most enjoyable and pretty soon just turned into a chat with old friends.
From Screen To Stage - The Making of the Shock Treatment Stage Show.
After a short break Mike hosted a panel with the creative team behind last year's on stage adaptation of Shock Treatment, Benji Sperring, Tom Crowley and Alex Beetschen.
Yes, Janet. Ralph's a lucky guy - Jeremy Newson In Conversation.
We were very lucky to have with us Jeremy Newson as he had never appeared at a Rocky event before. Jeremy was the only actor to play the same role in both The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment and we were treated to his wonderful recollections of both movies.
You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, we're all lucky!- Patricia Quinn In Conversation.
After another ten minute break Marty was joined on stage by the one and only Patricia Quinn. We have seen Patricia at many events over the years and she never fails to delight the audiences with her wonderful stories about The Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as Shock Treatment.
Well first you go rip rip rip, then you go snip snip snip- In conversation with Sue Blane.
To round off the mini convention Ruth was joined on stage by the original costume designer for The Rocky Horror Show, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, Sue Blane.
Movie Time - The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The first of our double feature movies began with an introduction at around 6pm.
Shock Treatment Question and Answers.
Before the screening of Shock Treatment we were treated to a panel of guests consisting Andrew Sanders, Claire Toeman, Gary Shail, Jeremy Newson, Patricia Quinn, Richard Hartley and Sue Blane.
Movie Time - Shock Treatment.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Shock Treatment, once more with a shadow cast here in the UK.
Are you having a party?
Yes we were.
TWW Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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