Attending the premiere of Golden Years
This week I attended the premiere of Golden Years an OAP heist movie with an all star British cast. The movie was written by Nick Knowles and John Miller and the script was so enticing Born Free actress Virginia McKenna came out of acting retirement to star in it. It was an arduous process to get the movie made but you’ll be thanking your stars it’s here when you sit down with your popcorn at an Odeon screening near you when the movie is released on 29th April.
The premiere was held at Odeon on Tottenham Court Road and guests were treated to slushy margaritas at cool hangout DF Mexico prior to the screening. Stars were joined on the red carpet by rocking grannies who fitted perfectly into the ‘oldies behaving badly’ theme. Nick asked me to be his date to the premiere and I was really touched and of course accepted. I have seen many versions of the script and developments of characters, I have waited for news (with hopes high) each year that Nick and John went to Cannes and I was utterly convinced the movie would get made even in Nick’s darkest moments when he began to wonder if it would. I was so happy to be able to support him for such a monumental occasion and of course Nick’s sons Charles and TJ were also there.
Unless you have been through it, it’s hard to comprehend how utterly heart breaking divorce is – it’s a complete loss of someone who was your entire life. I understood that by attending the premiere there would of course be speculation about our relationship – we have tried to be as discreet and private as possible, so this was always going to be a little overwhelming. What was important was that I supported someone that has always supported me and I can tell Eddie exactly what his dad’s first movie premiere was like.
Before the premiere I was fortunate enough to chat to a friendly Simon Callow – who you’ll be seeing a lot of in the movie (in more ways than one!), the humble and lovely Phil Davis and a charismatic Ellen Thomas.
It was also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Virginia McKenna, as a long time supporter of the Born Free foundation I have been fortunate enough to have known Virginia for a few years and was thrilled when Nick said she had accepted a leading role in the movie. I also met the beautiful actress Lily Travers who has a small role in the movie and has recently graced the cover of Tatler, Lily is Virginia McKenna’s granddaughter and is ridiculously beautiful in the flesh – I was hoping it was just airbrushing. She is also funny, friendly and talented – I know, I know – it’s not fair!
The movie was met with shrieks of laughter, sighs of heartbreak and spontaneous outbreaks of affection for various characters. I think when a film evokes that much emotion it’s a sign of all the stars aligning; great words, beautifully performed and expertly directed. This is certainly the case with Golden Years.
Roger Payne, owner of Babylon the resident nightclub at Gilgamesh, hosted the after party and we indulged in prawn spring rolls, grilled beef in bulgogy sauce, chicken yakitori glazed in teriyaki and vegetable california rolls – hungry yet?
To wash it down we drank Mint Julep cocktails from New Amsterdam and Italian beer from Menabrea and then Champagne. So much Champagne. We were treated to live music from Eugene Levine ‘Dom Jones’ in the film. Kirsty Shaw – Rayner and Alex Rayner of Chase Communications ran the production and a good time was had by all! I ended up chatting to the gorgeously glam Naomi Hedman and Megan Rees of Ex on the Beach fame but we didn’t get a photo because it was 5am and we were drunk! That’s the sort of night it was. A true night of celebrations with wonderful people and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.