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A cinema classic and pub - Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in "ROMAN HOLIDAY".

Classic film fans, this one's for you!

Being such a passionate fan of world travel, I have always enjoyed quality films set abroad or made by international film studios... think L'auberge Espagnole, Before Sunrise, Under the Tuscan Sun, romantic comedies like Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, the great British gangster films (Snatch, the Bank Job, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,among them), and the great Italian oscar winner Cinema Paradiso.

 

Well, in that vein, another classic old-school film set in Italy, Roman Holiday - starring Gregory Peck and Belgium-born British actress Audrey Hepburn - will be re-released for a short time this July! Ms. Hepburn won an Academy Award (Oscar) for her role as Princess Anne. This is the 60th Anniversary year for this timeless classic, first released in 1953!

Here is the link to the Film Dates UK website mentioning this event: http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/5200-roman-holiday/

Following is the YouTube trailer for this classic film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFo0txAvuE

Thirdly, and finally, for those who like me love the trivia and history of the movie business, here is a great page from Wikipedia on the movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Holiday

Here is an excerpt taken from the Wikipedia page providing the intriguing background on Ms. Hepburn:

[ Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She has since been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in successful films like Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and accrued a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.

She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in late 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland in early 1993 at the age of 63. [END WIKIPEDIA Review] ]

 

We will be meeting prior to the film at a cool local pub (the Riverfront Bar, just under the Waterloo Bridge along the Southbank at 7PM.) After a drink or three or perhaps something to eat, we will saunter on over to the BFI - thanks to Adam for pointing out tickets were on sale by the way (please buy asap in case this sells out) - and watch our film! We might have a drink afterwards as well if we have time.

 

NOTE: Here is some Contact Information for the BFI Southbank (in addition to the weblink below for Tickets):

The Box Office is open daily from 11:30 - 20:30.

Tickets can be booked online (except for free events) or by telephoning the BFI Southbank Box Office on[masked] 3232.

For daily information call[masked] 0274.

Postal address:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank
London, SE1 8XT

Alternative BFI contacts:
BFI Switchboard -[masked]
Lost Property -[masked]


That gets me motivated to be sure! Come out and enjoy a great July Friday at the movies - and appreciate the way film-making was done in the so-called "Golden Age" of Hollywood (when movies dominated summer entertainment, and the internet and cable TV were decades away)...

 

UPDATE: As of 2014 (814PM) on Monday 15 July, there were still plenty of tickets available - but please do not wait until the last minute. I want to make sure I get to see all of you there... and after all, the early birds get the best seats!

WHAT: Movie (Roman Holiday) and Pub

TICKETS: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=FBCC9DD5-40D1-4F50-BDF2-605F2A551E61&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=223D257E-320A-411E-8AA3-CDC12D9D1514

WHEN: (Meeting Time) 7PM at the Pub (Riverfront Bar) / (Showtime) 2030 (830PM), Friday, 19 July 2013. We are going for the later showtime partly so that your friendly organizer can get there on time, and as many of our members might have some trouble getting there by the earlier time after work on a Friday.

WHERE: Riverfront Bar (Pub at 7PM) & BFI Southbank (Auditorium NFT1 at 830PM) (Waterloo Bridge Tube - Northern and Jubilee Lines)

TUBE: Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, and Jubilee Lines)

See you there!

 

Brett

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Eleanor M.

    I spent about half-hour trying to find the group and then gave up. Luckily, I met two other women who were also looking, and we teamed up for a drink and to see the film. I really enjoyed the evening and the film was wonderful, however, I would like to suggest, Brett, that, in future, you have a sign/badge or something to indicate who you are!

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, no problem Elanor - your idea about a sign is of course a good one I should have looked into. That said, it is important to be on time also - and to make sure you take down the phone number I sent out to the group to use to text me in case you were running late. I was able to guide many people to the group who were running late in that manner. Hope to see you at another event in the future!

      July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, agreed! Lovely to meet you Eleanor, and the film was just enchanting - can't think of anyone today who comes close to Audrey Hepburn - but a sign would be most welcome! Thanks Brett for organising - hope to make another one soon.

      July 22, 2013

  • Maria

    Hi there

    I really enjoyed the movie but could not find the group at all either before or after the film. Hope to make contact next time.

    July 21, 2013

  • Susie

    Thank you Brett, this was a very enjoyable night out and well organised by you. :-)

    July 20, 2013

  • Anthony

    Didn't make it unfortunately,got stuck at work,the joys of nursing.by the time got,already 20 minutes late,so no point.wasn't a wasted evening,had a walk round the south bank,and went for drinks with my friend danny.saw the film in Australia about four years ago.next time aye,make sure its on one of days off

    July 20, 2013

  • Claire

    GREAT movie, so sweet & simple and enchanting.... Didn't find any of the Movie Group though. Just found Maria who had been to a movie last week & we couldn't see the group after either. In such a busy place I agree a sign/flag would be most helpful! But thanks Brett for all your efforts, maybe next time ;-)

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Verdiana

    I had a nice evening out and I really enjoyed spending my time with the other members of the meetup group! :)

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the movie, one of my favourite ones.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Susie... thanks and see you there! Anthony... text me when you arrive and I'll guide you to us. Elanor - you will have fun meeting everyone! Giulia: should not be a problem, but you never know on a Friday night... hope to see you there.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been outside wondering around, there are loads of people in the bar.

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi there, guys... sorry you missed us! I had sent out my number to the group. I was hoping that would make it easier for you to find us in case you were running late. We did in fact end up having to change bars (as I mentioned in the email to the group) - sorry if that caused confusion but I did try to note that in the Comments. Hope you enjoyed yourselves anyway, see you at the next one.

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A CLASSIC - and the first time I had ever seen it on the big screen. Thanks to everyone who came out last night - it was fun, and I enjoyed meeting all of you.

    July 20, 2013

  • Amelia P.

    Hi Bret thank you so much for being such wonderful host and organising such great film in such great venue I thank you see you soon xx

    July 20, 2013

  • Caroline

    The film was brilliant

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Back corner by potted plants

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Inside Benuga cafe in cinema (on Right as you enter)

    July 19, 2013

  • Gail

    Hi, where is the group?

    July 19, 2013

  • grace

    Were outside. Near to the river :)

    July 19, 2013

  • Victoria

    On the way to the waterloo now.
    Looking forward to meet you all on my first meet up :)

    July 19, 2013

  • Tsering

    Hi just RSVP. Hope will find you at the pub. Looking forward to the movie.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to buy the ticket as I didn't online. I hope it won't be a problem.

    July 19, 2013

  • Eleanor M.

    My first time out with the group; looking forward to meeting new people and to seeing the film.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Anthony

    Hi,coming straight from work down holburn area,should be there from 8pm

    July 19, 2013

  • Susie

    Hi Brett, Thanks for all the information in your e-mail on thursday night - will be lots of fun. The summer is so brilliant and what a perfect start to the weekend..... See you :-)

    July 19, 2013

  • Keith James C.

    Hello! I can only go to the earlier performance. Hope you enjoy the film everyone!
    Keith

    July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries Keith! Hope you like it - see you at the next event I hope.

      July 18, 2013

  • Ana

    Hello! I always love movies and going to the cinema so this group is great and fun. This is my first time, do I have to know anything? just buy the ticket and show up at the pub on Friday? thanks!! Ana

    July 17, 2013

    • Ana

      Thanks so much Brett, I will be there... I may arrive a bit alter to the pub, hope it is ok. I will see you there... How do I recognize the group?? thanks a lot!! I am looking forward to! :)

      July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem! The more the merrier - and it will be easy to find us. I am sending out an email to the RSVP list now by the way (Thur 550PM) as well. We will meet in front of the Riverfront Bar - along the railing along the river on the Southbank, directly underneath Waterloo Bridge. If Riverfront Bar is full, we have the option to try out a trendy bar - often crowded though - inside the BFI near the BFI museum. Text me at my mobile - sending to the group - if you can't find us. Ciao!

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, how's this - we will be meeting at the Riverfront Bar. It is just under the Waterloo Bridge (where the book fair tables usually are) - and just around the corner. There! Ha ha...

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tickets are still available - a fair number of them - but please do not wait until the last day. When we get close to the weekend, everyone will look for something to do and you don't want to end up staring up at that big screen from the 1st row! Ha ha... Please buy online as soon as practical at the tickets link above. See you Friday night!

    July 15, 2013

    • Amelia P.

      Hi just got my ticket today, seats are no longer allocated but free to seat look forward to meet some interesting people xx

      July 16, 2013

  • Vilian

    Hi just received the following from the bfi, guess it doesnt make a big difference but guess i will just post it here: -->

    ROMAN HOLIDAY
    Fri 19 July 20:30 will now take place in NFT1 Your ticket is valid for the new venue but the seating will be unreserved.

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Vilian - I appreciate the update. However, the venue should not have changed. I will check to update everyone... I don't want everyone getting confused about the showtime and location.

      July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It looks like the auditorium is NFT1 as Vilian indicated above - but please note it is in the same cinema (The BFI at Waterloo) as before... Here is the phone number for the venue:[masked] 1444. http://www.bfi.org.uk...­

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Susie

    Bought a ticket now. Look forward to friday night. :-)

    July 16, 2013

  • Bernie C.

    Apologies, I won't be able to get away on time.

    July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries! See you at the next one...

      July 15, 2013

  • Francis

    I am absolutely looking forward this with a passion

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to attend a leaving do, otherwise this would be a definite yes. Enjoy.

    July 13, 2013

  • Mike

    Looking foward!

    July 12, 2013

  • Joanna

    This Movie is great! I am happy that a got a job few days ago so I can do it. BTW: if you now someone looking for restaurants jobs I recommend to visit this site http://jobize.me and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jobizeme/209789175840491?hc_location=stream

    xx

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay - Congratulations!

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately busy on this day, such a shame because it's an amazing film.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this film - one of my favourites! But I'm not going to be able to make it after all. :( Enjoy!

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Too bad, Maggie, that you cannot make it. See you at the next one...

      July 4, 2013

  • ruth d.

    Ruth
    I also love this timeless classic, but will be in another part of Italy at that time, hope everyone enjoys it and look forward to hearing about the next meet up.

    July 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    ticket booked

    June 29, 2013

  • Fiona

    Tickets all booked

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hiya again. Say - I checked the BFI Web Link for Roman Holiday (posted above in the event web page) and it still shows plenty of seats still available. The "whitish" dots represent "unavailable" seats - but the "green" ones in the seat map "legend" refer to the BLUE dots (which are available seats, of which there still seem to be many). You click on one of the Solid Blue dots to choose a seat - and it puts an "X" there. Then you click the "Add to Order" grey button at the bottom right - and off you go to pay.

      June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      FYI - I believe I misread your comment, Fiona! Ha ha... you probably meant that you had booked YOUR tickets. Ha ha... oh well, it's still good to let everyone know tickets are available. Please buy as soon as possible. Have a nice weekend!

      June 28, 2013

  • Mal R.

    Hope I can make it along to this - sounds good!

    If anyone is interested in more film related conversation just started a film discusssion group. more details here: www.meetup.com/Film-Club/

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Adam F.

    I have swapped my ticket for the 8.30 performance.

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you there, Adam! Hope you are having a good week.

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only a month to go until our "Roman Holiday"! Looking forward to this classic set in the beautiful Eternal City...

    June 17, 2013

  • Lilly

    Will be away now

    June 16, 2013

  • grace

    Me too. Looking forward to doing something different on a meetup :)

    June 11, 2013

  • Adam F.

    Tickets go on sale to non-members at 11.30am on Tuesday 11th. Members get in a week early.

    June 8, 2013

    • Vilian

      Thanks adam :)

      June 8, 2013

  • Vilian

    Hi Brett, I have never bought a ticket from BFI before so not sure how it works, it seems there is no where to click buy tickets online in the BFI page? do I need to buy it in person? look forward to enjoy such classics :)

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      By "member" I just mean registering on the website of course. To be come an official (paid) member of the BFI, it costs 42 Pounds for I believe an annual membership.

      June 8, 2013

    • Vilian

      Thanks brett! Will do it tomorrow!

      June 8, 2013

  • Adam F.

    Also, you can buy tickets online (ensuring you register with the BFI for free, beforehand), or over the phone [masked]).

    June 8, 2013

  • Adam F.

    I will change my ticket for the 8.30 showing.

    June 7, 2013

  • Adam F.

    Go for the 6.20 showing - that is the one I have already booked for.

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Adam - I have to post for 830PM since I am not able to get there by the earlier showtime. That's why it's a good idea to wait to buy tickets until I let you know which showtime we're going for. They'll let you exchange for the later time I'm sure.

      June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hiya Adam! Thank you for letting me know the location of the cinema showing our film... I appreciate it. I know your comments are meant to be helpful (Wink)! I had not had a chance to update the event page just yet, something I had planned to do once we got within a month of the our date. Thanks and see you there...

      June 7, 2013

  • Adam F.

    How about the BFI?

    June 7, 2013

  • So-Fung

    It's my all-time favourite! Shame I can't make it though. Enjoy everyone!

    May 10, 2013

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