Sunday, 21 October 2012


Well, we may not have won, but what an evening! The Whitehall Banqueting House was a magnificent setting for a ceremony that could only be described as lavish. Sir Christopher Lee presenting Helena Bonham-Carter with an award, Tim Burton receiving an award, champagne, great food, beautiful people and all in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. I think Micky would certainly have approved.

Was it worth seven hours in a car to get there and back, plus eye-watering parking costs at the Holiday Inn? Absolutely, especially given that it's only the first step in bringing the story of Micky's life to a wider public. Today - London: tomorrow - who knows!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Micky Film Gets the Thumbs Up
And he would have expected no less, of course!

Well, Micky did finally make it onto the big screen, with two sold-out showings at the BFI London last Tuesday and Wednesday. Attendees included friends, family and representatives from the Colditz Society and Finchden Manor. Three members of the St Nazaire Society, of which Micky was President for many years, are known to have attended, these being  David Tait, Peter Lush and Tony Kennedy . Peter and Tony came to both screenings and, as with most of us, enjoyed the second all the more. 

Far removed from the traditional documentary format, the 90-minute film was a warm and intimate portrait of this truly inspiring man; an opportunity to yet again sample the humour and charm we have all missed so very much: a YouTube link to the trailer is given below.

Having been nominated for the Grierson documentary award, tomorrow evening will be the moment of truth as the director and we producers attend the awards dinner in the Banqueting Hall, Whitehall Palace. Dear Micky would have been so chuffed: recognition at last!

Full details when I get back. Of course a win is just too much to hope for.........but then in Micky's world nothing seemed to be impossible.