Life has its funny ways.
Will she ever stop? I don’t know. I have recently received email from new participants from Spain and the UK, so people still seem interested. As long as she is comfortable traveling, I will let her do so.
Several people have written reviews, step inside to read them.
If you have no idea what I am talking about – please go here.
It must be a perfect moment to have a post about The Girl In The Cafe on tour, seeing as another important G8 meeting is held in Japan as we speak.
Now just in case you don’t remember what it was all about, here is a message from your Uncle Bill, as he can explain it much better than I can.
And let’s face it, he is also much groovier than I am.
Bill has also written a post on the Oxfam International blog about his experiences in Japan.
And more on OXFAM.
OK so now you are up to date. The Girl in the Cafe, the film, is about the same things. And my DVD of this great film has been travelling for quite a while now to far away places (as you can see on the world map)
The DVD has visited 69 people around the world, and new participants are signing up regularly, with Greece, Singapore and Wales being new destinations.
And there are new reviews from a couple of people who participated.
The answer is no. Too much Bill is a contradictio in terminus.
I was going to write a one line post today:
“The only successful marriage I had was me and my work.”
Because I really don’t have much of a life at the moment. I am juggling between finishing our short film (we spend the whole weekend on it again – except for the 3 hour Pirate break – but we are getting there), rewriting my script and then there is my full time job. We are clinging on to the fact that the deadline for the short is the 11th of February, we will probably fall into hibernation for a week or two after that – but after that we will slowly get our life back.
As a result the energy to write lively blog posts is fairly low at the moment, I apologize.
Good I remembered that I have 2 reviews of The Girl In The Cafe that were due to be posted. So go and read them, one is from Laura in London, the other one from Marcello in Dubai.
A big Thank you to both of them for placing another marker on the map.
Would you like to join ?
Everyone is welcome.
A short update on the on The Girl in the Cafe project.
I love people who love Bill Nighy. And I actually love all people who take the time and the energy to participate in this project, who write those beautiful personal reviews on the film and who pass the film on to the next person. I hope the film will continue its journey, also in 2008. May the Girl have a safe travel.
Here are some clips from the latest reviews, click on their names to read the full reviews on their websites.
While The Girl in the Cafe is about to take off for her first Middle Eastern trip, 3 participants have published their reviews on their websites.
Aukje in the Netherlands.
Cally in the UK.
Mik in Luxembourg.
A big thank you to all of them, both for passing on the DVD and for taking the time to write about it.
Would you like to join and watch the movie?
Or have a look at the world map to see where she has been and is planning on going.
Everyone is welcome.
Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.
It will always be my favourite subject to write about, and it’s also an excellent excuse to post a picture that hasn’t anything to do with New York. Not directly anyway.
Here is an update on the project.
The Girl is currently staying in Luxembourg, the UK and the US. And while I thought the end of the tour was in sight, the list of participants is growing again, with recent sign ups from Dubai, Edinburgh and London added to the map and the list.
I also received 2 new reviews, one from Robert in Croatia, and one from Robin and Hannah in the UK. A big thank you to the both of them for writing them and for participating.
Two new New York pictures in the photoblog:
- Strike the pose (How to seduce a bird to do a Vogue pose. (trick: feed it blueberry muffin))
- Fall in Central Park (Simply beautiful)
Step in for the reviews, they deserve to be read.
With recent sign ups from both Washington and Amsterdam (update: and London and Australia), there doesn’t seem to come an end to the travel of The Girl. She is heading for another US and UK tour soon.
The Girl has also been in New Zealand, visiting Mark, and has just visited Slovenia too.
Mark wrote a fantastic review. He saw the film with 16(!) of his friends and they all loved it.
Do step inside to read his review, it made me jump with joy. And I suddenly got a brilliant idea when I read it, I will tell you more about that soon.
A big Thank You to Mark for writing this.
Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.
I don’t know if this is going to be a returning post kind of thing. I do know that I try to stop running every now and then, to reflect a bit on life and appreciate the good things, however tiny they are.
- We are casting for our short (1 minute) short. Here is some detail from the description:
“Our ‘City Gent’ is aged 50+, distinguished / greying and MUST be able to raise one eyebrow (Roger Moore style).”
I bit my tongue to not say that the reference to Roger should be replaced by a reference to the master of eyebrow acting (I am in therapy, can you tell). We already got four responses, and tough job to read emails from actors with photos attached. Now you understand why I want to be a film maker.
As my Cookie film has a protagonist of about the same specs, I am more than interested to see what responses we get. Dan might be among them! We will shoot this short short next weekend, the 21st of October.
- There have been some new sign ups for The Girl In The Cafe on tour and both of them are from the state of New York, one from NYC and one from Ithica. Apparently the project has been spoken about on the university of Ithica, which was the reason Michele signed up. She also told me what her professor has said about the project:
My professor is teaching a class on the emotional and personal effects technology has on people. We brought up social networks such as geo-cacheing and wheresgeorge.com. Then she added that she had heard somewhere (she couldn’t remember where) about this great film that was being passed around the world. She thought it was neat that it created a new forum for people to discuss movies and world issues. She also said that projects like yours and post-secret are the future of social connections in an increasingly technological world. Basically, though, she thought that the fact that this movie can reach even areas where movies are usually unavailable is one of the few productive and positive effects of the new digital era.
Things that makes my Friday. Ithica is a nice reference to this, I hope her road is a long one indeed.
- Bill Nighy reads Eric Clapton again tonight on BBC4, 9.15pm. Tune in and rock on. Missed it last week? Here you go. Next week the new Charles Paris starts, to celebrate that I found the previous Charles Paris files and fed them to my iPod. What can I say – things that make my Friday
- 33 days to New York.
- When you get great news, and I mean roaringly great fantastic news, how do you react? Do you grab your iPod and start dancing? I do. I did that yesterday and danced the night away. I know you want to know what that great news is, but I can’t tell you just yet. Also because it is not 100% sure yet, but then, what is a 100% sure in life.
- I had a breakfast of Tea with biscuits this morning.
- I just downloaded the new Radiohead album. (At last, it was impossible to get through to the website the last few days). The rhythem in “15 Step” plugs directly into my heartbeat. In a good way, I love that song. Go download it, you can set your own price. It is currently being played in our office. (Things that make my Friday)
- I have slowly started to look around for a potential new cafe. I was going to visit the Regency Cafe which is literally around the corner where I live, but their opening hours are a bit weird. They are closed between 14.30 and 16.00 and I was there, of course, at 14.35. They are closed on Sundays too.
In stead I went to the Astral Cafe which is diagonally opposite Regency Cafe. This is not going to be my place either (both Regency and Astral are too close to where I live) but I will return there for food. You can eat things like Spaghetti for £4 and a cup of tea is only 80p.
- Al Gore wins the Nobel prize.
- It’s nearly weekend and this weekend I will be in screen writing class again. I look forward to get comments on both my Cookie script and my 35 pages of feature film.
And how is your Friday going?
The Girl is still travelling, and is currently staying with Andy in Brazil. (Brazil: lucky girl!) Andy is about to send her off to the UK and has just written his review. Yes I know it is in Portuguese, Google helps a bit translating it into some form of English (Babelfish does a much better job! Just enter the URL) which I am sure loses all the details of the article. But looking at this language I do not understand, looking at the picture of Bill and Kelly in a place that still is dear to me in this post surrounded by words and just the fact that this crazy idea made it this far around the world already, well that makes me happy.
The Girl DVD is still touring, and currently on her way to Brazil, Germany and New Zealand. People are friendly enough to send the Girl to the next person, but writing reviews seems to have been a bigger problem. The last few weeks some reviews related to the project have been written and you can read them here:
Kate’s smudges (Canada)
And Richard sent me the following by mail:
This unusual love story has touched me. A love story between a high ranking bureaucrat (Lawrence) and a girl next door, or as you like, a girl next bar (Gina). Somehow it felt hard to believe that such different people could ever met. Well, erm they did. Of course the overall message is clear, as the film rolls out. Lawrence is preparing his part for the summit of the G8. As he tells Gina about the G8, she became more and more outspoken about the upcoming conference. This causes trouble for Lawrence. But she opened eyes for those who couldn’t see…
In the end I wanted to fall in love too. That, to me, is a huge compliment for a film
A big thank you to all three for taking the time to write.
Do you want to see the The Girl In The Cafe film ? Join the TGITC – on tour project.
First, here is another clip of Bill Nighy’s trip to Tanzania, where he clearly explains why he thinks aid is a good thing, and that it in fact works on the places he visited.
I have received 4 reviews from people who particpated in the The Girl on tour:
- Tony from the UK (Bill Nighy obsession, me? What’s he on about?)
- Jacqui from France
- Naomi from the US (yes I know I Capture the Castle, I saw it again tonight actually, I love it and James Mortmain)
- Joachim from Germany (who has an interesting take on it all, as Germany has just been hosting another G8 meeting)
Four different reviews, 4 different opinions. Very interesting.
The Girl is currently on her way to Hawaii, Canada, and has just arrived in Zagreb, Croatia.
How international can it get? I love this project.
Step inside for the reviews.
Oh God not him again, I hear you think. Well as I recently have been hanging out on websites realizing that I am not the only one having issues I might as well just openly come out with it. As I felt the need to throw some Bill in between all those Alan’s I hacked together this funky avatar. The picture makes me laugh. A lot. And I like to be pathetically not-grown-up sometimes. It keeps you young.
Apart from that, this post is supposed to be about The Girl on tour too, so he is not completely out of context here. And it’s also about joining a writers group. And about how M&S toffee mousse tastes.
I received a couple of good e-mails the last few days which is something that always makes me happy. Most of them were related to the Girl on tour which is an ongoing logistic planning project, but if I could do it full time I would quit my job right here right now to do it.
There is a very well written review in here, so go on, jump in.
This is so true.
Despite the fact that it is Valentine’s day, a day single people tend to hate, and I am no exception.
And you can keep your cards with “I LOVE YOU”, your Sainsbury’s Taste the difference spring milk chocolates in a heart shaped box, your Marks and Spencers Organza Heart with Heart Truffles, your romantic spa weekend for two and your shared bank account. And you think yeah, that’s what any pathetic single girl would say. I hear you, but I actually mean it. Not only because I still don’t understand the concept – why do we need a specially assigned day to say “I love you”? Say it as often as you can. All year around.
And apart from all that – I would really rather fall off my chair.
Lucky, as that was exactly what happened.
- has funky music!
- has a short note about a Dutch footballer recently spotted in Croydon.
- has a TGITC film review
is 100% Bill free. (enjoy it while it lasts is what I’d say).(I really tried)
14 different countries, and Hawaii are on the current list of locations for The Girl in the Cafe on tour project. The Girl has just packed her bag and is currently on her way to Charlotte’s web (Germany) and Man over board (New Zealand).
If you happen to like Bill Nighy, don’t miss this 25 minute video interview with him about The Vertical Hour, acting and being mellow.
If you have 2 hours, a stamp and a little bit of patience, join in, it’s free!
Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world
but it’s a start.
Yes, Laurie liked the film too…
The Girl in the Caf? – A review by Laurie Cranston
A quirky film which brings together the idea that a simple concept can sometimes be bogged down in the detail.