Posts Tagged ‘press and PR’

Olympic Torch Relay

Friday, December 9th, 2011

ccclogo-125We’re delighted to announce that infinitemonkey’s Toby Venables has just been appointed as Olympic Torch Relay Media Liaison for Cambridge City Council. This is in essence a press and PR role, involving the dissemination of key information on the progress of the Olympic Flame to all local media, as well as offering related human interest stories and organising interviews and photocalls.

The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep.

The flame will arrive on Parker’s Piece in Cambridge for an evening celebration at The Big Weekend on Saturday 7 July 2012, finally arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

So, still time to get a bit of training in…

It’s all about Paddy Considine

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

paddyconsidineAnd so the 31st Cambridge Film Festival draws to a close, with a fabulous closing night film (THE LOOK – featuring Charlotte Rampling) and not one but TWO surprise films, for which eager audiences snapped up tickets without the faintest clue what they were (few could have been disappointed; they were Soderbergh’s CONTAGION and John Madden’s THE DEBT).

But for me, the final weekend was all about Paddy Considine, visiting with his debut film as director, TYRANNOSAUR on Saturday night. OK, so there are professional reasons why that might be the case – we were handling press and PR, after all – but it was simply a great pleasure to meet the man. A real gentleman, who gave a superb, heartfelt Q&A after the packed screening.

It also provides a good excuse to reproduce Festival photographer Tom Catcheside’s amazing snap of Mr C – for me, the photo of the Festival. If you like what Tom does, take a few moments to peruse his website and photoblog. There are pictures from the whole Festival there, as well as info on how you can get Tom to make you look this good!

Nicolas ****ing Refn

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

niclaswindingrefnAnother great day at Cambridge Film Festival was enlivened no end by the appearance of Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at Cannes for his latest film DRIVE, who had a media frenzy following in his wake.

His film is an extraordinary piece of work – highly stylised, and showing a similar visual richness and sense of emotional restraint as Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (are there distinctly Northern European sensibilities detectable here?). But unlike Alfredson’s film, Winding Refn’s crime drama is punctuated by sudden explosions of violence, rendered all the more shocking by the stillness that surrounds them. And it was these – or rather, his description of them – that caused all the fuss… That very morning, live on BBC Breakfast, he had, quite matter-of-factly, described the bursts of violence as ‘a bit like ****ing’. Carey Mulligan visibly winced, presenter Bill Turnbull hastily apologised, and the press went berserk – none of which did our efforts to publicise the Festival screenings that evening any harm at all!

He is, of course, a very naughty boy.

Thanks again to Festival photographer Tom Catchesides for the superb portrait, taken in the Festival bar that evening. Check his website and photoblog for pics of the event and more.

Hurt, Oldman, Alfredson, Straughan…

Sunday, September 18th, 2011


Cambridge Film Festival (for which we are handling press and PR) had a fantastic opening night on Thursday 15 September, with Gary Oldman, John Hurt, director Tomas Alfredson and screenwriter Peter Straughan in attendance for the screening of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.

It was hectic behind the scenes, with live TV interviews, radio, a press conference and photo calls to accommodate into an already packed evening, but the guests themselves were an absolute delight, and our hosts for the occasion – Emmanuel College – could not have been more helpful. A wonderful evening – and surely the film of the year.

Many thanks to Festival photographer Tom Catchesides for the photo. Do check out his website!