Ready For My Closeup Online Event

On Saturday 5th September, Misty Moon started our autumn season off with a fun evening online reminiscing about the filming of short comedy film ‘Ready For My Closeup’ 🎥

Actress Lynn Lowry chatted to us and the audience about her experiences of working on the film, alongside director Jason Read of Robo Films, script writer Michael Haberfelner and producer, Misty Moons very own Stuart Morriss.

Lynn loved the role as Meg Topplethwaite, relishing in the different characters, badly acted by this actress who was once well known for her B movies and now locked in her world of memories and resentment that those days are now gone. Lynn drew inspiration for the character from Gloria Swanson, who played Norma Desmond in the brilliant film Sunset Boulevard.

Lynn originally came up with the idea and script writer Michael Haberfelner adapted it for screen and talked us through the writing process. Michael also had a role in the film as Craig the delivery man, where he had to hide in our wardrobe for a while, as you do! 😁

Director Jason Read, described the process of creating the film, from editing, colour grading, directing the actors and scoring the whole film! (My favourite is the guitar score in the scene with  actor George Sweeney! ) Yes! Jason is a man of many talents and one with great patience! Whilst it was a intense weekend for us, having lots of people and equipment in our home (where it was filmed) Jason had to manage filming  in a fairly small space with hoards of stuff in every nook and cranny!

Talking of our home and hoards of stuff, we both couldn’t believe how messy our house looked! Did we make it look like that especially for the film? As we were once asked! “No”, we replied, “it always looks like that!” Ha! A busy life and too much hoarding created it! Nevertheless, lots of lovely memories were made there and we look back with fondness on our crazy colourful London home, forever immortalised on film ❤️

A successful crowd funding project also brought regular  Misty Mooners together in supporting the film and enjoyed watching it again online, including Alan Hoare, who played a zombie killer and Martin Rudman, who both chatted to the audience about their fun experiences 🧟‍♂️

Well, now that Misty Moon has been involved with eight films with Jason Read of Robo Films, it’s been a blast! Here’s to the next one some day!

Next Misty Moon online event will be Ian Ogilvy! Returning to Misty Moon on Saturday 26th September 🌙✨

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TJv3GhZjTNaN_s1zaegr4Q

Check out Misty Moon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and links for tickets to events 🌙⭐️




Diane Franklin Online Event 29th August 2020

It has been 7 years since actress Diane Franklin came to visit Misty Moon, at our Art Gallery in London during the summer of 2013, where she spent a week meeting fans, talking about her films and exploring London and trips out for english cream teas with us in the Kent countryside! Happy days indeed and lovely to reminisce!

On Saturday our ‘visit’ this time from Diane, was online to chat to us and her fans about her tv and film career. Diane being full of exuberance and fun, chatted readily about her experiences in acting, from commercials, which resulted in her regularly being recognised in the street, to tv and film, including Last American Virgin, (what a great soundtrack!) Second Time Lucky, Better Off Dead and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure! Our tech help,  Martin Rudman chose some brilliant clips, including a role Diane played in ‘Murder She Wrote’, where she plays an outrageously obnoxious wealthy lady in a strop!

A deeper and darker discussion occurred about Diane’s role in Amityville 2: The Possession and the effect this film had on some of its viewers, including Mr Moon, who watched it as a teenager and was scared witless! I have seen it several times too and have to say the prosthetics in the film really do make it more terrifying than modern day CGI nowadays! The real life murders and continued events at the property where it happened, over the years have fascinated so many and have been recreated again and based on truer events in the form of The Amityville Murders, which Diane stars in and is available on Sky Store right now! Mr Moon and I watched this the other night and really enjoyed it. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy a good horror! And yes, it did creep us up! We woke up in the middle of the night hearing a scraping sound coming from somewhere in our bedroom! Even our two cats Molly Mog and  Suzie Sue leapt off the bed to investigate and started growling  (yes, Suzie growls like a little dog!) But don’t panic (she says) it was only the window knocking in the wind (sigh of relief from all four of us, drama over and  back to bed) I think I’ll lay off the horror for a few days and watch some of Diane’s comedies!

Diane answered questions directly to her fans and there was a lot of love and warmth for her career. It was great for some of the regular Misty Mooners, such as Ian Crosdale, who met her the first time round, to be able to chat to her again. See the great photograph below of Ian, taken back in 2013, trying on the coat and hat Diane wore, as the character Monique Junet in the film Better Off Dead!

Diane’s autobiography is available signed via her website http://www.dianefranklin.com
I revisited this during the week and find it a really inspiring  positive read, no matter what your chosen career path is, especially during these times of uncertainty.

Overall in the words of Bill and Ted, Saturday was an excellent and most triumphant Misty Moon online event! Can’t wait for the next time! 🎬🎭

Next Misty Moon online event Saturday 5th September (British time) Screening of short film ‘Ready For My Close Up’ and interviews with horror actress Lynn Lowry, director Jason Read and producer Stuart Morriss 🎬🎭

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N4xwNPz0TMqo65n8KGezbw

Check out our Misty Moon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the link

Misty Mooner Ian Crosdale and Diane Franklin at The Misty Moon Gallery in 2013. Ian is wearing the coat that Diane wore in Better Off Dead.

The Online Bill Reunion 3 – 22nd August 2020

During another balmy August Saturday afternoon, Misty Moon had yet another fun filled Bill Reunion, with actors from the show, Graham Cole OBE, who played PC Tony Stamp, Ashley Gunstock, (PC Robin Frank) and Victor Gallucci,  (DC  Tom Baker) The Bill’s longest running regular background artist, appearing in over a thousand episodes! Everyone got comfy for a few hours with their favourite tea, hot chocolate, jelly tots (the curators favourites) and a gin or two for me (well they don’t call me Gin Jen for nothing!😃🍸) with some of their favourite actors brought virtually into their own living room! 🍷☕️🍸

Despite a few gremlins in the system when we first started (well there’s a first time for everything 🧐🤔) it was quickly sorted by our tech extraordinaire Martin, and was a smooth ride from there on.

MC and Misty Moon curator, Stuart Morriss, started the proceedings with  Ashley Gunstock in the hot seat, which led to a revealing story regarding his on screen moustache!

Great stories followed of the excitement of onscreen car chases (Graham being a stunt  driver before his days on The Bill and being the main driver in the show) and the attention to detail and advice given directly by the police themselves, which added to the realism portrayed, plus lots of location secrets.

We heard from the actors of their fascinating careers before and after the Bill, including time in many theatre productions, Ashley’s directing and Victor’s producing career and time working onset with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, who I think the whole audience agreed, Vic  very much looked like  (see photo!😃)

Of course we had lots of lovely Bill fans, including the lady who runs The Billaton fan account on Twitter! Lovely to be finally able to put a face to the person who runs this fabulous account and thanks to her, for all her support for our Bill reunions 😃

It’s great to be able to catch up with some of our regular Misty Mooners too, especially during these strange times, when some feel quite lonely and isolated and to find out how everyone is coping in their different ways and discovered some are even back in lockdown.  As Misty Moon is online at the moment, we also get the pleasure of connecting to audience members in more far flung areas, who would normally struggle with travelling the distance to the venues we normally use, especially from abroad!

Our next Misty Moon online event will be this Saturday 29th August with Diane Franklin to chat to us about her career on films such as, Amityville 2, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Last American Virgin and her autobiography ‘The Excellent Adventures of The Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s’.

Misty Moon Online Events

Hello Misty Mooners!🌙

Hope you are all well and have been coping during these very strange times!

Those of you that follow us on social media, would have seen that Misty Moon has still been going strong in the form of online events. We desperately miss being at the beloved Cinema Museum in Kennington, London and having fun times at The Phoenix Arts Club, in the west end, (plus other venues and collaborations we are involved in) but in the meantime, we are really enjoying this new avenue for Misty Moon. Thanks for all your support so far in attending the events and from our technical support Martin Rudman

  • Online events so far have included two The Bill Reunions
  • Friday 13th’s Deborah Voorhees,
  • writer and film director Abigail Blackmore (Tales of the Lodge)
  • actress and Ken Russell’s wife Lisi Tribble
  • Crime writer and actor David Barry
  • Film director Emma Dark and actor Alan Austen
  • The Fenn Street Reunion with Carol Hawkins, Peter Cleall and David Barry
  • Sandy Johnson from the original 1978 Halloween 🎃 (first uk appearance)
  • Actor Ian Ogilvy – The Return of the Saint, Witchfinder General

Next up, Saturday 22nd August, 4pm GMT, Misty Moon’s third Bill Reunion, with actors Graham Cole OBE, Ashley Gunstock and Victor Gallucci.
Tickets available, click on the link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lKAmjvGTReqk3_kkbNahmA

Saturday 29th August 8pm, GMT, Diane Franklin  ( Amityville 2, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Last American Virgin) returns to Misty Moon to chat about her career and autobiography.
For tickets, click on the link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nZ_-ThgfT-mVIDy2GXod4A

Looking forward to seeing some of you Misty Mooners there!

Keep an eye out for online events coming up in September at Misty Moon, on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages 🌙⭐️✨

Plus, look out for a very exciting project that we have been working on over the last few weeks, brought to you by Misty Moon 🌙

Lots of love and Misty Moon sparkle dust

Stuart and Jen X

Diane Franklin in Amityville 2: The Possession

Event: Peter Butterworth – His Untold Story

On the 23rd March 2019, we are very proud to welcome Tyler Butterworth to the award winning Cinema Museum to present his one man show about his father, the much loved and missed comedy actor Peter Butterworth.

The evening will be introduced by Misty Moon’s El Presidente Robin Askwith and the Q&A after the show will be hosted by our resident MC Linda Regan.

The poster was designed by Sam Bessant and will be available on the night in a limited edition run of 20 signed by Tyler, Robin, Linda and Sam.

Event: An Evening With Martine Beswick

On Saturday the 8th December we are holding the last Misty Moon gig of 2018 at the award winning Cinema Museum in Kennington. An Evening With Martine Beswick, with a special screening of Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde before the main event.

This exclusive painting has been designed to celebrate the event by the celebrated artist Graham Humphreys. Graham has printed a limited run of 30 A3 copies of the print that will be signed by both himself and Martine and available on the night.

Event: The Misty Moon International Film Festival – Halloween 2018

The Misty Moon International Film Festival is back again this Halloween, for another year of fantastic indie films and will be held on Saturday the 27th October at London’s ‘The Cinema Museum’, a venue of significant cultural importance within England’s capital city.

We are looking for short films of all genres to be submitted but as it is near Halloween and our judges are made up of actors and actresses from well know horror films we would appreciate a smattering of short horrors as well.

The evening will be hosted by legendary comedy duo Trevor and Simon, best known for BBC1’s Saturday morning alternative comedy shows Going Live! and Live and Kicking.

To submit a filmhttps://filmfreeway.com/MistyMoonInternationalFilmFestival

Event: An Evening With Ian Ogilvy

Misty Moon is honored to produce a gig with one of Britain’s best loved actors Ian Ogilvy.  An Evening With Ian Ogilvy will be at The Cinema Museum on Saturday the 7th April 2018. Ian will be joined on stage by Misty Moon’s MC Linda Regan for an in depth Q&A. After the Q&A Ian will meet the audience and take part in a paid signing. Tickets are extremely limited for this unique and rare event and can be brought in advance from https://billetto.co.uk/e/misty-moon-presents-an-evening-with-ian-ogilvy-tickets-261244

Ian Ogilvy

For a generation of television audiences, Ian Ogilvy is The Saint.
Born in 1943, to theatrical parents – and with relatives who were
active in the Intelligence Services during World War II – he had a privileged
and occasionally odd childhood.
After attending RADA in the early 1960‘s, he went on to play leading
roles in countless television programs, including iconic series like I,
Claudius, and Upstairs Downstairs. Others (and they really are too
numerous to mention) include Miss Marple, Tom Dick & Harriet, Murder
She Wrote, Murphy Brown, Caroline In The City, Diagnosis Murder and
Early Edition. He played leading roles in London’s West End, in such plays
as Design For Living, Three Sisters, Happy Family, The Common Pursuit,
Rookery Nook, The Waltz Of The Toreadors, The Millionairess, Sleuth, Stage
Struck and Run For Your Wife. In Los Angeles, he has appeared in Sleuth,
Present Laughter, My Fair Lady and Love! Valour! Compassion! His many
films include Death Becomes Her (with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn),
Witchfinder General, Wuthering Heights, Waterloo, The Sorcerers, We Still
Kill The Old Way, We Still Steal The Old Way and others. He has a TV Times
Award, three Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards, a Los Angeles Times Critics’
Circle Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award.
Ian has written two novels – Loose Chippings and The Polkerton
Giant . He has also published a play, A Slight Hangover. His latest venture is
writing children’s books. Measle And The Wrathmonk, Measle And The
Dragodon, Measle And The Mallockee, Measle And The Slitherghoul and
Measle And The Doompit have been translated into about 15 languages and
are published all over the world.
Ian’s autobiography – Once A Saint – was published last year. The
Daily Mail called it, “A wickedly entertaining new memoir.”

 

 

Film: Review of Ripper Tour on Dread Central

A Bloody Brilliant review of Robo Films and Misty Moon’s new short horror film Ripper Tour starring Lynn Lowry, Dudley Sutton, Charlotte Mounter and introducing Christopher Walker. 

“It’s about damn time we were given a new take on the Jack the Ripper mythos, and Ripper Tour doesn’t disappoint.” 4 out of 5 stars Dread Central

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/266005/ripper-tour-review-new-take-jack-ripper-mythos/

 

Lynn Lowry as Jackie Butcher

Dudley Sutton as Jack The Ripper

Charlotte Mounter as Mary Jane Kelly