Thursday, 28 July 2016
Throwback Thursday: Saviours Of The Multiplex Generation...
This week's release of the first teaser for Danny Boyle's T2, the sequel to seminal '90s flick Trainspotting, sparked an entertaining conversation on Facebook with several of my old university friends.
As part of the first year of our Scriptwriting For Film & TV course we each had to give a 20-minute presentation on the "Theory and Analysis of Broadcast Texts".
Mine was entitled "Shallow Grave & Trainspotting or How Danny Boyle, John Hodge and Andrew Macdonald were The Saviours Of The Multiplex Generation".
Hence the reminisces. I won't go on about the subject matter as that's not what made the presentations so memorable.
Several of the finest presentations were made by people who didn't stick with the course beyond the first year.
One young girl - who was, to put it euphemistically, quite flighty - did a talk on A Room With A View (that she'd clearly done no preparation for), which primarily consisted of her finding different ways to say "I just really love it".
But the most glorious part was the purple dye running down her face and neck throughout, where she had hurriedly dyed her hair that morning and not counted on getting caught in the rain on her way to the presentation.
However, the presentation we all remember more than any of the others, as much for the reaction from Paul and I as anything else, was from one of the older students on our course.
This gentleman was using slides to illustrate his talk, about "the importance of character".
Unfortunately, he was clearly nervous and mumbling, and gradually the slides got out of sync with his script.
Paul and I were both trying to control our giggling fits, but then suddenly a slide of sheep in the back of a lorry appeared - and, to this day, I have no idea why - and we just lost it.
Paul - facing down glares from a couple of our female friends - had to excuse himself and leave the room, as I wiped the tears from my eyes and bit my lip as my face turned redder.
It was definitely a "you had to be there" moment, but it's one of those memories that all of our group still holds dear, a touchstone for the laughs we all shared during those three years.
After chatting online with my old friends the other day, I dug out the faded notes for my presentation, and as you can see from the pictures below, they included overhead projection sheets (both photocopied and handwritten). That's how high-tech things were back in the Dark Ages of the 20th Century.