It’s life but not
as we know it!!!
Photographs By Patrick Trollope.
Well not only were famous people were in
Southport “I had tea with Teryl”.
Well according to the fridge magnet I got given.
Cult TV was holding its very own brand of entertainment, showing the
most divers and friendly group of party going people you could meet at a weekend
never to forget. Organizer
Alex Geairns told me “We came up with the idea over a cup of tea
after a convention I was at. Talking
to my friends we spotted there was no real group that organised an event that
celebrates not only one, but all the cult TV shows we now have.
So as I was at Wolverhampton University or should I say Polytechnic
at the time, I hunted through the vast array of books on film and TV to get
a name that we could use to sell such an event.
Thanks to Wolves Uni., Library I eventually found a book that said
something like ‘Cult Films for the…’ and came then I up with our World
Famous brand name Cult TV.
We have never looked back since and we are now in our 9th year.
It is all about 72 hours of fun, that transports you from the doom
and gloom of every day life in to the world of TV.
With non-stop entertainment from Noon Friday to Noon Monday, with the
famous stars and writers from some of our best loved programs on hand, to
party with you and also to answer your questions and sign books and more. It is a fantastic opportunity, when you break it down to just
over £1 an hour! I
don’t think you can get that anywhere other than here!
We also raised £1,700 for the Christmas Light appeal and also raised
cash for other charities”
When I asked people who came what they
thought about the event I was told:-
“Fantastic, we have come to all of
them. We are not sad
people, we just like having fun. I
am also interested in the film industry and hope to write some day.
It is a very good way of learning from the best and also having fun
at the same time.”
“A opportunity to let your hair
down and just have some fun.”
“Where other than here can you have
a drink with a star of a TV show or dance with them?”
“As you can see we do not all dress
in silly costumes and have silly questions.
Most of us are professionals in jobs that range from owners of
companies to Lawyers and Barristers. Some
even are film technicians and others are students who want to go into the
industry. Some of us do
dress up, but that is only to have a laugh and who really cares what others
think. I think football is silly and the prices of football
stuff is very silly, but people enjoy that, so why say we are silly as we
like sci-fi. This event
is so friendly and fun that it beats any football party any day!”
Latter this week we will be adding the
comments we recorded at the event. So
keep logging on.
I have to say I really did not know what to
expect. I turned up only to be
greeted by every one and asked if I wanted a drink…
I have to say that was by the punters and the stars kept getting me
into long conversations at the bar and getting me, yes you guest it….
staff were fantastic and the stars where even better.
It is an event not to be missed, no matter what TV show you
like, be it Sci-fi or just Coronation Street.
You will find some one who likes the TV show you like and will talk
about it. It
was not just about Sci-fi, but all TV programs, often the topic went on to
films and then quite often the most normal topic, the news and pop music….
I did at first think that the award ceremony on Saturday was a bit
strange. I was not quite 100% as to how to view it, but again it was
tongue in cheek, in the
way it was run. I was soon to
find out that it still just as prominent in the media world as other awards,
like the Brit’s. Organizer
Paul Jones said, “The shows punters nominate their favourite in each
category. Totals are counted for each show that gets nominated and a final
short-list of five is drawn up in each category. Then the punters get to
vote for their favourite out of this list.
If a punters favourite show doesn't make it onto the voting form,
then it has missed out for this year!
There is always next years, and it is the 10th awards next
year! We then count your votes
and the winners are announced at the Cult TV Awards as you will soon see.”
Some of the people who took the awards could not make it due
to filming or could not come due to other reasons that made it impossible to
come. But they left video messages and sent faxes of
acceptance. When I
asked before the show what to expect, I was told by one of the many stars
that had come for the evening’s entertainment and prize giving that
“The problem with having the words Cult TV, is that the
public always associate it with mad Sci-fi fans and that is not the case.
These awards are very prestigious, even though we do give the awards
out in a tongue in cheek manner.
But that just adds to the fun and humour of the event and is far
better than the hype used in other awards. Ok
they are not as recognised as the Oscars, but the awards are taken very
seriously by the media industry. Some
people in the industry are very unhappy if the don’t get one and just get
nominated. It is a
big thing, just dealt with a since of humour!
It is of important as it is the fans who vote as it is not just a name put in
by studio bosses or nominated by the industry.
That is why it is just as important as the others, if not more so!”
By the end of the event every one was
drained, after dancing all night every night and drinking, by day chatting
and getting and signing autographs, not forgetting seeing the awards
ceremonies and sneak reviews of films and programs yet to be released and
some that have already been released, but not in the UK yet.
Other times listening to the industries' experts about how to create
stories to special effects.
This was a fantastic show and even though at first I found it hard to
quite understand, by the end I was just as drawn in as the punters…
If I could go next year, I would/will…
err pass me my suitcase………
For results of the
Awards, click on to the next page, and for lost more photographs!
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