Airplane! 30th Anniversary

Apologies for the recent lack of posts here, which is largely due to launching LoCo, which will host the annual London Comedy Film Festival from February 2012. LoCo’s mission is to bring fans and film-makers together to discover and inspire the world’s best comedy films, and we could not have had a better launch event than our 30th Anniversary screening of Airplane! at the Prince Charles Cinema, London on December the 9th.

We were honoured to be joined by two of the film’s writer-directors, David and Jerry Zucker and by its star Robert Hays, who gave a blissfully funny Q&A after the screening, hosted by Heat magazine’s Boyd Hilton. The evening was also, of course, a very poignant one, given the recent death of Leslie Nielsen, whose performance in the movie came to define the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker style.

The Zuckers did a lot of LoCo media while they were here, including BBC 6 Music, The Observer, The Guardian and Empire magazine. My favourite was their unforgettable appearance on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme, where Francine Stock asked them why they had cast OJ Simpson in The Naked Gun, to which Jerry replied, “We were looking for someone who couldn’t act, with the potential for murder”.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting our own interviews with the Zuckers, Robert Hays and Boyd Hilton, as well as footage from the screening. In the meantime, you can sign up for more information from LoCo on our website, or by following us on Twitter. We have exciting plans for 2011, and are already planning the first Festival for 2012: I can’t promise that it will be as big as the Olympics, but it’s guaranteed to be funnier.

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