Empire Live is a three day film-centric series of events at the O2, and we can look forward to seeing a smattering of TVO faces across the weekend.
The action takes place on 23rd, 24th and 25th September, and it offers tons to see and do for film fans. From a Velvet Onion perspective, however, the first relevant event is a screening and Q&A for Bill, the brilliantly funny comedy about the life of Shakespeare from the team behind Horrible Histories and Yonderland, which takes place on the Saturday morning.
Cast members Martha Howe-Douglas, Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond will take part in a Q&A. And if you stay to the end of the Q&A you will be the first to see an exclusive clip from the new series of Yonderland, which features Stephen Fry as Cuddly Dick. The Bill event takes place at 11am-1.05pm on Saturday, 24th September; to find out more click here (all ticket info is included at the end of this post).
On the Saturday evening at 9-10.30pm you’ll be able to experience the infamous Game of Thrones episode, The Battle of The Bastards, on the big screen, with Gemma Whelan in her role as Yara Greyjoy. After the screening Empire has promised “special guests for a Q&A”, with more news to follow – so keep your eyes peeled on updates for who could be showing up. For more information take a look at this.
On Sunday Ben Wheatley will be appearing at Empire Live with two of his films. He’ll be introducing preview footage from his new film, Free Fire, followed by a full screening of High-Rise. Both productions include a few TVO faces amongst their casts, including Michael Smiley, Dan Skinner, Reece Shearsmith and Tony Way. This event takes place at 5.30-8.15pm on Sunday, 25th September; to find out more go here.
Individual event tickets are £12.50 + £1.25 booking fee (adults) or £10.00 + £1.00 booking fee (children under 12) – for all screenings and events etc. To find out more and to purchase tickets, here’s where you need to go. For the full three day schedule, head on over there.
It’s well worth a scan through the full schedule; you’re bound to spot something or someone you fancy seeing, even if it isn’t one of ‘ours’ !