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Spank's LFF Diary: The Wrap Party 2019

Note to BFI Marketing: I would buy the HELL out of this as a poster. Note to the rest of you: click to embiggen, where possible.No love at the London Film Festival 2019 for me, I'm afraid. Have a look if you don't believe me:

Galas: 3
Special Presentations: 1
Official Competition: 1
First Feature Competition: 1
Documentary Competition: 2
Love: 0
Debate: 3
Laugh: 2
Dare: 3
Thrill: 2
Cult: 1
Journey: 2
Create: 5
Experimenta: 1
Family: 1
Treasures: 6
Total = 34 (plus one Event)

Of course, The Belated Birthday Girl keeps hoping that Tricia Tuttle will eventually ditch her predecessor's category system for something less chundery, but for now it's all we've got. It's always an interesting way to break down what I've seen, anyway.

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Collabfest 2019

Collabfest 2019 at BrewDog Canary Wharf. If you look carefully, the signs are all there.We drank 57 beers last weekend. What did you get up to?

Regular readers will know what's going on here: since 2013, we've been regular attendees at BrewDog's annual beer festival, Collabfest. Once a year, each of their bars gets together with a local brewer and makes a brand new beer: and then for one crazy weekend, all those beers go on sale simultaneously in all the bars.

When we first did this in 2013, there were only eleven BrewDog bars and eleven beers on offer, and we were able to comfortably squeeze tasters of seven of them into the gap between a couple of films at the LFF. By 2019, that number has grown to, um, 78. Luckily for us, only 69 of them were available for Collabfest in the UK: the Asian and American bars couldn't ship their offerings over here, while Reading's contribution turned out wonky and had to be scrapped at the last minute.

Still, 57 out of 69 isn't bad, is it? Depending on your interpretation of the word 'bad', obviously.

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