So, I looked up how far I would need to ride my bike to get to the Second City viewing last night and realised it would take me over an hour. This location is for locals and obviously festival goers without motorised transport are discouraged. Instead I went to see Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction, a great documentary about the 87 year old actor. It is not a typical bio doc however it certainly tells you more about him that I think he intended. A great doco, that I recommend. It was a good way to end Day 1.
I got up early today to get in line for the SXXpress pass that guarantees you admittance to two movies a day. As my two major choices of the day and 80% of my excitement about being at SXSW were showing today, I made sure I sat in line for 50 minutes to get my passes.
First session for the day was A Conversation With Danny Boyle and a snippet of his new movie Trance with James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rasario Dawson. This self depreciating Irishman was wonderful to hear from and gave some great insights to his work and directing.
We filed out to stand in line for the first must see for me today - Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. A film he made in 12 days after wrapping The Avengers with his 'troupe' of actors known from his shows, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion. Yes Nathan Fillion. Castle himself. 99% of the cast are here and did a Q&A after one of the best interpretations of the Bard that I have seen in a while. Joss Whedon was gracious and funny as usual, dealing with overwhelmed fans crying through questions and a delightful 9 year old asking about the music in the movie. Nathan Fillion is Captain Awesome. The most charming man I have come across since George Clooney. No mean feat. Hats off to Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker for being a fantastic Benedict and Beatrice, and well done to a cast that had not tackled the language before the 12 day shoot at Joss Whedon's house.
Next up today, Drinking Buddies as US Indie with Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson and the second must see for the day - Richard Linklater's Before Midnight. Tonight is the only showing of the film so to have an SXXpress pass is quite a relief.