Adventures with Dolphins on a Sunday Morning

26 Sep

I dont know how you like to spend your Sunday mornings, but I jumped at the chance to be part of my very first line up for Leicester Square TV and interview a number of British celebrities (A-Z list! – but generally sitting somewhere at C!) as they and their families venture out to watch the brand new family film Dolphins Tale.

Here’s how my morning went:

9am – The quietest I’ve ever seen Leicester Square in some time.

9:30am – Inside the view cinema penned in like cattle by the buzzing PR people setting up this event. Managing to do an initial bit of networking with my fellow film crews and paps – more of that later! 

9:55am – Waiting patiently for the first celebrity to arrive, and skimming the photo page so that I know who is who.

10:00am – And we’re off!!

For the next 45 minutes it was a steep learning curve of knowing not only what’s going on in the film itself but having at the back of your mind what each celebrity will want to promote for themselves. Were they really at this screening for the Dolphin? I’m not so sure.

Unfortunately Morgan Freeman (who was headlining the film) was a no-show, but on the upside I managed to speak to British high jumper Dalton Grant – he had some exciting beans to spill about the Olympics, Bill Oddie – not such a fan of dolphins, more so of the great British doormouse, Nikki Graeme – yes she really does take those extra long pauses and is still very much attached to Big Brother, Aldo Zilli – this chef has some most excellent Sicilian dishes coming our way in the new year and Gail Porter is back on track after a stint in rehab this summer. The only celeb who was soooo late that she didn’t have time for interviews was Sinitta, damn I was hoping to get a few pieces of dirt on the X Factor from her – maybe next time!

All in all they were a delight to speak to, which always makes my life a little bit easier, and the film looks pretty good too!! So if you fancy checking it out with your family, then it comes officially to UK screens on the 14th October. But for now, here’s a little sneak peak to what its all about:

Dolphin Tale

Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the most amazing true story of a brave dolphin called Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life.

Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Losing her tail may cost Winter her life. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help thousands of people around the world.

“Dolphin Tale” is a heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human and animal.

The film stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Clay Haskett, who runs the Clearwater Marine Hospital; Ashley Judd as Lorraine Nelson, a single mother; Nathan Gamble as her son, Sawyer, who frees Winter from the trap and forms a unique connection with the dolphin; Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel, Clay’s daughter, who befriends Sawyer; Kris Kristofferson as Clay’s father, Reed; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who takes on the seemingly impossible task of crafting a prosthetic tail for Winter.

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