The sixth and final meeting in the latest series of Writing The City found us in the Covent Garden branch of the London Film Museum
where fragments of just about every film made in or about London are currently being shown in a dizzying and crazy muddle – Margaret Rutherford meets Spice Girls meet Shakespeare in Love….
So the challenge was a simple one: Make Your Own London Movie.
Armed with animators’ storyboarding notepaper, and instructed to use a stolen line of film dialogue as a starter, we continued on to the Royal Opera House right next door, where (purely by chance) thousands of schoolchildren were performing music and movement in the grand foyer. Outside on the terrace, the backstage teams could be spied through a row of studio windows, all busy with behind the scenes work; making costumes, giving physio, doing accounts… Below, in the Piazza, hundreds of giant easter eggs on plinths. In the distance, pigeons courted on copper-green rooftops, and the grey horizon spread like a painted set, flattening Nelson’s Column, aligning it with the London Eye…..