Cannes 2009

Cannes sweetie, darling…

No don’t get too excited-I won’t be attending this year *weeps. You see being up the duff is not ideal for party going Cannes plus I have writing commitments to get on with (must stop procrastinating and writing this blog, instead) but Cannes is AMAZING.

Cannes Film Festival

I’ve been lucky enough to attend three times, having fabulous meetings, partying all night at venues that make Made In Chelsea look shabby, swimming in some of the world’s most beautiful beaches (along with the glitterati rocking our designer swimming costumes and shades, naturally) and watching some of the best films in the world.  Truly. When people ask me if my job as a writer/director is glamorous I’d say for the majority of the time, no, it’s hard work, long hours but then I remember Cannes, Berlin, LA, the Baftas and I suppose in between those 12 hour day shoots (which I love) and the rollercoaster that is trying to get my own projects off the ground while sometimes selling my soul directing shizzle I rather wouldn’t, yes it is glamorous. Heck sharing the red carpet with Scarlett Johannsen can be tough going but someone’s got to do it right…Check out my pic of Marty Scorcese. Kinda made my year standing near him!

Martin Scorcese

Anyway I thought I’d share with you a funny story of when I attended Cannes in 2009 unaware I was pregnant (I was literally a few weeks) although did think it strange I didn’t touch a drop of champs the entire time I was there. Not a slurp.

I also ate three steaks for breakfast on the last day after our charcuterie delicacies went untouched and we had to eat up before our flight home (totes glamorous I know)-and yet still the penny didn’t drop.

The biggest indicator (but yet went unnoticed) was on one of our last days, my film friends and I eloped to the beach (we’d had enough of networking-our jaws were literally burning from all the jabbering and a much needed break was in order)-fun frolicks were then followed by a swanky invite to a party held by Barclays on a yacht but I’d lost my voice.I was simply too tired to speak.

For anyone who knows me, that’s a big deal. Huge. I put it down to a day of unadulterated sun.  I ended up fleeing the party and falling fast asleep on the villa sofa before 10pm forgetting I was at the best film festival in the world.

Returning back to the UK, I needed answers-where had my Cannes mojo gone? A pregnancy test revealed where. So off we went, my husband and I,brimming with excitement to our first midwife’s appointment where she revealed my due date…much to the husband’s horror.

“But you were in Cannes when you conceived”.

“Well sweetie, there was that one night with Brad”.

We looked at the dates again, she’d made a mistake.

Phew. Cannes was good but it wasn’t that good.

Funnily enough, my Mum does think Oliver looks a little like Brad Pitt…

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P.S. Having a little blogging break as going away for a few days to London for culture and shopping! Well if I can’t go to Cannes…catch you all next week!

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13 Responses

  1. Laura

    When they are teenagers, being complete sh—, pull out this blog and show them what you gave up, Martin Scorsese!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Babes about Town

    You are too fabulous for words, Missy. I always wanted to hitch a ride to Cannes via my MB connection (B3 Media) but he somehow managed to swerve me and go solo each time!

    Never mind, when we write/direct our Nollywood blockbuster, we’ll both be strutting the red carpet with your baby daddy Brad and all 😉

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  3. sharcasm

    Ha ha, funny, I didn’t see that coming, imagine if Brad Pitt was the father 😉 Great blog post and I think next year you should def hit Cannes again. Or we should do Berlin again, how much fun was that!!! xxx

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  4. Bigfashionista

    Ahhhhhhhh Brad Pitt, goes off on a dream for a minute. Still cant decide whether I want him to do me or adopt me…….

    Wanders off thinking

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  5. Kate

    Hey Vicki, ooh I would so love to go to Cannes. How exciting. I wouldn’t mind a bit of Brad Pitt either but that’s a whole other story 😉 It’s good they don’t discriminate talent depending on gender. I am more of a play-write than script writer for films but sometimes find that the males are welcomed more than females in the theatre world. Speaking of which I have just ordered a book of complete plays from an amazing writer *drools* cant wait till it arrives. Anywho enjoy London (I only live 25 mins away if you want to pop in lol) xx

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  6. EG

    Hey Vicki, love your blogpost (again)! What do you think about the news that there’s an all-male shortlist of film directors for the Palmes D’Or at Cannes this year? I’m worried that it looks like sexism has struck again…

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Elene, it’s an interesting one as I hope us female directors are celebrated on merit of our work not our sexuality although I’ve not seen the films rejected. Going to check the link out now although have read a bit on it already.

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  7. EG

    Hey Vicki, love your blogpost (again)! What do you think about the news that there’s an all-male shortlist of film directors for the Palmes D’Or at Cannes this year? I’m worried that it looks like sexism has struck again… (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/movies/cannes-film-festival-at-centre-of-sexism-row-over-the-palme-dor/story-e6frexli-1226356325957)

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  8. Samantha Hadadi

    I love this! What a glamorous thing to have been able to do! I bet O and your new baby will love hearing these stories when they’re older.

    Hubby also got confused over our due date…”But I was in BRAZIL, what did you do?!!” He didn’t realise the two weeks before conception rule 🙂

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  9. Grenglish

    Haha, love it!!! The Greek Godzilla gets all confused with how they work out the dates too. Couldn’t get his around them counting the 2 weeks before actual conception takes place 🙂 Have been to Cannes a few times – not during the film festival though. Did you ever visit an awesome restaurant called La Colombe D’or? One of my faves xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely. Cannes is wonderful-whenever you go. I’m sure we did go to the restaurant-think over the years we’ve been to them all but I’m useless with names. Ask me all the films I’ve seen and I could tell you though x

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