Richard @NIFF (& me)

So, Richard Armitage is coming to the Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) next week, it has been confirmed, and he will be present at 2 events on Saturday, March 31st! First off he’ll be talking with Caroline Goodall about acting (that’s from 6 – 7 pm) and after that there will be the premiere of Urban and the Shed Crew (from 7 – 10pm) including a conversation with cast and crew.

I got curious – these events are planned back to back but at different locations, would there, as a Richard Armitage fan, be a way to attend both events? So, my curiosity piqued, I found this on Google Maps…


So, it’s a 21 minute walk between locations. If one event ends at 7 pm and the other starts at 7 pm, the time you have to get from A to B is very tight. But, I understand the premiere of Urban starts with drinks and yeah, that could be skipped. Yesterday evening I filled in the festival contact form saying I’d be going to both events (although in reality I wasn’t actually planning to go as yet) and in the feedback message was told it could take up to 4 days to receive a reply. I then went on to research some more: how much, in theory, would a flight from Amsterdam to Newcastle cost and could I, in theory, find a cheap hotel room for the night? I’d just need to sleep somewhere dry and warm and I’m quite an easy sleeper, so no luxury necessary. I found my answers but then filed it away because I figured that if it takes 4 days to hear back then it’ll all be too late anyhow and all the good deals for flights and hotels will be gone anyhow.

This afternoon, when I finally got around to checking my personal e-mail, I was surprised by a quick reply from NIFF that they had sent this morning! Here’s what they said…NIFF2

So, Urban will start its actual screening at 7.45 pm which leaves 45 minutes to get from the first venue to the second. That means that, in theory, it is doable to attend both Richard Armitage events! I was telling Mr Esther about it and he said, “just book it already!” I checked the tickets for both events (still available) and the flight (not quite as cheap as hoped but still manageable and available for the same price as the night before) and the hotel room (one single room left, hotel is about 1 km away, a little over half a mile, from the city center). Before I knew it I had booked a trip and I have tickets to both Richard Armitage events!

NIFFI am justifying this as a birthday present for me (my birthday is on April 3rd) and Mr Esther agrees. That does cancel out the new laptop he had been thinking of getting me… yeah, I think I’m OK with choosing seeing Richard live in action over a new laptop. I can cope with this old thing for another year. πŸ™‚ I really hope it will be worth it! And if not, hey, I’ll have had a mini-break on my own, which is always fun and feels like a luxury in itself.

Mr Esther and I lived together in Newcastle once for 5 months, back when we were students in the 1990s doing our internships there. Last summer (on a rainy day) we stood in front of the ground floor flat that we had rented all those years ago…


… and we briefly walked through the center of town and had dinner there…

We were really just passing through and were hardly there long enough to get properly re-acquainted. I find I have forgotten a lot about Newcastle so, besides seeing Richard in the flesh again, it will be really nice to getΒ re-acquainted again with the city!

39 thoughts on “Richard @NIFF (& me)

    1. I was so bummed I couldn’t afford New York when he was on the stage there, I figured this is a nice consolation prize, especially as it’s 2 events! I’ll try to take pictures and blog about it all after.


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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever decided on a trip as quickly as I have now! I wasn’t planning on going at all but when the thing with Caroline Goodall was added, the thought of actually going started growing in my mind. πŸ™‚

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          1. squirrel.0072

            Happy for you! I understand your state of mind about those two events. (It was lovely NY and I’m sorry not to join you in London). As for an unprepared journey, they are more surprising, exciting (cf our Ireland holidays, living in the mouvement the day-to-day events)..Make the most of your time!

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  2. ohh, wish you’d told me you were thinking about it!! I would have def said the venues are close enough to walk in 30 mins so as long as it’s not pouring with rain ok on foot πŸ˜‰ So glad you are making it to Newcastle! Will be there too, just for the day+ 1 night ie in 31st out the 1st. I’ll hopefully find our emails and let you know the hotel πŸ™‚ Details to follow πŸ™‚ You coming with hubby or just on your own? xx

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    1. I only really seriously starting thinking about it about 26 hours ago! This was a very quick travel decision for me. πŸ™‚
      I’m coming on my own. In on Sat morning quite early and leave again on Sun afternoon.


  3. Spontaneous decisions are the best – rely on your gut feeling, I say. It’s great that you are able to attend both events. The film is definitely worth it, and Mr A – well, that goes without saying ;-). Please remember to bring your camera and take some snaps for us who are staying home. I really wish I could go, too, but unfortunately I have a prior engagement. And what I most regret is missing out on the fun of meeting my fellow fans. But I am really excited for all of you who are going.


    1. I will take my camera; not sure how successful I actually will be taking pictures but I’ll try. πŸ™‚
      Pity I won’t get to meet you, though. Maybe a next time… πŸ™‚


  4. Nice to know you’ll be there too – I planned my “ego-trip” about 2 weeks ago almost choising the Amsterdam route too. It’s quite a journey but hey.. πŸ˜‰ I’ll be there from late Friday afternoon until Sunday morning so I might even get to see a bit of the city.
    Interesting they decided to reschedule the start of the screening. Though there still is that in conversation event and I’m a curious how it’ll work. Thanks for the info! Looking forward to meeting you, ladies! 😊


    1. Ah, another fellow blogger who’s also going! Nice!
      I don’t think they quite re-scheduled. The Urban event starts at 7 pm with drinks and ends at 10 pm, that is a longer time than I imagine the film itself to be. As they didn’t specify when the actual screening of the film starts, I thought I’d ask and they said 7.45. If the film is about 90 minutes long, that leaves another 45 minutes for the Q&A after.
      I’ll see you there, then! πŸ™‚


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