I was at the London Film Festival with my girlfriend and we had tickets to see Punch-Drunk Love at an afternoon showing. We were annoyed because the main show, which PTA was going to be at and introduce the film, was completely sold out. But we figured we'd try and queue on the night for any returned tickets.
So anyway we get outside the cinema about three hours before the film starts and start waiting and waiting (we actually are so early we're in front of folks queuing for returned tickets for the movie show BEFORE PDL!)
Eventually the manager takes pity on us as says some tickets have been returned so we head inside and my girlfriend pays (she's nice like that). While I'm loitering about the counter I notice two PDL postcard sitting next to some other free booklets and stuff. Nice memento, I think, and pick them up.
It's only when we get outside and read the postcard do I see the words: "Revolution Pictures would like to invite you to a pre-screening champagne reception for Punch-Drunk Love" SCORE!
So we head over to this ridiculously expensive hotel (me in scabby jeans and t-shirt, her in hooded top, combats and carrying a plastic shopping bag) and flash the invites and actually get in!!
Champagne is served and the pair of us drink it much to fast while sitting shaking with joy at what is actually happening!
Then Paul walks in and gives hugs to Emily Watson, her husband (I think) and then Daniel Lupi and his family.
I didn't speak to him, even though he was standing about 10 feet from me, cos he was surrounded by filmy types and I was quite frankly too stunned by our good luck to even attempt a coherent sentence.
We sat and just took in the occasion, hearing occasional snippets of his conversations then finished our drinks and made a move to get to the movie.
To top it all off, PTA came on stage, introduced the film then returned to his seat - which happened to be directly across the aisle from me!
An amazing end to perhaps one of the finest cinema outtings I have ever had.