I went for a walk yesterday and checked out the Embassy Theatre at the end of Courtenay Place, in Wellington. It’s where The Hobbit premiere is happening, and this week a ten-metre high diorama was installed across its frontage. Cool.
It’s a classic 1920s theatre, a well known Wellington landmark. It was refurbished about ten years ago for the Return Of The King premiere. Now it’s going to open The Hobbit. I don’t have tickets, but I will be seeing the movie at some stage soon. I have to say, I was impressed with the diorama. Gandalf must be 10 metres high. There’s also a count-down board. And, for motorcycle enthusiasts, that’s the Harley Davidson dealership next door. Doubly cool.
I’m also reading John Rateliff’s The History of The Hobbit at the moment, an annotated run-down of how Tolkien actually wrote the original book. Fascinating stuff, and it’s got me thinking laterally about how drafts work for writers generally – what’s involved and how it happens. There is a structure. More tomorrow.
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