Newcastle Film & Comic Con November 2016
About the Event
Location: Metroradio Arena, Newcastle
Dates: Saturday November 19th 2016 / Sunday 20th November 2016
Guests: Alice Krige, Sarah Douglas, Daz Crawford, Nicola Bryant, Jacqueline Pearce, Neil Fingleton, Chloe Annett, Dominic Carter, Sam Coleman, Christopher Fairbank, Jeffery Kissoon, William Hoyland, Meena Rayann, Mark Everex Collett, Annette Hannah, Adrian Rawlins, Vincenzo Nizoli, Nathan & Laura Phillips, Anna Walton, Mel Pickup, Jonathon Oliver & Nigel Betts.
To kick start the event, Jon and I first visited a Game of Thrones panel featuring Annette Hannah and Dominic Carter. It was quite surreal how the actors themselves are also big fans of the show and get the same highs and lows as we do as viewers. They even discussed how lines are blacked out in their scripts so they don’t even know the plot twists until they see them on TV.
Carter described how surprised he was at the importance of his scene – he was cast as ‘Stable Boy’ and had no idea the gravity of the Hodor story arc (I won’t spoil it, but if you haven’t seen it you must catch up, really moving film right there).
We then took the opportunity to take a look around the venue – once again there were a number of stalls selling geeky merchandise, posters and figurines at acceptable prices. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more – it felt a little underwhelming compared to last year. However, the venue was certainly full, and it was great to once again see small business trying to make their mark on the fanbase of Newcastle.
We don’t have a dedicated cosplay article this year, but once again Newcastle didn’t disappoint – I’ve never seen so many Deadpools in one room!
It was great to meet Alice Krige, the south african actress famous for her role in Star Trek: First Contact. She was very humble and down-to-earth, discussing how despite the skilled performances actors make in shows and on broadway, they too get nervous before they get on set!
After spending more money than I’d like to disclose (the raffle stalls are a killer for the bank balance), we left for the day, and returned refreshed for the Sunday activities. We were surprised that numbers seemed a lot lower on the Sunday, we definitely saw more on the first day.
We began with a Game of Thrones panel featuring Sam Coleman, Neil Fingleton (he’s huge!) and Meena Rayann. Neil was so laid back during the panel, he even admitted to not watching the show and not being a fan! Our ears perked up when he mentioned working with a friend of ours, Ian Whyte, another ‘giant’ in the world of film and TV.
Next was a Doctor Who panel where Nigel Betts and Adrian Rawlins discussed their experiences as part of the Doctor Who Universe. They were amazed at the passion from fans and were very grateful for the opportunities the franchise had given them.
We caught up with Nicola Bryant, also from the Doctor Who Universe, famous for her role as the companion ‘Peri’. She told us how much times have changed since the days that she was forced to wear very little clothing in freezing weather (thankfully we are moving in much more diverse directions now!) and how funny it was when she learned her step-children were Doctor Who fans. Imagine how awkward it must have been to break the news that you had been in the show!
She even had a hardcore fan in the audience who cosplayed (very well) her character from Doctor Who, and was always the first to ask questions during her panel discussion. During the panel she let us know that she’s currently working on a production where she has the opportunity to play an evil character for the first time, which she is really excited about. We’ll keep an eye out for that Nicola!
All in all we did enjoy ourselves, but the event wasn’t as impressive as last year. Hopefully it will be bigger and better next time, and we’re hoping to venture out of Newcastle for a Film & Comic Con later in 2017! Watch this space.
Also, if you fancy a laugh, here’s a brief video we took at the event: