Smith Tickets to Spark eBay Bidding War?
Within an hour of the EIFF Box Office opening, the only words to greet those attempting to purchase tickets for Kevin Smith's Reel Life appearance and the UK Premiere of Clerks 2 were 'Sold Out'. Disa...
Within an hour of the EIFF Box Office opening, the only words to greet those attempting to purchase tickets for Kevin Smith's Reel Life appearance and the UK Premiere of Clerks 2 were 'Sold Out'.
Disappointed fans need not give up hope just yet. There’s always the returns queue, which opens half an hour before the event. Whilst we’d prefer that tickets for this and other ‘Sold Out’ events were not re-sold, Smith’s popularity will undoubtedly see them appear on eBay. The EIFF does not condone the re-sale of tickets but, unfortunately, it’s an area we can’t control.
The 2005 Reel Life event with Serenity director Joss Whedon saw tickets change hands for £400 on the Internet auction site. Kevin Smith’s reputation as a renowned raconteur, and the burgeoning buzz behind Clerks 2, may see this figure surpassed.
The sequel to his micro-budget debut Clerks sees Smith focus on what he undoubtedly does best: character and dialogue. The reason so many of his creations, such as Clerks’ mainstays Dante and Randall, reappear in many of his outings, lies in his ability to craft comically grotesque, yet amiable, characters who happily riff on pop culture irrelevance. Those lucky enough to catch the premiere of Clerks 2 will find out that, as a writer, he never pulls his punches.
It’s this integrity that makes the Reel Life event unmissable. Many directors see the ‘Q+A’ as an afterthought, a DVD extra at best. Not Smith. His 2002 college tour spawned a best-selling two disc DVD set that serves as a master class in storytelling. It’s littered with anecdotes from his experiences in Hollywood that are eye opening, hilarious and honest to a fault. The Edinburgh audience will get more of the same.