Friday night in Ottawa. I had just spent all day trying to get through Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. What to do? Go to The Mayfair.
Not only is the Mayfair literally up the street from my house, and so at Bank and Sunnyside, but Eric had never seen a movie there before. It was a win-win. The Mayfair is an independent movie theatre that has been at this location since 1932 and it’s wonderful inside. I have been there a few times and I love the old-school atmosphere.
I had seen the preview for An Insignificant Harvey on the Mayfair website, and was emotionally moved by it. Eric was indifferent but interested in the venue. To our surprise the concession man announced that the Director was on his way from Toronto to conduct a Question & Answer session after the film, and was bringing surprises.
I loved the movie. NO it was not a chic flick. AND Eric enjoyed it too, but not nearly as much as I did.
Jeff – one of the Director’s – was running late, but once he had arrived he looked younger than I had expected. The questions that the audience came up with were interesting ones, and the surprise was INKA. The HUSKY – which is the Directors pet – from the film. Inka is a beautiful dog, and yes I got to pet her, and hangout for a while after the film. It was the highlight of my day.
It turns out that the film was produced in Collingwood, and at Blue Mountain which was a fun detail because we were trying to figure out what ski resort it took place at. The Director is touring Canada with Inka, and really appreciated us seeing his film. It was nice to know we were supporting a local.
I recommend this movie to everyone, and I know your experience won’t be the same as ours because I don’t know how long the Director is staying in town. Regardless, The Mayfair is always fun. Friday night couldn’t have been any better…