*** Spotlight On… Stuart Morriss ***
Stuart Morriss is known as ‘The Curator’ as he is the main man at The Misty Moon Film Society, they celebrate their 7th anniversary, today – so in honour of this spooktacular day, here’s an interview for your delectation!
Tell me about the Misty Moon Society, where did the idea originate from and what do you offer?
I created Misty Moon Exhibitions and Events in 2008 as a small art and craft fair at our local church hall to promote my wife’s jewellery business. The event was on Halloween, this was very successful and we held craft fairs every 2 months. I stumbled across a pub with a gallery space out the back. We put on a couple of exhibitions there and after awhile I took over the space and it became The Misty Moon Gallery. Our collective artists seemed drawn to the name and we were known for our dark, and quirky art.
Adrienne King who played Alice Hardy in the original Friday the 13th became friends of mine through Facebook and sent me some of her art work. We exhibited it and it sold well and so Adrienne decided to come to the UK to exhibit the original pieces, whilst she was here she thought we should screen Friday the 13th, which we did to an audience of 30. This was a huge success and this where The Misty Moon Film Society was born.
Adrienne put her name to the project and we started to get guests from Hollywood coming to our gigs. In the last couple of years we moved from the gallery to FlatPlanet in Soho, where we hold our regular gigs to an audience of no more than 40 and also at The Cinema Museum for our larger gigs. We offer a unique evening of chat and meet & greet….the audience can have a drink with the guest in a laid back environment and normally the guests come out for a drink afterwards with us as well. We are NOT a convention we are just a group of people that love cult TV & Film and it is like going round to a friend’s house and talking about yourself over a beer. We have had over 80 guests so far and a lot of them come back because they have enjoyed it so much.
Who have been your favourite guests so far and who are your ‘dream’ guests?
When we first had Fenella Fielding 3 years ago, I thought it couldn’t get any better than that…..but Fenella has been with us 12 times now and we are good friends. Richard Kiel was fabulous, Michael Berryman, Robin Askwith, Ian McNeice……there is so many it is hard to choose and a lot of them become good friends that I stay in touch with and go out socialising with. Adrienne King “adopted” me as her younger brother and when she comes over she stays at our house. Guests I would love to have Kevin Bacon, Robert Englund, Peter Kay.
Do you have an overall favourite film or a film that has influenced you, particularly?
Friday the 13th and the original Halloween
What does the future hold for The Misty Moon Society?
Next year we are producing a play “A Day In The Lives Of Frankie Abbott” – A Comedy By David Barry which we are touring the South with in the Spring. David played Frankie Abbott in Please Sir and The Fenn Street Gang in the 60s & 70s and he will be reprising the role after 40 years. Linda Regan who starred in Hi-De-Hi will be playing Marion his carer.
Synopsis: What happens when a fantasist with a fading memory recalls events from years ago ? Frankie Abbott, now in a care home, is helped by Marion, one of his carers to remember. The fun starts as the mother-smothered, big talking buffoon reverts to a past littered with guns, girls and gangsters.
We will also be holding our normal Misty Moon gigs at The Cinema Museum and FlatPlanet and we have some great guests lined up for the first 4 months of 2016 already.
I have also become actress and Bond Girl, Nina Muschallik’s manager, she’s the star of The World Is Not Enough, Saving Private Ryan, and Sky 1’s Dream Team. Nina is currently working on a new Horror film called Lost Soul by Robo Films which starts shooting in November.
What would you say to encourage our ‘audience’ to come along to one of your events?
Misty Moon’s events are unique. We are a small family run business and we give the audience and the guest a evening of intimate entertainment where you can meet your favourite actor or actress and spend quality time with them. We don’t rush people and we very rarely start on time, it is just a very laid back atmosphere.
If you could hold a dinner party and invite five ‘famous’ people (alive or dead) who would you pick and why?
Tony Curtis – I just love him my favourite actor
Marilyn Monroe – I just love her
Jack Lemon – another fine actor
All 3 were in one of many favourite films “Some Like It Hot”
Jack The Ripper – because I would like to see who he is 🙂
Roy Scheider – because he was so cool in “JAWS”
Favourite things (quick-fire questions, give me your gut reaction to these questions!):
Favourite ‘Carry On’ film? – Carry On Screaming
Favourite tipple? – Red wine
Favourite actor or actress? – Tony Curtis
Favourite time of year? – Autumn (Halloween to be precise)
Favourite book? – Gobolino The Witch’s Cat
Here’s the link to the website, we hope to be to some of the events, next year – the future sounds amazing for Stuart and his crew! http://mistymoonfilmsociety.com/