|On stage at Annecy - Le Voleur et Le Cordonnier|
|Dick Williams on stage|
|Signing books at Annecy|
Of course, the version of The Thief being screened wasn’t really a director’s cut. Dad calls it a “Moment in Time”, because it is in effect a partially-restored copy of the director’s work print. That is to say, it is the working copy of the film that was in being in May 1992 when the Completion Bond Company took over production.
|Crowds queue to see The Thief|
It's a pretty rough cut, full of scotch tape and sticking plaster (remember these were analogue days – film really was film back then) plenty of story boards - and a few scenes missing altogether. What we saw was a “dirty dupe” of the work print, made overnight in a great hurry when production of the film came to an abrupt end. Dad got a standing ovation when he came on stage to introduce the film.
|Ticket for Le Voleur et Le Cordonnier|
I couldn’t stay to the end because I had to catch a flight home to London. On Saturday the festival closed out with a screening of Dad’s Prologue, a short film that, like The Thief, Dad has been working on for so many years that I can no longer count them. It’s a remarkable piece of work, and I wish I could have stayed to see the audience reaction.