My recent embarrassing failure to see the Song for Marion trailer at Cineworld in Shaftesbury Avenue hasn't lessened my excitement at news of sightings by others. Two weeks ago my sister-in-law reported seeing it preceding Great Expectations at a cinema in Hampstead. Audience reaction was audibly enthusiastic, she said. Last week a friend texted to tell me she too had spotted the trailer at a cinema in London. She hasn't yet told me which one, but I believe her even though she is a Member of Parliament.
Yes, friends, that delicious trailer may have evaded me, but it's out there and it's doing its good work. People are going to love, love, love this film. And there are further reasons for serious over-excitement in our house - where the smallest member of the Marion cast resides - and, indeed, the entire world (it's important, I feel, not to understate the case).
A new release date for the film has been set: 22 February next year, which is a fortnight later than had been originally planned. My impeccable source at Steel Mill Pictures tells me that this change is a good thing, and that it bodes particularly well because The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a highly successful flick with certain similarities to Song for Marion, was released on the equivalent Friday - 24th February - this year.
Furthermore, a targetted trawl of Twitter reveals clear evidence of media activity around the film. Here's a recent tweet by Kate Whiting, who is deputy features editor at the Press Association:
Very lovely chat with Terence Stamp for the wonderful #SongForMarion
Kiss on the hand from #terencestamp lovely gent
So Terence has been meeting the press. And four days later, on 16 December, there appears to have been a screening because film producer Tarquin Glass took to Twitter to remark.
Feeling dehydrated after weeping my way through Song For Marion.
That's the spirit, Tarquin. A week earlier none of Song for Marion's three nominations for this year's BIFA Awards had been translated into gongs, but all the signs are that this outrageous aberration (yes, yes, I'm biased) will soon be obliterated by the overwhelming verdict of The People. You read it here first.
This article was written by Dave.