Last night I was lucky enough to go to the European Premiere (daaahlink) of Linotype: The Film. It knocked my socks off. Spending time with the Wonderful Bixlers at their press and letter foundry in Upstate New York over the last few years has given me an intense appreciation for Monotype casting equipment, but a bit of a bad attitude about the Linotype. I say unto you that I am converted. This film was absolutely great, and the screening was coupled by an exhibition by the Monotype Corporation of some of the original drawings by Eric Gill for Gill Sans and its various iterations.
A great evening all in all! Seriously, watch that movie. This weekend is all about my visa application, so unfortunately it will be a few days before I put more printing action up. Cross your fingers for me, I find the application process all a bit terrifying.
Below: Director Doug Wilson answers questions after the screening. The film will be showing here in Brighton on June 14-15 as part of the Ampersand Conference. Check the Linotype: The Film website for additional screenings. (But only if you want to see a really really great movie about hot metal and a revolution that changed the world and expanding literacy and letterpress and oh how I loved it.)