The premiere took place, as planned, on Monday the 11th of March 2008.
It was a pleasure to see so many of those who helped to make this ambitious project a reality. Many of the writers and film-artists turned up, and it was good to catch up with Rose Cupit, my opposite number at Film London, who has had several headaches as a result of this project (I hope she agrees it was worth it). Amongst numerous others there was Rhonagh O'Donnell from BBC Audio & Music interactive, who supported the project from a very early stage, Alison Hindell, Head of BBC Radio Drama (ditto, of course), Mike Walker and John Dryden (audio drama genii).
The cinema print was excellent but it was disappointing the sound designer Pete Ringrose's 5.1 mix was not played out (a stereo mix was used instead). This was, apparently, down to human error but, given the primary role played by audio in The City Speaks project, a major one. Hopefully there will be subsequent cinema screenings to make Pete's hard work worthwhile.