The opening of the beautifully refurbished and restored Blue Boar Building was officially celebrated on June the 17th with a lecture by Mr Richard Curtis, CBE, (left) the award winning film and TV screenwriter and director, and founder of Comic Relief, who is an old member of the college. The lecture in the new Blue Boar Lecture Theatre was followed by a fine dinner in Christ Church's Great Hall.
A reception at the Deanery was followed by Mr Curtis' lecture on the subject of TV, Movies, Justice and Doubt, in which he spoke about his time at Christ Church (where he studied English and achieved a first class degree) his work in television and film, and his charitable work through Comic Relief which he founded in 1985. He spoke about the difficulty involved in the writing process, the importance of partnership and the need for people in the media to speak about all the good which is done in our world, rather than focussing on the dark and the negative. Richard is known primarily for his romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked and Love Actually, as well as for the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He was accompanied to the evening at Christ Church by his wife, broadcaster Emma Freud, who works closely with him both in his writing and charitable work.
After the Dinner in Hall, the Dean, Very Reverend Christopher Lewis, spoke in praise of the newly refurbished Blue Boar building and thanked all those who have been involved in the project, from those who contributed generously to the original building to those who have contributed to its refurbishment, along with all those who made the project possible.
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