Courtney roared into the Cannes film festival on a Harley
Davidson, like a king. People screamed, clapped and shouted
his name, as he smiled and bowed with approval to the admiration
of the crowds.
Around forty of his family and friends were with him for his
journey into stardom.
Nothing could stop this man from going to Cannes.
I do believe certain people tried. Sorry guys! I had to laugh
looks like you didn't succeed, considering the huge success
To the little man in the blue and white sweatshirt, you only
had to ask and we would have bought you a drink. You didn't
have to stand watching us all by yourself. I am sure Dave
would have been more than happy, to give you his autograph.
Everyone arrived happy and excited at the hotel, after a long
tiring, 20-hour coach journey. Although absolutely shattered
it was obvious people were bursting with energy and anticipation
of what laid ahead. What came next was beyond anything, anyone,
could have imaged.
Having got all the boys together for a photo shoot, it was
an amazing sight. They were all dressed in chic suites looking
like a million dollars. This alone started to pull the crowds;
the women were climbing over themselves to see huge men, all
dressed in black suits. You could feel the electricity in
the air. The best was yet to come.
As I was about to take the first shot you could hear a roar
in the distance, yes, it was Dave Courtney. He pulled up on
a black gleaming, Harley Davidson. (Sorry Doug). Stepped off
and bowed to the crowd. That's when the screaming and clapping
began. It was deafening.
Instead of taking photos I was pushed forward as the crowed
tried to get nearer to Dave. Lucky for me, Paul and Kevin
came to my rescue and tried to take some control of things.
Needless to say, the photos had to wait, as Dave was signing
autographs on his posters, to the great delight of the crowd.
Now the only thing you could hear was "That's Dave Courtney"
but the whisper got louder.
There were lots of private parties going on in Cannes, promoting
different stars etc, which were invites only! Not us, any
party Dave decided he wanted to be a part of, we just walked
in. After all who is going to argue with Dave Courtney and
forty men, who are built like brick walls! Once we were in
people were very nice. Dave passed us all a drink!!
This continued all day. I have never been to so many up market
parties. We even got invited to Hugh Hefner's party but Dave
was far to busy. Russell Crowe was at Cannes happily signing
autographs. We were surprised to see that he was by himself,
not with his Gladiators. Unlike Mr Courtney, who took his
Gladiators with him!
Needless to say when Dave turned up with the boys and his
diamond studded knuckle-duster, Mr Crowe was nowhere to be
seen as the crowd moved to Dave.
Having had a really busy day we headed back to our hotel.
We were all having a sit down meal all together, before our
opening night for "HELL TO PAY" at the "STAR CINEMA IN CANNES"
on "SATURDAY 12th MAY 2002" We even had our own Oscar night.
Dave gave his own Oscars to the stars of his film and people
who had helped him all the way and believed in him. Needless
to say we were in fits of laughter.
Again we descended on Cannes in style, in a hail of taxies.
Apart from Dave who rode his Harley Davidson. The boys were
suited and booted, the ladies looked divine. We were all excited
and nervous at the same time, wondering what sort of reception
the film was going to get. Would people like it or would they
rip it to pieces? We were driving into the unknown. Hearts
pounding, smoking like there was no tomorrow and shaking at
the same time. What a huge mixture of emotions. God knows
what was going through Dave’s mine as he drove to Cannes for
his big night.
Well let me tell you, what happened next would have blown
you away. Having arrived at the cinema, in we went, only we
opened the door to go and see "Hell To Pay" We couldn't get
I hear you asking, had they changed their minds? Did they
even bother to turn up? Was it shut? Or were we a flop before
we had began? No, none of these things, the whole place was
packed to the hilt. We could not get in. The doorman said
"No" we tried to explain to him that this was our film in
our best French! He just said "No seats, no seats" On opening
the door to let us see, all the seats were taken, people were
even sitting on the floor. We stood there with our mouths
open, absolute shock. The shock then turned to huge smiles,
then laughter, then running around screaming like children
on Christmas morning, knowing that Father Christmas has been.
Do you remember that feeling? That's when I noticed grown
men trying to be macho, eyes started to fill.
The Place was full with TV people, Journalist, Producers,
Magazines and people off the street. We could hear them all
laughing from time to time, at the humour in "HELL TO PAY"
What seemed like an eternity of waiting was brought to a stop
by the sound of cheering and clapping. On opening the door
we were delight to see a standing ovation.
Like I said at the very beginning!
DAVE COURTNEY WENT TO CANNES, HE SAW, HE DAMN WELL CONQURED.
"HELL TO PAY" WAS A HIT !
Mr Courtney We Salute You