Cannes Press Club
THE LA PRESS CLUB
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FOOD & DRINK
QUAY'S IRISH PUB
EL TEATRO CABARET
for the 56th time
Cannes Press Club Opens At
amidst stars, fireworks & heavy drinking!
Cannes Welcomes You .....
Dr. Susan Block
in Cannes on a balmy day in May, ready to begin preparations for the Grand
Opening of the brand new Cannes
Press Club. A few weeks earlier, attempting to find out which local
drinking establishments the thousands of journalists who come to Cannes
might frequent, we tried to look up a "Cannes Press Club," only
to discover that there wasn't one. Indeed, there wasn't even a Riviera
Press Club, despite the fact that throughout the calendar year, the Riviera
in general, and Cannes in particular, plays host to a whirlwind of film,
television, music, art and Internet festivals and conventions, attracting
writers, reporters, personalities, publicists, paparazzi, documentarians,
shutterbugs and scribblers galore, at every level of the media food chain
from all corners of the entertainment-loving world.
The scarlet carpet
of Cannes 2003 ... Photo: Max
been a fairly active member of the Los
Angeles Press Club for the past several years, I decided that a globally
significant party town like Cannes sorely needed its own Press Club. Especially
nowadays, with so many journalists "embedded" within the military,
the government, multi-national corporations, this industry or that, their
own little dream world, or some other compromising matrix, we can all
use a diversified, convivial support group by the sea. And so, I created
the Cannes Press Club.
My Cannes Press Club Presidential Campaign
Team ...Photo: Max
I made myself President,
and no, I did not hold formal elections. But hey, if GW Bush can make
himself President without winning an election, I figured I could too.
By the way, our first free elections will be held in 2005.
... Photo: Max
I needed a full-time Cannes resident and accredited journalist to run
things. That would be Dèirdre Mooney, veteran reporter for top
British newspaper The People, also having written for People
Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Evening Standard, Paris Match, People
Weekly, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Star, The Sunday Independent, Hello!
and The London Sunday Mirror, and having interviewed such shimmering
stars as Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, John Travolta, Richard Harris,
Oliver Reed, Priscilla Presley, Al Pacino, Marina Picasso, Mickey Rourke,
David Schwimmer, Sylvester Stallone, Charlie Sheen, Arnold Schwartznegger,
Prince Albert of Monaco, Sharon Stone and Meg Ryan. With all those credits
and connections, I didn't hesitate to make Dèirdre Executive Director
of the Cannes Press Club, whereupon her country house in Cannes' lovely
Croix des Gardes district became the Cannes Press Club Villa.
& Max on the Carlton Terrace (L) Thierry smoking (R)
... Photos: Suzy
French Artist and Côte d'Azur Bon Vivant Thierry C.
the Cannes Press Club Advertising and Sales Artist-in-Residence,
made Max the Bot-ler (more on the Bot-ler's duties later). We all agreed
that the most propitious time to inaugurate the Cannes Press Club
during the famed and teeming Cannes Film Festival.
Dr. Susan Block's
Travels with Max