We are so excited to have Robert "Dangerous BoB" Widin returning to Thames Con for a second year - by popular demand!
Dangerous BoB is a prop master with a phenomenal portfolio, proving himself in the studios, first in television, and then into major films. He has worked with some of the top names in the business and on some of the most popular films ever made, including the Back To The Future trilogy - including conceiving and creating iconic 'OUTATIME' number plate - Scarface, Harry and the Hendersons, Psycho II and III, working with Anthony Perkins, Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Redford, Al Pacino, John Lithgow, Don Ameche and a multitude of others.
Dangerous BoB will be signing autographs, taking part in an unmissable talk, and will have some iconic memorabilia with him. In addition to this, he will be doing this entirely in aid of the Michael J Fox Foundation. dangerousbob.net
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Louise Gold to her FIRST ever convention appearance.
Louise is a Puppeteer, actress, voice artist and singer. Louise has over 40 years experience working with the Muppets and the Jim Henson Company. She began working with the Muppets in 1977 as the only full time British performer and has worked on nearly all of the Henson projects including The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, The Puppet Game Show and Muppets Most Wanted. So basically everything we all loved when we were growing up!
Louise also worked as a Puppeteer and voice artist on Spitting Image. Away from Puppets Louise has had many TV acting roles including Black Adder, Allo-Allo and Holby City.
Most recently, Louise has been working on the hugely anticipated Dark Crystal prequel series - The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. *Fingers crossed* this will be coming to Netflix at some point this year.
Louise & Hugh will be taking part in a very special Dark Crystal workshop, for more info click here.
We are privileged to announce that Producer Robert Watts will not only be a guest at Thames Con but will also be a guest judge at our Film Festival too!
Robert began working in the film industry in 1960. His first film work was as a runner on the Boulting brothers production A French Mistress. During the 1960s, Watts worked extensively as a production manager and location manager, including on the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice and Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Robert was employed by producer Gary Kurtz as production supervisor on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, having met Kurtz several years earlier in Los Angeles. Watts then enjoyed a long collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm, working as associate producer on The Empire Strikes Back and co-producer on Return of the Jedi; and as associate producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and producer on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also worked on other Steven Spielberg-presented productions including as producer on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, and with Spielberg's long-term producer Frank Marshall on Marshall's second feature as director, Alive.
We are very happy to welcome Chris Bunn to the Thames con Vol. 2 line up!
Chris has been in the film business since 1974 and has worked in some of the most popular movies of all time. His first film was The Slipper and the Rose and then he went on to work in three James Bond films; The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker and The Living Daylights. Chris also acted in two Superman movies; Superman I and II where Chris played a policeman in the first film. He has done numerous war films including Dirty Dozen Next Mission, Force 10 from Navarone, Ike The War Years, The Eagle Has Landed and Aces High. Plus many Carry On films too. Chris has also worked in classic TV shows over the years such as The Sweeney, Minder and The Avengers.
Chris is probably best known for his work in the original Star Wars original trilogy where Chris was the original Stormtrooper in Star Wars A New Hope and played an astronaut in the famous cantina scene in the same film. Chris went on to work in the sequels 'The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
We're super excited to welcome Hugh Spight to our guest line up for Thames Con in April.
As a full body puppeteer, performer, and movement coordinator, Hugh has worked for many years at the forefront of TV, film and stage. Best known for his work on classic films such as Star Wars : Return of the Jedi, The Dark Crystal and Elephant Man to name but a few. In addition to this, he has also worked on British TV classics including Doctor Who and the Sci Fi series Tripods.
The right place at the right time...
Hugh worked as Movement Coordinator for the film ’The Dark Crystal” to help create, develop and perform many of the original and unique characters and creatures that are seen in that ground-breaking production. It was whilst working on The Dark Crystal that he was approached about being in Star Wars..they were being filmed in the same studios!
We are very pleased to have another wonderfully talented Prop Master joining us for Thames Con in April, please welcome Bill Hargreaves to the line up.
Bill is best known for his contributions to the original Star Wars Franchise-creating Ig-88, Probe Droids, Mynock & Jabba's Gatekeeper. Bill has also made props for Gladiator, The Golden Compass, About a Boy and many other great movies & TV shows.
Bill will be joining Dangerous BoB for a VERY special 'Making Movies' talk & Q & A session as well as meet & greets.