The 50th anniversary of the Beatles invasion of the U.S. was celebrated at BAFTA/LA’s annual summer garden party in the Hancock Park residence of the British consul general on Sunday. But there was a more serious agenda to an event where guests were dressed in ’60s attire munching on bangers and mash and fish and chips.
Consul general Chris O’Connor said the party served two purposes: “first to show we throw the best parties” and secondly to celebrate and build the connection between the U.K. and California such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Fox’s “24: Live Another Day.”
“Many of you may know that there is also a tradition of BAFTA/LA working with us on wider issues of general concern,” he said. “BAFTA/LA has agreed to be part of a campaign, a most important globally, which is a campaign to build momentum around a summit happening in London to end sexual violence in conflict and to try to render rape in war to the history books.”
Nigel Daly, BAFTA/LA chairman, said the org on Tuesday will try to highlight a charity that Angelina Jolie and British foreign secretary William Hague have launched to promote end sexual violence in conflict zones. To that end BAFTA/LA with UTA will screen “Diffret,” which she exec produced. “We’re trying to get a little bit of movement and attention around the subject” using social media including Twitter. “The idea is to slowly slowly slowly get the message out to the world. This is what BAFTA is about,” he said.