BAFTA garden party blooms

Bisset, Cassell attend 21st annual shindig

Even the summer sun cooperated at the BAFTA-LA garden party Sunday afternoon at the Greystone Mansion by slipping discreetly behind a cloud, allowing the 500-odd guests to bask in revelry rather than excessive heat.

The 21st annual shindig brought out a number of longtime Anglo aficionados, including Jacqueline Bisset and Seymour Cassell, who showed up together.

“We’ve known each other for many years, having made a film together in the late ’60s (“The Sweet Ride”) and another one in the late ’90s (“The Sleepy Time Gal”),” Bisset said.

Also on hand were “So You Think You Can Dance?’ host Cat Deeley, “American Idol” exec producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, producer Ron Yerxa, actor Clive Robertson, New Line’s Rolf Mittweg and “Delta Farce” director C. B. Harding.

BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris described the event as essentially “a thank you” to the 1,200 members of the org for all their work during the year. A silent auction raised money for BAFTA’s scholarship program and its inner city film screening program at Helen Keller Park in South Los Angeles.