Thanks to Larry Moran and two of his colleagues, I bought a ticket to yesterday’s screening of The Unbelievers. Larry, like me, was disappointed about not being able to get tickets to the April 29th premiere because Dawkins and Krauss would be available for a conversation after the show. However, attending the brunch with Dawkins and Krauss certainly softened our disappointment.
We walked past a long line of people waiting for rush tickets as we entered the theatre and found seats at the very back which gave us a great view of the stage. The young woman who introduced the film and filmmaker, Gus Holwerda, told the audience there would be a surprise appearance after the film.
I won’t ruin the movie for you by giving you too much information. You have to see The Unbelievers yourself. However, the movie is a series of segments or vignettes of Krauss and Dawkins alone, interacting with each other or with other people who are either welcoming or or antagonistic. Snippets of Dawkins’ debate with Archbishop George Pell of Sydney, Australia certainly show how loathsome Pell is. You also get tantalizing views of Dawkins’ ties (hand painted for him by his wife, Lalla Ward) and Krauss’s colourful running shoes/sneakers.
The surprise, of course, was Dawkins and Krauss’s appearance for a Q & A after the film. Dawkins and Krauss answered the audience questions with their characteristic good humour and bluntness; then, the theatre went dark as they were given the time and space to leave the stage. Most amazing, Dawkins and Krauss, who spent three very busy days in Toronto, were still signing books and shaking hands on the sidewalk outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 theatre while waiting for their cars to arrive to take them to the airport.
“Toronto the Good” is even better for having welcomed these “rock stars of reason”!