After yesterday’s post, I am still in a champagne frame of mind (when am I ever not?), so here is a quick recap of the Moet & Chandon and FilmAid Asia Power of Film Gala that was held at Clearwater Bay Film Studios on March 16, 2013 in Hong Kong.
The annual event celebrates the use of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief, and much-needed hope to over 2 million refugees and global communities in need.
For the exclusive dinner and auction, hosted by Kill Bill star Uma Thurman and local hero Donnie Yen, Clearwater Bay studios were transformed for the evening, filled with huge long tables adorned with flowers (and yes, alot of champagne) for a delicious dinner topped off with the most delectable deserts.
The auction raised $3.5 million HKD, all of which will go towards the charity’s brilliant work using the power of film to bring lifesaving information and much needed hope to refugees around the world.
In actuality, the details of the dinner and auction is all hearsay, as my friends and I did not attend the exclusive dinner (..especially as we would not have have the funds to bid on the amazing auction items such as a trip to Roland Garros, a heliski adventure in Switzerland and signed Moet magnum bottle sealed with a kiss from Uma Thurman)..no, for us it was all about the after party (also at the Clearwater Bay Film Studios), where over 400 international guests from the worlds of film, finance, fashion, art and music among others where found dancing and consuming copious amounts of Moet until 3 am.
The highlight of the evening was a special live performance by British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. I had my reservations prior to her performance, after all, she has not been in the charts in well over a decade, but have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. She played a decent set length (i.e. not just 3 songs and off), engaging the crowd who were mostly old enough to remember “Spiller” and “Murder on the Dancefloor”.