In the past week end I went to the third Sense8Con in Paris.
The convention was, of course delayed 2 years due to the COVID-19 situation. While restrictions have largely been lifted, The convention did, however, require mask wearing at the convention activities, with the exception of photo ops.
Tis convention was much smaller than the previous one 3 years ago, as some people could not afford to go, and others had previous appointments at the convention days.
This made the convention even more close-knit than the others I have attended, and I got to meet some attendees from the previous one, and got to meet some new ones.
The (actor) guests this time were:
Tina Desai (once more) who played Kala in Mumbai.
Purab Kohli who played Rajan
Toby Onwumere who played Capheus in Nairobi, and
Paul Ogola who played Jela.
All of them were quite entertaining at the panels/Q&As, and responded to fan questions with very lively answers.
At the previous con I had asked about their relations to writers – evryone had been talking mostly about Lana Wachowski, so I put the focus on the co-creator J. Michael Straczynski (JMS).
All were appreciative of the writer’s, no surprise, because without a writer there will be no story. At the con 3 years ago Tina told how she tried to get JMS to open up to her, and how she was happy to break through, as they had much in common.
Tis time she told us how JMS would always be available to fill in back story for the characters, as he was the only one who had the time during the filming/production, as he was, of course, very involved in the creation of the characters and the story.
Paul Ogola had a special appreciation, as he has done some writing himself.
At the autograph sessions there was ample time for the guests to chat a bit with the fans, due to the small size of the convention.
I managed to make a few photos with the phone, and here is one. I may add more later. Tina Desai at the special panel:
After the convention I made a visit to one of the filming locations. In the series it is named The Lacuna, a place which is “in this world, but not of this world”. This is filmed at the ruins of an abandoned abbey in a village near the city of Brussels, the initial building of this started in the mid 12th century.
If one is interested in old architecture and ruins, this is definitely a site to visit, and for a fan of Sense8 it is well worth standing in The Lacuna, which is in the remains of the church of the abbey. Here is the one illustrating The Lacuna:
Both pictures in this post are right out of the camera (my phone), completely un-edited.
I may try to find time to look at, and edit a few more of the pictures from the convention, but this is all for now.