Last night I had the honour of scenting a screening of Diamonds Are Forever as part of the Gorilla Perfume team at Inspace gallery in Edinburgh to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond. Whilst the particular scents I used shall remain a mystery, my good friend and colleague Ericka Duffy, a scent technician with Gorilla, put together an ingenious selection of olfactory delights to convey the film in scent; smokey, woody, tobacco notes to symbolise Mr Wint and flirtatious vanilla for Miss Case to note just a couple. Jonathan Prior provided some aural treats in the form of a Bond-tastic DJ set and Paul Tvaroh of Lounge Bohemia created these amazing – and delicious – gin and tonic ‘diamonds’, so every sense was catered for, even touch in the form of fragranced silk handkerchiefs at a particular moment during the screening. It was a truly fantastic evening with very talented people, one that my senses will remember for a long time to come.
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of shooting my good friend, Gorilla Perfume scent technician, Ericka Duffy’s multi-sensory interpretation of Sylvain Chomet’s, The Illusionist (2010) as part of New Media Scotland’s Atmosphere screenings for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. I adore the film (I was lucky enough to see it originally at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh, a cinema which features in the film) and, having worked with Ericka at last years EIFF, I was very excited to see what tricks she’d pull out this year. She certainly didn’t disappoint; her take on this charming animation included scented bubbles, ultrasonic misters, painting with fragranced paint by sidewalk artist Victor Fraser and miniature wax-sealed bottles of mysterious drinks, blended by mixologist Paul Tvaroh of Lounge Bohemia.