Academy award-winning British director Danny Boyle, who last year mesmerized London and the world with his captivating 'Isles of Wonder' opening ceremony at London 2012, has found himself under serious scrutiny today, after a 'last minute' and 'half arsed' opening ceremony at the London Anniversary Games this weekend left spectators bewildered and demanding refunds.
Watched by an estimated 900-million people last year, the London 2012 opening ceremony, which celebrated the exuberent creativity of the British genius through the medium of dance and music, was widely praised as a 'masterpiece' and a 'love letter to Britain' by critics, who hailed it 'far better' than Beijing's spectacular display 4-years previous. The Anniversary Games ceremony, entitled 'Opening Ceremony', didn't leave it's stadium audience quite so enthralled, however.
Jennifer Harold, who missed out on last years games because of high ticket prices, quickly snapped up prime seats for the Anniversary Games and arrived early to witness what she expected to be another Boyle classic. 'The kids were so excited', said the mum of three, 'I assumed the unusually basic "Opening Ceremony" title would be something ironic and funny that would start making sense as we watched it. It turns out they just couldn't be arsed thinking of a name'.
"The Opening Ceremony", which lasted 40-minutes, comprised of thirty people who danced, uncoordinated, to U2's 'Beautiful Day', which was being played on repeat through a standard 2-disc stereo with one speaker. One angry refundee said, 'Some of the dancers, who I'm pretty sure were just members of the crowd who'd been asked to help, were just letting off party poppers at random and throwing tubs of confetti at the crowd whilst singing "yeahh, Anniversary Games, beautiful day, yeahh". It was obviously rushed and unplanned'.
When asked about the ceremony's poor reception, Boyle admitted he'd 'used up most of his creativity' on London 2012, and the added issue of budget restraints meant it was 'always going to fall short' of last years awe-inspiring display. 'I had 27-million quid to play with last year', said the Hollywood director. 'Even the Queen wanted a piece of the action. My budget for the Anniversary Games was £2,700 - what was I meant to do with that? It cost more than that to fly me over here. In hindsight, maybe I should have just made last year's a bit crap here and there, so peoples expectations for this one wouldn't have been so high, perhaps?
When pushed for details on Sunday's closing ceremony for the Anniversary Games, Boyle said: 'There's a closing ceremony? Are you fu**ing kidding me?'