Please find details of our main convention schedule below. As always, we’re a ‘live’ event, so there is the possibility of tweaks and changes on the day, but we’ll do our best to alert you as quickly as possible if that happens. We’ve included who the main guests are for each panel, but we fully expect some additions and professional gate-crashing from other guests! 🙂
You can find details of ‘Masterclass Friday’ here, (with some recent changes and additions ) but we’re also now running several Friday panels for those who AREN’T doing those classes.
Registration 7:30am – noon (Friday) Also available late Thursday and clear directions will be posted at the venue.
8:00am – 9:00am
In his position as official prop-maker for Davis-Panzer, Daryl Kyle discusses the art of prop making and the challenges of recreating classic blades (taking place in Bordeaux Suite)
10:00am – 11:00pm
SAME FANS, DIFFERENT VINTAGE…
A special panel looking at the extensive popularity and challenges of producing fan-fiction based around the Highlander franchise… (Bordeaux)
11:00am – 12:00pm
Joe Pearson, who brought us Highlander: The Search for Vengeance and War of the Worlds: Goliath is joined by David Abramowitz to talk about the (literal) art of action… where the only limits are that of the imagination (Bordeaux)
5:00pm – 6:00pm
FAN FICTION 2…
Another chance for fan-fic writers to compare notes, chapters and ideas… (Salon A)
7:30pm – 9:00pm
MEET & GREET…
Many of our weekend’s top guests will be joining us for a get-together. If you got your Meet and Greet ticket, then now is the time to mingle before the main convention starts… (Salon A)
WELCOME TO THE GATHERING…
HLWW President Carmel Macpherson and weekend emcee John Mosby explain the main weekend schedule, the available guests are introduced and the rules noted.
8:45am – 09:45am
NOW IS THE TIME OF…
The pilot episode ‘The Gathering’ launched the series. As we screen highlights, Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch and Don Paonessa talk us through their memories of that pivotal outing and how it laid out the groundwork for everything that followed…
9:50am – 10:30am
THE AMANDA MANDATE…
Elizabeth Gracen discusses the evolution of Amanda – from erstwhile thief to the lead in the Highlander spin-off The Raven’ and picks some of her favourite scenes…
10:30am – 10:45am
10:45am – 11:25am
There’s no Clan Denial-ing it…Stan Kirsch’s role as Richie Ryan allowed the audience to experience the ideas of ‘growing up’ and ‘immortality’ through a ‘younger’ pair of eyes. Stan picks some of his favourite moments from the show and the story arc for his character over the various seasons of the show. And how did all this lead to setting up a highly successful Acting Academy?
11:35am – 12:15pm
WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMAN..?
Jim Byrnes and David Abramowitz join us to examine the impact that Watcher Joe Dawson had on the series (and vice-versa) and how Jim’s own music became such a powerful part of the experience…
12:15pm – 1:00pm
BREAK (Take some time to visit tables, grab some food etc)
1:00pm – 1:45pm
“…I DRINK AND I KNOW THINGS…”
The Doctor will see you now – and discuss his favourite scenes from the show. Before Methos he was (almost) a Doctor……and long before Tyrion Lannister made the same claim in Game of Thrones, our own Methos was covering a similar, fluid remit. Peter Wingfield discusses not only the ROG (Really Old Guy) but the Really Significant Career Change!
1:50pm – 2:30pm
THE WRITE STUFF: SCRIPT TO SCREEN…
David Abramowitz, Gillian Horvath, Donna Lettow and Morrie Ruvinsky join Ken Gord to discuss how the first keystrokes on a keyboard turn to key story points on screen WITH time to explore their own personal favorite scenes – ones that just took off in ways they could never have imagined…..
2:30pm – 4:00pm
running parallel to:
3:00pm – 3:50pm
ONE, TWO, THREE DIRECTION…
We are lucky enough to have several key episode directors with us, so join Richard Martin, Clay Borris and Don Paonessa to discuss their trials, triumphs and tribulations behind the camera.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
GOING, GOING… IT’S AUCTION TIME…
Join us as we draft some our key guests to help present unique and special items available to bid upon (Anyone who has ever seen Adrian and Peter in full on salesmen mode, knows we’re in for a treat!)
8:00pm – late
IMMORTAL LIFE IS A…CABARET!
Now it’s the time for the cast to entertain us! Our talented ensemble presents an evening of laughter, song and drama! Sit back, enjoy… and perhaps even test your trivia knowledge of the Highlander saga!
(Cabaret schedule to follow!)
8:30am – 8:35am
UPDATES / ANNOUNCEMENTS
8:35am – 9:10 am
WHAT IF, WHAT NEXT? SURVIVING BIOMETRICS…
Highlander: The Series certainly made an impact in the 1990s, but how would the stories – and the story-telling itself – have changed if we following Immortals and watchers in the age of social media, smartphones and a surveillance-led society? David Abramowitz, Gillian Horvath and Donna Lettow look at how our world and that of Highlander has changed…
9:15am – 10:00am
SOMEONE WICKED THIS WAY COMES?
What makes a good antagonist? James Horan (Grayson: Band of Brothers) takes to the stage with F. Braun McAsh and Anthony De Longis (Consone: Duende / Kurlow: Blackmail) to talk about the nature of making their immortals interesting as well as formidable. How do Swordmasters and actors bring out the malevolence through the sword choreography?
10:05am – 10:50am
IN THE ONLINE OF FIRE…
‘Social Media’ plays such an important part in modern fandom. Podcasters Blood of Kings, Highlander Rewatched and Highlander Heart’s Grant Kempster join Gillian Horvath and Donna Lettow to look on its influence from the 1990s until now…
10:50 – 11:10
11:15 – 11:55
WAR and P.E.A.C.E…
Adrian Paul talks about all things Highlander, his favourite scenes and also the incredible success of The PEACE Fund’s efforts around the world…
11:55am – 12:40pm
THE GANG’S BACK TOGETHER AGAIN…
and then… Adrian Paul is joined on stage by Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield, Elizabeth Gracen and David Abramowitz to discuss that special dynamic between their key characters…
12:40pm – 1:20pm
BREAK (Take some time to visit tables, grab some food etc)
1:20pm – 2:10pm
Join Adrian Paul, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes and Peter Wingfield for a special one-off drama…
2:15 – 2:55
ONE, TWO, THREE DIRECTION (TAKE 2)…
For those who missed any of the panel on Saturday because of the autograph sessions, here’s another chance to talk with series directors Richard Martin, Clay Borris and Don Paonessa to discuss their trials, triumphs and tribulations behind the camera.
3:00pm – 3:50pm
FAN-POWERED! HANS KIRSCHNER: THE MOVIE
Andrew Modeen introduces the fan-film starring none other than F Braun McAsh – and perhaps a few other familiar faces…
3:55pm – 5:00pm
TO BE, NOT TO BE…
We started with ‘The Gathering’ so it’s only right we finish with a discussion on the series finale Adrian Paul, Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield, Elizabeth Gracen, Ken God, David Abramowitz…join us – along with TO BE’s director Richard Martin
5:00pm – 5:30pm
GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AMEN…NOW, LET’S HEAD TO THE BAR!
Time to wrap things up for our weekend. It’s never truly the end, just the beginning of a new chapter…and a new bar tab.
7:00pm – onwards
WHAT’S PAST IS… EPILOGUE
Some special extra panels (to be announced at the convention weekend) as we head to Joe’s Bar for a final, more informal Gathering – to share some extra memories with our remaining guests…