London 2012 opening ceremony: highlights and videos
Relive the highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony - review, videos and pictures
Rating: 4/5by Andrzej Lukowski
Is there a Chinese phrase equivalent to ‘WTF’? If so, one imagines it was uttered by more than a few mouths in Beijing on Friday night. While budgets are slashed across the board elsewhere in the UK, theatre and film director Danny Boyle was gifted £27m for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, with the express remit of making the British not look like impoverished bumpkins next to the Chinese, whose uber-bombastic 2008 Olympics opener might as well have been subtitled ‘world, meet your new superpower’.Read full London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony review
In the event, Boyle’s faintly bonkers tribute to all things British seemed to only have the slightest eye on international audiences: if our hypothetical observers from the Chinese capital had managed to get all the references in a ceremony that paid homage to everything from maypole dancing to Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the NHS to ‘Brookside’s famed lesbian kiss, I’d probably suggest their anglophilia was getting a little obsessive.
‘Genius’ cried one. ‘Cliche’ cried another. Relive some of the most memorable moments below and let us know what you thought…View the Opening Ceremony in 57 pictures
As Danny Boyle promoted his new film '127 Hours' we spoke to him about his next big directing gig: the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.Read Danny Boyle interview