âYou take someone to the airport, itâs clearly the beginning of a relationship,â observes Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. âThatâs why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship â¦ Because eventually things move on and you donât take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me: âHow come you never take me to the airport any more?ââ
And so to Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who are still at the accompanying-your-wife-to-lefty-movies-about-homelessness stage of their relationship. Last year, you will recall, the News Corp boss married Jerry, and the relationship is no less giddy now he is in his 87th year. How else to interpret Rupertâs decision to accompany his wife to an event at the East End film festival last week? The couple attended the Hackney Picturehouse premiere of The Forgotten Man, in which Jerry has a brief cameo, and which is described as an honest, black-and-white representation of economic divides. Rupertâs verdict on the work is unknown â I imagine the only words he spoke all night were a brisk âKeep the engine runningâ to the driver of his Range Rover. But organisers are more optimistic.
Festival director Alison Poltock says: âI do hope it made a positive impact on him.â That feels quite hopeful. Having said that, Murdoch does tend to see the positives in bleak things â for instance, he was thrilled at talk of an Iraq invasion in 2003, as the effects on the price of oil would be âbigger than any tax cut in any countryâ. Nevertheless, it feels a little late in the day for Rupert to rebrand as part of the woke generation.
In fact â and I donât want to go out on a limb here â the indications are that the News Corp boss wouldnât be accepted with open arms should he even try. According to a local Hackney news site, Murdoch was spotted as the lights came up after the movie by âa young Corbynistaâ in the audience, who took the opportunity to shout at him: âWe are the majority now, you cunt!â
Ah. Again, none of us wishes to get too deeply back into the predictions game in these most volatile of times. Even so, instinct suggests that Jerry Hall will not require a plus-one for next yearâs East End film festival.