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Film Review: Agent Beth Robson files her director’s cut

Popular London agent reveals what’s been happening in her patch

 

While the release of No Time To Die put secret agent James Bond back in the limelight, in the latest in an action-packed series, PG Buzz brings you film reviews from a cast of greeting card (not secret at all) sales agents.

In the director’s chair today is Beth Robson, revealing whether trade has been a blockbuster, cartoon comedy or horror movie in her London patch; her highlights and tear-jerking moments of the trading year; which actor she would like to play her as well as her hopes for this year’s sequel.

What stars do you represent?

Mint, Museums & Galleries, Oliver Preston, Real & Exciting Designs, Redback, Sooshichacha, Special Delivery and U Studio

Above: Beth Robson (front in black and white) on Museums & Galleries’ stand at the recent Spring Fair, giving Riou Baxter (5th left) a good retirement send-off
Above: Beth Robson (front in black and white) on Museums & Galleries’ stand at the recent Spring Fair, giving Riou Baxter (5th left) a good retirement send-off

Tell us about the recent plot line of trade of the past 12 months…

“Most definitely 2021 was a film noir. Missing all spring seasons was not a good start for anyone. It was very frustrating at times, however, things certainly picked up and optimism returned with the jab roll-out. It was lovely to be out of enforced hibernation and seeing customers again. We were all bobbing along rather nicely until the uncertainty caused by omicron, which certainly put the brakes on again re face-to-face appointments but, in the end, Christmas sales seemed to hold up very well with lots of last-minute reorders.”

What have been the highlights and tearjerkers?

“For me, personally, the highlight would have to be my new knee. On the business front, it would be publishers knocking it out of the park with excellent new products/ranges, seeing my gorgeous customers, as well as the random acts of kindness. The tearjerkers have been the hold-ups at ports, the London Congestion Charge being extended until 10pm and at weekends, the very unbusiness-friendly new parking charges – £15 for two hours in some boroughs – as well as anti-vaxxers!”

Who’s on the casting couch for your role?

“With my new knee, 2021 would have to be Fast & Furious and Charlize Theron would play me, the similarities are really quite obvious – not!”

Above: With her new knee, Beth is now Fast & Furious!
Above: With her new knee, Beth is now Fast & Furious!
Above: Beth Robson as Cat Woman!
Above: Beth Robson as Cat Woman!

What has been your popcorn strategy to get through the challenges?

“I’m an optimist by nature so that has helped, as has chatting with other agents via WhatsApp. Talking to customers and publishers was always a tonic – we are all in this together.”

What are your expectations for the 2022 sequel?

“Hoping for a full year of trading, holidays, Covid be gone, and probably more!”

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