As it is quite a lengthy event, regular injections of humour are absolutely vital. Early highlights were Asim Chaudhry's Chabuddy G-style delivery of Oscar Brittle's letter to the Sydney Morning Herald about the various meats he has eaten, Alan Carr's reading of a letter from Marcel Proust about his loud and uninhibited neighbours, and Benedict Cumberbatch going into excruciating detail thanks to [Name Withheld] filling in some gaps for the health insurance company. Jude Law invoicing the Ritz through a letter from The Rozzers also provoked much mirth.
The evening ended on a sombre and thought-provoking note, with Benedict Cumberbatch reading a letter from environmentalist Wallace Stegner about the importance of retaining the "wilderness", emphasising the fact that this was written back in 1960. On the whole an emotional rollercoaster of a night, with tears of joy and sorrow, fascinating insights into humanity, and lots of important things to ponder. An essential event that you must take the time to experience.