More on Class Based Views – Redirect If Data Missing

In this view, rather than raising a 404 if a piece of data is missing, I redirect back to a page where the user can specify the value.

def list_session(request):
    event_id = request.session.get('event_id',None)
        event = Event.objects.get(pk=event_id)
    except:  #No event - back to staff page to select
        return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('staff'))

    queryset = B2CSession.objects.filter(event = event)

    params = {'queryset': queryset,
              'paginate_by': DEFAULT_PAGINATION,
              'template_name': 'session_list.html',
              'extra_context': {'event': event,
                                'session': session}}
    return object_list(request, **params)

I wanted to implement this same functionality using a class based view, so I looked into the available methods to override. The dispatch method was really the only choice. My solution:

def dispatch(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        ## If there is no event_id set in the session, return to staff page for a chance to select one
            self.event = Event.objects.get(pk=request.session.get('event_id',None))
        except Event.DoesNotExist:
            return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('staff'))
        ## Normal processing
        return super(ListSessionView, self).dispatch(request, *args, **kwargs)  

What do you think? Is this the best way to make this work? Leave your comments below.