The 2017 BFI LFF Awards

October 14th,  2017.

Despite the grandeur of the name, the BFI LFF Awards are not exactly at the level of the Baftas or Oliviers or GQs... or rather I say that as somebody whose invitee status and finger-on-the-pulse-ness and photographing-from-a-footpath-without-queueing-for-hours-ness makes it hard to gauge precisely the level of prestige involved. Suffice it to say that any event that doesn't invite me has a certain cache to it that I will reluctantly acknowledge. So there was was, on a footpath on Whitehall, right near 10 Downing Street and Parliament, having run (and/or sauntered) from the Joaquin Phoenix premiere for "You Were Never Really Here" to be .... here.

And here's how it went down:

So there was was, on a footpath on Whitehall, right near 10 Downing Street and Parliament, having run (and/or sauntered) from the Joaquin Phoenix premiere for "You Were Never Really Here" to be .... here.

So there was was, on a footpath on Whitehall, right near 10 Downing Street and Parliament, having run (and/or sauntered) from the Joaquin Phoenix premiere for "You Were Never Really Here" to be .... here.

As at 22:44 on the evening of the awards, I am not yet aware of who won it/them. However, it was known in advance that Director Paul Greengrass would be awarded a BFI Fellowship on the night. And if even I knew it despite my strong anti-spoiler status, he probably did too.

As at 22:44 on the evening of the awards, I am not yet aware of who won it/them. However, it was known in advance that Director Paul Greengrass would be awarded a BFI Fellowship on the night. And if even I knew it despite my strong anti-spoiler status, he probably did too.

What's "Untitled Paul Greengrass Project" all about? Well... you'd have to ask the guys at imdb.com - they're the one who decided to call it that as a pet name"

What's "Untitled Paul Greengrass Project" all about? Well... you'd have to ask the guys at imdb.com - they're the one who decided to call it that as a pet name"

"Well thank you, it's always nice to know that some awards are so prestigious that you don't need to wear a tie when accepting it". Indeed, I am also not wearing a tie to this event.

"Well thank you, it's always nice to know that some awards are so prestigious that you don't need to wear a tie when accepting it". Indeed, I am also not wearing a tie to this event.

"Have I seen the new 'Justice League Trailer'? Why yes I have. I was so repulsed I swore at both of my cats." - the ears of my potplants are also still ringing, but perhaps it means more when it's Amanda Nevill, CBE, who is also the Chief Executive for the British Film Institute in London.

"Have I seen the new 'Justice League Trailer'? Why yes I have. I was so repulsed I swore at both of my cats." - the ears of my potplants are also still ringing, but perhaps it means more when it's Amanda Nevill, CBE, who is also the Chief Executive for the British Film Institute in London.

Yesterday I missed photographing both Jason Isaac and Australia's own Eric Bana. Tonight.... I'm all set to miss Eric Bana a second time, and... well... this is Jason Isaac. Enjoy.

Yesterday I missed photographing both Jason Isaac and Australia's own Eric Bana. Tonight.... I'm all set to miss Eric Bana a second time, and... well... this is Jason Isaac. Enjoy.

I don't know who this is (much to the mirth of the people standing next to me on the pavement, who had difficulty coming to terms with the notion of photographing somebody you don't know... .and did it in a way that made me feel a bit defensive because although I've been doing this for years, there really is no easy comeback that doesn't come off as a bit petulant)

I don't know who this is
(much to the mirth of the people standing next to me on the pavement, who had difficulty coming to terms with the notion of photographing somebody you don't know... .and did it in a way that made me feel a bit defensive because although I've been doing this for years, there really is no easy comeback that doesn't come off as a bit petulant)

I believe he introduced himself to the reporter as a person whose film was in contention for the Film Festival. Which is more than I can say - BFI won't return any of my tweets!

I believe he introduced himself to the reporter as a person whose film was in contention for the Film Festival. Which is more than I can say - BFI won't return any of my tweets!

I also don't know who this is. Laugh away, people. It's only my hobby.

I also don't know who this is. Laugh away, people. It's only my hobby.

Possibly slightly more crushingly, I DO know who this is, I just lacked the reflexes (and a clear arc in which to swing my Nikon's mighty 80-200mm f2.8lens without braining a bystander) - it's actor Phil Davis.

Possibly slightly more crushingly, I DO know who this is, I just lacked the reflexes (and a clear arc in which to swing my Nikon's mighty 80-200mm f2.8lens without braining a bystander) - it's actor Phil Davis.

I know this is actress Andrea Riseborough, as I photographed her just one week ago at the BFI LFF premiere of "Battle of the Sexes" with Emma Stone. It feels weird to me that a week ago I still had a week of photographing BFI London Film Festival to go... and now I only have tomorrow

I know this is actress Andrea Riseborough, as I photographed her just one week ago at the BFI LFF premiere of "Battle of the Sexes" with Emma Stone. It feels weird to me that a week ago I still had a week of photographing BFI London Film Festival to go... and now I only have tomorrow

"What do you mean I missed Joaquin Phoenix? What about Eric Bana - have I missed him as well?" With a dress like that you're probably okay to get access to the venue and say hello to him if you want.

"What do you mean I missed Joaquin Phoenix? What about Eric Bana - have I missed him as well?" With a dress like that you're probably okay to get access to the venue and say hello to him if you want.

You know, in theory this spot I'm in is pretty great. Other than the hits to my ego I take everytime somebody is interviewed in front of me that I can't name for the tourists walking past.

You know, in theory this spot I'm in is pretty great. Other than the hits to my ego I take everytime somebody is interviewed in front of me that I can't name for the tourists walking past.

This is Helen McCrory (everyone, do you hear?) - she was in Skyfall, Hugo, and played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. (you're welcome)

This is Helen McCrory (everyone, do you hear?) - she was in Skyfall, Hugo, and played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. (you're welcome)

Oh, look over there near that monument : isn't that The Queen? (also known as : please don't ask me who this is : I don't know) (edited to add : Gloria Huwiler, who was in something called "I'm Not a Witch" this year.)

Oh, look over there near that monument : isn't that The Queen? (also known as : please don't ask me who this is : I don't know) (edited to add : Gloria Huwiler, who was in something called "I'm Not a Witch" this year.)

Oh. I've probably just missed photographing Eric Bana.

Oh. I've probably just missed photographing Eric Bana.

As with many things, I quickly head over to where I would have been able to photograph Eric Bana, thus metaphorically Fighting The Last Battle, instead of fighting the next one. In the meantime, while you ponder that, I've shot through an open doorway and photographed somebody wireimage.com later identifies as : Inesa De La Roche

As with many things, I quickly head over to where I would have been able to photograph Eric Bana, thus metaphorically Fighting The Last Battle, instead of fighting the next one. In the meantime, while you ponder that, I've shot through an open doorway and photographed somebody wireimage.com later identifies as : Inesa De La Roche

I don't know who this is. But I can code nested "IF( --" functions in excel like nobody's business, so there.

I don't know who this is. But I can code nested "IF( --" functions in excel like nobody's business, so there.

My "quick : human person in a doorway strategy didn't pay off here. He appears to be a regular human person. So to speak. The suit and tie are a nice touch, for a regular human person I mean.

My "quick : human person in a doorway strategy didn't pay off here. He appears to be a regular human person. So to speak. The suit and tie are a nice touch, for a regular human person I mean.

Well....I could stand here photographing nothing and pretend that the paparazzi outside haven't just been given an unambiguous sign for "it's over, guys" from an authoritative looking organiser.... or I could go home where it's warm(er) and nobody asks me questions I feel uncomfortable answering!

Well....I could stand here photographing nothing and pretend that the paparazzi outside haven't just been given an unambiguous sign for "it's over, guys" from an authoritative looking organiser.... or I could go home where it's warm(er) and nobody asks me questions I feel uncomfortable answering!

So.... that's how I spend a perfectly ordinary Saturday evening. I hope yours was great, and nobody insouciantly questioned how you elected to spend it :)

Until next time! (tomorrow!)

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