19 Sep - Charlie St Cloud Premiere (Zac Efron!)

September 19th, 2010.

Australia is weird when it comes to premieres. Sure, Sydney had one a short time ago for Tomorrow When The War Began. But since then, there's also been a premiere in a little known area of the Gold Coast called Robina, and this time? A suburb of Sydney called Parramatta. Fortunately, it's within driving distance, and fortunately it was on a weekend. They even had a decent coffee place, so what was I waiting for? Other than the sound of teenage girls screaming, I mean??

Here's how it went down...

Early Days. After all, it's still about six hours til the premiere starts. (I'm off for breakfast....)

Early Days. After all, it's still about six hours til the premiere starts. (I'm off for breakfast....)

I return, and find that things are starting To Get Real. As in... a security guard with a water sprayer? That's... not a lot of deterrent given the kind of crazed fan I'm already seeing.

I return, and find that things are starting To Get Real. As in... a security guard with a water sprayer? That's... not a lot of deterrent given the kind of crazed fan I'm already seeing.

Praying for Efron, I'm guessing? Awesome. I hear he's totally coming.

Praying for Efron, I'm guessing? Awesome. I hear he's totally coming.

The crowd? Is building. And Zac Efron? Will totally respect the  traffic signs in your country.

The crowd? Is building. And Zac Efron? Will totally respect the  traffic signs in your country.

"He's going to be standing right here and I'm like gonna sqeeee and ask him to marry me like 4EVA..." It's every girl's dream, I hear.

"He's going to be standing right here and I'm like gonna sqeeee and ask him to marry me like 4EVA..." It's every girl's dream, I hear.

Here's Chloe Maxwell. Oddly, I remember her name but not at this moment why she's even well known....

Here's Chloe Maxwell. Oddly, I remember her name but not at this moment why she's even well known....

Ummmm.... awesome? I literally have no way whatsoever to engage with people who bring crumpled Zac Efron posters to a premiere even though they're unlikely to get within 20 metres of the guy.

Ummmm.... awesome? I literally have no way whatsoever to engage with people who bring crumpled Zac Efron posters to a premiere even though they're unlikely to get within 20 metres of the guy.

So there's kind of a crowd by this stage, and the security and event co-ordinators have started to imlore people to stay calm and not push too far forward when The Efron arrives. In about another two hours from now. I shoulda brought a flak jacket in case this turns to rioting...

So there's kind of a crowd by this stage, and the security and event co-ordinators have started to imlore people to stay calm and not push too far forward when The Efron arrives. In about another two hours from now. I shoulda brought a flak jacket in case this turns to rioting...

"So are y'all excited? I, for one, intend to propose to him right here and he'll be like *sqeeee* and I'll be like *amgaaaaahhh* and we'll be like 4EVA and no you can't have him he's mine" (Or something. I had my headphones on and was listening to unrelated podcasts at very high volume)

"So are y'all excited? I, for one, intend to propose to him right here and he'll be like *sqeeee* and I'll be like *amgaaaaahhh* and we'll be like 4EVA and no you can't have him he's mine" (Or something. I had my headphones on and was listening to unrelated podcasts at very high volume)

Awesomely, for this premiere, the role of Yellow Cap Guy will be played by a young girl....

Awesomely, for this premiere, the role of Yellow Cap Guy will be played by a young girl....

Yeah, I'm not so sure this is structurally advisable either...

Yeah, I'm not so sure this is structurally advisable either...

"Did anyone say 'free t-shirt'??" (SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!)

"Did anyone say 'free t-shirt'??"
(SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!)

I don't know who any of these people are, but the two on the left introduced themselves as being from radio station 2DayFM.

I don't know who any of these people are, but the two on the left introduced themselves as being from radio station 2DayFM.

This is not Zac Efron, but that didn't stop hundreds who didn't have this vantagepoint from screaming just on suspicion of proximity

This is not Zac Efron, but that didn't stop hundreds who didn't have this vantagepoint from screaming just on suspicion of proximity

There's some great expressions on the faces of a photgrapher and a reporter. Given she's female, she's probably memorising her marriage proposal to The Efron. His expression more closely matches mine at this point.

There's some great expressions on the faces of a photgrapher and a reporter. Given she's female, she's probably memorising her marriage proposal to The Efron. His expression more closely matches mine at this point.

"I also like Justin Bieber!!" (She *actually* said that. And the screams of approval from the crowd could be heard well over the level of my iPod)

"I also like Justin Bieber!!" (She *actually* said that. And the screams of approval from the crowd could be heard well over the level of my iPod)

Conveniently located planter boxes providing a good meter of elevation (I know because, conveniently, I was also on one) (if you want to picture me jealously defending my position by kicking off tearful seven year old girls, feel free to do so. It's not accurate, but I appreciate the visual)

Conveniently located planter boxes providing a good meter of elevation (I know because, conveniently, I was also on one) (if you want to picture me jealously defending my position by kicking off tearful seven year old girls, feel free to do so. It's not accurate, but I appreciate the visual)

*AMGAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!* Feel free to add your own high-pitched sound effect here --->

*AMGAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!* Feel free to add your own high-pitched sound effect here --->

Let the mayhem ensue. Incidentally, ladies, I ALSO haven't shaved for a couple of days so if it's the beard-thing more than the Efron-thing, I am ALSO your guy (Call me)

Let the mayhem ensue. Incidentally, ladies, I ALSO haven't shaved for a couple of days so if it's the beard-thing more than the Efron-thing, I am ALSO your guy (Call me)

"Will you.... uh.... uh.... squeeeeeee????". I suspect Zac Efron gets a lot of this sort of thing.

"Will you.... uh.... uh.... squeeeeeee????".
I suspect Zac Efron gets a lot of this sort of thing.

He seems to vaguely recall he still owes me $5 from last time? Excellent. Pay up, Efron.

He seems to vaguely recall he still owes me $5 from last time? Excellent. Pay up, Efron.

"Yah! Fight the power!!! Also, go see my movie" (I think the Efron-staring-into-the-infinitely-distant-future poster in the background is what all benevolent dictators aspire to have)

"Yah! Fight the power!!! Also, go see my movie" (I think the Efron-staring-into-the-infinitely-distant-future poster in the background is what all benevolent dictators aspire to have)

"So, like, I forgot to bring my mobile phone...." (thousands of hands go up)

"So, like, I forgot to bring my mobile phone...." (thousands of hands go up)

. and we have our first casualty needing to be evacuated. (wow)

. and we have our first casualty needing to be evacuated. (wow)

... and here we have our second.

... and here we have our second.

"Could you sign something... anything.... for my daughter... PLEASE? Here, sign my cameraman!!!"

"Could you sign something... anything.... for my daughter... PLEASE? Here, sign my cameraman!!!"

Channel 10's entertainment powerbroker Angela Bishop interviews The Efron (hopefully reminding him about my five dollars) while stablemate Richard Wilkins lounges coolly in the background.

Channel 10's entertainment powerbroker Angela Bishop interviews The Efron (hopefully reminding him about my five dollars) while stablemate Richard Wilkins lounges coolly in the background.

"That guy over there? Five dollars". Awww... thanks, Ms Bishop

"That guy over there? Five dollars". Awww... thanks, Ms Bishop

Dare I even speculate as to what question Ms Maxwell asked The Efron??

Dare I even speculate as to what question Ms Maxwell asked The Efron??

"... five dollars" (Why, yes, I canvassed everyone..) I sure do seem to be getting a lot of eye-contact from Zac Efron. I'm flattered, of course, but between him and the pre-teen/mid-teen girls and their indulgent presumably married mothers, I was kind of a lone island of Grown-Ass Masculinity in The House. (I say, proudly, at a Zac Efron movie premiere...)

"... five dollars" (Why, yes, I canvassed everyone..) I sure do seem to be getting a lot of eye-contact from Zac Efron. I'm flattered, of course, but between him and the pre-teen/mid-teen girls and their indulgent presumably married mothers, I was kind of a lone island of Grown-Ass Masculinity in The House. (I say, proudly, at a Zac Efron movie premiere...)

Ah, to be Zac Efron for just one day. (Although to be honest I'd take one of his quieter days... this one was nuts)

Ah, to be Zac Efron for just one day. (Although to be honest I'd take one of his quieter days... this one was nuts)

So.... finally I get my second Aussie premiere to add to the very London-centric "archive of stuff I've photographed" .

Actually, I note that I've photographed Mr Efron twice before, once for "17 Again" and once for "Me and Orson Welles".

Until next time! (and hopefully there is a next time!)

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8 Aug - Tomorrow When The War Began Premiere (Sydney!)

August 8th, 2010.

A premiere! In Sydney! UNBELIEVABLE. I haven't done one of these in over four months... and given Sydney is many things (including "Not London") it'll likely be some time before I get another one.

Time to make some hay while the photographic sun shines... and I was so 'desperate' to do this premiere, that even though I was committed to the 14km fun run "City to Surf" I brought my camera and lenses into town and headed back in from Bondi, still hot and sweaty (but suitably attired) from my athletic exertions, and did it anyway.

Here's how it (surprisingly) went down.

A Film Premiere! In Australia! (of course it helps if the story, author and cast are all Australian...)

A Film Premiere! In Australia! (of course it helps if the story, author and cast are all Australian...)

Right about here is where I'd be expecting a dude with a Yellow Cap to be standing. However, that was another time and another place.

Right about here is where I'd be expecting a dude with a Yellow Cap to be standing. However, that was another time and another place.

Damnit, and I'd only just left the Pulsar there for a couple of minutes..

Damnit, and I'd only just left the Pulsar there for a couple of minutes..

They've got a list! It was quite sizeable, and the corps of media photographers were slightly more than half a dozen. Not too shabby?

They've got a list! It was quite sizeable, and the corps of media photographers were slightly more than half a dozen. Not too shabby?

Maybe this is R-Patz working undercover to earn some extra dollars and get away from the screaming girls.

Maybe this is R-Patz working undercover to earn some extra dollars and get away from the screaming girls.

"Tom, I'm standing here with less than an hour to go til the cast arrives, and all I can report are that these really are some odd shoulderpads. Back to you in the studio..."

"Tom, I'm standing here with less than an hour to go til the cast arrives, and all I can report are that these really are some odd shoulderpads. Back to you in the studio..."

The haircut on the guy is surely a glorious thing. I have no idea who he is, but I'll be able to recall his hair later if it's in a lineup it's so awesome. Problem is, over time in London I at least got a passing knowledge of who some of the more famous socialites, wives-of-footballers and low-level royalty and TV stars were. Here in Australia, I simply have no idea AT ALL..

The haircut on the guy is surely a glorious thing. I have no idea who he is, but I'll be able to recall his hair later if it's in a lineup it's so awesome. Problem is, over time in London I at least got a passing knowledge of who some of the more famous socialites, wives-of-footballers and low-level royalty and TV stars were. Here in Australia, I simply have no idea AT ALL..

Take this trio. They could be anyone. They could be the Australian equivalent of the Jonas Brothers for all I know.

Take this trio. They could be anyone. They could be the Australian equivalent of the Jonas Brothers for all I know.

OMG : It's KAMAHL. KAMAHL!!!! (Also - OMG - I know who Kamahl is)

OMG : It's KAMAHL. KAMAHL!!!! (Also - OMG - I know who Kamahl is)

Of course, it would be highly unlikely that I wouldn't recognise Australia's reigning Miss Universe Australia... Miss Rachael Finch!

Of course, it would be highly unlikely that I wouldn't recognise Australia's reigning Miss Universe Australia... Miss Rachael Finch!

"I'm just going to fiddle prettily with my hair for a little bit and loo all cute doing so, if that's okay". It's working.

"I'm just going to fiddle prettily with my hair for a little bit and loo all cute doing so, if that's okay". It's working.

I don't know who this is, but I'm going to hazard a guess and say he won't be fiddling prettily with his hair any more than I will.

I don't know who this is, but I'm going to hazard a guess and say he won't be fiddling prettily with his hair any more than I will.

Whereas this may or may not be Susan Sarandon, who is not in this film and likely has no reason to be in the country.

Whereas this may or may not be Susan Sarandon, who is not in this film and likely has no reason to be in the country.

The lady on the right might be (or have been) from Home and Away. But then again that could be true of almost everyone in this country at one time or another...

The lady on the right might be (or have been) from Home and Away. But then again that could be true of almost everyone in this country at one time or another...

I'd like to think people from the actual CAST might eventually show up to this thing... but then again my last premiere before this one was back in London for "The Shouting Men" and that assumption proved unfulfilled.

I'd like to think people from the actual CAST might eventually show up to this thing... but then again my last premiere before this one was back in London for "The Shouting Men" and that assumption proved unfulfilled.

This? Is a lady in a hat. Being photographed. That's all I know.

This? Is a lady in a hat. Being photographed. That's all I know.

This is the director, Stuart Beattie. His little son was also on the red carpet, signing autographs because his dad is famous. HOLY FARQ : he was the writer of 2009's "GI Joe : The Rise of Cobra"!!! *HEY, BEATTIE : ICE FLOATS - DID YOU KNOW????* ...Oh. He knows. He just doesn't care.

This is the director, Stuart Beattie. His little son was also on the red carpet, signing autographs because his dad is famous.
HOLY FARQ : he was the writer of 2009's "GI Joe : The Rise of Cobra"!!!
*HEY, BEATTIE : ICE FLOATS - DID YOU KNOW????*
...Oh. He knows. He just doesn't care.

This is actress Caitlin Stasey. She's in the film, and has previously been in five episodes of 'Neighbours' and played 'herself' in the 49th annual Logie Awards. (Is that even a legitimate screen credit??)

This is actress Caitlin Stasey. She's in the film, and has previously been in five episodes of 'Neighbours' and played 'herself' in the 49th annual Logie Awards. (Is that even a legitimate screen credit??)

Caitlin Stasey plays the lead character in this film. She looks great holding a machine gun (though admittedly not wearing this particular dress)

Caitlin Stasey plays the lead character in this film. She looks great holding a machine gun (though admittedly not wearing this particular dress)

This is/may be Chris Pang, whose bow tie clearly implies he knows that ice, being less dense than water, would float if you blew up an arctic base. Oh, dear lord, the director also wrote the screenplay for the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. That one made no sense either...

This is/may be Chris Pang, whose bow tie clearly implies he knows that ice, being less dense than water, would float if you blew up an arctic base. Oh, dear lord, the director also wrote the screenplay for the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. That one made no sense either...

Actress Phoebe Tonkin has been on two episodes of something called 'Packed to the Rafters' and 78 episodes of something else called 'H2O' which I've never heard of. Still, she's pretty enough that I'm not excessively fussed that I know nothing about the guy she's with who is also in the film.

Actress Phoebe Tonkin has been on two episodes of something called 'Packed to the Rafters' and 78 episodes of something else called 'H2O' which I've never heard of. Still, she's pretty enough that I'm not excessively fussed that I know nothing about the guy she's with who is also in the film.

Actor Lincoln Lewis, who appears to be wearing _no top_ in his imdb entry, and who has been in 483 episodes of "Home and Away". That's a lot of Flamin' Galahs...

Actor Lincoln Lewis, who appears to be wearing _no top_ in his imdb entry, and who has been in 483 episodes of "Home and Away". That's a lot of Flamin' Galahs...

Quite possibly Rachel Hurd-Wood. If so, she's been in the recent 'Dorian Gray' move and something called 'Perfume : the story of a murderer'. I, meanwhile, have been in a boat. Several times. Moving along...

Quite possibly Rachel Hurd-Wood. If so, she's been in the recent 'Dorian Gray' move and something called 'Perfume : the story of a murderer'. I, meanwhile, have been in a boat. Several times. Moving along...

A sizeable portion of the young-ish cast arranged around the director. The premiere was an indoor one, and I kind of feel I should give props to the organisers - Leicester Square in London is made for these things..  while George Street in Sydney is like a main road, so this one had cars stopping on a busy road, and then entering a cinema that was shared with regular cinema patrons, media, fans, attendees _and_ diners at Subway, Burger King and Easy Way. And nobody rioted or anything!

A sizeable portion of the young-ish cast arranged around the director. The premiere was an indoor one, and I kind of feel I should give props to the organisers - Leicester Square in London is made for these things..  while George Street in Sydney is like a main road, so this one had cars stopping on a busy road, and then entering a cinema that was shared with regular cinema patrons, media, fans, attendees _and_ diners at Subway, Burger King and Easy Way. And nobody rioted or anything!

One more group shot couldn't hurt. (Unless you're, like, in a WAR or something, that BEGAN like TOMORROW... because you probably don't want to provide one large target to your enemy like this....)

One more group shot couldn't hurt. (Unless you're, like, in a WAR or something, that BEGAN like TOMORROW... because you probably don't want to provide one large target to your enemy like this....)

And another one, just because I haven't photographed the whole cast, and there's every chance they'll zip past me to catch the movie when it starts. (Is that Colin Friels second from the right??)

And another one, just because I haven't photographed the whole cast, and there's every chance they'll zip past me to catch the movie when it starts. (Is that Colin Friels second from the right??)

My photo of The List from earlier sadly obscures who this is, but deductively speaking it's a toss up between 'Deniz Akdeniz', 'Colin Friels', 'Masa Yamaguchi' and 'Ashleigh Cummings'. Which is the only female name on the lit, but I'm still going with Deniz Akdeniz...

My photo of The List from earlier sadly obscures who this is, but deductively speaking it's a toss up between 'Deniz Akdeniz', 'Colin Friels', 'Masa Yamaguchi' and 'Ashleigh Cummings'. Which is the only female name on the lit, but I'm still going with Deniz Akdeniz...

Author John Marsden (who wrote the books) is wondering how many liberties with the laws of physics Stuart Beattie might have taken in this film.

Author John Marsden (who wrote the books) is wondering how many liberties with the laws of physics Stuart Beattie might have taken in this film.

Either Deniz Akdeniz or Masa Yamaguchi, I presume?

Either Deniz Akdeniz or Masa Yamaguchi, I presume?

Lincoln Lewis signs a few more autographs. The crowd were well-behaved, but then again, Australia has a much smaller population than England

Lincoln Lewis signs a few more autographs. The crowd were well-behaved, but then again, Australia has a much smaller population than England

"I forgot to buy a choc-top. Can I go back?"

"I forgot to buy a choc-top. Can I go back?"

So... that was that! Excitingly, my "Archive of Movie Premieres" will get its first Australian Entry. Sorry for the excess length, but I'm sure you appreciate it'll probably be months til I get to do this again (cross fingers)

Until next (sniff) time!

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2 Mar - The Shouting Men Premiere

March 2nd, 2010.

I'm sitting here in 2014 having never actually done a journal for this premiere, which I went to a mere four (4) days before heading off skiing, then taking a month off to travel around Europe before taking another month off to travel around Japan before moving back to Australia.

There is a reason why, no matter how bad my memories of the Alice In Wonderland premiere were, I didn't really feel like dignifying this premiere with the status of "my last ever premiere" because (a) it was a movie about soccer, (b) that I'd never heard of, (c) attended by nobody I'd ever heard of, (d) for a film that I've never heard anything about since its premiere (I just checked its imdb score... 4.9!)... and then within five months I actually WAS at a premiere... in Sydney, Australia, that blew this one out of the water.

But I can look back at it now with a little fleeting fondness, and revisit it, and edit the photos for the first time (without using photoshops to straighten horizons, even)... and create that missing journal.

Here's how it went down..

The carpet was dumped by the entrance with 'care'.... so I guess this qualifies it as a premiere, even if Yellow Cap Guy is (sadly) not in attendance for my final London premiere before I ship out back to Convict Land (via

The carpet was dumped by the entrance with 'care'.... so I guess this qualifies it as a premiere, even if Yellow Cap Guy is (sadly) not in attendance for my final London premiere before I ship out back to Convict Land (via

"She be a fine carpet. I say we don't let a soul walk upon her..."

"She be a fine carpet. I say we don't let a soul walk upon her..."

Can't tell if famous, but walking on carpet mean you've got access (unless security charge and crash-tackle you).

Can't tell if famous, but walking on carpet mean you've got access (unless security charge and crash-tackle you).

This? Wireimage informs me is P.H.Moriarty, and PJ Moriarty? imdb informs me, is an actor who has had roles in such diverse films as Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Jaws 3-D... well... wow. All these years I'd assumed he'd been a player for Gillingham FC, the club whose fans the movie is about.

This? Wireimage informs me is P.H.Moriarty, and PJ Moriarty? imdb informs me, is an actor who has had roles in such diverse films as Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Jaws 3-D... well... wow. All these years I'd assumed he'd been a player for Gillingham FC, the club whose fans the movie is about.

Much more exciting (perhaps) than him not being a football / soccer player OR in this movie for which he's attending the premiere... wikipedia doesn't actually tell you what the letters "P" and "H" in "P.H.Moriarty" stand for... and imdb will only provide that the "P" is for "Patrick". So... any guesses as to the "H"? I refuse to do any research on this, as the solving of the mystery will remove 'the magic'.

Much more exciting (perhaps) than him not being a football / soccer player OR in this movie for which he's attending the premiere... wikipedia doesn't actually tell you what the letters "P" and "H" in "P.H.Moriarty" stand for... and imdb will only provide that the "P" is for "Patrick". So... any guesses as to the "H"? I refuse to do any research on this, as the solving of the mystery will remove 'the magic'.

We now move on to the random 'we're here to entertain you as part of the promotion activity for this film' segment of the premiere. I already pre-emptively miss DJ Impact, who will show up later in these journals as a rapper/emcee whose job it is to hype up the crowds at premieres. Still.. soccerball juggling beats.... staring at a bit of uncarpeted ground for ten minutes.... I guess.

We now move on to the random 'we're here to entertain you as part of the promotion activity for this film' segment of the premiere. I already pre-emptively miss DJ Impact, who will show up later in these journals as a rapper/emcee whose job it is to hype up the crowds at premieres. Still.. soccerball juggling beats.... staring at a bit of uncarpeted ground for ten minutes.... I guess.

P.H.Moriarty returns and brings accompaniment : the guy from earlier, who is now revealed to be "Sir Geoff Hurst". Off to wikipedia I go, then... (as for straightening that horizon like somebody with pride in their photography? NEVER!)

P.H.Moriarty returns and brings accompaniment : the guy from earlier, who is now revealed to be "Sir Geoff Hurst". Off to wikipedia I go, then... (as for straightening that horizon like somebody with pride in their photography? NEVER!)

I've crushed that composition if I do say so myself, and in addition to this, wikipedia reveals that SIR Geoffrey Hurst is a former soccer player who remains the only person to score a Hat-Trick in a world cup final, doing so in England's 1966 victory over West Germany. That makes him a pretty big deal, then... however I'm both just German-born enough to be kind of 'meh'... and very much Australian-enough to both (a) insist on calling the sport 'soccer' and (b) not caring overmuch. Still... well played (44 years ago), Sir (SIR).

I've crushed that composition if I do say so myself, and in addition to this, wikipedia reveals that SIR Geoffrey Hurst is a former soccer player who remains the only person to score a Hat-Trick in a world cup final, doing so in England's 1966 victory over West Germany. That makes him a pretty big deal, then... however I'm both just German-born enough to be kind of 'meh'... and very much Australian-enough to both (a) insist on calling the sport 'soccer' and (b) not caring overmuch. Still... well played (44 years ago), Sir (SIR).

"Hector? Helios? Hernandez?...... Helmut???" "No, not Helmut" "Pity."

"Hector? Helios? Hernandez?...... Helmut???"
"No, not Helmut"
"Pity."

Not so much a Johnny Depp-sized premiere, then...

Not so much a Johnny Depp-sized premiere, then...

I think you'll acknowledge that it's highly necessary for me to fulfill my 'minimum one female quotient' requirement I just initiated... and I'm pretty confident that this is one. Wireimage identifies her as Lara Lewington, and that's really all I need at this point.

I think you'll acknowledge that it's highly necessary for me to fulfill my 'minimum one female quotient' requirement I just initiated... and I'm pretty confident that this is one. Wireimage identifies her as Lara Lewington, and that's really all I need at this point.

"Guys? I'm going to take a read on the vibe of this premiere and say outright : I don't think we should be Shouting Men tonight". An entirely quiet Paparazzi box would be quite a unique development...

"Guys? I'm going to take a read on the vibe of this premiere and say outright : I don't think we should be Shouting Men tonight". An entirely quiet Paparazzi box would be quite a unique development...

"Guys? I'm thinking we might have been hasty in judging the vibe". Time to become Shouting Men, Men. (Start with "over your left shoulder, daaaaaarling". That often seems to work)

"Guys? I'm thinking we might have been hasty in judging the vibe". Time to become Shouting Men, Men. (Start with "over your left shoulder, daaaaaarling". That often seems to work)

I don't know who this is, and for imdb this is such a small movie that not even the director's bio has a photo. So until I'm told otherwise, I'm proclaiming this man Director Steve Kelly. Oh, and the lady in the prior photo is "Millie Clode" in case you're interested. Wikipedia informs me she got married in February 2011, so if you're going to time travel back to March 2010, you might still have a chance)

I don't know who this is, and for imdb this is such a small movie that not even the director's bio has a photo. So until I'm told otherwise, I'm proclaiming this man Director Steve Kelly. Oh, and the lady in the prior photo is "Millie Clode" in case you're interested. Wikipedia informs me she got married in February 2011, so if you're going to time travel back to March 2010, you might still have a chance)

Please don't get briefly excited and then disappointed when I note that this attendee is positively identified as "Billy Murray". That's... BILLY MURRAY, not the more famous BILL MURRAY, who was in Ghostbusters and The Fantastic Mr Fox.

Please don't get briefly excited and then disappointed when I note that this attendee is positively identified as "Billy Murray". That's... BILLY MURRAY, not the more famous BILL MURRAY, who was in Ghostbusters and The Fantastic Mr Fox.

I'm actually mildly impressed that beyond the soccer-skillz dudez from above, there was actually a secondary promotional element to this premiere : girls with Wicked Witch Of The East socks and tops with "The Shouting Men" printed on them. It's the third thing I noticed after the Ben&Jerry and Pepsi signs.. but then I'm not that observant.

I'm actually mildly impressed that beyond the soccer-skillz dudez from above, there was actually a secondary promotional element to this premiere : girls with Wicked Witch Of The East socks and tops with "The Shouting Men" printed on them. It's the third thing I noticed after the Ben&Jerry and Pepsi signs.. but then I'm not that observant.

And so... for the first time EVER, this premiere is acknowledged and WILL be part of the Archive of Movie Premieres, complete with a link.

And because I'm sitting here in 2014 and know that this is NOT the end, I kind of CAN do what I wouldn't have done back in March 2010, and concluded this journal with...

... until next time (in Sydney!)

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25 Feb - The 'Alice In Wonderland (2010)' World Premiere

February 25th, 2010.

After THE BAFTAs on Sunday, there was still one more BIG premiere to look forward to: the World Premiere for ‘Alice in Wonderland’, directed by Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp expected AND Royalty expected AND rain expected AND crowds expected AND the pressure of it being more or less my last big hurrah in Leicester Square, this was always going to be a tough ask.

In the end, it wasn’t the best of times… but I suppose I’ve had several worse. Fans of Johnny Depp and Fine Photography might need to seek consolation elsewhere, as the two do not really meet in this journal. There are two shots, though, that I'm calling 'recognisable'...

But here’s how it went down:

I’d dropped by at lunchtime to see how the crowd situation was shaping up, and it was about as you'd expect for a Royal World Premiere. Specifically not good for anyone still needing to do another three or four hours in the office before being able to try to find a place (eek!). And Yellow Cap Guy, sadly, was not there at all. Ominous.

I’d dropped by at lunchtime to see how the crowd situation was shaping up, and it was about as you'd expect for a Royal World Premiere. Specifically not good for anyone still needing to do another three or four hours in the office before being able to try to find a place (eek!). And Yellow Cap Guy, sadly, was not there at all. Ominous.

Helena Bonham Carter's rider was getting more and more ridiculous...

Helena Bonham Carter's rider was getting more and more ridiculous...

Tim Burton’s topiary suppliers score another win for sheer engineering bravado. (But what *IS* it? Mutant sea-turtle pelican hybrid?)

Tim Burton’s topiary suppliers score another win for sheer engineering bravado. (But what *IS* it? Mutant sea-turtle pelican hybrid?)

This being a Tim Burton film, you could literally have anything from a giant kettle to a table lamp and it would be just as plausibly relevant. Here? A llama. Outstanding! One of the few things I was able to see from my eventual spot about six back in line

This being a Tim Burton film, you could literally have anything from a giant kettle to a table lamp and it would be just as plausibly relevant. Here? A llama. Outstanding! One of the few things I was able to see from my eventual spot about six back in line

I like to think one of these two really IS Johnny Depp, here early to jam with the fans to pass the time before the event. (In fact, this theory is sufficiently compelling that I’m going to run with it. He’s the one on the right, I have decided)

I like to think one of these two really IS Johnny Depp, here early to jam with the fans to pass the time before the event. (In fact, this theory is sufficiently compelling that I’m going to run with it. He’s the one on the right, I have decided)

You've probably realised by now that I'm showing a lot more photos from before the premiere than usual. Yeah, there's a reason for that. Still you have to concede that this movie poster is prettier than the Johnny Depp one with the face paint and the orange and the contact lenses and the freakish grin. (Your taste may vary, of course)

You've probably realised by now that I'm showing a lot more photos from before the premiere than usual. Yeah, there's a reason for that. Still you have to concede that this movie poster is prettier than the Johnny Depp one with the face paint and the orange and the contact lenses and the freakish grin. (Your taste may vary, of course)

Several hours later, and we begin, with me about six rows back on a stool (since banned) that can clear heads and handheld cameras but not umbrellas.... the premiere begins..

 

Rain. Mist. Clouds. Crowds. Fog. Umbrellas. Is this how my London premiere career ends? (Answer : no... there's one more premiere after this but it's so small I originally didn't even give it a journal. Plus the premiere of Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps" was scheduled for the day I flew back from Stockholm over a month from now... but that never happened. But then... other things did)

Rain. Mist. Clouds. Crowds. Fog. Umbrellas. Is this how my London premiere career ends? (Answer : no... there's one more premiere after this but it's so small I originally didn't even give it a journal. Plus the premiere of Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps" was scheduled for the day I flew back from Stockholm over a month from now... but that never happened. But then... other things did)

.And here's Tim Burton, one of those directors where no matter how freaky the movie is, you really have nobody to blame but yourself if you don’t like it. For every Batman there’s a Mars Attacks, and for every Edward Scissorhands there’s a Planet of the Apes remake. Visually, though, you're guaranteed a quirky ol' time.

.And here's Tim Burton, one of those directors where no matter how freaky the movie is, you really have nobody to blame but yourself if you don’t like it. For every Batman there’s a Mars Attacks, and for every Edward Scissorhands there’s a Planet of the Apes remake. Visually, though, you're guaranteed a quirky ol' time.

I like to think that if you found somebody who’d watched the films of, but didn’t actually know what Tim Burton looked like, and you showed them this photo, they’d nod and say that’s pretty much exactly what they thought he’d look like

I like to think that if you found somebody who’d watched the films of, but didn’t actually know what Tim Burton looked like, and you showed them this photo, they’d nod and say that’s pretty much exactly what they thought he’d look like

Helena Bonham-Carter plays the Red Queen in the film. I just watched the trailer and … yeah… she really did shave off her eyebrows for the role! But I'm hoping the flamingoes she plays croquet with were suitably tranquilised. Otherwise that would just be cruel.

Helena Bonham-Carter plays the Red Queen in the film. I just watched the trailer and … yeah… she really did shave off her eyebrows for the role! But I'm hoping the flamingoes she plays croquet with were suitably tranquilised. Otherwise that would just be cruel.

Tim Burton, shot around overlapping fans, their mobile phones, their point-and-shoots, their umbrellas, their autograph books and the rain. (They don't give out medals or knighthoods for civilian premiere photography, sadly.)

Tim Burton, shot around overlapping fans, their mobile phones, their point-and-shoots, their umbrellas, their autograph books and the rain. (They don't give out medals or knighthoods for civilian premiere photography, sadly.)

Okay, Fine. Planet of the Apes wasn’t _that_ bad. (Good closing credits music, at any rate - Danny Elfman rocks!)

Okay, Fine. Planet of the Apes wasn’t _that_ bad. (Good closing credits music, at any rate - Danny Elfman rocks!)

Pentax autofocus? Fail = epic! Oh well, it’s not like Anne Hathaway pretty or anything.….

Pentax autofocus? Fail = epic! Oh well, it’s not like Anne Hathaway pretty or anything.….

…Oh wait. I’m thinking of Steve Hathaway, a truck driver from Norfolk. Yeah, Anne Hathaway is fairly pretty. Also... rain, huh?

…Oh wait. I’m thinking of Steve Hathaway, a truck driver from Norfolk. Yeah, Anne Hathaway is fairly pretty. Also... rain, huh?

And then Johnny Depp arrived, and my camera (which I’m now *certain* is female) got so excited that she/it totally forgot that she/it can shoot at three frames per second, instead settling for a more devastating… one per second.

And then Johnny Depp arrived, and my camera (which I’m now *certain* is female) got so excited that she/it totally forgot that she/it can shoot at three frames per second, instead settling for a more devastating… one per second.

And this is the other shot, after which Depp waved, bowed, then walked off to be *awesome* elsewhere. (He’s Johnny Depp. What can I do?) But feel free to console yourself with a couple of Johnny Depp photos taken last year's premiere of "Public Enemies"

And this is the other shot, after which Depp waved, bowed, then walked off to be *awesome* elsewhere. (He’s Johnny Depp. What can I do?)

But feel free to console yourself with a couple of Johnny Depp photos taken last year's premiere of "Public Enemies"

So anyway, back to Anne Hathaway, who is pretty, and starred in “The Devil Wears Prada”. (It’s a film that my sister convinced me to go see with her, and I didn’t object to quite as much as I might have had it not starred Anne Hathaway.)

So anyway, back to Anne Hathaway, who is pretty, and starred in “The Devil Wears Prada”. (It’s a film that my sister convinced me to go see with her, and I didn’t object to quite as much as I might have had it not starred Anne Hathaway.)

If you're a guy who hasn't seen The Devil Wears Prada, it bears a striking similarity to Star Wars in some ways... or from a certain point of view.

If you're a guy who hasn't seen The Devil Wears Prada, it bears a striking similarity to Star Wars in some ways... or from a certain point of view.

"Tim Burton also directed a Planet of the Apes film??"

"Tim Burton also directed a Planet of the Apes film??"

I promise you that if Tim Burton had lingered longer, and Helena Bonham Carter hadn't done her interviews blocked by aides and hangers on, and Mia Wasikowski hadn't arrived later and if Johnny Depp wasn't over there... like... _somewhere_ (points), I'd be posting at lot less photos of Anne Hathaway. (Well... maybe. Have you *SEEN* her recent(sh) GQ cover shot??).

I promise you that if Tim Burton had lingered longer, and Helena Bonham Carter hadn't done her interviews blocked by aides and hangers on, and Mia Wasikowski hadn't arrived later and if Johnny Depp wasn't over there... like... _somewhere_ (points), I'd be posting at lot less photos of Anne Hathaway. (Well... maybe. Have you *SEEN* her recent(sh) GQ cover shot??).

Comedian Matt Lucas plays either Tweedledee or Tweedledum in the film (or both, perhaps – it’s the digital age of cinema, did you know?). I know little about him, but since he did block (yet more!) views of Anne Hathaway, all I can say definitely is that he's not transparent.

Comedian Matt Lucas plays either Tweedledee or Tweedledum in the film (or both, perhaps – it’s the digital age of cinema, did you know?). I know little about him, but since he did block (yet more!) views of Anne Hathaway, all I can say definitely is that he's not transparent.

... and now he's conspiring to block off even more people? See... now this is just unlucky! (Helena Bonham-Carter and an umbrella handle...)

... and now he's conspiring to block off even more people? See... now this is just unlucky! (Helena Bonham-Carter and an umbrella handle...)

For no readily apparent reason, former teen singing-sensation and now twentysomething singer Avril Levigne showed up, standing exactly where you might have wanted Johnny Depp to stand earlier. (Come baaaack!).

For no readily apparent reason, former teen singing-sensation and now twentysomething singer Avril Levigne showed up, standing exactly where you might have wanted Johnny Depp to stand earlier. (Come baaaack!).

Actress Mia Wasikowska plays ‘Alice’ in the film. She’s Australian, and…. what, you couldn’t tell by the name?

Actress Mia Wasikowska plays ‘Alice’ in the film. She’s Australian, and…. what, you couldn’t tell by the name?

And now everyone’s posing in that same spot? sigh…

And now everyone’s posing in that same spot? sigh…

By this time, feeling both wet and despondent, I decided I didn't feel like staying for Prince Charles, so I headed off, but in shifting locations I missed some other stars (d'oh!) and had no way to recover.


So....

I’ll sign off with ‘until next time’ because there’s still theoretically one more premiere I could go to next week before I leave London- a small one with no major stars that I've heard know of. (But I’ll let you know how I go photographing the Picton Rodeo in January 2011, the first big event I’m pencilling in to cover once I’m back in Australia...)

It goes to the top of "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

And, until (one perhaps last) next time!

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