19 Oct -the (newly discovered) 'Half of a Yellow Sun' BFI LFF Premiere

October 19th, 2013 / May 30th, 2017.

Rather impossibly, while trawling through my own photo archive as part of a separate 'One Photo Per Day' project I've been doing since 2008, I reacquainted myself with the fact that on 19th October, 2013, I was in London for the BFI London Film Festival premiere of Tom Hiddleston in "Only Lovers Left Alive". However, having arrived somewhat early, there was already a premiere in progress at the same venue.

I took some photos, and saved those photos, and at some stage some unknown d1ckhe4d (almost certainly me) even deleted about half the photos in order to save on space. But at the time, I never posted that journal.

This is that journal.

The year is 2013. And it seems like we're making movies about half of the sun here. I guess it's one solution for Gobal Warming: turn down the heat.

The year is 2013. And it seems like we're making movies about half of the sun here. I guess it's one solution for Gobal Warming: turn down the heat.

It is also raining. So far, the dim dark past of 2013 in London isn't looking too dissimilar to the dim dark present of London of today. Sidenote : the number of photos I'm drawing from to create this journal is 125, which represents proabaly 1/3 to 1/4 of the photos originally taken (and about 1/12th of the number I typically take).

It is also raining. So far, the dim dark past of 2013 in London isn't looking too dissimilar to the dim dark present of London of today. Sidenote : the number of photos I'm drawing from to create this journal is 125, which represents proabaly 1/3 to 1/4 of the photos originally taken (and about 1/12th of the number I typically take).

"You say you're from the future and one of the cast of this film is DEFINITELY going to be in a fully authorised Star Wars sequel from DISNEY?? Assuming I believe you, that's got to be me, right?" - sadly, that would be John Boyega (who did not attend this premiere), and not Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"You say you're from the future and one of the cast of this film is DEFINITELY going to be in a fully authorised Star Wars sequel from DISNEY?? Assuming I believe you, that's got to be me, right?" - sadly, that would be John Boyega (who did not attend this premiere), and not Chiwetel Ejiofor.

At the time of the premiere, John Boyega was such an unknown that the organisers chose to refer to him as "Josepg Boyega", something I'm sure they in no way regret doing. (I note that the man himself was on The List to attend the event, but the dusty archives of Wireimage do not substantiate this)

At the time of the premiere, John Boyega was such an unknown that the organisers chose to refer to him as "Josepg Boyega", something I'm sure they in no way regret doing. (I note that the man himself was on The List to attend the event, but the dusty archives of Wireimage do not substantiate this)

"Well, if it's not me that ends up in Star Wars Episode VII, it's gotta be Thandie, no?" - actually, no. Thandie Newton ended up not being in Star Wars, or at this movie's premiere. Still, Chiwetel Ejiofor got an Oscar nomination (and Bafta Award) for his portrayal as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave', whose premiere was a mere few days earlier.

"Well, if it's not me that ends up in Star Wars Episode VII, it's gotta be Thandie, no?" - actually, no. Thandie Newton ended up not being in Star Wars, or at this movie's premiere. Still, Chiwetel Ejiofor got an Oscar nomination (and Bafta Award) for his portrayal as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave', whose premiere was a mere few days earlier.

"What does a man have to do to get a role in an as yet unannounced Star Wars movie??". On the plus side, Chiwetel Ejiofor did go on to play a role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, and Marvel is also owned by Disney. Funny how it all works out.

"What does a man have to do to get a role in an as yet unannounced Star Wars movie??". On the plus side, Chiwetel Ejiofor did go on to play a role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, and Marvel is also owned by Disney. Funny how it all works out.

"Does it involve a spoiler if I ask what happened to the other half of the yellow sun?"

"Does it involve a spoiler if I ask what happened to the other half of the yellow sun?"

"No it wouldn't bother me to find out four years later that wireimage.com never featured my photo in their upoad for this event, but I'd certainly be pleased if a small independent website, perhaps one that writes journal-style commentary, correctly identified me" - I believe the agency doing the handout sheets (above) mis-spelled her first name, which is "Onyeka". (Onyeka Onwenu)

"No it wouldn't bother me to find out four years later that wireimage.com never featured my photo in their upoad for this event, but I'd certainly be pleased if a small independent website, perhaps one that writes journal-style commentary, correctly identified me" - I believe the agency doing the handout sheets (above) mis-spelled her first name, which is "Onyeka". (Onyeka Onwenu)

"If you're going to mis-spell my name, why not give it a silent 'x' at the end of my first name, for a nice continental feel?" - this is Babou Ceesay, who is in this film.

"If you're going to mis-spell my name, why not give it a silent 'x' at the end of my first name, for a nice continental feel?" - this is Babou Ceesay, who is in this film.

"Guess which one of us won that on-set wager." - the lady at right is Andrea Calderwood, producer of such films (in the future) as the Alan Rickman-directed "A Little Chaos", and the John LeCarre adaptation "Our Kind of Traitor".  (edited to add: it's not Andrea Calderwood) (but other than the words "the lady at right is", every other word in that comment is correct, to my knowledge)

"Guess which one of us won that on-set wager." - the lady at right is Andrea Calderwood, producer of such films (in the future) as the Alan Rickman-directed "A Little Chaos", and the John LeCarre adaptation "Our Kind of Traitor".
 (edited to add: it's not Andrea Calderwood) (but other than the words "the lady at right is", every other word in that comment is correct, to my knowledge)

"This is Biyi Bandele, the Director of this film. And don't be mistaking him or any other person here except me for Andrea Calderwood. Who is me."

"This is Biyi Bandele, the Director of this film. And don't be mistaking him or any other person here except me for Andrea Calderwood. Who is me."

"Are you trying to hypnotise me? I'm still not telling you who my hairstylist is"

"Are you trying to hypnotise me? I'm still not telling you who my hairstylist is"

"Wait... I'm not even sure this phone takes film. Can you keep posing while I figure this out?"

"Wait... I'm not even sure this phone takes film. Can you keep posing while I figure this out?"

"When he gets to be as good as me, you'll know it by his hairstyle changing to be more like mine...."

"When he gets to be as good as me, you'll know it by his hairstyle changing to be more like mine...."

"No, you don't get it. Our organisation, as is written on this microphone, is "Flicks in the City". FLICKS". Don't squint too hard....okay?"

"No, you don't get it. Our organisation, as is written on this microphone, is "Flicks in the City". FLICKS". Don't squint too hard....okay?"

"I've just had a quick glance at the company interviewing me next, and I'm a bit concerned...."

"I've just had a quick glance at the company interviewing me next, and I'm a bit concerned...."

So... that, for want of something better, was a premiere?

On the plus side, it's another one for The Archive of Premieres, and another "movie from a premiere I went to that I should try to track down one of these days..."

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11 Dec 2013 - The 'Anchorman 2' Premiere

December 11th, 2013.

And so for the last time this year I'm at Leicester Square for a premiere, and this one is rather unusual : I haven't photographed a SINGLE person from this film before, and not because it's some strange Uzbekhi Action Sci-Fi Romance, either! (Slight correction : I realise now I once actually photographed Will Ferrell side-on outside a radio station. He was wearing sunglasses. True story.)

So with relatively high stakes to go with relatively low temperatures, here's how it went down:


It's a giant TV Screen! And a premiere! And I don't even care that I didn't really think the first one was quite as good as everybody kept raving - I saw it last year well after the hype-period had passed.

It's a giant TV Screen! And a premiere! And I don't even care that I didn't really think the first one was quite as good as everybody kept raving - I saw it last year well after the hype-period had passed.

Why is it that impossibly pretty ladies who are having trouble with their DSLRs that I might be able to help them with are always based in other cities... or standing behind impenetrable low metal barriers? Bah... the universe hates me.

Why is it that impossibly pretty ladies who are having trouble with their DSLRs that I might be able to help them with are always based in other cities... or standing behind impenetrable low metal barriers? Bah... the universe hates me.

Our first arrival had nothing to do with the film, but James Corden is pretty cool. Meanwhile : shock revelation : my Pentax's battery had about 10 shots in it as I hadn't changed battery since the prior premiere or the one before that. What about the spare? I hear you ask. Umm... it's been so long since it had been recharged that it had fully discharged in the meantime. What about the SPARE spare? I hear you ask. Apparently also down to about 10-15 shots. Farq. I used to be so cool. Don't look at me, pretty DSLR lady...

Our first arrival had nothing to do with the film, but James Corden is pretty cool. Meanwhile : shock revelation : my Pentax's battery had about 10 shots in it as I hadn't changed battery since the prior premiere or the one before that. What about the spare? I hear you ask. Umm... it's been so long since it had been recharged that it had fully discharged in the meantime. What about the SPARE spare? I hear you ask. Apparently also down to about 10-15 shots. Farq. I used to be so cool. Don't look at me, pretty DSLR lady...

"If I could distract you all from the mayhem on the screen behind you and the pretty ladies struggling with their DSLRs wishing a knowledgeable guy could help them for a moment, my name is Alex Zane and I'll be your host tonight. That is all. You may keep watching the trailer and listening to songs from the soundtrack for another 45minutes" Well.. it passed the time.

"If I could distract you all from the mayhem on the screen behind you and the pretty ladies struggling with their DSLRs wishing a knowledgeable guy could help them for a moment, my name is Alex Zane and I'll be your host tonight. That is all. You may keep watching the trailer and listening to songs from the soundtrack for another 45minutes" Well.. it passed the time.

Random arrival : former England Football captain Gary Linnecker. Or, as the lady behind me explained "He's that guy from that grocery commercial". Harvey Dent was right : you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Random arrival : former England Football captain Gary Linnecker. Or, as the lady behind me explained "He's that guy from that grocery commercial". Harvey Dent was right : you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Christina Applegate was in 258 episodes of "Married With Children" from 1987 to 1997, but also 42 episodes of something called "Jesse", 35 episodes of something called "Samantha Who?" and yet another 35 episodes of something called "Up All Night". Plus two episodes of 'Friends'. Giving her a box set of Friends DVDs to sign probably improves her day no end.

Christina Applegate was in 258 episodes of "Married With Children" from 1987 to 1997, but also 42 episodes of something called "Jesse", 35 episodes of something called "Samantha Who?" and yet another 35 episodes of something called "Up All Night". Plus two episodes of 'Friends'. Giving her a box set of Friends DVDs to sign probably improves her day no end.

"Her holiday photos are still loading so I'm happy to wave for now"

"Her holiday photos are still loading so I'm happy to wave for now"

"What's it like being a woman? Are you sure you've read the whole question on that piece of paper you're holding? If so, then let's talk about wearing thin dresses at events like this while you guys are wearing layers upon layers" It was about 4 or 5 degrees celsius. I was wearing layers upon layers.

"What's it like being a woman? Are you sure you've read the whole question on that piece of paper you're holding? If so, then let's talk about wearing thin dresses at events like this while you guys are wearing layers upon layers" It was about 4 or 5 degrees celsius. I was wearing layers upon layers.

That said, check out the lacework on this dress. Only David Koechler's shirt and tie match it for amazingness, and his wasn't done by genius silkworms working from schematics out of Swiss watchmakers' diagrams. My beanie is generic black thinsulate material.

That said, check out the lacework on this dress. Only David Koechler's shirt and tie match it for amazingness, and his wasn't done by genius silkworms working from schematics out of Swiss watchmakers' diagrams. My beanie is generic black thinsulate material.

"We don't want you to sign anything, just endorse our youtube channels!!" Pretty much everyone seems to be shooting videos these days. Except for the person holding the SLR - they're shooting with the onboard flash, so good luck with that if you're trying to photograph Steve Carrell who is about twenty meters away with his back turned.

"We don't want you to sign anything, just endorse our youtube channels!!" Pretty much everyone seems to be shooting videos these days. Except for the person holding the SLR - they're shooting with the onboard flash, so good luck with that if you're trying to photograph Steve Carrell who is about twenty meters away with his back turned.

David Koechner hits our pen and signs autographs or marks exam papers or witnesses legal documents or plays fruit ninja on somebody's mobile phone. I can't see from where I'm standing but I'm sure it's something socially acceptable.

David Koechner hits our pen and signs autographs or marks exam papers or witnesses legal documents or plays fruit ninja on somebody's mobile phone. I can't see from where I'm standing but I'm sure it's something socially acceptable.

"You're telling me it's cold? Believe me, I KNOW IT'S FRIKKIN COLD" yeah.. probably about 5 degrees. I was wearing layers. Meagan Good is in this film, and was also in the Early Joseph-Gordon-Levitt film 'Brick' which was actually quite good for a noir/school/detective story.

"You're telling me it's cold? Believe me, I KNOW IT'S FRIKKIN COLD" yeah.. probably about 5 degrees. I was wearing layers. Meagan Good is in this film, and was also in the Early Joseph-Gordon-Levitt film 'Brick' which was actually quite good for a noir/school/detective story.

"I'm not saying Will Ferrell doesn't have a great singing voice, I'm just saying I can hit those Mariah Carey HIGH notes and he -usually- can't"

"I'm not saying Will Ferrell doesn't have a great singing voice, I'm just saying I can hit those Mariah Carey HIGH notes and he -usually- can't"

I was all set to say I have no idea who James Marsden is, but he was Cyclops in the Bryan Singer XMen movies, and also had a small role in "Robot & Frank", a movie I quite liked. That's all I've got - he walked past and waved. I couldn't tell if he had any *actual* mutant powers or anything.

I was all set to say I have no idea who James Marsden is, but he was Cyclops in the Bryan Singer XMen movies, and also had a small role in "Robot & Frank", a movie I quite liked. That's all I've got - he walked past and waved. I couldn't tell if he had any *actual* mutant powers or anything.

"Your hat with the ears has charm, but the guy with the Santa hat REALLY put in some effort, so I'm not signing that. You can have a high-five though?" Judd Apatow has arrived.

"Your hat with the ears has charm, but the guy with the Santa hat REALLY put in some effort, so I'm not signing that. You can have a high-five though?" Judd Apatow has arrived.

Judd Apatow is one of six producers of this film, and a director in his own right, having also directed The 40year Old Virgin, This is 40, and Knocked Up. He was also 'Barry the Elephant' in Zookeper (2011).

Judd Apatow is one of six producers of this film, and a director in his own right, having also directed The 40year Old Virgin, This is 40, and Knocked Up. He was also 'Barry the Elephant' in Zookeper (2011).

"We love making these movies and we're going to keep making them. Consider this our promise to you our fans, or our threat to you and your family. Quiver or Rejoice, people!!" Adam McKay directed the prior Anchorman, and also Stepbrothers and The Other Guys, both of which starred Will Ferrell. Outside money says he may actually BE Will Ferrell.

"We love making these movies and we're going to keep making them. Consider this our promise to you our fans, or our threat to you and your family. Quiver or Rejoice, people!!" Adam McKay directed the prior Anchorman, and also Stepbrothers and The Other Guys, both of which starred Will Ferrell. Outside money says he may actually BE Will Ferrell.

"OMG this is the greatest Twilight Fanfic EVER!! Too bad its like totally over and forgotten, I guess.... but email it to me!" Paul Rudd is best known (perhaps) for comedies, but I do want to give him credit for his role in 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower', which despite (or perhaps because of) not being at all in the demographic target market for I really like. As for Twilight... that's different. Just because I read the books doesn't mean I liked them.

"OMG this is the greatest Twilight Fanfic EVER!! Too bad its like totally over and forgotten, I guess.... but email it to me!" Paul Rudd is best known (perhaps) for comedies, but I do want to give him credit for his role in 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower', which despite (or perhaps because of) not being at all in the demographic target market for I really like. As for Twilight... that's different. Just because I read the books doesn't mean I liked them.

"Seriously, email me. In fact, here's my home address : mail it to me. If you can't get me, here's my agent's address, and this is Will Ferrells. He does't like Twilight and it'll piss him off so send it to him too"

"Seriously, email me. In fact, here's my home address : mail it to me. If you can't get me, here's my agent's address, and this is Will Ferrells. He does't like Twilight and it'll piss him off so send it to him too"

"I just want to stop you for a moment, Alex. I think Paul Rudd just stole that guy's wallet. It's exactly the kind of thing he'll try. Except for legal reasons, I didn't just say that so let's keep talking about the movie"

"I just want to stop you for a moment, Alex. I think Paul Rudd just stole that guy's wallet. It's exactly the kind of thing he'll try. Except for legal reasons, I didn't just say that so let's keep talking about the movie"

"Four hundred dollars for the shirt and tie. Right now. It's hypnotic and I can't stand looking at it and now owning it"

"Four hundred dollars for the shirt and tie. Right now. It's hypnotic and I can't stand looking at it and now owning it"

"Male baldness is sexy, ladies. I SAID SEXY!! And now I'm saying it again, more reasonable-like" David Koechner's argument is cogent, convincing and in English.

"Male baldness is sexy, ladies. I SAID SEXY!! And now I'm saying it again, more reasonable-like" David Koechner's argument is cogent, convincing and in English.

Steve Carell is pretty excellent. That is all.

Steve Carell is pretty excellent. That is all.

"You want me to sign it with my left hand because Steve Carrell signed it with his right and.... okay, alternatively why don't I just deputise you to sign it on my behalf?"

"You want me to sign it with my left hand because Steve Carrell signed it with his right and.... okay, alternatively why don't I just deputise you to sign it on my behalf?"

"OMG IT'S ME!!!!!" I want to start the rumour that Steve Carrell chatted to autograph dealers, found out how much his autograph was worth, and signed a few pictures out to himself and offered them for sale to fans.

"OMG IT'S ME!!!!!" I want to start the rumour that Steve Carrell chatted to autograph dealers, found out how much his autograph was worth, and signed a few pictures out to himself and offered them for sale to fans.

"The optimum number of spoons of milo for a large cup? I say six, Alex. Stir once you've added an inch of boiling water, and keep stirring as you add more. Are we going to talk about the movie at all? Because we don't have to, you know"

"The optimum number of spoons of milo for a large cup? I say six, Alex. Stir once you've added an inch of boiling water, and keep stirring as you add more. Are we going to talk about the movie at all? Because we don't have to, you know"

"I'm not usually asked to comment on Nobel Laureates, but I had good money on Higgs, and he won along with Englert, so that was good. It'll keep the debt collectors at bay for a few more weeks. Stop betting on horses and bet on science instead, people"

"I'm not usually asked to comment on Nobel Laureates, but I had good money on Higgs, and he won along with Englert, so that was good. It'll keep the debt collectors at bay for a few more weeks. Stop betting on horses and bet on science instead, people"

"There are poor people over there and they want me to give them money? Well how can I avoid having to do that?"

"There are poor people over there and they want me to give them money? Well how can I avoid having to do that?"

"That man over there is going to see a Disney film and he's not taking any kids. He must be stopped, Alex" I've heard great things about Disney's "Frozen" but I haven't seen it yet.

"That man over there is going to see a Disney film and he's not taking any kids. He must be stopped, Alex" I've heard great things about Disney's "Frozen" but I haven't seen it yet.

"We got him to watch 'Gravity' instead. He'll thank us later, it's a wonderful film" It is pretty excellent, actually.

"We got him to watch 'Gravity' instead. He'll thank us later, it's a wonderful film" It is pretty excellent, actually.

Must..... kill.... the.... Micronesian.... Prime Mandrake..... (next time I hear Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (Must watch Zoolander again)

Must..... kill.... the.... Micronesian.... Prime Mandrake..... (next time I hear Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (Must watch Zoolander again)

So... that was a fun way to round out the year. Time to head home, heat up some leftovers and... wait... honestly? Phone call with the USA on the Infrastructure-As-A-Service Cloud Market Price Model? My life is so rock'n'roll. But call me if you need with you DSLRs, ladies.. (that might have come out creepier than I wanted to, but it's the redbubble default font)

Until next time, when hopefully in 2014 I can add more items into the ever-growing "Archive of Movie Premieres"

The last couple of large ones included:
Mandela - The Long Walk to Freedom Royal Premiere - Elba! Harris! Kate and William!
Hunger Games Catching Fire - Lawrence! Hemsworth! Hutcherson! Banks! Sutherland!
Thor - The Dark World - Hemsworth! Hiddleston! Portman! Whedon! Dennings!
Twelve Years A Slave - McQueen! Ejiofor!

Until Next Year!


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5 Dec 2013 - The 'Mandela : Long Walk To Freedom' Royal Premiere

December 5th, 2013.

Just one day after the rant-filled diatribe against my execrable privatised Rail Company coincided with a premiere for "the new Colin Firth movie"  I was back in Leicester Square yet again! (Quick update on my Rail Company : the same swine ticket collector who has checked the same carriage on the same train at the same time for the last three days was back again for a FOURTH day. I don't understand what on earth the intention is there, and asked to pick between rank incompetence and harrassment I'm kind of torn).

Anyway, there was another premiere in London : this one a ROYAL premiere, for the Nelson Mandela biopic "Nelson Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom". Here's how it went down:

The Collective noun (?) for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is "TRH" - Their Royal Hignesses. I'm still working on one for me, my Pentax and Nikon. I suppose if i added my iPod we could be BINP. (I'd better go see if that website is still available).

The Collective noun (?) for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is "TRH" - Their Royal Hignesses. I'm still working on one for me, my Pentax and Nikon. I suppose if i added my iPod we could be BINP. (I'd better go see if that website is still available).

A red carpet is unrolled and one of the largest conclaves of Paparazzi I've ever seen begins to assemble. The fact of it being a Royal Premiere meant that along with the usual film-related press, a lot more freelance AND royal photographers all descended. In contrast to the usual, I had a front-row position at this one, right opposite them!

A red carpet is unrolled and one of the largest conclaves of Paparazzi I've ever seen begins to assemble. The fact of it being a Royal Premiere meant that along with the usual film-related press, a lot more freelance AND royal photographers all descended. In contrast to the usual, I had a front-row position at this one, right opposite them!

This being a royal premiere, security was much tighter than usual - police, high-viz security, discreet-tuxedoed security, actual agents, plus the royals' own retinue AND a sniffer dog. It's not like you can even attempt to get close to Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise at a regular premiere, but at a Royal premiere I guess it's probably best to avoid even making casual eye-contact with VIPs.

This being a royal premiere, security was much tighter than usual - police, high-viz security, discreet-tuxedoed security, actual agents, plus the royals' own retinue AND a sniffer dog. It's not like you can even attempt to get close to Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise at a regular premiere, but at a Royal premiere I guess it's probably best to avoid even making casual eye-contact with VIPs.

Our host for tonight is Alex Zane, who in contrast to me is taking off rather than ADDING layers.

Our host for tonight is Alex Zane, who in contrast to me is taking off rather than ADDING layers.

It's finally getting close to starting - so close that security and organisers are running surplus fabric to the waiting truck to clear the Red Carpet so that the experts can make last minute carpet adjustments and proceedings can begin.

It's finally getting close to starting - so close that security and organisers are running surplus fabric to the waiting truck to clear the Red Carpet so that the experts can make last minute carpet adjustments and proceedings can begin.

Naomie Harris storms up the red carpet to pose for Paparazzi before returning to interview duties and autograph signings. She was most recently Miss Moneypenny in the latest Bond film "Skyfall" whose premiere remains one of my favourites, even though it got many fewer views than any event Tom Hiddleston has ever been in.

Naomie Harris storms up the red carpet to pose for Paparazzi before returning to interview duties and autograph signings. She was most recently Miss Moneypenny in the latest Bond film "Skyfall" whose premiere remains one of my favourites, even though it got many fewer views than any event Tom Hiddleston has ever been in.

Along with Miss Moneypenny in 'Skyfall', Naomie Harris (and her impenetrable character-specific accent) was in two Pirates of the Caribbean films as the character Tia Dalma.

Along with Miss Moneypenny in 'Skyfall', Naomie Harris (and her impenetrable character-specific accent) was in two Pirates of the Caribbean films as the character Tia Dalma.

Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in the film, and is a pretty great actor. It's not everyone who can make the line "Today we are canceling the apocalypse" sound plausible and inspiring (as said by director Guillermo Del Toro of his performance in "Pacific Rim". Sadly, I can't listen to the Australian accents in the movie without shuddering, so I tend to watch the film dubbed into German. And German Idris Elba doesn't sound as good as Real Idris Elba) (yes... First World Problem)

Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in the film, and is a pretty great actor. It's not everyone who can make the line "Today we are canceling the apocalypse" sound plausible and inspiring (as said by director Guillermo Del Toro of his performance in "Pacific Rim". Sadly, I can't listen to the Australian accents in the movie without shuddering, so I tend to watch the film dubbed into German. And German Idris Elba doesn't sound as good as Real Idris Elba) (yes... First World Problem)

Justin Chadwick directed the movie, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl (starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman). That movie hangs like a cloud over me as I didn't know about premieres back then when I was in London, and it took me four years to finally photograph Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of "The Avengers" and another year an a half after THAT to finally photograph Natalie Portman at the premiere of "Thor The Dark World" a few weeks ago.

Justin Chadwick directed the movie, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl (starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman). That movie hangs like a cloud over me as I didn't know about premieres back then when I was in London, and it took me four years to finally photograph Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of "The Avengers" and another year an a half after THAT to finally photograph Natalie Portman at the premiere of "Thor The Dark World" a few weeks ago.

Tony Kgoroge was also in "Invictus" (2009), Blood Diamond (2006) and Hotel Rwanda (2004). I've watched only one of these films, but he seems okay with that. I'll try to get onto one of the other two at some point, but at the moment my Pile of Unwatched DVDs is over 10 in height again, and I kind of promised myself I'd get it down to zero by the end of the year...

Tony Kgoroge was also in "Invictus" (2009), Blood Diamond (2006) and Hotel Rwanda (2004). I've watched only one of these films, but he seems okay with that. I'll try to get onto one of the other two at some point, but at the moment my Pile of Unwatched DVDs is over 10 in height again, and I kind of promised myself I'd get it down to zero by the end of the year...

"And despite hating the first film, I bought 'Conan the Destroyer' to add to the pile which already contains movies like 'Elf', 'Laura (1944)', 'Finding Neverland', 'The Machinist' and a weird French live-action movie adaptation of the comic 'Lucky Luke' ". Wow. That sounds exactly like a problem I'm dealing with myself.

"And despite hating the first film, I bought 'Conan the Destroyer' to add to the pile which already contains movies like 'Elf', 'Laura (1944)', 'Finding Neverland', 'The Machinist' and a weird French live-action movie adaptation of the comic 'Lucky Luke' ". Wow. That sounds exactly like a problem I'm dealing with myself.

I had originally written that sadly Nelson Mandela is far too ill to travel these days -- but he sadly died age 95 just hours after this premiere began. His daughter Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere, saying that her father was impressed at the resemblance between him and Idris Elba. Well..  if pushed to having to choose somebody to play me in MY biopic, and I had the option of Idris Elba I would ALSO claim he bears an uncanny resemblance to me. Yes, I might just be a skinny balding white guy... but don't tell me Idris Elba can't portray me in my biopic, people!

I had originally written that sadly Nelson Mandela is far too ill to travel these days -- but he sadly died age 95 just hours after this premiere began. His daughter Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere, saying that her father was impressed at the resemblance between him and Idris Elba. Well..  if pushed to having to choose somebody to play me in MY biopic, and I had the option of Idris Elba I would ALSO claim he bears an uncanny resemblance to me. Yes, I might just be a skinny balding white guy... but don't tell me Idris Elba can't portray me in my biopic, people!

"The series had nothing to do with it, but yes, if asked if I wanted to be Lex Luthor in the next Man of Steel film, I'd totally say yes" It'd probably be the first casting decision for that sequel I'd overwhelmingly support. (In contrast to the woman on the right)

"The series had nothing to do with it, but yes, if asked if I wanted to be Lex Luthor in the next Man of Steel film, I'd totally say yes" It'd probably be the first casting decision for that sequel I'd overwhelmingly support. (In contrast to the woman on the right)

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the film - the screenwriter and producer actually said that they were casting for 'character' more than look for the film, actors who'd portray the characters not merely look like them. I think that's a fantastic philosophy, and that's why I think First Capital Connect is an abysmal rail company. Just because they have a soothing corporate pink and purple logo/design that makes them look competent, doesn't mean they are.

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the film - the screenwriter and producer actually said that they were casting for 'character' more than look for the film, actors who'd portray the characters not merely look like them. I think that's a fantastic philosophy, and that's why I think First Capital Connect is an abysmal rail company. Just because they have a soothing corporate pink and purple logo/design that makes them look competent, doesn't mean they are.

"Hell yeah, I think David S Goyer is a screenwriting Hack!!" William Nicholson has two Oscar Nominations for screenwriting Gladiator (2000) and Shadowlands (1994) and also screenwrote Les Miserables (2012). David S Goyer, meanwhile (Man of Steel and all three Nolan Batman films) currently sits at zero Oscar Nominations. So even if I made up that comment, it's got validity.

"Hell yeah, I think David S Goyer is a screenwriting Hack!!" William Nicholson has two Oscar Nominations for screenwriting Gladiator (2000) and Shadowlands (1994) and also screenwrote Les Miserables (2012). David S Goyer, meanwhile (Man of Steel and all three Nolan Batman films) currently sits at zero Oscar Nominations. So even if I made up that comment, it's got validity.

Now that I have the photo, I just need to get Idris Elba's people to agree to let me use it to associate my anger with the disgraceful incompetence of First Capital Connect.

Now that I have the photo, I just need to get Idris Elba's people to agree to let me use it to associate my anger with the disgraceful incompetence of First Capital Connect.

You might be wondering what's going on, but honestly, when I think of Nelson Mandela I always think of feathers and fashion on red carpet runways. (you don't?)

You might be wondering what's going on, but honestly, when I think of Nelson Mandela I always think of feathers and fashion on red carpet runways. (you don't?)

When I think of Nelson Mandela, my thoughts also invariably turn to shell-design ballgowns...

When I think of Nelson Mandela, my thoughts also invariably turn to shell-design ballgowns...

When I think of Nelson Mandela, I obviously ... wait. No I don't.

When I think of Nelson Mandela, I obviously ... wait. No I don't.

For whatever reason, I don't remember the name of this producer and none of the names on the imdb credits page ring a bell. They're all guys, too, so I can't even use deduction to remove the women..

For whatever reason, I don't remember the name of this producer and none of the names on the imdb credits page ring a bell. They're all guys, too, so I can't even use deduction to remove the women..

This is producer Anant Singh, waiting for host Alex Zane to run down the list of producers much like I just did and start to eliminate improbables, I guess.

This is producer Anant Singh, waiting for host Alex Zane to run down the list of producers much like I just did and start to eliminate improbables, I guess.

"Check it out! New high score on Fruit Ninja" "I'm very impressed. Want me to sign anything?" "Nah, just high-five me for a job well done"

"Check it out! New high score on Fruit Ninja"
"I'm very impressed. Want me to sign anything?"
"Nah, just high-five me for a job well done"

"I can sign it... but i can't write a full review on the back of the DVD..." Naomie Harris. Again.

"I can sign it... but i can't write a full review on the back of the DVD..." Naomie Harris. Again.

TWC Studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awash in a sea of commoners (poor guy).

TWC Studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awash in a sea of commoners (poor guy).

A newly extricated Harvey Weinstein regards The Little People all around him. From where he stands I take it they look much like ants.

A newly extricated Harvey Weinstein regards The Little People all around him. From where he stands I take it they look much like ants.

Richard E Grant looks incredibly familiar and his filmography is insanely long, but I can't picture him in any of the roles attributed to him. I genuinely believe IMDB when it says he's been in all these films and TV series, though.

Richard E Grant looks incredibly familiar and his filmography is insanely long, but I can't picture him in any of the roles attributed to him. I genuinely believe IMDB when it says he's been in all these films and TV series, though.

Naomie Harris and Idris Elba give this rather detailed interview question a lot of consideration (I believe it was whether First Capital Connect should be stripped of their rail franchise. Frankly, I'm surprised they needed any time to consider it. There are corrupt African regimes who could use hard British currency and could probably do no worse a job running it as a military junta cash cow)

Naomie Harris and Idris Elba give this rather detailed interview question a lot of consideration (I believe it was whether First Capital Connect should be stripped of their rail franchise. Frankly, I'm surprised they needed any time to consider it. There are corrupt African regimes who could use hard British currency and could probably do no worse a job running it as a military junta cash cow)

One of the two producers of the film chats to Harvey Weinstein. Hopefully with interest in Kevin Smith's new 'Tusk' movie. It sounds.... strangely awesome.

One of the two producers of the film chats to Harvey Weinstein. Hopefully with interest in Kevin Smith's new 'Tusk' movie. It sounds.... strangely awesome.

.... and then everyone waited about ten minutes....

... and then a silver bentley showed up....

THR take a stroll on a carpet cleared of riff-raff, and a crowd that went silent except for the motordrives on a hundred DSLRs in the press area and crowd.

THR take a stroll on a carpet cleared of riff-raff, and a crowd that went silent except for the motordrives on a hundred DSLRs in the press area and crowd.

"Hi guys! No, I don't need a loan to buy popcorn - I'm using taxpayer dollars anyway" Yeah, but I think last time somebody calculated, the Royal Family are actually a net-positive benefit to the British taxpayer.

"Hi guys! No, I don't need a loan to buy popcorn - I'm using taxpayer dollars anyway" Yeah, but I think last time somebody calculated, the Royal Family are actually a net-positive benefit to the British taxpayer.

"One decided it was worth paying extra online and securing ones tickets immediately rather than risk being stuck without tickets. Also, one will not be taking the train home. One hears FCC is fairly horrid" I think that's what he said - I'm not as proficient at lip reading as I'd hoped.

"One decided it was worth paying extra online and securing ones tickets immediately rather than risk being stuck without tickets. Also, one will not be taking the train home. One hears FCC is fairly horrid" I think that's what he said - I'm not as proficient at lip reading as I'd hoped.

Still… that was another one and the year is drawing to a close with perhaps one more to look forward to next week. But for now it's one more for the "Archive of Movie Premieres"

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... and sadly RIP Nelson Mandela. (Parliament Square, London, next day)

 

 

 

4 Dec 2013 - 'The Railway Man' Premiere

December 4th, 2013.

Some four years ago I took a photo of Nicole Kidman at the premiere of "Australia" which I even had published. Then, earlier this year at the premiere of Stoker I unsuccessfully attempted to get it signed. Hence, with a new movie out, I grabbed my cameras, equipment AND the photo off to Leicester Square to have another go. She didn't attend.

Still. here's how it went down:

The Odeon West End hosts its second premiere in four days. It's for 'The Railway Man', but if my rancid train company is sponsoring this event, I am walking away. Interesting fact : First Capital Connect has a self-imposed service level that says they'll attempt to respond to emails within 5 days. The most recent reply I got took a month. There's another one that I've still a fortnight from receiving a response for. The point being : I believe this is a vengeance flick?

The Odeon West End hosts its second premiere in four days. It's for 'The Railway Man', but if my rancid train company is sponsoring this event, I am walking away. Interesting fact : First Capital Connect has a self-imposed service level that says they'll attempt to respond to emails within 5 days. The most recent reply I got took a month. There's another one that I've still a fortnight from receiving a response for. The point being : I believe this is a vengeance flick?

I have been reliably informed that this is Myleene Klass but I'm not entirely certain who she is or why she is famous. Yes, I've seen her in that ad for a supermarket's Christmas offering, but I'm not sure that alone constitutes 'fame'.

I have been reliably informed that this is Myleene Klass but I'm not entirely certain who she is or why she is famous. Yes, I've seen her in that ad for a supermarket's Christmas offering, but I'm not sure that alone constitutes 'fame'.

A photograph of the "Tip List" confirms that the rumours are true : Nicole Kidman is not expected to attend tonight. I try to retain hope that she's so well-known that she doesn't NEED to be on the list, but that's kind of a vain hope.

A photograph of the "Tip List" confirms that the rumours are true : Nicole Kidman is not expected to attend tonight. I try to retain hope that she's so well-known that she doesn't NEED to be on the list, but that's kind of a vain hope.

"That microphone had better be on, Jeff. I'm not doing this twice" Hours pass and the temperature falls to a balmy five or six degrees (which isn't cold, but is if you're standing out in it for a few hours). Anyway, this woman presumably wants to get this Intro right in one take so she get into a less glamorous but warmer jacket.

"That microphone had better be on, Jeff. I'm not doing this twice"
Hours pass and the temperature falls to a balmy five or six degrees (which isn't cold, but is if you're standing out in it for a few hours). Anyway, this woman presumably wants to get this Intro right in one take so she get into a less glamorous but warmer jacket.

"Sonny, in my day our digital SLRs were called 'sketchpads' " More guests arrive. And they are wearing ties. Repeat : ties.

"Sonny, in my day our digital SLRs were called 'sketchpads' " More guests arrive. And they are wearing ties. Repeat : ties.

Jeremy Irvine was the original (?) owner of the horse in "War Horse" and I keep thinking he was the voice of Tintin in Tintin, but that's Jamie Bell.

Jeremy Irvine was the original (?) owner of the horse in "War Horse" and I keep thinking he was the voice of Tintin in Tintin, but that's Jamie Bell.

Jeremy Irvine still owes me five dollars, or so I like to claim. Seems he wants to negotiate it down to two dollars. In this economic environment? I don't think so.

Jeremy Irvine still owes me five dollars, or so I like to claim. Seems he wants to negotiate it down to two dollars. In this economic environment? I don't think so.

Sam Reid doesn't look familiar, though he was in the Roland Emmerich Shakespeare-Conspiracy movie "Anonymous". He plays Young Stellan Skarsgard in this film.

Sam Reid doesn't look familiar, though he was in the Roland Emmerich Shakespeare-Conspiracy movie "Anonymous". He plays Young Stellan Skarsgard in this film.

Has just been informed that the 20:04 train to Bedford is currently running late, and the pre-recorded voice message telling him this assures him that somebody, somewhere, was once paid to say they're sorry for the inconvenience caused. And it almost certainly wasn't somebody who worked for First Capital Connect or gives a crap.

Has just been informed that the 20:04 train to Bedford is currently running late, and the pre-recorded voice message telling him this assures him that somebody, somewhere, was once paid to say they're sorry for the inconvenience caused. And it almost certainly wasn't somebody who worked for First Capital Connect or gives a crap.

Jonathan Teplitzky shows up looking like the younger Picard Clone that Star Trek Insurrection really could have used. He's the director of this film, and the lady to his left is the widow of the man who wrote the autobiographical book upon which the film is based.

Jonathan Teplitzky shows up looking like the younger Picard Clone that Star Trek Insurrection really could have used. He's the director of this film, and the lady to his left is the widow of the man who wrote the autobiographical book upon which the film is based.

"You hated Star Trek Insurrection? Me too!! I wasn't in it, though. Tom Hardy was" In all honesty, the things that were waaaaay wrong about Star Trek Insurrection had little to do with Tom Hardy specifically.

"You hated Star Trek Insurrection? Me too!! I wasn't in it, though. Tom Hardy was" In all honesty, the things that were waaaaay wrong about Star Trek Insurrection had little to do with Tom Hardy specifically.

Tanroh Ishida is set to be in the upcoming Keanu Reeves appalling-CGI-fest "47 Ronin" and was in "Gambit" with Colin Firth as well. I try to explain to him how appalling First Capital Connect are, but he's (London-based) Japanese and comes from a country whose trains are so punctual you could schedule brain surgery based on timetable accuracy. (In England, FCC are owned by an American company...)

Tanroh Ishida is set to be in the upcoming Keanu Reeves appalling-CGI-fest "47 Ronin" and was in "Gambit" with Colin Firth as well. I try to explain to him how appalling First Capital Connect are, but he's (London-based) Japanese and comes from a country whose trains are so punctual you could schedule brain surgery based on timetable accuracy. (In England, FCC are owned by an American company...)

Right... there's a premiere on.

"You're absolutely right... watching this movie illegally streaming is a lot faster than having to go inside and watch a whole bunch of trailers" Also illegal. Movie piracy is killing jobs, people - and even though the bastards who made movies like The Smurfs2, After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Die Hard 5 and to a lesser extent Man of Steel ABSOLUTELY deserve to lose their jobs, some of the catering staff don't. It's a complicated moral issue, sure.

"You're absolutely right... watching this movie illegally streaming is a lot faster than having to go inside and watch a whole bunch of trailers" Also illegal. Movie piracy is killing jobs, people - and even though the bastards who made movies like The Smurfs2, After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Die Hard 5 and to a lesser extent Man of Steel ABSOLUTELY deserve to lose their jobs, some of the catering staff don't. It's a complicated moral issue, sure.

Colin Firth has arrived, looking temporarily haggard. Maybe he's been helping First Capital Connect work on their backlog of customer service complaint responses, which I'm assured is the reason why it's taking them up to 4x longer to respond disinterestedly with copy-paste proforma responses than usual.

Colin Firth has arrived, looking temporarily haggard. Maybe he's been helping First Capital Connect work on their backlog of customer service complaint responses, which I'm assured is the reason why it's taking them up to 4x longer to respond disinterestedly with copy-paste proforma responses than usual.

"I know this is totally unprofessional of me, but could you please adjust the white balance and exposure compensation on my camera so I can take a better photo of you?"

"I know this is totally unprofessional of me, but could you please adjust the white balance and exposure compensation on my camera so I can take a better photo of you?"

"Best hairstyle of my generation? That's kind of you to say, but I know One Direction were here just a few days ago" Jeremy Irvine signs for fans.... or completes their cryptic crosswords. I can't see from here.

"Best hairstyle of my generation? That's kind of you to say, but I know One Direction were here just a few days ago" Jeremy Irvine signs for fans.... or completes their cryptic crosswords. I can't see from here.

"Damn these Delay Repay forms are annoying to fill out". Yeah, and the refunds can only be used to pay for more train tickets. Which is like almost dying from a bad batch of cocaine but having the Dealer give yo a credit on your next purchase, produced in the same lab conditions by the same people as almost killed you last time. (I said *ALMOST like*)

"Damn these Delay Repay forms are annoying to fill out". Yeah, and the refunds can only be used to pay for more train tickets. Which is like almost dying from a bad batch of cocaine but having the Dealer give yo a credit on your next purchase, produced in the same lab conditions by the same people as almost killed you last time. (I said *ALMOST like*)

"You carried that Nicole Kidman 18x12 photo all this way only for her not to be here? I am apalled, and would be happy to sign it on her behalf" Thanks, Colin Firth, but that's okay.

"You carried that Nicole Kidman 18x12 photo all this way only for her not to be here? I am apalled, and would be happy to sign it on her behalf" Thanks, Colin Firth, but that's okay.

"Colin was a joy to work with. And don't touch my lapel - Stellan Skarsgard brushed past it once and I swore I'd never wash it" Stellan Skarsgard sadly didn't attend tonight either, but I photographed him about a month ago at the premiere of "Thor the Dark World"

"Colin was a joy to work with. And don't touch my lapel - Stellan Skarsgard brushed past it once and I swore I'd never wash it" Stellan Skarsgard sadly didn't attend tonight either, but I photographed him about a month ago at the premiere of "Thor the Dark World"

"Yes, I would say that the trains in this country are appalling. However, I can't understand why people don't just buy a Bentley and get a driver to take them everywhere - isn't that the obvious solution?" Gosh darn it, he's right.

"Yes, I would say that the trains in this country are appalling. However, I can't understand why people don't just buy a Bentley and get a driver to take them everywhere - isn't that the obvious solution?" Gosh darn it, he's right.

Colin Firth gets within just a few meters, and stares enigmatically into the middle distance, pondering imponderables. Because if a machine can learn the value of a human life, maybe we can too?

Colin Firth gets within just a few meters, and stares enigmatically into the middle distance, pondering imponderables. Because if a machine can learn the value of a human life, maybe we can too?

Given he played The King in "The King's Speech" I'm rather pleased I got a good-quality profile shot. This is totally what the back of the coins minted during his reign would have looked like.

Given he played The King in "The King's Speech" I'm rather pleased I got a good-quality profile shot. This is totally what the back of the coins minted during his reign would have looked like.

"I'm pretty sure I'd rather be riding the ferris wheel in the Christmas festival in Leicester Square than fighting the queue for popcorn. I'll wait for you there"

"I'm pretty sure I'd rather be riding the ferris wheel in the Christmas festival in Leicester Square than fighting the queue for popcorn. I'll wait for you there"

"Hey, you're right. I *AM* looking good - thanks for noticing!!"

"Hey, you're right. I *AM* looking good - thanks for noticing!!"

So.. .that's another one. And tomorrow, I'll hopefully be doing one again.

Until next time!

Here's The Archive of Movie Premieres

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