22 Jun - The 'Baby Driver' European Premiere

June 22nd, 2017.

As far as I'm aware today was the hottest day in London in something like 40 years (or the hottest June day, at any rate) - enough so that even I, being from Australia, felt slightly foolish wearing jeans and a black t-shirt to a bright, sunny premiere in London's Leicester Square for Edgar Wright's new movie...

Here's how it went down:

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board" - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board" - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well" - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well" - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" - I think I last photographed Ansel at the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014.

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" - I think I last photographed Ansel at the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014.

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision" - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision" - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......" - thanks, imdb!

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......" - thanks, imdb!

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now." (Ansel)

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now." (Ansel)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film." - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film." - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright : "COOL"

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright : "COOL"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you??" All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you??" All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" - Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" (not so much)

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" - Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" (not so much)

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"She's killed numerous zombies, done laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"She's killed numerous zombies, done laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in looking like you can't"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in looking like you can't"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"Who I constantly have to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!"

"Who I constantly have to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!"

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

So... that was fun. And when the organisers came around and asked if people in the pen wanted to go see the movie for free, I decided that, yes, I would. And while seated I had a huge urge to go to the toilet and returned to the theatre to find myself in the middle of Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx and Edgar Wright all waiting to go into the theatre and introduce the movie. There I was... camera over my shoulder, unable to take any photos because it wouldn't be cool. (And I know about cool).

Obviously, photos or it didn't happen, so it didn't happen. But I did enjoy the movie. And it's another one for the Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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18 Jun - The 'Transformers : The Last Knight' Global Premiere

June 18th, 2017.

Today is the 9th anniversary of my first London premiere - that of "Hancock" back in 2008, attended by Charlize Theron and Will Smith. For good or ill, that premiere led me down a weird path whereby I kept doing the premieres for almost a decade. As for the movie? Well... it sucked.

.... speaking of which:

Wristbands for the premiere were handed out the day before the event, as advertised in the Friday Metro, and as administered by event security, whose grasp of time (they were handed out 45mins late) and organisation (only 2 of the 5 colours were available 45mins later) was about standard for events these days. Still... they had some Transformers on display.

Wristbands for the premiere were handed out the day before the event, as advertised in the Friday Metro, and as administered by event security, whose grasp of time (they were handed out 45mins late) and organisation (only 2 of the 5 colours were available 45mins later) was about standard for events these days. Still... they had some Transformers on display.

One day later, and I'm back, and the premiere site is basically the entirety of the inside of Leicester Square. (Though the view from outside it is fairly decent too.)

One day later, and I'm back, and the premiere site is basically the entirety of the inside of Leicester Square. (Though the view from outside it is fairly decent too.)

"Make some noise if you love Transformers! Now make some noise if you're an engineer and you're excited only by the electrical kind!!". My spot faces more or less directly onto the stage, which is good, but most of the rest of the venue is more or less obscured behind me, which is less good.

"Make some noise if you love Transformers! Now make some noise if you're an engineer and you're excited only by the electrical kind!!". My spot faces more or less directly onto the stage, which is good, but most of the rest of the venue is more or less obscured behind me, which is less good.

Transformers : The Last Knight : demographic = confirmed.

Transformers : The Last Knight : demographic = confirmed.

"If those boom mikes transform into something awesome, I want to be the one to capture it"

"If those boom mikes transform into something awesome, I want to be the one to capture it"

The all-important List Of Attendees reveals a surprising (and awesome) surprise : composer Steve Jablonsky is attending!! (I have EIGHT of his soundtracks in my collection) (Distressingly, I was unable to photograph him and he was not interviewed on the main stage, which is disgraceful!)

The all-important List Of Attendees reveals a surprising (and awesome) surprise : composer Steve Jablonsky is attending!! (I have EIGHT of his soundtracks in my collection) (Distressingly, I was unable to photograph him and he was not interviewed on the main stage, which is disgraceful!)

Good news : your friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and his young offsider DJ Excavator were at this premiere.

Good news : your friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and his young offsider DJ Excavator were at this premiere.

"How far back does this dress go? All the way" - I don't know who this is, but the temperature is in the high-20s (Celsius) and I would not voluntarily be wearing this much weight or coverage of fabric.

"How far back does this dress go? All the way" - I don't know who this is, but the temperature is in the high-20s (Celsius) and I would not voluntarily be wearing this much weight or coverage of fabric.

"It's not a transformer. I did see it twitch a short while ago, though". Our first arrival is Isabela Moner. And I've already left my spot to go roaming because quite frankly the premiere has been going for almost half an hour right now and nobody has come to our side of the circular pen yet.

"It's not a transformer. I did see it twitch a short while ago, though". Our first arrival is Isabela Moner. And I've already left my spot to go roaming because quite frankly the premiere has been going for almost half an hour right now and nobody has come to our side of the circular pen yet.

"Ratio of humans to pixels in this film? It's a very small number". This film's director, Michael Bay has arrived, and surprisingly he's not apologising for having made yet another one of these movies.

"Ratio of humans to pixels in this film? It's a very small number". This film's director, Michael Bay has arrived, and surprisingly he's not apologising for having made yet another one of these movies.

"The secret to understanding the logic of this movie's plot is hidden on this tissue paper. And no you can't have it". He's kidding. I've watched the film, and the ancient Library of Alexandria (or all the world's collected cat photos) didn't contain enough space to explain this movie's plot.

"The secret to understanding the logic of this movie's plot is hidden on this tissue paper. And no you can't have it". He's kidding. I've watched the film, and the ancient Library of Alexandria (or all the world's collected cat photos) didn't contain enough space to explain this movie's plot.

"You say you could write my scrips on a table napkin? I disagree. The directions for the explosions run to 200 pages alone". Those explosions exceed the complexity of most of the characters.

"You say you could write my scrips on a table napkin? I disagree. The directions for the explosions run to 200 pages alone". Those explosions exceed the complexity of most of the characters.

"He's produced 5 Transformers films, as well as 2 GI Joe films, so if you're looking for somebody to blame.... here's producer Lorenzi Di Bonaventura!!"

"He's produced 5 Transformers films, as well as 2 GI Joe films, so if you're looking for somebody to blame.... here's producer Lorenzi Di Bonaventura!!"

"Well... you never really *write* a Transformers script - you kind of back it into a corner and beat it into submission for over the course of a year." - for this movie, those three brave men are (in no particular order) Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan. Their random number generator and yahzee (travel edition) were sadly unable to attend.

"Well... you never really *write* a Transformers script - you kind of back it into a corner and beat it into submission for over the course of a year." - for this movie, those three brave men are (in no particular order) Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan. Their random number generator and yahzee (travel edition) were sadly unable to attend.

Jim Carter isn't merely a charming 1980s gymnastic/martial arts movie anymore - it's a person who it turns out has been in over 50 episodes of Downton Abbey, along with such movies as Shakepeare in Love and Alice in Wonderland.

Jim Carter isn't merely a charming 1980s gymnastic/martial arts movie anymore - it's a person who it turns out has been in over 50 episodes of Downton Abbey, along with such movies as Shakepeare in Love and Alice in Wonderland.

"Those three guys wrote the screenplay?? But I saw a cage full of hamsters on set every day and they seemed to have been working really hard on something that looked much like the same script we shot...."

"Those three guys wrote the screenplay?? But I saw a cage full of hamsters on set every day and they seemed to have been working really hard on something that looked much like the same script we shot...."

"You realise I'm not one of the robots, right?"

"You realise I'm not one of the robots, right?"

Jerrod Carmichael was in both of the Zac Efron-led "Neighbours" films, as well as a TV show called "The Carmichael Show"... but I'm not sure what character he plays in that.

Jerrod Carmichael was in both of the Zac Efron-led "Neighbours" films, as well as a TV show called "The Carmichael Show"... but I'm not sure what character he plays in that.

"Well... I gotta go. My planet needs me..."

"Well... I gotta go. My planet needs me..."

In 9 out of 10 alternative universes, I'm in jail on a murder rap for beating to death one of several people who simply stood on the red (blue) carpet talking to friends and blocking every damn shot I wanted to take of Mark Wahlberg before he got on stage. In this particular universe, I'm not dating Charlize Theron.... but I am a free man.

In 9 out of 10 alternative universes, I'm in jail on a murder rap for beating to death one of several people who simply stood on the red (blue) carpet talking to friends and blocking every damn shot I wanted to take of Mark Wahlberg before he got on stage. In this particular universe, I'm not dating Charlize Theron.... but I am a free man.

"Dude, you gotta chill, Bro" (I know, bro)

"Dude, you gotta chill, Bro" (I know, bro)

Laura Haddock plays the.... uh... .well, don't actually know what the Michael Bay word for 'lead actress' is, but that's what she plays.

Laura Haddock plays the.... uh... .well, don't actually know what the Michael Bay word for 'lead actress' is, but that's what she plays.

"You're describing my role in this movie as... what??"

"You're describing my role in this movie as... what??"

"Just this once, it's so hot right now that I'd rather be wearing what my next guest is wearing..."

"Just this once, it's so hot right now that I'd rather be wearing what my next guest is wearing..."

Laura Haddock is arguably currently best known for playing Peter Quill (Starlord)'s mother in Guardians of the Galaxy. At time of writing, I still haven't seen the sequel mainly because I'm still pissed at Disney for flying everyone to London and not only NOT having a premiere, but they flew the cast to London, booked a theatre venue had security, put in barriers and had a front entrance... and then drove the cars in via a side entrance with blacked-out windows. Disney loves fans? Hardly.

Laura Haddock is arguably currently best known for playing Peter Quill (Starlord)'s mother in Guardians of the Galaxy. At time of writing, I still haven't seen the sequel mainly because I'm still pissed at Disney for flying everyone to London and not only NOT having a premiere, but they flew the cast to London, booked a theatre venue had security, put in barriers and had a front entrance... and then drove the cars in via a side entrance with blacked-out windows. Disney loves fans? Hardly.

"I loved you in that movie!" "But you haven't seen that movie yet" "I'm just getting it out of the way"

"I loved you in that movie!"
"But you haven't seen that movie yet"
"I'm just getting it out of the way"

"I must be HOW tall to enter? Well, that's most unfair"

"I must be HOW tall to enter? Well, that's most unfair"

Sam Claflin isn't in this movie, but it married to Laura Haddock who is (conversely, Laura Haddock wasn't in 'My Cousin Rachel' but attended Sam Claflin's premiere because she's married to him) (it's not as complex as it sounds)

Sam Claflin isn't in this movie, but it married to Laura Haddock who is (conversely, Laura Haddock wasn't in 'My Cousin Rachel' but attended Sam Claflin's premiere because she's married to him) (it's not as complex as it sounds)

"You can have an "M", that guy next to you gets a "W", and I haven't decided who gets some of the more random letters that aren't actually in my first or last name yet"

"You can have an "M", that guy next to you gets a "W", and I haven't decided who gets some of the more random letters that aren't actually in my first or last name yet"

"OMG - did you see that guy's HAIR?" "OMG - I just saw that guy's hair!!"

"OMG - did you see that guy's HAIR?"
"OMG - I just saw that guy's hair!!"

"Yes, Mr Tucci, we can confirm you're standing at the same level as Bumblebee's crotch as per your instructions"

"Yes, Mr Tucci, we can confirm you're standing at the same level as Bumblebee's crotch as per your instructions"

"I don't want to give away who I playin this movie, but... oh who am I kidding it's incomprehensible anyway... I'm Merlin. Yes, THAT one."

"I don't want to give away who I playin this movie, but... oh who am I kidding it's incomprehensible anyway... I'm Merlin. Yes, THAT one."

"Yes, that's my best impression of the big guy"

"Yes, that's my best impression of the big guy"

"This guy? His jacket is at least 80% as good as mine. And that's pretty great"

"This guy? His jacket is at least 80% as good as mine. And that's pretty great"

"Don't tell me what I missed. I'm going to assume it doesn't matter". Josh Duhamel was in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. And now he's in the 5th.

"Don't tell me what I missed. I'm going to assume it doesn't matter". Josh Duhamel was in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. And now he's in the 5th.

"Forced perspective and use of blur, or is she just that small? And thanks to movie magic, we can make some special effects that are even more impressive!"

"Forced perspective and use of blur, or is she just that small? And thanks to movie magic, we can make some special effects that are even more impressive!"

"But what if I'm wrong, and people actually understand what I'm going for in this movie??"

"But what if I'm wrong, and people actually understand what I'm going for in this movie??"

This is "Freya, the World's Loneliest Dog" - who'd spent all her life up to age 6 living in a kennel where she also suffers from a kind of epilepsy (I'm not making this up) - until Michael Bay decided to cast her in this film..... and I'd have to say that this more than anything about the movie including the trailer (and the return of Josh Duhamel, I guess?) about making me more positively inclined towards this movie.

This is "Freya, the World's Loneliest Dog" - who'd spent all her life up to age 6 living in a kennel where she also suffers from a kind of epilepsy (I'm not making this up) - until Michael Bay decided to cast her in this film..... and I'd have to say that this more than anything about the movie including the trailer (and the return of Josh Duhamel, I guess?) about making me more positively inclined towards this movie.

"Can I get an autograph? Or failing that some kind of axle grease?"

"Can I get an autograph? Or failing that some kind of axle grease?"

So ordinarily That would be That and I'd head home, heat up some leftovers and start editing photos. But in this case, just before Michael Bay took to the stage I noted some security people handing out tickets to see the film. And... well... unlike my apartment, cinemas are actually airconditioned, and that more than anything else decided it....

"And then we got to the point where we'd spent hundreds of millions of dollars and realised that, well... we've made it now. Guess we might as well release it" (I photographed this photo walking along the carpet towards the cinema)

"And then we got to the point where we'd spent hundreds of millions of dollars and realised that, well... we've made it now. Guess we might as well release it" (I photographed this photo walking along the carpet towards the cinema)

The popcorn was free, the bottle of water very much appreciated, the seat was comfortable and the airconditioning worked. As for the movie iself? Well.... the popcorn was free, the bottole of water very much appreciated, the seat was comfortable and the aircon worked.

The popcorn was free, the bottle of water very much appreciated, the seat was comfortable and the airconditioning worked. As for the movie iself? Well.... the popcorn was free, the bottole of water very much appreciated, the seat was comfortable and the aircon worked.

So that was..... that. Another entry for the Archive of Movie Premieres right next to the last Transformers premiere I was at : Transformers Revenge of the Fallen,

Plus as always I'll extend an invitation to follow me on facebook at premieresdotco or on twitter at @berndt2_photo if you ever want to know when I post a journal such as this one (hopefully less schizophrenic since I'm very tired and I've... well... refer below)

... as for the movie?

I don't want to speak ill of a movie I got to see for free as part of an event... but I can't lie. It was incoherent beyond almost all belief. The kind of movie that should make every person weep if it makes a billion dollars at the box office because it will be a literal reminder that we share our planet with the kind of people who think this kind of madness is in any way entertaining, or that movies should be allowed to be released that are more or less an insult to the notion of storytelling, narrative, causality.... or not just having random stuff happen for achingly longer than two hours.

I pretty much hated it and wanted it to end.

To be fair, though, every Transformers film comes with a warning. It's right there where it says "A Michael Bay Film". You get what you pay for, if you decide to pay for it. It's like those instruction manuals for chainsaws that advise you not to use your genitals to stop the spinning blades. And you know they write that for a reason.

..... Until next time!!

15 Jun - The 'Dying Laughing' Premiere, Interrupted.

June 15th, 2017.

One day ago I was in the pleasant village-y surrounds of Hampstead for the appropriately-titled movie "Hampstead". Today, I already had a commitment in the evening, but if I could just swing by Leicester Square en route..?

Here's how it went down:

Once again, much like the premiere for Cain Hill, the Prince Charles Cinema has startlingly eschewed using its precious marquee space to promote its premieres and concentrated on what's really important.

Once again, much like the premiere for Cain Hill, the Prince Charles Cinema has startlingly eschewed using its precious marquee space to promote its premieres and concentrated on what's really important.

"Three posters in a row is a Backing Board for posing against? Are they kidding?" based on the title of the movie, I guess it's a deliberate possibility.

"Three posters in a row is a Backing Board for posing against? Are they kidding?" based on the title of the movie, I guess it's a deliberate possibility.

"He said that? Who was he?" - an old guy I'd never seen before and wasn't talking to , apropos of nothing told me that Paul Whitehouse is one of the best standup comedians on the planet. Thanks, mysterious old man!

"He said that? Who was he?" - an old guy I'd never seen before and wasn't talking to , apropos of nothing told me that Paul Whitehouse is one of the best standup comedians on the planet. Thanks, mysterious old man!

"And 'ere I am, wiz Pull Wide Horse..."

"And 'ere I am, wiz Pull Wide Horse..."

Paul Toogood and Bruce Payne (or possibly vice versa) are Director and Not The Director (or vice versa) of this movie/documentary.

Paul Toogood and Bruce Payne (or possibly vice versa) are Director and Not The Director (or vice versa) of this movie/documentary.

"That guy behind me? No matter how sincerely he claims it, he's not Toogood"

"That guy behind me? No matter how sincerely he claims it, he's not Toogood"

"You'll notice I'm deadly serious at this premiere. It's a respect thing" - If this is THE Bruce Payne, then (a) he's almost but not quite Gotham City's wealthiest citizen, (b) his movie credits include Passenger 57 with Wesley Snipes and Dungeons & Dragons with Jeremy Irons.

"You'll notice I'm deadly serious at this premiere. It's a respect thing" - If this is THE Bruce Payne, then (a) he's almost but not quite Gotham City's wealthiest citizen, (b) his movie credits include Passenger 57 with Wesley Snipes and Dungeons & Dragons with Jeremy Irons.

"Could you guys cheer my man up? He's not feeling..... too...... well, you know how the rest of the joke goes"

"Could you guys cheer my man up? He's not feeling..... too...... well, you know how the rest of the joke goes"

"I just shot you. You have to fall down. That's the rules. Weren't you ever six years old?"

"I just shot you. You have to fall down. That's the rules. Weren't you ever six years old?"

"Eye already dont no oo zis was.... possibly Scar-Left Your-Hands-On. She iz nice."

"Eye already dont no oo zis was.... possibly Scar-Left Your-Hands-On. She iz nice."

"You can take my photograph, but I'm not telling you my name" - a rare failure by both Getty and Wireimage : I have no idea who this is (possibly Ian.....?)

"You can take my photograph, but I'm not telling you my name" - a rare failure by both Getty and Wireimage : I have no idea who this is (possibly Ian.....?)

"Awesome look you're rocking there, man. Where'd you get that?" "Well, it's a white t-shirt....." "That's awesome!"

"Awesome look you're rocking there, man. Where'd you get that?"
"Well, it's a white t-shirt....."
"That's awesome!"

I think the guy in the polka-dotted t-shirt might have been called "Chris", but you know what? The shirt looks amazing, so I personally think it doesn't matter as much as it might otherwise.

I think the guy in the polka-dotted t-shirt might have been called "Chris", but you know what? The shirt looks amazing, so I personally think it doesn't matter as much as it might otherwise.

"This IS my happy face" - getty images identifies this as Stephen K Amos, and even though I've always wished I had a middle name (I apparently don't) I now think an unspecified middle initial is somehow even cooler.

"This IS my happy face" - getty images identifies this as Stephen K Amos, and even though I've always wished I had a middle name (I apparently don't) I now think an unspecified middle initial is somehow even cooler.

"So you guys are happy to take photos of each other while I'm standing here? That's... you know.... that's fine"

"So you guys are happy to take photos of each other while I'm standing here? That's... you know.... that's fine"

"I hope you don't mind, but I'm finding this is a particularly emotional part of this movie" - John Thomson is in this movie, as well as (per imdb) such films as Inkheart (2008), Wallace & Grommit : Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and the TV series Cold Feet

"I hope you don't mind, but I'm finding this is a particularly emotional part of this movie" - John Thomson is in this movie, as well as (per imdb) such films as Inkheart (2008), Wallace & Grommit : Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and the TV series Cold Feet

"If you don't like the pose, I can take that camera and take a photo of you standing here?"

"If you don't like the pose, I can take that camera and take a photo of you standing here?"

"Are you even supposed to be here....?

"Are you even supposed to be here....?

The unidentified lady above is/was absolutely right : I had to stop photographing here, and head off to the Picturehouse Central for a filmmakers talk by dual-Academy Award winning costume designer Jenny Beavan!

"you can also follow us on myspace, if that still exists....."

"you can also follow us on myspace, if that still exists....."

"Well.... no. I don't think I reused any of the costumes from 'A Room With A View' in 'Mad Max Fury Road'... but now that you mention it, I almost wish I had" - those were the two films (in 1985 and 2015) for which Jenny Beavan won her Oscars.

"Well.... no. I don't think I reused any of the costumes from 'A Room With A View' in 'Mad Max Fury Road'... but now that you mention it, I almost wish I had" - those were the two films (in 1985 and 2015) for which Jenny Beavan won her Oscars.

"That scarf you're wearing looks good. A little *TOO* good, if you ask me...."

"That scarf you're wearing looks good. A little *TOO* good, if you ask me...."

"Of course, if she's doing her job seamlessly you won't notice the costumes in the movies she's designing for at all..... that's the paradox"

"Of course, if she's doing her job seamlessly you won't notice the costumes in the movies she's designing for at all..... that's the paradox"

So... that was rather great. It's not every day I get to fit in 45% of a premiere before an actual (excellent) paid event, and put both into a journal. I could perhaps have called the hour-long queue for a bubblewrap matcha waffle (with matcha icecrem and mochi) a separate and third event for the evening and also covered it here... but I feel that's not really necessary.

For now, it'll be another entry into the Archive of Movie Premieres, with several more hopefully to come in the next few days.

Until next time!

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14 Jun - The 'Hampstead' World Premiere

June 14th, 2017.

Premieres in London will hopefully resume with the pomp, pageantry and largely arbitrary wristbanding and pen public allocation we've all come to know, love and miss if it's taken away.

Today it was a premiere outside of London - in Hampstead, for a small movie - called Hampstead.

Here's how it went down:

It's a premiere in London that's not entirely in London for a suburb of London that's being held in the suburb it's from! (and that sentence mostly makes sense!)

It's a premiere in London that's not entirely in London for a suburb of London that's being held in the suburb it's from! (and that sentence mostly makes sense!)

Devastatingly, The List of attendees of this premieres does not contain Diane Keaton, who some websites (and possibly the marquee reading "World Premiere") had suggested would be attending.

Devastatingly, The List of attendees of this premieres does not contain Diane Keaton, who some websites (and possibly the marquee reading "World Premiere") had suggested would be attending.

"I'm sorry I can't make it to this premiere But I'll try to catch the movie in cinemas on or about 23rd June"

"I'm sorry I can't make it to this premiere But I'll try to catch the movie in cinemas on or about 23rd June"

Random unidentified pretty attendee. (And I realise I should throw the word 'very' into that description, but I don't want to seem too forward...)

Random unidentified pretty attendee. (And I realise I should throw the word 'very' into that description, but I don't want to seem too forward...)

Writer Robert Festinger got an Academy Award nomination in 2002 for best adapted screenplay for 'In The Bedroom'... but right now all I can really do is wish I'd cropped this photo slightly lower to get more of his great tie in frame.

Writer Robert Festinger got an Academy Award nomination in 2002 for best adapted screenplay for 'In The Bedroom'... but right now all I can really do is wish I'd cropped this photo slightly lower to get more of his great tie in frame.

"No... this is DEFINITELY my good side. This is the side I want to be interviewed facing"

"No... this is DEFINITELY my good side. This is the side I want to be interviewed facing"

Brendan Gleeson is best known for being Mad-Eye Moody across three Harry Potter films, but he was also excellent in dramas like 'Calvary' and 'The Guard'. And the excellent 'Edge of Tomorrow'. When your list of imdb credits is this long, a tie is certainly optional.

Brendan Gleeson is best known for being Mad-Eye Moody across three Harry Potter films, but he was also excellent in dramas like 'Calvary' and 'The Guard'. And the excellent 'Edge of Tomorrow'. When your list of imdb credits is this long, a tie is certainly optional.

"... and not one of you brought a DVD cover for 'Lake Placid'? Does nobody remember I was in that??" - I do, and as far as Crododiles-in-lakes movies go, it's one of the few with Betty White in a lead/supporting role

"... and not one of you brought a DVD cover for 'Lake Placid'? Does nobody remember I was in that??" - I do, and as far as Crododiles-in-lakes movies go, it's one of the few with Betty White in a lead/supporting role

"I'll sign it if you can remember which Mission : Impossible movie I was in. You can't, can you?" (psst : it was the second one)

"I'll sign it if you can remember which Mission : Impossible movie I was in. You can't, can you?"
(psst : it was the second one)

"Yes, I'm *the* Brendan Gleeson. What... there's another?"

"Yes, I'm *the* Brendan Gleeson. What... there's another?"

It's Will Smith!!!

It's Will Smith!!!

"I guarantee you that very single joke about my name you're thinking of is one I've already heard. But go ahead"

"I guarantee you that very single joke about my name you're thinking of is one I've already heard. But go ahead"

Not so much a random attendee, but rather a fortunately photographed attendee - Martin Jarvis unbeknownst to (or forgottenst by) me was in all of James Cameron's Titanic (1997) as 'Sir Duff Gordon';  in David FIncher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (as 'Birger'), Alfred in the computer game Batman Arkham Asylum... and the voice of a Quarian Admiral in Mass Effect...3.

Not so much a random attendee, but rather a fortunately photographed attendee - Martin Jarvis unbeknownst to (or forgottenst by) me was in all of James Cameron's Titanic (1997) as 'Sir Duff Gordon';  in David FIncher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (as 'Birger'), Alfred in the computer game Batman Arkham Asylum... and the voice of a Quarian Admiral in Mass Effect...3.

"Martin Jarvis was Sir Duff Gordon in Titanic? But... but... I played Lady Duff Gordon IN THAT SAME MOVIE!! Oh, wait. We've been married since 1974 and that's not actually a surprise"

"Martin Jarvis was Sir Duff Gordon in Titanic? But... but... I played Lady Duff Gordon IN THAT SAME MOVIE!! Oh, wait. We've been married since 1974 and that's not actually a surprise"

"The secret to having as many voice credits as I have? Well... it's in the voice, as you might imagine"

"The secret to having as many voice credits as I have? Well... it's in the voice, as you might imagine"

"It doesn't mean anything. I'm just doing it to freak you out". Phil Davis (the XXXIXth of his name on imdb.com) has some 136 credits to his name (including Alien3, Vera Drake and Notes on a Scandal), but to me he'll always be best known as the villain in the first episode of Sherlock

"It doesn't mean anything. I'm just doing it to freak you out". Phil Davis (the XXXIXth of his name on imdb.com) has some 136 credits to his name (including Alien3, Vera Drake and Notes on a Scandal), but to me he'll always be best known as the villain in the first episode of Sherlock

I remember the first episode of Sherlock enough that now when I see Phil Davis do anything, whether thoughtful or cheerful or playful or just Being There... it's vaguely and possibly unfairly creepy.

I remember the first episode of Sherlock enough that now when I see Phil Davis do anything, whether thoughtful or cheerful or playful or just Being There... it's vaguely and possibly unfairly creepy.

"Me? You shouldn't have"

"Me? You shouldn't have"

"It just makes me sick that every time I pitch another movie, including this one, the first thing anyone asks is whether it can be turned into a Marvel-style cinematic universe. And yes, damnit, of course this one theoretically can."

"It just makes me sick that every time I pitch another movie, including this one, the first thing anyone asks is whether it can be turned into a Marvel-style cinematic universe. And yes, damnit, of course this one theoretically can."

"And if we can get Sony onboard and work in Robert Downey Jnr somehow..... it'll be MAGNIFICENT!"

"And if we can get Sony onboard and work in Robert Downey Jnr somehow..... it'll be MAGNIFICENT!"

"Nobody wants you to bring the average of the cast on the red carpet down too suddenly. Just keep standing here for now." - Hugh Skinner had a role in Les Miserables and (like Phil Davis) has been in numerous episodes of something on British Television called "Poldark" (don't ask me, I just live here)

"Nobody wants you to bring the average of the cast on the red carpet down too suddenly. Just keep standing here for now." - Hugh Skinner had a role in Les Miserables and (like Phil Davis) has been in numerous episodes of something on British Television called "Poldark" (don't ask me, I just live here)

The majority of the crowd seemed to recall that Jason Watkins was in one (1) episode of Dr Who once, but my keen eye on imdb.com reveals one (1) prior movie I was actually at the premiere of : Nativity 2 : Danger In The Manger!!

The majority of the crowd seemed to recall that Jason Watkins was in one (1) episode of Dr Who once, but my keen eye on imdb.com reveals one (1) prior movie I was actually at the premiere of : Nativity 2 : Danger In The Manger!!

"It was a good episode, but you really don't have to kiss my hand...."

"It was a good episode, but you really don't have to kiss my hand...."

The Everyman Hampstead joins the list of London cinemas I've now photographed a premiere at (though at two premieres less than The Sony Centre in Berlin, it still has a way to go to move beyond even some foreign venues on my List)

The Everyman Hampstead joins the list of London cinemas I've now photographed a premiere at (though at two premieres less than The Sony Centre in Berlin, it still has a way to go to move beyond even some foreign venues on my List)

"The Afterparty? Well..... I think they've closed the Spielburger next door, and that's disappointing"

"The Afterparty? Well..... I think they've closed the Spielburger next door, and that's disappointing"

So.. that was fun. It was a warm day, a chilled crowd, and before (and after) it was finished I might have imbibed a beverage to celebrate summer, and premieres, and not having anything better to do. Which is a great way to add another premiere to The Archive of Movie Premieres.

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Until next time!