17 Oct - 'The Death of Stalin' UK Premiere

October 17th, 2017.

With London Film Festival and its riches of premieres-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see now just a distant '48 hours ago' memory, my first post-BFI LFF premiere was scheduled at the Curzon Chelsea, a cinema I'd never photographed a premiere at. Not just that, but a rather big star I'd never photographed was set to attend. "I've travelled further for less" I thought to myself, not realising how close to skirting the extremities of that statement I'd be making.

Here's how it went down.

"It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

"It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

- we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

- we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

"Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster". Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

"Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster". Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

"My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?" "No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

"My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?"
"No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of "Outside Bet", where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here: "Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is : "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly". " - well played, Me In 2012.

Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of "Outside Bet", where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here:

"Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is : "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly". " - well played, Me In 2012.

I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

"He's Big In Theatre" was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

"He's Big In Theatre" was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

"Hey, are you big in theatre?" "Who says I am?" "Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

"Hey, are you big in theatre?"
"Who says I am?"
"Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

"Yeah, yeah... England prevails..." But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

"Yeah, yeah... England prevails..." But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

"What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration" - I don't know who this is, though.

"What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration" - I don't know who this is, though.

"Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

"Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

"Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..." - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

"Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..." - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

Turns out the "dude in this picture too on the right" dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

Turns out the "dude in this picture too on the right" dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

"Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it" - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

"Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it" - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

"I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

"I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

.... and though I photographed Andrea Riseborough's parents when they entered the cinema (her PA introduced them!), and Andrea Riseborough did attend, I didn't get to photograph her as she apparently entered via another entrance (though I did here and here at London Film Festival).... but the biggest disappointment was in Steve Buscemi not turning up to the premiere despite being in town...

I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

So... that was that, and very little more than that. Needless to say I missed my train home by the requisite 30 seconds, and immediately after its departure the next one was announced "delayed" .Thanks for that, a55holes.

Still... another premiere for the Archive, another Cinema for the brain bank, and another event to embellish into something sexier and more vital than, between you and me, it probably was.

Until next time!

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BFI London Film Festival 2017 - Red Carpet Monochrome

It's been a(nother) long London Film Festival, and as with last year, I both made it to an event every day (several days two), and for no reason other than Because I Want To, I feel commemorating another great festival with a commentary-free Red Carpet Monochrome journal is the way to go.

Here's how it went down, from October 3 to October 15, 2017 (each image contains a link to the journal of the event)

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Great. What am I meant to do with myself til next year??

Great. What am I meant to do with myself til next year??

...and all of that without one of these to put on MY lens hood :)

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Until next time!

Last year's BFI LFF Red Carpet Monochrome Journal is here

15 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Closing Gala

October 15th, 2017.

So... it's come to this. The Closing Gala of the 2017 BFI London Film Festival. And I've been boring everyone for weeks as soon as they announced the guests, the closing ceremony was THE EVENT it was all leading to. Why? Because the event contained not one but FOUR people I've never photographed before : Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and the mighty PETER DINKLAGE.

Some days a girl has four names on a list... and I'm a guy, but there are four names... and there is a last.

Here's how it went down:

We've finally hit the end of BFI London Film Festival 2017, and some have weathered it better than others.

We've finally hit the end of BFI London Film Festival 2017, and some have weathered it better than others.

Long shadows signalling the end of a long unbroken sequence of Events I've Photographed that stretches back to Monday... two weeks ago. I'm still standing, but you could also call it slouching.

Long shadows signalling the end of a long unbroken sequence of Events I've Photographed that stretches back to Monday... two weeks ago. I'm still standing, but you could also call it slouching.

"These people mostly look unfamiliar to me, and not just because I'm looking at them upside-down". The List has more than four names on it... but mine has four. And a tick-mark next to each is what I want from this premiere.

"These people mostly look unfamiliar to me, and not just because I'm looking at them upside-down". The List has more than four names on it... but mine has four. And a tick-mark next to each is what I want from this premiere.

"Boss... I think we got a Code Alpha 314...." "You mean a better-than-average looking woman walking past us on our right?" "That too... but there's also a mass of sign-waving, drum-beating protesters in the park" The solution turned out to be turning the music in the speakers up much, much louder.

"Boss... I think we got a Code Alpha 314...."
"You mean a better-than-average looking woman walking past us on our right?"
"That too... but there's also a mass of sign-waving, drum-beating protesters in the park"

The solution turned out to be turning the music in the speakers up much, much louder.

And to the beating of (literal) drums and chanting of (literal) protesters throwing (literal) leaflets and carrying huge signs and even blocking the car entry point of the premiere, it nonetheless began.

Our first arrival is not in this movie, but Stellan Skarsgard has been in movies as diverse as David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Marvel (Thor The Dark World for example)

Our first arrival is not in this movie, but Stellan Skarsgard has been in movies as diverse as David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Marvel (Thor The Dark World for example)

Forget every credit on the lengthy imdb listing of actress Sandy Martin : she was the Bartender in Speed (1994) !! I love that movie!!

Forget every credit on the lengthy imdb listing of actress Sandy Martin : she was the Bartender in Speed (1994) !! I love that movie!!

Kathryn Newton, meanwhile is apparently best known for being in a series called "Big Little Lies", though I'm looking with alarm at another entry, titled "Dog With A Blog". Damnit, if that's based on a true story I'm now going to be losing to ANIMALS in the quest to get a spot in a 'social influencers' pen at one of these premieres.

Kathryn Newton, meanwhile is apparently best known for being in a series called "Big Little Lies", though I'm looking with alarm at another entry, titled "Dog With A Blog". Damnit, if that's based on a true story I'm now going to be losing to ANIMALS in the quest to get a spot in a 'social influencers' pen at one of these premieres.

"You think I'm pretty? It's not just the dress? Because I'm pretty open to the notion that the dress adds a certain amount of pretty"

"You think I'm pretty? It's not just the dress? Because I'm pretty open to the notion that the dress adds a certain amount of pretty"

"Sure, I was in that... but I can't literally sign A DOG" - it's hard to tell what anyone's saying behind the protesting drumming and chanting and the sound-system playing ABBA and Scissor Sister songs at volumes you could break sieges at religious compounds...

"Sure, I was in that... but I can't literally sign A DOG" - it's hard to tell what anyone's saying behind the protesting drumming and chanting and the sound-system playing ABBA and Scissor Sister songs at volumes you could break sieges at religious compounds...

Martin McDonagh has won an Oscar for 'best short film' AND directed "In Bruges", which was both very good AND I literally watched it while ON HOLIDAY IN BRUGES.

Martin McDonagh has won an Oscar for 'best short film' AND directed "In Bruges", which was both very good AND I literally watched it while ON HOLIDAY IN BRUGES.

A list has four names on it. This is one : SAM ROCKWELL, who I thought was excellent in Moon (2009), very good in "The Way Way Back", definitely in "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", kind of 'eh' in "Iron Man 2" and I wanted to punch myself in the face during "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"....

A list has four names on it. This is one : SAM ROCKWELL, who I thought was excellent in Moon (2009), very good in "The Way Way Back", definitely in "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", kind of 'eh' in "Iron Man 2" and I wanted to punch myself in the face during "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"....

"You're on somebody else's list in the number two position. Turn around" - ventriloquy is a thing.

"You're on somebody else's list in the number two position. Turn around" - ventriloquy is a thing.

Three quarters of the people on My List Of Names are currently standing with their back to me. It's quite exciting.

Three quarters of the people on My List Of Names are currently standing with their back to me. It's quite exciting.

"Please don't make us turn around. We'll do anything!". well... damn. That's going to make me almost as sad as the cute Korean girl with the hand-written sign made specifically for Peter Dinklage.

"Please don't make us turn around. We'll do anything!". well... damn. That's going to make me almost as sad as the cute Korean girl with the hand-written sign made specifically for Peter Dinklage.

Even though my patience is slightly less limited than the battery charges on the two cameras I'm wielding to this event, it is not entirely unlimited. I do have to go to work tomorrow.

Even though my patience is slightly less limited than the battery charges on the two cameras I'm wielding to this event, it is not entirely unlimited. I do have to go to work tomorrow.

It's Frances McDormand! She won an Oscar for 'Fargo (1996)' and hopes nobody remembers she was in Transformers : Dark of the Moon even if it was no doubt a handy payday. And having photographed her, that's two tick-marks on my list of four.

It's Frances McDormand! She won an Oscar for 'Fargo (1996)' and hopes nobody remembers she was in Transformers : Dark of the Moon even if it was no doubt a handy payday. And having photographed her, that's two tick-marks on my list of four.

"Wait.. I haven't high-fived or chest-bumped Peter Dinklage yet!" Frances McDormand is also married to one of the Coen Brothers directing duo : Joel (on the left of this photo).

"Wait.. I haven't high-fived or chest-bumped Peter Dinklage yet!" Frances McDormand is also married to one of the Coen Brothers directing duo : Joel (on the left of this photo).

Peter Dinklage (a) is awesome, (b) the third of four people I really wanted to photograph at this premiere, and (c) has just read the hand-written sign from the cute Korean girl in our pen.

Peter Dinklage (a) is awesome, (b) the third of four people I really wanted to photograph at this premiere, and (c) has just read the hand-written sign from the cute Korean girl in our pen.

"Oh, good. It's not a euphemism. I guess I feel safe enough to get closer". Peter Dinklage is fantastic in Game of Thrones (and he didn't attend the s5 World Premiere as far as I could see, and that's nothing to do with his height and everything to do with my position)

"Oh, good. It's not a euphemism. I guess I feel safe enough to get closer". Peter Dinklage is fantastic in Game of Thrones (and he didn't attend the s5 World Premiere as far as I could see, and that's nothing to do with his height and everything to do with my position)

"Anyone here who calls me P-Diddy, even to be funny, is going to regret it deeply."

"Anyone here who calls me P-Diddy, even to be funny, is going to regret it deeply."

"Chronicles of Narnia? Really? That's what you like me best from??"

"Chronicles of Narnia? Really? That's what you like me best from??"

I don't care if Sam Rockwell was three-quarter profile and looking down, I don't care if Frances McDormand was rushing to get away, and I don't care that Peter Dinklage didn't stay to down shots with his fans. I'm calling it Three Down, One To Go.

"What's that freaking noise? My fans are usually so quiet and considerate..." - It's FOUR FROM FOUR. Uh... I mean... it's Woody Harrelson!!

"What's that freaking noise? My fans are usually so quiet and considerate..." - It's FOUR FROM FOUR. Uh... I mean... it's Woody Harrelson!!

"That's right. TWO." Woody Harrelson has indeed been nominated for not one but two Academy Awards - for No Country For Old Men, and The People Vs Larry Flint (but not Now You See Me and Zombieland, which is what I like him best int!)

"That's right. TWO." Woody Harrelson has indeed been nominated for not one but two Academy Awards - for No Country For Old Men, and The People Vs Larry Flint (but not Now You See Me and Zombieland, which is what I like him best int!)

"Star Wars? Yeah... I'm the Star Wars. Me and Spock and Chewie and the Daleks and all that"

"Star Wars? Yeah... I'm the Star Wars. Me and Spock and Chewie and the Daleks and all that"

We've relocated to the interview section of the public pen to see if we can get better shots of some of the cast being interviewed. This has only brought us into closer proximity to screaming, placard-waving, paper flyer throwing protesters... so loud that the interview station has been moved closer to the cinema entrance.

Still...despite the noise, here's random attendee Rosamund Pike, of "What We Did On Our Holiday", "The World's End" and "Gone Girl" fame.

Still...despite the noise, here's random attendee Rosamund Pike, of "What We Did On Our Holiday", "The World's End" and "Gone Girl" fame.

"Wait... you were in JOHN WICK and you NEVER TOLD US?". Not only that, but Peter Clarke is in this movie AND one of two cast members OF this movie who was also in the Man/Woman/Puppy rom(ish)com(ish) "Marley & Me"

"Wait... you were in JOHN WICK and you NEVER TOLD US?". Not only that, but Peter Clarke is in this movie AND one of two cast members OF this movie who was also in the Man/Woman/Puppy rom(ish)com(ish) "Marley & Me"

"Marley and Me? What a great movie! I barely remember it..."

"Marley and Me? What a great movie! I barely remember it..."

"I like this country. In my country, when people hold up signs espousing Marxist philosophies, people risk getting shot". And here they get ABBA songs played at them. Loudly.

"I like this country. In my country, when people hold up signs espousing Marxist philosophies, people risk getting shot". And here they get ABBA songs played at them. Loudly.

Oh, look. Shit got .... colourful.

Oh, look. Shit got .... colourful.

"The minimum wage is important, people. As is housing rights for whales, Veganism, Rail Nationalisation, and the right to make shitty DC Comics movies nobody wants to watch. So show some respect, okay?"

"The minimum wage is important, people. As is housing rights for whales, Veganism, Rail Nationalisation, and the right to make shitty DC Comics movies nobody wants to watch. So show some respect, okay?"

Is that it? Is it over? Can we go home now?

Is that it? Is it over? Can we go home now?

I decided it wasn't yet (quite) time to go just yet. Not because I'm unwilling to declare this BFI London Film Festival Finally Over, but because... well... what else was I going to do? Find out they've cancelled the 19:36 train to Bedford even sooner than I otherwise would?

For high-risk, low-return photography, there's nothing quite like shooting through a pane of glass at a distance with reflections on one side and photographers' flashes on the other. I like the pensive girl in the foreground of this.

For high-risk, low-return photography, there's nothing quite like shooting through a pane of glass at a distance with reflections on one side and photographers' flashes on the other. I like the pensive girl in the foreground of this.

Group Shot! (Sam Rockwell, the only person I haven't *really* photographed all that well at this premiere, is the only person whose face is bisected by the division in the glass doors of the cinema. Huzzah. Still ... a nice alignment.

Group Shot! (Sam Rockwell, the only person I haven't *really* photographed all that well at this premiere, is the only person whose face is bisected by the division in the glass doors of the cinema. Huzzah. Still ... a nice alignment.

Flawless victory. (Also : I know the guy at the top right in the reflection : hi, Midhat!)

Flawless victory. (Also : I know the guy at the top right in the reflection : hi, Midhat!)

So... that was that. BFI London Film Festival 2017. OVER. By my count I covered 17 events in 14 days (18 if you count a composer event), and I'm absolutely fine with there being a little break now. Last year after BFI LFF ended there were four premieres in a row on the following four days.... not so much this time around. Though after taking Monday off... there IS a premiere in London on Tuesday.

Until .... next time!

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14 Oct - The BFI LFF 'You Were Never Really Here' Premiere

October 14th, 2017.

It's the penultimate day of BFI London Film Festival 2017, and it involved both a premiere and the BFI Awards, held elsewhere a short distance away. The premiere was fairly small... probably a good thing in light of the size of tomorrow's potential for disappointment if all goes wrong. But that's tomorrow, a whole day (and possibly a good night's sleep) away.

Here's how this went down:

Consistent Branding. So Important. (I should probably figure out which one out of @Berndt2_photo, premieresdotco, premieres.co and bernd-talasch.com I actually am at this point).

Consistent Branding. So Important. (I should probably figure out which one out of @Berndt2_photo, premieresdotco, premieres.co and bernd-talasch.com I actually am at this point).

"If you tell anyone Leo's coming...... let's just say you'll never see it, or him, coming."

"If you tell anyone Leo's coming...... let's just say you'll never see it, or him, coming."

"Dear Sirs.... your camera works fine but where is the mobile phone holder?"

"Dear Sirs.... your camera works fine but where is the mobile phone holder?"

"My eyes are down here, George"

"My eyes are down here, George"

It's so ON right now. (The buildup for this premiere was very slow : among other things there was no media pen, meaning no interviews, meaning the star(s) didn't have to arrive early to leave enough time for interview commitments.

It's so ON right now. (The buildup for this premiere was very slow : among other things there was no media pen, meaning no interviews, meaning the star(s) didn't have to arrive early to leave enough time for interview commitments.

Despite the movie's title being "You Were Never Really Here", it does not appear to be a sequel or in any way related to the movie "I'm Still Here", also starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Despite the movie's title being "You Were Never Really Here", it does not appear to be a sequel or in any way related to the movie "I'm Still Here", also starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Despite having three Oscar Nominations for acting (Gladiator, Walk The Line, and The Master) there was a disappointing number of people in the crowd with seemingly no idea who Joaquin Phoenix was. I mean.... Gladiator? You haven't heard of GLADIATOR?? (Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in the movie 'Her' as well)

Despite having three Oscar Nominations for acting (Gladiator, Walk The Line, and The Master) there was a disappointing number of people in the crowd with seemingly no idea who Joaquin Phoenix was. I mean.... Gladiator? You haven't heard of GLADIATOR?? (Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in the movie 'Her' as well)

"Don't touch the dress - the metal really attracts fingerprints" - this movie's director is Lynne Ramsay, who won a Bafta Film Award for best short film in 2013.

"Don't touch the dress - the metal really attracts fingerprints" - this movie's director is Lynne Ramsay, who won a Bafta Film Award for best short film in 2013.

"No.... we did NOT swap hair on a dare!" (I didn't ask that question. I'm not sure who did)

"No.... we did NOT swap hair on a dare!" (I didn't ask that question. I'm not sure who did)

"You liked me in that movie? That's awesome! I'm not actually IN that movie, but the fact that it made you think of me is still very flattering" - I have photographed Joaquin Phoenix only once, at "The Baftas Where It Snowed"

"You liked me in that movie? That's awesome! I'm not actually IN that movie, but the fact that it made you think of me is still very flattering" - I have photographed Joaquin Phoenix only once, at "The Baftas Where It Snowed"

"So you see, it's really important that you be clean-shaven for this photo to work. I'm happy to wait if you need a couple of minutes or go to a convenience store to buy a razor...."

"So you see, it's really important that you be clean-shaven for this photo to work. I'm happy to wait if you need a couple of minutes or go to a convenience store to buy a razor...."

"Wassup?"

"Wassup?"

"Are you seriously using me as pretext to take a selfie with the cute guy standing behind me? Cool!"

"Are you seriously using me as pretext to take a selfie with the cute guy standing behind me? Cool!"

"With these glasses I'm happy to claim I'm giving you all the honour of exclusive eye-contact from me. You're welcome!"

"With these glasses I'm happy to claim I'm giving you all the honour of exclusive eye-contact from me. You're welcome!"

"So Imma just stand here and let you render me two-dimensionally in pixels that don't even move. I'm not sure you realise how crazy that is at a film festival, guys"

"So Imma just stand here and let you render me two-dimensionally in pixels that don't even move. I'm not sure you realise how crazy that is at a film festival, guys"

"Fine, I'll risk my eyesight so you can render me digitally even better"  

"Fine, I'll risk my eyesight so you can render me digitally even better"
 

"The expression you're thinking of is 'insouciant'. Spell it right."

"The expression you're thinking of is 'insouciant'. Spell it right."

"Well, it's been great standing here and being gawked at by strangers. I'll make sure to integrate the unique feeling into my next role. Cheers!"

"Well, it's been great standing here and being gawked at by strangers. I'll make sure to integrate the unique feeling into my next role. Cheers!"

So... that was another premiere, and tomorrow will see the end of BFI London Film Festival for 2017 and hopefully I'll be able to photograph 100% of Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell..... ALL of whom are expected and NONE of whom I've previously photographed.

.... I'd better recheck my batteries and memory cards!

Until Next Time One More Time!!

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