The 2017 BFI "Luminous" Gala

October 3rd, 2017.

It's London Film Festival time!! Much like Christmas, I spend two weeks IN it, another two weeks recovering from it, about a month per year not thinking about it, and ten months increasingly looking forward to it.

And now it's here! Or rather, tomorrow it's here. But like in 2015, there was a kind of 'launch' event on the day prior to it, at Guildhall, to raise money for the "Back The Future"... foundation? fund? concept? .. anyway, a really prestigious watch company sponsors it and Tables to the event cost some £10,000.

It's free to stand outside, though. Here's how it went down:

"When they say £10,000 per table, that's not for the furniture itself mind you - it's just for the right to sit at that table for a couple of hours"

"When they say £10,000 per table, that's not for the furniture itself mind you - it's just for the right to sit at that table for a couple of hours"

Two years ago, at the last BFI Luminous Gala, I especially loved the posters they had for the event. This year, I think the main sponsor didn't want to be outshone by the class of the poster and demanded something scaled back?

Two years ago, at the last BFI Luminous Gala, I especially loved the posters they had for the event. This year, I think the main sponsor didn't want to be outshone by the class of the poster and demanded something scaled back?

My spot at this event is right alongside the paparazzi, which would seem like a decent spot, however the two big issues are (a) I don't really want to be taking photos basically identical to what a couple dozen people are also taking, and (b) I suspect they're going to pretty actively be blocking the views I'd want. Oh, well... we'll see.

My spot at this event is right alongside the paparazzi, which would seem like a decent spot, however the two big issues are (a) I don't really want to be taking photos basically identical to what a couple dozen people are also taking, and (b) I suspect they're going to pretty actively be blocking the views I'd want. Oh, well... we'll see.

Not every List of Attendees at an event contains a spotters guide to wristwatches. (I'm wearing a Seiko Coutura (black) to this event, in case you're interested)

Not every List of Attendees at an event contains a spotters guide to wristwatches. (I'm wearing a Seiko Coutura (black) to this event, in case you're interested)

I don't know who this is, but thank you for helping me calibrate my settings and giving me an idea of the kind of gap between paparazzi I'll be shooting between, good sir! (The width might be considered "ambitious" in a weight-loss context)

I don't know who this is, but thank you for helping me calibrate my settings and giving me an idea of the kind of gap between paparazzi I'll be shooting between, good sir! (The width might be considered "ambitious" in a weight-loss context)

"Swung wildly, these will help keep the autograph dealers at bay...." "Yes, but you're not even famous, Eric" "One day I will be, Kate. One day I will be."

"Swung wildly, these will help keep the autograph dealers at bay...."
"Yes, but you're not even famous, Eric"
"One day I will be, Kate. One day I will be."

"You should have thought of that before we left. The fact that your dress might not go well on a black carpet, I mean. Why, what did you think I meant??" - this is, I am reliably informed, is "Birdy", and I don't know what that means.

"You should have thought of that before we left. The fact that your dress might not go well on a black carpet, I mean. Why, what did you think I meant??" - this is, I am reliably informed, is "Birdy", and I don't know what that means.

This, as just previously noted, is a person and/or brand and/or broadly encompassing notion called "Birdy". I hope I've pronounced that correctly.

This, as just previously noted, is a person and/or brand and/or broadly encompassing notion called "Birdy". I hope I've pronounced that correctly.

This is Academy Award Winning director Tom Hooper (for 'The King's Speech' though he also directed 'Les Miserables'), photographed though a gap small enough that camels looking at the eye of needles might think "I can probably head back to the buffet for another round beforehand" to.

This is Academy Award Winning director Tom Hooper (for 'The King's Speech' though he also directed 'Les Miserables'), photographed though a gap small enough that camels looking at the eye of needles might think "I can probably head back to the buffet for another round beforehand" to.

Entertainer Jonathan Ross hosted the evening (his wife Jane Goldman, meanwhile, was most recently the screenwriter of 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle')

Entertainer Jonathan Ross hosted the evening (his wife Jane Goldman, meanwhile, was most recently the screenwriter of 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle')

"Wait... NOW you're telling me you preferred the scraggly hair and stubble??" It took me a while to recognise 'High-Rise' and 'Free Fire' director Ben Wheatley without his familiar stubble and non-flowing hair. Actually... I guess it's also possible that this is not Ben Wheatley.

"Wait... NOW you're telling me you preferred the scraggly hair and stubble??"

It took me a while to recognise 'High-Rise' and 'Free Fire' director Ben Wheatley without his familiar stubble and non-flowing hair. Actually... I guess it's also possible that this is not Ben Wheatley.

Person exiting car. This is relevant mainly insofar as it can not have gone unnoticed by the small swarm of autograph dealers in attenance that cars are not pulling up to the landing of the black carpet, but rather simply stopping the in the courtyard where the people being dispensed can easily be mobbed. And while there was Security at the event, they were not exactly Sun Tzu's Art Of War graduates where strategy was concerned.

Person exiting car. This is relevant mainly insofar as it can not have gone unnoticed by the small swarm of autograph dealers in attenance that cars are not pulling up to the landing of the black carpet, but rather simply stopping the in the courtyard where the people being dispensed can easily be mobbed. And while there was Security at the event, they were not exactly Sun Tzu's Art Of War graduates where strategy was concerned.

I don't know who this is. But with all the credibility almost a decade of covering London Fashion Week 'streetside' can give me, i will pronounce what she's wearing as.... a Dress..

I don't know who this is. But with all the credibility almost a decade of covering London Fashion Week 'streetside' can give me, i will pronounce what she's wearing as.... a Dress..

I believe based on context and sentence fragments picked up from various sources that this is 'Reggie Yates'. I don't know who that is, exactly, but imdb.com helpfully provides that he (if this is he) is best known for 'Reggie Yates in South Africa'. Thanks, internet.

I believe based on context and sentence fragments picked up from various sources that this is 'Reggie Yates'. I don't know who that is, exactly, but imdb.com helpfully provides that he (if this is he) is best known for 'Reggie Yates in South Africa'. Thanks, internet.

I don't know who this, is but if crocheted dresses need a spokesman I'm happy to photograph that spokesman if I'm not otherwise busy (but especially not this coming fortnight : London Film Festival is on!)

I don't know who this, is but if crocheted dresses need a spokesman I'm happy to photograph that spokesman if I'm not otherwise busy (but especially not this coming fortnight : London Film Festival is on!)

This is Romola Garai, who I have previously photographed many years ago at premieres for 'The Glorious 39' and 'One Day'.... ... I like the font they used for the word 'Luminous ' in the background....

This is Romola Garai, who I have previously photographed many years ago at premieres for 'The Glorious 39' and 'One Day'....
... I like the font they used for the word 'Luminous ' in the background....

This gentleman looks very familiar but I can't name him. Which makes me sad because he's almost given me eye-contact in this shot and I can't quite almost thank him.

This gentleman looks very familiar but I can't name him. Which makes me sad because he's almost given me eye-contact in this shot and I can't quite almost thank him.

"Master Wayne said I could use his invitation....?" - Jeremy Irons' portrayal of Alfred the Butler in last year's Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice was one of that movie's few bright bits of casting in a bludgeoning onslaught of relentless pointlessness. Plus he was the villain in The Lion King and Die Hard With A Vengeance, which is very cool.

"Master Wayne said I could use his invitation....?" - Jeremy Irons' portrayal of Alfred the Butler in last year's Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice was one of that movie's few bright bits of casting in a bludgeoning onslaught of relentless pointlessness. Plus he was the villain in The Lion King and Die Hard With A Vengeance, which is very cool.

"I guess wihth a movie like 'zero theorem' there's infinite upside for sequels, sure" Director Terry Gilliam went formal for this event, leaving behind his trademarked dishtowel cape in favour of not wearing a tie.

"I guess wihth a movie like 'zero theorem' there's infinite upside for sequels, sure" Director Terry Gilliam went formal for this event, leaving behind his trademarked dishtowel cape in favour of not wearing a tie.

It's Tilda Swinton! And carelessly, she's been dropped off about five metres from the impenetrable safety of a black carpet. I photographed her semi-poorly at a Baftas years ago and more recently through glass at ... whatever event the "Doctor Strange Not Premiere" last year was.

It's Tilda Swinton! And carelessly, she's been dropped off about five metres from the impenetrable safety of a black carpet. I photographed her semi-poorly at a Baftas years ago and more recently through glass at ... whatever event the "Doctor Strange Not Premiere" last year was.

Mobbed! To her credit, Tilda Swinton happily signed for the surrounding autograph dealers. Whether Terrified or merely Out-manoeuvered, she's classy.

Mobbed! To her credit, Tilda Swinton happily signed for the surrounding autograph dealers. Whether Terrified or merely Out-manoeuvered, she's classy.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons has made it to the Paparazzi cordon and surprisingly they've parted to allow me a rather good shot of him.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons has made it to the Paparazzi cordon and surprisingly they've parted to allow me a rather good shot of him.

A shining new era IS tip-toeing nearer. This is actually the same shot as the previous one, cropped closer, distracting background removed and converted to black'n'white with sharpening. It might be 11pm with another hour of editing to go (or so) and a 6am phone conference with Singapore tomorrow, but I feel it's worth it. For now. (ask me again tomorrow morning)

A shining new era IS tip-toeing nearer.

This is actually the same shot as the previous one, cropped closer, distracting background removed and converted to black'n'white with sharpening. It might be 11pm with another hour of editing to go (or so) and a 6am phone conference with Singapore tomorrow, but I feel it's worth it. For now. (ask me again tomorrow morning)

"Hey, man weren't you Magneto in..." "No" "Oh, in that case you were awesome as Gandalf in..." "NO" "... I should probably stop talking?" "Please yes" it's Sir Patrick Stewart!

"Hey, man weren't you Magneto in..."
"No"
"Oh, in that case you were awesome as Gandalf in..."
"NO"
"... I should probably stop talking?"
"Please yes"

it's Sir Patrick Stewart!

Meanwhile, as the fans cluster around me to get Locutus of Borg's autograph and even I wonder whether I should grab an elusive autograph, Tilda Swinton looks at me like "why do you keep watching DC movies when you hate them so much??". And I have no answer, excpet that technically I didn't hate Wonder Woman

Meanwhile, as the fans cluster around me to get Locutus of Borg's autograph and even I wonder whether I should grab an elusive autograph, Tilda Swinton looks at me like "why do you keep watching DC movies when you hate them so much??". And I have no answer, excpet that technically I didn't hate Wonder Woman

Very few people can pose with that kind of lean and still make you feel like they're taking you seriously. Stephen Fry is awesome (and hopefully permanently enshrined) as the host of the Baftas each year. Plus he was in V for Vendetta, as well.

Very few people can pose with that kind of lean and still make you feel like they're taking you seriously. Stephen Fry is awesome (and hopefully permanently enshrined) as the host of the Baftas each year. Plus he was in V for Vendetta, as well.

The lighting is erratic as dozens of paparazzi flashes rain down upon Sir Patrick Stewart : I'd like to think I'm the one getting eye-contact because I shoot without a flash and am not currently actively involved in causing him blindness.

The lighting is erratic as dozens of paparazzi flashes rain down upon Sir Patrick Stewart : I'd like to think I'm the one getting eye-contact because I shoot without a flash and am not currently actively involved in causing him blindness.

Thanks, Mr Stewart!

Thanks, Mr Stewart!

In addition to having an awesome name, actress Tuppence Middleton is also in the premiere Journal for 'Tormented' from back in 2009 that after all this time is still the most viewed journal I've ever posted..... AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY.

In addition to having an awesome name, actress Tuppence Middleton is also in the premiere Journal for 'Tormented' from back in 2009 that after all this time is still the most viewed journal I've ever posted..... AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY.

I last photographed Tuppence Middleton a few weeks ago at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. This staring contest appears to be a continuation of that.

I last photographed Tuppence Middleton a few weeks ago at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. This staring contest appears to be a continuation of that.

It's Joan Collins! She was also at 2015's BFI Luminous Gala (where I first photographed her), and this year's Television Baftas.

It's Joan Collins! She was also at 2015's BFI Luminous Gala (where I first photographed her), and this year's Television Baftas.

Tilda Swinton is being interviewed, and Joan Collins is surprisingly short.

Tilda Swinton is being interviewed, and Joan Collins is surprisingly short.

Thanks to the power of genetics, I never have to waste time doing this to my hair. Joanne Froggatt was most recently in the movie 'Starfish' - she was great in it, but I'm going to suggest carefully reading the movie synopsis before trying to decide whether her being great in it is enough to make you want to watch it.

Thanks to the power of genetics, I never have to waste time doing this to my hair.

Joanne Froggatt was most recently in the movie 'Starfish' - she was great in it, but I'm going to suggest carefully reading the movie synopsis before trying to decide whether her being great in it is enough to make you want to watch it.

"Well... Starfish is a story about love, but no it's probably not much of a date movie. But watch it anyway."

"Well... Starfish is a story about love, but no it's probably not much of a date movie. But watch it anyway."

"You should drink that vodka. I put a lot of work into it" Surprise Attendee : Australian director Baz Luhrman!! (I had photographed him at the premiere of the movie 'Australia' back in 2008, but this photo is certainly sharper even with the pornstache) (and I should track down my bottle of 'Bazmark' Absolut Oz).

"You should drink that vodka. I put a lot of work into it"

Surprise Attendee : Australian director Baz Luhrman!! (I had photographed him at the premiere of the movie 'Australia' back in 2008, but this photo is certainly sharper even with the pornstache) (and I should track down my bottle of 'Bazmark' Absolut Oz).

Baz Lurhman's directorial efforts include the clasic Australian movie 'Strictly Ballroom', the excellent Shakespearean adaptiona 'Romeo + Juliet', the fantastic 'Moulin Rouge', and the aforementioned 'if you liked the first two hour movie, here's an extra hour of a different movie we added to the end of' 'Australia'

Baz Lurhman's directorial efforts include the clasic Australian movie 'Strictly Ballroom', the excellent Shakespearean adaptiona 'Romeo + Juliet', the fantastic 'Moulin Rouge', and the aforementioned 'if you liked the first two hour movie, here's an extra hour of a different movie we added to the end of' 'Australia'

Hey, it's <checks> Michelle Dockery! She's in <checks> fifty two episodes of Downton Abbey!

Hey, it's <checks> Michelle Dockery! She's in <checks> fifty two episodes of Downton Abbey!

One day, it is my dream to be able to look a woman directly into the eyes, and without ever looking down, compliment her on the cuffs of her dress. I'm not saying it's a particularly fervent dream, but it's a dream nonetheless.

One day, it is my dream to be able to look a woman directly into the eyes, and without ever looking down, compliment her on the cuffs of her dress. I'm not saying it's a particularly fervent dream, but it's a dream nonetheless.

Oh, the joys of candidly photographing a supermodel in motion only to have some dude's head poke out the side of her head in the background behind her.

Oh, the joys of candidly photographing a supermodel in motion only to have some dude's head poke out the side of her head in the background behind her.

Erion O'Connor and I appear to have made up, albeit uneasily.

Erion O'Connor and I appear to have made up, albeit uneasily.

"Bruce Wayne said I could ... uh... use his invite?" And finally, when the former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson shows up, it's probably time to go home.

"Bruce Wayne said I could ... uh... use his invite?"
And finally, when the former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson shows up, it's probably time to go home.

so... that was an event. quite an enjoyable one, too - especially after the halfway mark, prior to which it had seemed almost nobody was turning up to this event, or if they were that they'd be simply shepherded into the venue via a side entrance or subterranean passage way or smuggled inside packing cates or something.

And of course it's another entry for The Archive Of Movie Premieres, in advance of a fortnight where I risk losing as many twitter followers as I gain when I put an update every day for the premieres of a two-week long film festival.

If you want to be a part of that (I promise to be more drunk and even more tired for those journals!) - feel free to follow me on twitter at berndt2_photo, or on facebook at premieresdotco.

Until next time!