17 Jun - Brüno premiere

June 17th, 2009.

Two days after the juggernaut that was the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Premiere, I had another one to consider going to. The complication : I was outside of London all day on a team building day which involved wandering around a forest and (in my instance) getting lost with our group on the way from the carpark to the camping ground before the event had even started, and then carrying a hollowed-out log for several kilometres through bushland.

And yet.... this premiere was a bit closer to my heart, as I am actually Austrian and as such, in theory a movie about a Gay Austrian Fashion Icon means I can possibly relate to 1/3 of it on a personal level (.... possibly even more if my enviable collection of T-Shirts qualifies me as a Fashion Icon as well as Austrian). In the end, I didn't get there on time, but I did manage to capture some of the action:

I arrived a little late so I missed Bruno's arrival and some of his poses on a raised plinth, but I think I captured the basic gist of the film, which is Sacha Baron Cohen wearing ludicrously bizzare clothing and confusing the hell out of conservative Americans.

I arrived a little late so I missed Bruno's arrival and some of his poses on a raised plinth, but I think I captured the basic gist of the film, which is Sacha Baron Cohen wearing ludicrously bizzare clothing and confusing the hell out of conservative Americans.

The master is back. I saw Yellow Cap Guy at Transformers II but he didn't look himself - by which I mean yes he had a yellow cap on, but otherwise he seemed especially disoriented and confused about where he was. Which isn't funny, so I'm glad he's back in top form

The master is back. I saw Yellow Cap Guy at Transformers II but he didn't look himself - by which I mean yes he had a yellow cap on, but otherwise he seemed especially disoriented and confused about where he was. Which isn't funny, so I'm glad he's back in top form

'Blau Stahl' und Funkizeit mit Sacha Baron Cohen. According to some people I spoke to, Cohen is very shy and for this reason he stays in character for his premieres - that way he has a role to play rather than be himself. In terms of evidence, he was certainly signing autographs 'Bruno' not 'Sacha'

'Blau Stahl' und Funkizeit mit Sacha Baron Cohen. According to some people I spoke to, Cohen is very shy and for this reason he stays in character for his premieres - that way he has a role to play rather than be himself. In terms of evidence, he was certainly signing autographs 'Bruno' not 'Sacha'

"Sure, I swapped an iPod for a baby. But it was one of those cute shuffle ones so I think the mother might actually have gotten the better deal out of it" (I'm referencing the movie's trailer)

"Sure, I swapped an iPod for a baby. But it was one of those cute shuffle ones so I think the mother might actually have gotten the better deal out of it" (I'm referencing the movie's trailer)

"I can zee zat you are bald. How do you stand to go out in public looking like that, may I ask?"

"I can zee zat you are bald. How do you stand to go out in public looking like that, may I ask?"

Whether Sacha Baron Cohen's girlfriend, actress Isla Fisher was there in her capacity as friend of Bruno or her own celebrity status is unclear. But she was there.

Whether Sacha Baron Cohen's girlfriend, actress Isla Fisher was there in her capacity as friend of Bruno or her own celebrity status is unclear. But she was there.

"Sigh. I don't suppose Sacha will ever take on a regular role some day". Maybe convince him to write an autobiography and cast himself as .... himself?

"Sigh. I don't suppose Sacha will ever take on a regular role some day". Maybe convince him to write an autobiography and cast himself as .... himself?

It's a guy. And his chin. Either he or it may be famous because the nearby hysterical teen fans were unaccountably excited to see him... or it.

It's a guy. And his chin. Either he or it may be famous because the nearby hysterical teen fans were unaccountably excited to see him... or it.

"You appear to be having dandruff. Ve have clinics for zat in Austria - we will kill you humanely, you will not suffer in the process"

"You appear to be having dandruff. Ve have clinics for zat in Austria - we will kill you humanely, you will not suffer in the process"

I know this celeb : she's Sophie Ellis-Baxter, who appears to have parlayed a successful singing career into free movie tickets on premiere nights. I'm still waiting for this blog to allow me similar perks, but I keep insulting directors Zack Snyder and Michael Bay, and screenwriters David S Goyer, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurzman. And those are just off the top of my head... (still... I hasten to add that I can totally be bought, For the right price)

I know this celeb : she's Sophie Ellis-Baxter, who appears to have parlayed a successful singing career into free movie tickets on premiere nights. I'm still waiting for this blog to allow me similar perks, but I keep insulting directors Zack Snyder and Michael Bay, and screenwriters David S Goyer, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurzman. And those are just off the top of my head... (still... I hasten to add that I can totally be bought, For the right price)

It's one of the Geldof sisters. Peaches or Avocado or Jetski or something. I'm not sure which one. (Comment written in 2009, people.... I'm keeping it in the state it was at the time)

It's one of the Geldof sisters. Peaches or Avocado or Jetski or something. I'm not sure which one. (Comment written in 2009, people.... I'm keeping it in the state it was at the time)

Can I be a bit naively honest here and ask not just why Pixie and The-One-Named-After-A-Fruit Geldof are famous, but... why is their father so famous? Was it just for that one song about feeding the world back in the 1980s or was it something more? (Screw it... if I'm not getting free movie tickets, I don't want free concert tickets either...)

Can I be a bit naively honest here and ask not just why Pixie and The-One-Named-After-A-Fruit Geldof are famous, but... why is their father so famous? Was it just for that one song about feeding the world back in the 1980s or was it something more? (Screw it... if I'm not getting free movie tickets, I don't want free concert tickets either...)

Meanwhile here's a dude walking around in a a skimpy costume and fake sceptre. Just so we remember that we're having fun and being antiestablishment.

Meanwhile here's a dude walking around in a a skimpy costume and fake sceptre. Just so we remember that we're having fun and being antiestablishment.

"You there - I am making fun of your national costume : I will let you retaliate by telling me what you think of Austrian Singing Sensation DJ Oetzi. Okay - go!"

"You there - I am making fun of your national costume : I will let you retaliate by telling me what you think of Austrian Singing Sensation DJ Oetzi. Okay - go!"

"And so I told him that with a dress like this and two umbrellas there's no way we won't be considered celebs at this thing"

"And so I told him that with a dress like this and two umbrellas there's no way we won't be considered celebs at this thing"

Randomly, celebrity / TV chef Nigella Lawson shows up, not to defend the English national costume... and surely not to eat something as mundane as concession-stand popcorn with fake butter flavouring??

Randomly, celebrity / TV chef Nigella Lawson shows up, not to defend the English national costume... and surely not to eat something as mundane as concession-stand popcorn with fake butter flavouring??

Despite being a little cluttered, I kind of like the different elements of this shot - Bruno poster in the background, Bruno in the weird palace guard costume, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the foreground. It is ... how you say it... Sehr kool..

Despite being a little cluttered, I kind of like the different elements of this shot - Bruno poster in the background, Bruno in the weird palace guard costume, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the foreground. It is ... how you say it... Sehr kool..

Finally, since I'm somewhat Austrian, I am aware that the Austrian capital Vienna is pronounced 'Wien' . But do I need to be the person to make a 'Wiener' joke, or can I rest safe in the knowledge that Bruno will cover that in the movie? (... I'm fairly sure it's taken care of.)  

Finally, since I'm somewhat Austrian, I am aware that the Austrian capital Vienna is pronounced 'Wien' . But do I need to be the person to make a 'Wiener' joke, or can I rest safe in the knowledge that Bruno will cover that in the movie? (... I'm fairly sure it's taken care of.)
 

Well... it was a quick one and a late one, but arguably a good one. I'm looking forward to the movie. (Edited to add, subsequently : I am amazed and ashamed at this movie. Just about everything that was brilliantly right about Borat was made aggressively unfunny in this one. A pity).

Still, it joins the "Archive of Premieres"... and as an event in its own right it retains some merit. I mean.... I used the word "Blau Stahl" in a premiere journal and that doesn't happen every day.

Until next time!

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