29 Jun - The 'Public Enemies' premiere

June 29th, 2009.

Hello, and as a public service announcement, I just want to mention that this is a premiere for a Michael Mann film, so please remember make sure you've gone to the toilet and have eaten beforehand. Because if it's anything like his movies, you'll be there for a while....

Sit-Rep from the venue? Channing Tatum: possibly too busy to attend. Christian Bale : probably headbutting the sound guy on another film currently in production. Other people in the production : I have no idea who they are, and they aren't coming. Bottom line : just two of stars are set to turn up. As for directorMichael Mann? ..he's probably been here since last week doing interviews just to make sure there's enough time for everyone.

Sit-Rep from the venue? Channing Tatum: possibly too busy to attend. Christian Bale : probably headbutting the sound guy on another film currently in production. Other people in the production : I have no idea who they are, and they aren't coming. Bottom line : just two of stars are set to turn up. As for directorMichael Mann? ..he's probably been here since last week doing interviews just to make sure there's enough time for everyone.

I didn't see Yellow Cap Guy at this premiere, but I did see Tricorner Twitchy Hat Guy. He also had a digital camera, which seemed a historically tenuous accessory.

I didn't see Yellow Cap Guy at this premiere, but I did see Tricorner Twitchy Hat Guy. He also had a digital camera, which seemed a historically tenuous accessory.

It's Johnny Depp!! So let the screaming of tens of thousands of women commence!! (I packed my iPod especially)

It's Johnny Depp!! So let the screaming of tens of thousands of women commence!! (I packed my iPod especially)

Johnny Depp arrived well before everyone else, went straight for the Paps and interviewers and after he was finished he made time for a long session of winding around the large crowd before the other stars had even arrived. Nicely played, sir!

Johnny Depp arrived well before everyone else, went straight for the Paps and interviewers and after he was finished he made time for a long session of winding around the large crowd before the other stars had even arrived. Nicely played, sir!

Usually, I'd be upset at a fan getting their hand (poster, poster goard, journal, mobile phone.... live human child, grand piano) between my camera and the person I'm trying to photograph, but this turned out kind of nice, I feel. (It's the guys who waved dodgey sheets of A4 paper at Marion Cotillard who were most irritating. No, she's not going to sign your maths textbook, clown!)

Usually, I'd be upset at a fan getting their hand (poster, poster goard, journal, mobile phone.... live human child, grand piano) between my camera and the person I'm trying to photograph, but this turned out kind of nice, I feel. (It's the guys who waved dodgey sheets of A4 paper at Marion Cotillard who were most irritating. No, she's not going to sign your maths textbook, clown!)

"Yes, but why is the RUM gone??" It's not easy being Johnny Depp. And I have to say, that security / bouncer dude in front of him was particularly intense at this premiere. Maybe he knew something MI-6 didn't...

"Yes, but why is the RUM gone??" It's not easy being Johnny Depp. And I have to say, that security / bouncer dude in front of him was particularly intense at this premiere. Maybe he knew something MI-6 didn't...

Possibly my favourite shot of the premiere. I call it "Prankster". Johnny Depp briefly makes light of his overly serious bodyguard's size and intense focus. He's probably protecting Johnny Depp AND democracy at the same time, Depp. Look at that focus!

Possibly my favourite shot of the premiere. I call it "Prankster". Johnny Depp briefly makes light of his overly serious bodyguard's size and intense focus. He's probably protecting Johnny Depp AND democracy at the same time, Depp. Look at that focus!

Johnny Depp manages a quick wave while his bodyguard lasers some poor fan into submission with an iron glare, perhaps

Johnny Depp manages a quick wave while his bodyguard lasers some poor fan into submission with an iron glare, perhaps

"I'm sorry guys, but I can't sign for you. But you'll always remember this as the day you ALMOST got captain Jack Sparrow's autograph" Tough break, but to his credit Depp took his entourage to the furthest reaches of this premiere. He seems less twitchy in real life, too. (I'm both relieved and mildly disappointed by this)


"I'm sorry guys, but I can't sign for you. But you'll always remember this as the day you ALMOST got captain Jack Sparrow's autograph" Tough break, but to his credit Depp took his entourage to the furthest reaches of this premiere. He seems less twitchy in real life, too. (I'm both relieved and mildly disappointed by this)

Excellently, I've found an equally impressive non-Johnny Depp attendee to photograph (your view may vary on this). And firstly - Marion Cotillard's dress? Seemed unstable. Or still under construction. Certainly Intriguing.

Excellently, I've found an equally impressive non-Johnny Depp attendee to photograph (your view may vary on this). And firstly - Marion Cotillard's dress? Seemed unstable. Or still under construction. Certainly Intriguing.

Marion Cotillard is a French actress who won a best Actress Academy Award in 2008 for 'La Vie En Rose'. That's some street-cred right there, for sure. But I'm not so shallow that I'm impressed by awards and fame. No, really, I think she's very pretty, too!

Marion Cotillard is a French actress who won a best Actress Academy Award in 2008 for 'La Vie En Rose'. That's some street-cred right there, for sure. But I'm not so shallow that I'm impressed by awards and fame. No, really, I think she's very pretty, too!

Michael Mann's interview enters it's sixth hour, and so far he's only answered the question "Hey, how are you going, Mr Mann?". The basis for this joke : his films are among the longest ones out there, runtime wise. Three or four hours is the standard length. And invariably, afterwards he releases a directors cut with an additional two hours of film. Oh joy!!

Michael Mann's interview enters it's sixth hour, and so far he's only answered the question "Hey, how are you going, Mr Mann?". The basis for this joke : his films are among the longest ones out there, runtime wise. Three or four hours is the standard length. And invariably, afterwards he releases a directors cut with an additional two hours of film. Oh joy!!

Those screams you're hearing when Johnn Depp isn't around may well be for this kid. I've already forgotten his name, but apparently he was in Sweeny Todd with Depp, will be appearing in the latest film of the Twilight series, and has a role in the next Harry Potter films. But the hair... the hair!! He's clearly the young Ricardo Montalban of hair. (edited to add : Jamie Campbell-Bower)

Those screams you're hearing when Johnn Depp isn't around may well be for this kid. I've already forgotten his name, but apparently he was in Sweeny Todd with Depp, will be appearing in the latest film of the Twilight series, and has a role in the next Harry Potter films. But the hair... the hair!! He's clearly the young Ricardo Montalban of hair. (edited to add : Jamie Campbell-Bower)

Meanwhile, the interview with Michael Mann continues unabated in the background. I hope the guy remembered to go to the toilet beforhand... that was my mistake with 'Heat' and 'Ali' but I did remember it for 'Miami Vice'. Never assume an interaction with Michael Mann will be a brief one. That's the secret.

Meanwhile, the interview with Michael Mann continues unabated in the background. I hope the guy remembered to go to the toilet beforhand... that was my mistake with 'Heat' and 'Ali' but I did remember it for 'Miami Vice'. Never assume an interaction with Michael Mann will be a brief one. That's the secret.

I'm not used to being looked at like I'm a piece of meat - but even beyond that, this is plain zombie-like! I'm not sure who she is, but she scares me a little.

I'm not used to being looked at like I'm a piece of meat - but even beyond that, this is plain zombie-like! I'm not sure who she is, but she scares me a little.

"We talked for nine hours. I think he should be able to add that down to a useful six or seven"

"We talked for nine hours. I think he should be able to add that down to a useful six or seven"

"What do you mean my entry into the Sydney Short Film Festival was disqualified because it was too long? It has no dialogue and I capped it at 85 minutes!!" The struggle of being Michael Mann in an instant gratification world is surely acute.

"What do you mean my entry into the Sydney Short Film Festival was disqualified because it was too long? It has no dialogue and I capped it at 85 minutes!!" The struggle of being Michael Mann in an instant gratification world is surely acute.

Meanwhile, elsewhere : "So what was it like working with Mr Mann? And how old where you when filming started?". It's a valid question.

Meanwhile, elsewhere : "So what was it like working with Mr Mann? And how old where you when filming started?". It's a valid question.

And THAT, people, is why you want to be a famous film director.

And THAT, people, is why you want to be a famous film director.

So, once again... Marion Cotillard and Michael Mann, the only guy whose mother can complain she was in labour for two days to bring him into the world, and he'll respond by saying he can edit that into a movie that takes four days to watch.

So, once again... Marion Cotillard and Michael Mann, the only guy whose mother can complain she was in labour for two days to bring him into the world, and he'll respond by saying he can edit that into a movie that takes four days to watch.

As for Johnny Depp, I suspect his bodyguard felt he was too much of a threat to Johnny Depp or something and was removed from the premises...

Overall, It was a fun premiere, the crowds were big but well behaved by my estimation (By Johnny Depp's security's estimation it probably represented a risk equivalent to Mogadishu and Baghdad). And I got a couple of shots. It's all I can ask for.

Until next time, when all I'm really fearing is the Harry Potter premiere - that's next week. And I'll be holding no hope of photos because I won't be taking time off and camping overnight to get a good spot.... no, sir!

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