22 Oct - Dead Man Running premiere

October 22nd, 2009.

Today was a rare evening indeed : not one but *TWO* premieres in Leicester Square! They were in two separate cinemas, and timed two hours apart. I was pretty sure I'd miss the first one and was happy to just see the second.

However, when I wandered down after work I found the first one just getting started. The only downside - it's a cinema that's not really geared up for premieres where 'normos' (like me) can easily see what's going on if they arrive even slightly late. And I'd arrived late. Worse still, it was mostly attended by rap and r'n'b stars and footballers, so it was more crowded than usual. And it was dark. And another thing… we'll get to that. But first...

Yellow Cap Guy in the hizzle. (Fo' shizzle)

Yellow Cap Guy in the hizzle. (Fo' shizzle)

Movie poster. All I'm seeing is wordplay on the pre-existing film 'Dead Man Walking' in a non-sequel context so I'm yet to be impressed, but that's partly because I haven't photographed any celebs yet ... other than Yellow Cap Guy

Movie poster. All I'm seeing is wordplay on the pre-existing film 'Dead Man Walking' in a non-sequel context so I'm yet to be impressed, but that's partly because I haven't photographed any celebs yet ... other than Yellow Cap Guy

If this the director (at far left), then surely he should be wearing more gold chains than this? It feels like I'm at a distance of about 10km from the action here....

If this the director (at far left), then surely he should be wearing more gold chains than this? It feels like I'm at a distance of about 10km from the action here....

The guy on the right is Rio Ferdinand, or so I'm told (What I was not told is who he is or why he's important). Somebody said something about Football… about him being a former captain…  of England. So... does that means either he's not The Rock, ... because I'd prefer it if he was The Rock.

The guy on the right is Rio Ferdinand, or so I'm told (What I was not told is who he is or why he's important). Somebody said something about Football… about him being a former captain…  of England. So... does that means either he's not The Rock, ... because I'd prefer it if he was The Rock.

Well, at least here's somebody relatively pretty to photograph! My initial attempted ID was 'Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica and her chamaeleon dress', but I've now found out she's Monet Mazur. Next thing to do : find out who Monet Mazur is!

Well, at least here's somebody relatively pretty to photograph! My initial attempted ID was 'Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica and her chamaeleon dress', but I've now found out she's Monet Mazur. Next thing to do : find out who Monet Mazur is!

Monet Mazur. OMG she was in the movie 'Torque', possibly one of the most ludicrous films ever made. Hilarious, sure. But also very, very, VERY bad. (Fortunately I'm a forgiving kind of person.)

Monet Mazur. OMG she was in the movie 'Torque', possibly one of the most ludicrous films ever made. Hilarious, sure. But also very, very, VERY bad. (Fortunately I'm a forgiving kind of person.)

If I could have better-exposed just ONE photo I took at this premiere, it would be this one. Monet Mazur is looking very 'leading lady-esque' being led to the double wall o'paps.

If I could have better-exposed just ONE photo I took at this premiere, it would be this one. Monet Mazur is looking very 'leading lady-esque' being led to the double wall o'paps.

I really want these people to be Drug Gangstas. Even if I'm not sure what Drug Gangstas are, exactly.

I really want these people to be Drug Gangstas. Even if I'm not sure what Drug Gangstas are, exactly.

Okay, one more shot of Monet Mazur. The man she's with is Alex de Rakoff. I'm not sure who he is, but I'm hoping he's the director and theirs is just a short-term, on-set thing. (I've now checked imdb and yes, he's the director. And she and he have a child together. Alrightey then!)

Okay, one more shot of Monet Mazur. The man she's with is Alex de Rakoff. I'm not sure who he is, but I'm hoping he's the director and theirs is just a short-term, on-set thing. (I've now checked imdb and yes, he's the director. And she and he have a child together. Alrightey then!)

Yes, I would like to join your bikie gang / rap ensemble / florist franchise (I don't like to prejudge who these people are)

Yes, I would like to join your bikie gang / rap ensemble / florist franchise
(I don't like to prejudge who these people are)

… all I needed was one person's flash to go off and this would have been pretty much perfectly exposed and a high-and-blind-shot would actually have paid off for once. But it didn't. And it isn't. Here, "50 Cent" (aka Curtis Jackson) shows up in the world's biggest F**KOFF WHITE-coloured Rolls Royce.

… all I needed was one person's flash to go off and this would have been pretty much perfectly exposed and a high-and-blind-shot would actually have paid off for once. But it didn't. And it isn't. Here, "50 Cent" (aka Curtis Jackson) shows up in the world's biggest F**KOFF WHITE-coloured Rolls Royce.

If I was just 40cm higher this would be a pretty cool shot - Actor 50 Cent, A white Rolls Royce, and two rows of parallel paparazzi primed to unleash hell. But that 40cm was denied to me by (a) my genetic heritage and (b) some clown whose yellow reflective jacket made him the ultimate arbiter of what 'safe' was

If I was just 40cm higher this would be a pretty cool shot - Actor 50 Cent, A white Rolls Royce, and two rows of parallel paparazzi primed to unleash hell. But that 40cm was denied to me by (a) my genetic heritage and (b) some clown whose yellow reflective jacket made him the ultimate arbiter of what 'safe' was

He's Ashley Cole, successful soccer player. (Oh, wait. I'm in England) *He's Ashley Cole, successful Football player.* Apparently Rio Ferdinand (the guy further up in the photos) is a financier/producer of the film.

He's Ashley Cole, successful soccer player. (Oh, wait. I'm in England) *He's Ashley Cole, successful Football player.* Apparently Rio Ferdinand (the guy further up in the photos) is a financier/producer of the film.

This photo has about three potentially cool elements to it, and in this resized form, none of these are evident! Jeff Stewart is the old dude with the beard and tie-dye shirt and hat

This photo has about three potentially cool elements to it, and in this resized form, none of these are evident! Jeff Stewart is the old dude with the beard and tie-dye shirt and hat

So… that's that. I'll be frank. My position was crap, The Man decided I was not allowed to improve it in any way, it was dark and distant and the Pentax K10D's autofocus was throwing some kind of hissyfit for some reason, possibly related to me spending a bit too much time looking at Monet Mazur. Deal with it, baby.

And then, a little before it ended, I wandered across the square and joined the 'queue' for the next premiere, due to start in about an hour and a half.

Until... (checks watch) Then!

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