24 Nov - 'The Lovely Bones' Premiere

November 24th, 2009.

It was short(ish) notice, but I found out about the World Premiere / Royal Screening for a new Peter ("Lord of the Rings") Jackson film one day before it happened. And since I'd some luck at the Last Royal Screening I attended (what with Queen Elizabeth II going to it) I decided I'd try again.

Here's how it went down:

"Tom, I’m standing here on the red carpet, Yellow Cap Guy is further up ahead, and that crazy extensible boom mike idea you had appears to be working. Good times, as long as it doesn't rain"

"Tom, I’m standing here on the red carpet, Yellow Cap Guy is further up ahead, and that crazy extensible boom mike idea you had appears to be working. Good times, as long as it doesn't rain"

Thanks a truckload, Tom (time to test how weatherproof my camera is). This photo is of Actress Carolyn Dando, who managed to leverage a role in the production  "Fatal Contact (Bird Flu in America)" into a role in a Peter Jackson film. Wow...

Thanks a truckload, Tom (time to test how weatherproof my camera is). This photo is of Actress Carolyn Dando, who managed to leverage a role in the production  "Fatal Contact (Bird Flu in America)" into a role in a Peter Jackson film. Wow...

A guy with an umbrella, whose name is Michael Imperioli who was in "The Sopranos" and a heap of films, none of which I recognise him from. Hey, I take photos... I don't have time to actually WATCH stuff!

A guy with an umbrella, whose name is Michael Imperioli who was in "The Sopranos" and a heap of films, none of which I recognise him from. Hey, I take photos... I don't have time to actually WATCH stuff!

"Oh, Come on Richard, you know very well that the first Lord of the Rings film was the best." True, in my opinion. The Academy went kind of crazy-nuts and gave the third in the trilogy every award but 'Best R'n'B release' at the Oscars. I'm saying that now because Peter Jackson hasn't arrived, yet.

"Oh, Come on Richard, you know very well that the first Lord of the Rings film was the best." True, in my opinion. The Academy went kind of crazy-nuts and gave the third in the trilogy every award but 'Best R'n'B release' at the Oscars. I'm saying that now because Peter Jackson hasn't arrived, yet.

And here he is : Director Peter Jackson, looking very dapper in a tux, and sporting an even thinner look than he had on the King Kong directors commentary back in 2005 (I mention it because ‘the list’ of celebs had him looking a lot chubbier. I hope he was recognised!)

And here he is : Director Peter Jackson, looking very dapper in a tux, and sporting an even thinner look than he had on the King Kong directors commentary back in 2005 (I mention it because ‘the list’ of celebs had him looking a lot chubbier. I hope he was recognised!)

”You really want me to write ”For Frodo”?. Oh, like I haven’t signed that before” . Mr Jackson didn’t have a whole heap of time to sign autographs in our area, and I was unsuccessful in obtaining a signature that would have gone nicely with my Gollum + Aragorn. Never mind… he joins Quentin Tarantino and The Fonz, both of whom have snubbed me in the past!

”You really want me to write ”For Frodo”?. Oh, like I haven’t signed that before” . Mr Jackson didn’t have a whole heap of time to sign autographs in our area, and I was unsuccessful in obtaining a signature that would have gone nicely with my Gollum + Aragorn. Never mind… he joins Quentin Tarantino and The Fonz, both of whom have snubbed me in the past!

Actress Susan Sarandon is HOW old? Damn.. that’s pretty impresive

Actress Susan Sarandon is HOW old? Damn.. that’s pretty impresive

Academy Award <TM> winning actress Susan Sarandon says ”I’m HOW old?? Damn… that’s pretty impressive”

Academy Award <TM> winning actress Susan Sarandon says ”I’m HOW old?? Damn… that’s pretty impressive”

Director Peter Jackson and Actress Saoirse Ronan admire the rain and the heavy camera machinery pointed at them

Director Peter Jackson and Actress Saoirse Ronan admire the rain and the heavy camera machinery pointed at them

It’s a busy photo, but there are some interesting expressions in it. My position was good, except Peter Jackson doesn't really present much more than a profile aspect when interviewed. And there was rain. And people moving back and forth. And stuff. (Now that I have your sympathy and empathy...)

It’s a busy photo, but there are some interesting expressions in it. My position was good, except Peter Jackson doesn't really present much more than a profile aspect when interviewed. And there was rain. And people moving back and forth. And stuff. (Now that I have your sympathy and empathy...)

Peter Jackson. He started out with movies like ‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Meet the Feebles’, then somehow leveraged that into a middlingly unsuccessful movie called ‘The Frighteners’ starring Michael J Fox, and then somehow leveraged that into directing THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY. Now THAT’S how you use leverage!

Peter Jackson. He started out with movies like ‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Meet the Feebles’, then somehow leveraged that into a middlingly unsuccessful movie called ‘The Frighteners’ starring Michael J Fox, and then somehow leveraged that into directing THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY. Now THAT’S how you use leverage!

PJ: The detail in the water droplets is fantastic! Is that CGI?? Interviewer: I think that’s just ordinary rain PJ: Oh Peter Jackson also founded Weta Digital, a world-class effects house based in New Zealand. I was once on holiday in New Zealand where I had dinner with a girl who worked for Weta Digital and apparently it's hard but fun work.

PJ: The detail in the water droplets is fantastic! Is that CGI??
Interviewer: I think that’s just ordinary rain
PJ: Oh

Peter Jackson also founded Weta Digital, a world-class effects house based in New Zealand. I was once on holiday in New Zealand where I had dinner with a girl who worked for Weta Digital and apparently it's hard but fun work.

Actor Reese Ritchie (foreground) managed to leverage a role in the widely panned ’10,000 BC’ into a role in a Peter Jackson film. More great leverage.

Actor Reese Ritchie (foreground) managed to leverage a role in the widely panned ’10,000 BC’ into a role in a Peter Jackson film. More great leverage.

Saoirse Ronan is fifteen. Time for… curfew? No, in fact Saoirse Ronan kept her promise and returned to sign autographs after finishing her interviews further up the chain of media cameras. Very commendable indeed.

Saoirse Ronan is fifteen. Time for… curfew? No, in fact Saoirse Ronan kept her promise and returned to sign autographs after finishing her interviews further up the chain of media cameras. Very commendable indeed.

Dude, let it go. She obviously doesn’t owe you five dollars (she owes me five dollars)

Dude, let it go. She obviously doesn’t owe you five dollars (she owes me five dollars)

Comedian, Author, Podcaster and famous twitter-er Stephen Fry.

Comedian, Author, Podcaster and famous twitter-er Stephen Fry.

With the Main Body of attendees covered, I decided to switch positions to get a chance at better photos of The Final Attendees. About a year ago, I photographed Queen Elizabeth II at a premiere.... this time it was somebody else from the Royal Family.

 

It's a car. It's impressive. It has a police entourage. (I travel by tube and wear a dark beanie.. that's how you travel incognito)

It's a car. It's impressive. It has a police entourage. (I travel by tube and wear a dark beanie.. that's how you travel incognito)

That Bentley has some clean windows alright... This is Camilla.... and... I actually don't know her last name...

That Bentley has some clean windows alright... This is Camilla.... and... I actually don't know her last name...

With The Queen last year, I was shooting long distance, but at least unobstructed. Here, it wasn’t just a crowd in front of me, but Paps on step-ladders in from of THEM and security and red-carpet revellers in front of THEM. Still… here’s HRH Prince Charles. (Just barely!)

With The Queen last year, I was shooting long distance, but at least unobstructed. Here, it wasn’t just a crowd in front of me, but Paps on step-ladders in from of THEM and security and red-carpet revellers in front of THEM. Still… here’s HRH Prince Charles. (Just barely!)

I... just can't compete with that kind of firepower.

I... just can't compete with that kind of firepower.

So.. that's another one for "The Archive of Movie Premieres", which is starting to bulge with over FIFTY movie premieres, and which is incidentally sufficient to provide photos for its own Calendar

Until next time!

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