February 25th, 2010.
After THE BAFTAs on Sunday, there was still one more BIG premiere to look forward to: the World Premiere for ‘Alice in Wonderland’, directed by Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp expected AND Royalty expected AND rain expected AND crowds expected AND the pressure of it being more or less my last big hurrah in Leicester Square, this was always going to be a tough ask.
In the end, it wasn’t the best of times… but I suppose I’ve had several worse. Fans of Johnny Depp and Fine Photography might need to seek consolation elsewhere, as the two do not really meet in this journal. There are two shots, though, that I'm calling 'recognisable'...
But here’s how it went down:
Several hours later, and we begin, with me about six rows back on a stool (since banned) that can clear heads and handheld cameras but not umbrellas.... the premiere begins..
By this time, feeling both wet and despondent, I decided I didn't feel like staying for Prince Charles, so I headed off, but in shifting locations I missed some other stars (d'oh!) and had no way to recover.
I’ll sign off with ‘until next time’ because there’s still theoretically one more premiere I could go to next week before I leave London- a small one with no major stars that I've heard know of. (But I’ll let you know how I go photographing the Picton Rodeo in January 2011, the first big event I’m pencilling in to cover once I’m back in Australia...)
It goes to the top of "The Archive of Movie Premieres"
And, until (one perhaps last) next time!