Steven Knight

18 Oct 2013 - The BFI LFF 'Locke' Premiere

October 18th, 2013.

So, no kidding, I got off a red-eye flight from Boston and after a 3 hour ninety-minutes-longer-than-planned afternoon nap, I headed out for London Film Festival. I was there for the premiere of "12 Years A Slave" but that didn't mean I didn't also go to "Drinking Buddies" with Anna Kendrick attending. And though I was tired, and hungry, and it was late, and tiny violins were playing everywhere for my suffering and plight, I decided that I'd stay just a little bit longer for one last premiere for the day.

Here's how that went down.

True confession : this was the second premiere today that I was approached by a passerby and asked what movie this was a premiere for, and I had to admit I didn't know, and they looked at me like I was a crazy person.

True confession : this was the second premiere today that I was approached by a passerby and asked what movie this was a premiere for, and I had to admit I didn't know, and they looked at me like I was a crazy person.

In my defense, the posterboards (and giant banner on the Odeon West End) were generically labelled "BFI London Film Festival", so there's every chance most of the people attending (including photographers, interviewers, and fans of Tom Hardy) didn't know what movie this was. It's a weird life. And I'm still jetlagged.

In my defense, the posterboards (and giant banner on the Odeon West End) were generically labelled "BFI London Film Festival", so there's every chance most of the people attending (including photographers, interviewers, and fans of Tom Hardy) didn't know what movie this was. It's a weird life. And I'm still jetlagged.

Actress Ruth Wilson was only a brief attendee at the premiere (or maybe I just arrived a bit late). She's in this film, and was also in  "The Lone Ranger"  (which I recently watched. It was awful) and Anna Karenina (whose premiere I eschewed in favour of last year's "GQ Awards"

Actress Ruth Wilson was only a brief attendee at the premiere (or maybe I just arrived a bit late). She's in this film, and was also in "The Lone Ranger" (which I recently watched. It was awful) and Anna Karenina (whose premiere I eschewed in favour of last year's "GQ Awards"

Charlotte Riley isn't in this movie, but she is standing in front of my camera. That's usually enough to qualify.

Charlotte Riley isn't in this movie, but she is standing in front of my camera. That's usually enough to qualify.

"Sign me! Sign my boyfriend! Sign that building over there"  Blood is in the water, and the fans are smelling it.

"Sign me! Sign my boyfriend! Sign that building over there" Blood is in the water, and the fans are smelling it.

Andrew Scott is in this film, was also in Saving Private Ryan, and has won a TV BAFTA award for Sherlock. He's just letting that sink in while the cameras are pointed at him.  (Note : I didn't start watching 'Sherlock' til 2014 which is when I'm uploading this here. I'd be a hell of a lot more excited to have photographed him, that's for sure!)

Andrew Scott is in this film, was also in Saving Private Ryan, and has won a TV BAFTA award for Sherlock. He's just letting that sink in while the cameras are pointed at him.

(Note : I didn't start watching 'Sherlock' til 2014 which is when I'm uploading this here. I'd be a hell of a lot more excited to have photographed him, that's for sure!)

As a society, I believe we need to start ostracising if not publicly shaming people who think it's okay to hold up hardcover book-sized items on the justification of 'it has a camera attached'. Yeah, so does the rear parking sensor on a lot of cars, but you don't see me reversing a Bentley into the fan pen at a London premiere and shrugging my shoulders saying  "I'm in front of you at the moment, deal with it"

As a society, I believe we need to start ostracising if not publicly shaming people who think it's okay to hold up hardcover book-sized items on the justification of 'it has a camera attached'. Yeah, so does the rear parking sensor on a lot of cars, but you don't see me reversing a Bentley into the fan pen at a London premiere and shrugging my shoulders saying "I'm in front of you at the moment, deal with it"

"Tom Hardy seems like such a lovely guy. Are we sure he was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?" . He was, and he was at  the premiere for that film , AND the guy on the right in this photo? Is the famous/infamous former Yellow Cap(less) guy, mostly retired now but he often unretires for London Film Festival.

"Tom Hardy seems like such a lovely guy. Are we sure he was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?". He was, and he was at the premiere for that film, AND the guy on the right in this photo? Is the famous/infamous former Yellow Cap(less) guy, mostly retired now but he often unretires for London Film Festival.

Not as much fun as viewing events on an iPad, all things considered.

Not as much fun as viewing events on an iPad, all things considered.

"Me? In a Star Trek film? My agent assured me every copy had been bought up and burned"  Amazingly, one of Tom Hardy's earliest film roles was as the bad guy in Star Trek Nemesis (and before that he had a small role in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down".

"Me? In a Star Trek film? My agent assured me every copy had been bought up and burned" Amazingly, one of Tom Hardy's earliest film roles was as the bad guy in Star Trek Nemesis (and before that he had a small role in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down".

"Me? In Sucker Punch? My agent assured me that every copy had been bought up and burned and Zack Snyder threatened with secrecy upon pain of death". You know Tom Hardy's a great actor when he can effortlessly disappear from the blame of being in the wretched Sucker Punch and come out the other side as a respected actor. I've photographed him at  the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises"  and  the premiere of "This Means War"

"Me? In Sucker Punch? My agent assured me that every copy had been bought up and burned and Zack Snyder threatened with secrecy upon pain of death". You know Tom Hardy's a great actor when he can effortlessly disappear from the blame of being in the wretched Sucker Punch and come out the other side as a respected actor. I've photographed him at the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" and the premiere of "This Means War"

Tom Hardy and his unusually severe assistant stare down an entire Paparazzi cordon. I couldn't see, but I believe six fainted and another four apologised profusely and left in tears.

Tom Hardy and his unusually severe assistant stare down an entire Paparazzi cordon. I couldn't see, but I believe six fainted and another four apologised profusely and left in tears.

"I just wanna say that Sucker Punch wasn't entirely wretched. I enjoyed the Bjork video clip samurai battle" well, yeah. prior to that point the movie hadn't gotten REALLY weird. Steven Knight both wrote and directed this movie - I last photographed him (and this or a similar beret) at the Jason Statham  premiere of "Hummingbird" (aka 'Redemption').

"I just wanna say that Sucker Punch wasn't entirely wretched. I enjoyed the Bjork video clip samurai battle" well, yeah. prior to that point the movie hadn't gotten REALLY weird. Steven Knight both wrote and directed this movie - I last photographed him (and this or a similar beret) at the Jason Statham premiere of "Hummingbird" (aka 'Redemption').

"Clash of the Titans III? Well, I'm thinking of taking it down a more comedy/musical route"   Oh, please do that. The franchise has already survived its own awfulness, and this could well constitute a worthy reboot.

"Clash of the Titans III? Well, I'm thinking of taking it down a more comedy/musical route"  Oh, please do that. The franchise has already survived its own awfulness, and this could well constitute a worthy reboot.

Andrew Scott plays Moriarty in the TV series Sherlock, which I have been consistently encouraged to watch (and I've mentally filed that next to Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The West Wing, and The Walking Dead, none of which I've watched either)

Andrew Scott plays Moriarty in the TV series Sherlock, which I have been consistently encouraged to watch (and I've mentally filed that next to Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The West Wing, and The Walking Dead, none of which I've watched either)

"The beret has been in the family for six generations and has its own twitter feed. Now stop talking about it, this is supposed to be MY night"

"The beret has been in the family for six generations and has its own twitter feed. Now stop talking about it, this is supposed to be MY night"

The Thor2 premiere is on Tuesday, and based on the expected crowds for that, I might be reduced to doing something like this.

The Thor2 premiere is on Tuesday, and based on the expected crowds for that, I might be reduced to doing something like this.

Until then, here's Hardy with his ?girlfriend? actress Charlotte Riley, whose filmography doesn't contain anything I recognise other than the upcoming Tom Cruise / Emily Blunt film 'Edge of Tomorrow' (originally titled after the excellent Japanese novel "All You Need is Kill"). I meanwhile am straining 10-megapixel resolution to find out what exactly the pin on Tom Hardy's lapel is.

Until then, here's Hardy with his ?girlfriend? actress Charlotte Riley, whose filmography doesn't contain anything I recognise other than the upcoming Tom Cruise / Emily Blunt film 'Edge of Tomorrow' (originally titled after the excellent Japanese novel "All You Need is Kill"). I meanwhile am straining 10-megapixel resolution to find out what exactly the pin on Tom Hardy's lapel is.

Sometimes it pays to keep the camera pointed at the lead actor all the way until they enter the building. (I have a strong anti-stalking policy, but I believe that at a public event, the streets are fair game)

Sometimes it pays to keep the camera pointed at the lead actor all the way until they enter the building. (I have a strong anti-stalking policy, but I believe that at a public event, the streets are fair game)

Others' views may vary. (I might never now get back those five dollars Tom Hardy owes me)

Others' views may vary. (I might never now get back those five dollars Tom Hardy owes me)

So... that's that, then. Time to get home and start mentally preparing for tomorrow and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Can't wait for that. Every time I take a photo of Tom Hiddleston about 6 times more people look at my journals (It's mathematically indisputable!)

Until next time, it's another for "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

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17 Jun 2013 - The 'Redemption' aka 'Hummingbird' World Premiere

June 17th, 2013.

After an amazing week last week featuring three premieres, a zombie apocalypse and walking out on Man of Steel at 2hrs 10mins because I couldn't be bothered anymore (if I'd known there were less than ten minutes before the closing credits I would have stayed, but I feared an additional 20 minutes of meaningless so-called "action" scenes)....

This week starts with a Monday that also has a premiere. It's a Jason Statham film, and he's the patron saint of balding white guys, so obviously I went to pay my respects.

Here's how it went down...

The movie "Hummingbird" also had alternative / working titles of "Redemption" and "Crazy Joe". As long as Statham's got a half-done-up bowtie on the movie poster, though, surely the title is mostly irrelevant?

The movie "Hummingbird" also had alternative / working titles of "Redemption" and "Crazy Joe". As long as Statham's got a half-done-up bowtie on the movie poster, though, surely the title is mostly irrelevant?

According to the poster, Statham plays a "Vigilante with a Heart"? Wow. SO it could be like Dark Knight but with a proper romance? I'm totally in.

According to the poster, Statham plays a "Vigilante with a Heart"? Wow. SO it could be like Dark Knight but with a proper romance? I'm totally in.

Oooh! The guy who drew pen sketches at  the premiere of "The Heat"  last week was back at this one. He does good work, I reckon.

Oooh! The guy who drew pen sketches at the premiere of "The Heat" last week was back at this one. He does good work, I reckon.

Girl on the right has a much better technique than the guy with the phone in the centre. Also, either has a boyfriend with broad shoulders or is freakishly tall. (Creepy guy in window in distance... is creepy)

Girl on the right has a much better technique than the guy with the phone in the centre. Also, either has a boyfriend with broad shoulders or is freakishly tall. (Creepy guy in window in distance... is creepy)

Agata Buzek saunters down the red carpet. I'm no fashionista, but I'm going to throw down the word "Severe" to describe her tailored look.  ("Severe, plus hotel bathrobe".)

Agata Buzek saunters down the red carpet. I'm no fashionista, but I'm going to throw down the word "Severe" to describe her tailored look. ("Severe, plus hotel bathrobe".)

<clicks fingers, all irritated>... can't place the face or name.  Help me out, somebody.

<clicks fingers, all irritated>... can't place the face or name. Help me out, somebody.

Steven Knight directed the film, but is perhaps better known for having written 'Amazing Grace', 'Dirty Pretty Things' and 'Eastern Promises'. He's even been nominated for an Oscar - good news for fans of Clash Of The Titans 3, which he's apparently agreed to write.

Steven Knight directed the film, but is perhaps better known for having written 'Amazing Grace', 'Dirty Pretty Things' and 'Eastern Promises'. He's even been nominated for an Oscar - good news for fans of Clash Of The Titans 3, which he's apparently agreed to write.

I think I've been to four (three?) previous Jason Statham premieres, at each of which the fans and paparazzi were like "Yeah, Jason Statham is totally awesome..... but do you think his model girlfriend will show up, cause with all due respect she's way hotter". Fans and Paparazzi tend to me male, it bears mentioning. And here she (finally) is! Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

I think I've been to four (three?) previous Jason Statham premieres, at each of which the fans and paparazzi were like "Yeah, Jason Statham is totally awesome..... but do you think his model girlfriend will show up, cause with all due respect she's way hotter". Fans and Paparazzi tend to me male, it bears mentioning. And here she (finally) is! Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

Oh, look! It's.... it's... it's..... NotNataliePortman?

Oh, look! It's.... it's... it's..... NotNataliePortman?

I appear to have made a connection - now I just need to remember that her boyfriend can probably beat the crap out of me. Also, that I've seen cuter blondes. But that was last week, not this week. And it was not at a premiere.

I appear to have made a connection - now I just need to remember that her boyfriend can probably beat the crap out of me. Also, that I've seen cuter blondes. But that was last week, not this week. And it was not at a premiere.

Tattoo on wrist? I can deal with that. Well... not if it's a death-eater mark perhaps. But otherwise? Not a dealbreaker. (Fans of Jason Statham will be wondering if I bothered to take any photos of the headline star of the film. The answer is yes. Once Ms Huntington-Whitely went inside. If you're desperate you can check out my  premiere shots from the movie "Safe"  while you wait for that to happen).

Tattoo on wrist? I can deal with that. Well... not if it's a death-eater mark perhaps. But otherwise? Not a dealbreaker. (Fans of Jason Statham will be wondering if I bothered to take any photos of the headline star of the film. The answer is yes. Once Ms Huntington-Whitely went inside. If you're desperate you can check out my premiere shots from the movie "Safe" while you wait for that to happen).

Hmmm. Although her presence would be puzzling, I'm not entirely sure that this is not NotNataliePortman. But it's probably not.

Hmmm. Although her presence would be puzzling, I'm not entirely sure that this is not NotNataliePortman. But it's probably not.

"Babes, I bought you a Hasselblad for Christmas. Why don't you use that?" "I'm not taking a photo, I'm playing Fruit Ninja" "Oh. Right."

"Babes, I bought you a Hasselblad for Christmas. Why don't you use that?"
"I'm not taking a photo, I'm playing Fruit Ninja"
"Oh. Right."

This lady shows up at almost every premiere, and I'm still not sure what she's actually in. A Girl Band? A Reality TV Show? A Heavily Leftist Radical Political Party?

This lady shows up at almost every premiere, and I'm still not sure what she's actually in. A Girl Band? A Reality TV Show? A Heavily Leftist Radical Political Party?

The smile of a man who knows what that 'H' in the background stands for. I have no idea. My first Leicester Square  premiere was in 2008 and it was for "Hancock"  where I photographed Charlize Theron, so I'm going with that. (I've just taken a look at that journal. Hmm... I think maybe my photography has improved a little along with my equipment. Pleasing to know!)

The smile of a man who knows what that 'H' in the background stands for. I have no idea. My first Leicester Square premiere was in 2008 and it was for "Hancock" where I photographed Charlize Theron, so I'm going with that. (I've just taken a look at that journal. Hmm... I think maybe my photography has improved a little along with my equipment. Pleasing to know!)

Agata Buzek's filmography doesn't really show much that I'm familiar with, including "Teraz albo nigdy!". She was in 22 episodes of that.

Agata Buzek's filmography doesn't really show much that I'm familiar with, including "Teraz albo nigdy!". She was in 22 episodes of that.

It's Jason Statham!! And yes, I know, and it's confusing for me as well as him. It's like I'm staring into a mirror and seeing an only slightly older, slightly better-dressed me.

It's Jason Statham!! And yes, I know, and it's confusing for me as well as him. It's like I'm staring into a mirror and seeing an only slightly older, slightly better-dressed me.

I was all set to edit this photo to make it look like producer Paul Webster (the one with the glasses and grey hair) has arms long enough to hug Jason Statham at that distance. But he produced 'Atonement' back in 2007, and that was a pretty excellent film.

I was all set to edit this photo to make it look like producer Paul Webster (the one with the glasses and grey hair) has arms long enough to hug Jason Statham at that distance. But he produced 'Atonement' back in 2007, and that was a pretty excellent film.

Jason Statham? Rarely zany, but perhaps occasionally.

Jason Statham? Rarely zany, but perhaps occasionally.

"Wait. And this guy's balding like me? AND with some stubble? AND shoots Pentax? Point him out to me... "  Oh dear. It's not what you think. There's another girl I like much better and she's not your girlfriend. (Arguably just as out of reach, mind you, but not your girlfiend).

"Wait. And this guy's balding like me? AND with some stubble? AND shoots Pentax? Point him out to me... " Oh dear. It's not what you think. There's another girl I like much better and she's not your girlfriend. (Arguably just as out of reach, mind you, but not your girlfiend).

..... it's true. There's nothing happening between us.

..... it's true. There's nothing happening between us.

.... earlier, however, I can't speak for both of us 8)

.... earlier, however, I can't speak for both of us 8)

So.... it's another for "My Archive Of Movie Premieres" which also includes last week's three-in-three-days (plus zombies) effort of:

Man of Steel - Cavill! Snyder! Nolan! Zimmer! Shannon! Adams!
Much Ado About Nothing - Whedon! Hiddleston! Denisof!
The Heat - Bullock! Feig! Dormer!

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