08 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'Manchester by the Sea' premiere

October 8th, 2016.

Barely minutes after stepping, blinking, out into the cloudy sunshine of London following a screentalk with Korean director Park-Chan Wook (he directed 'Stoker' and the original 'Old Boy'), I was off to good ol' Leicester Square for a premiere.

Here's how it went down:

Helping me photograph this premiere above the crowded Saturday insanity is a light dirigible I've smuggled into Leicester Square (or... a modified powerpole selfie-stick with a GoPro mounted on it. But I prefer to call it a dirigible)

Helping me photograph this premiere above the crowded Saturday insanity is a light dirigible I've smuggled into Leicester Square (or... a modified powerpole selfie-stick with a GoPro mounted on it. But I prefer to call it a dirigible)

"Dear Mom. I'm really hoping Casey Affleck isn't colour-blind otherwise this plan isn't going to work"

"Dear Mom. I'm really hoping Casey Affleck isn't colour-blind otherwise this plan isn't going to work"

Michelle Williams is pretty, and has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. Neither of these facts makes her unattractive to the autograph hunters littered among the crowd like so much windswept debris from a lowtide.

Michelle Williams is pretty, and has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. Neither of these facts makes her unattractive to the autograph hunters littered among the crowd like so much windswept debris from a lowtide.

Michelle Williams 2
"Who is Sierra Affinity? I have no idea." "I thought she was the head of makeup?" "Well, I'm grateful to them .. or her... anyway"

"Who is Sierra Affinity? I have no idea."
"I thought she was the head of makeup?"
"Well, I'm grateful to them .. or her... anyway"

"Please don't make me look smaller than already am..."

"Please don't make me look smaller than already am..."

"If you want to stop the interview to capture the hair-swish of that lady over there, I'd totally understand"

"If you want to stop the interview to capture the hair-swish of that lady over there, I'd totally understand"

"Ben Who?" - -Prior today I'd never photographed Casey Affleck, but I thought he (and the movie) were excellent in his Oscar-nominated role in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

"Ben Who?" - -Prior today I'd never photographed Casey Affleck, but I thought he (and the movie) were excellent in his Oscar-nominated role in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

"Well there was that time I was in a swamp training to be a Jedi Knight and just as I was taking off to save my friends in the city in the clouds, I heard the frog-creature say that there was another Affleck. But I have no idea what he meant"

"Well there was that time I was in a swamp training to be a Jedi Knight and just as I was taking off to save my friends in the city in the clouds, I heard the frog-creature say that there was another Affleck. But I have no idea what he meant"

I've previously photographed Michelle Williams at the premiere of "Oz The Great And Powerful"

I've previously photographed Michelle Williams at the premiere of "Oz The Great And Powerful"

"Why yes, I was 'young Sil' in the 1995 scifi/horror hit 'Species'. How did you... wait, have you got imdb open while you're interviewing me??"

"Why yes, I was 'young Sil' in the 1995 scifi/horror hit 'Species'. How did you... wait, have you got imdb open while you're interviewing me??"

"So that's when I started writing Dawsons Creek fan fiction in earnest. Would you like to see some?" - despite being in the age group and possible demographic, I never did get around to watching that show, which aired from 1998-2003. I suppose it's still relevant?

"So that's when I started writing Dawsons Creek fan fiction in earnest. Would you like to see some?" - despite being in the age group and possible demographic, I never did get around to watching that show, which aired from 1998-2003. I suppose it's still relevant?

"They wanted me to sign a whole lot of movies I don't remember being in. Is it the beard? Is that what's confusing them?"

"They wanted me to sign a whole lot of movies I don't remember being in. Is it the beard? Is that what's confusing them?"

"So when it stopped airing, in my despair I started reading all this really awesome Dawson's Creek fanfiction. I never did find out who wrote it..."

"So when it stopped airing, in my despair I started reading all this really awesome Dawson's Creek fanfiction. I never did find out who wrote it..."

"Hark -- is that the sound of somebody playing Pokemon Go??" Kenneth Lonergan both wrote directed this movie (and has received Oscar Nomations for both best original and adapted screenplays)

"Hark -- is that the sound of somebody playing Pokemon Go??"
Kenneth Lonergan both wrote directed this movie (and has received Oscar Nomations for both best original and adapted screenplays)

"I'm usually fairly psychic, and I think the guy with the ghostly hand behind you wants to tell you something. Meanwhile, I want to have a talk to the lady wearing fur to my right, so let's reconvene in a couple of minutes, yeah?"

"I'm usually fairly psychic, and I think the guy with the ghostly hand behind you wants to tell you something. Meanwhile, I want to have a talk to the lady wearing fur to my right, so let's reconvene in a couple of minutes, yeah?"

The lady to my right regarding me with unbridled malice and intrigue? I'm aware -- what of it?"

The lady to my right regarding me with unbridled malice and intrigue? I'm aware -- what of it?"

Wireimage.com lists her as "Kimberly Steward" but imdb.com lists four and provides images of neither, so while I have a name I lack context. Meanwhile there's another three Kimberly Stewarts (with a T)... so if there's ever a need for a union to sort out that mess, it's this scenario.

Wireimage.com lists her as "Kimberly Steward" but imdb.com lists four and provides images of neither, so while I have a name I lack context. Meanwhile there's another three Kimberly Stewarts (with a T)... so if there's ever a need for a union to sort out that mess, it's this scenario.

"They're rebooting Oceans Eleven, yeah I know. Funny how everyone only wonders what George Clooney thinks of that" - Casey Affleck played the character of Virgil in all three of the (all-male + Julia Roberts) ensemble films.

"They're rebooting Oceans Eleven, yeah I know. Funny how everyone only wonders what George Clooney thinks of that" - Casey Affleck played the character of Virgil in all three of the (all-male + Julia Roberts) ensemble films.

"Are any of you actually looking at us, or are you all taking selfies with us in the background??"

"Are any of you actually looking at us, or are you all taking selfies with us in the background??"

"This gear weighs a ton, has almost no logical centre of gravity, and I don't know how it works. But you look fabulous, guys!!"

"This gear weighs a ton, has almost no logical centre of gravity, and I don't know how it works. But you look fabulous, guys!!"

"As long as you all have totally different and incongruous expressions, that's fantastic!"

"As long as you all have totally different and incongruous expressions, that's fantastic!"

So... that was a premiere, and I thought it was good. Next up.. time to go home (meaning : time to head down to Embankment and its temporary cinema there to see whether there'd be a premiere for Elle. Turns out there was. So that's another two premieres in a day to add bulk and volume to the lustrous and shiny healthy Archive of Premieres I'm maintaining.

Until next time two hours from now!

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