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18 Oct - The "I, Daniel Blake" - People's Premiere

October 18th, 2016.

There is no denying that this website takes a flippant and jovial tone when discussing the magic and majesty of all that the Hollywood studio system heaves out at a generally bored yet easily impressed public. To celebrate that, I even adopt the same tone for 'real' movies made by 'real' directors that tell 'actual' stories about life, and love, and humanity.

But today's film "I, Daniel Blake" is the kind of movie about which fun isn't really easily made, not least of which because it was attended by protesters who read aloud the names of 105 people who died in Britain due to being denied welfare benefits, they being 'the tip of the iceberg'. It's a cruel, commercially-focussed world we live in, and all the gloss and sexyness does is distract most people from it. It's not funny, and even if I got drunk posting this I doubt it would get any less unfunny. So I'm going to try to tone it down. If I fail, I apologise

Here's how it went down:

This movie won the Palm D'Or in Cannes this year, so I'm guessing it makes its point fairly well. And I'm a default-pessimist, so I'm going to assume it'll change nothing anyway.

This movie won the Palm D'Or in Cannes this year, so I'm guessing it makes its point fairly well. And I'm a default-pessimist, so I'm going to assume it'll change nothing anyway.

"You guys can try clean up corruption and an uncaring government attitudes..... I'll just make sure this carpet is tidy"

"You guys can try clean up corruption and an uncaring government attitudes..... I'll just make sure this carpet is tidy"

"Smile! Or... you know... adopt an appropriate demeanour"  - yeah.... this isn't that kind of premiere.

"Smile! Or... you know... adopt an appropriate demeanour" - yeah.... this isn't that kind of premiere.

Probably should have taken down the signs for the movie 'Storks'...?

Probably should have taken down the signs for the movie 'Storks'...?

But.... but.... Iron Man is a billionaire. He'll save us, right?

But.... but.... Iron Man is a billionaire. He'll save us, right?

Kate Rutter

Kate Rutter

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Hayley Squires

Hayley Squires

Hayley Squires 2
Hayley Squires 3
"If you're feeling uncomfortable, there's an American Fast-food franchise just across the way."

"If you're feeling uncomfortable, there's an American Fast-food franchise just across the way."

Ken Loach

Ken Loach

"Actually, I do think there's a place for Disney movies in a balanced movie-going diet. Just not ONLY Disney movies"

"Actually, I do think there's a place for Disney movies in a balanced movie-going diet. Just not ONLY Disney movies"

"You can watch this movie and maybe things will change, or maybe they won't. Or if you DON'T watch this movie, maybe things will change, or maybe they won't. But rest assured that the kind of people who are happy with the way things are, are less likely to change them, than those who are not."

"You can watch this movie and maybe things will change, or maybe they won't. Or if you DON'T watch this movie, maybe things will change, or maybe they won't. But rest assured that the kind of people who are happy with the way things are, are less likely to change them, than those who are not."

Paul Laverty

Paul Laverty

Paul Laverty

So... that was a premiere. For a genuinely serious movie promoted in a sobering way that, perhaps not even "The Theory of Everything" or "The Danish Girl" quite managed. I left before Jeremy Corbyn showed up.

And it's another premiere for the Archive of Movie premieres.

Until next time!

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14 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'It's Only The End Of The World' Premiere

October 14th, 2016.

About two hours earlier I'd been at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" featuring Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Armie Hammer. Now, after some refreshing relaxation in a calm environment, I was ready to head out yet again for this evening's second premiere, for Xavier Dolan's "It's Only The End Of The World"

Here's how it went down:

"So... anybody famous showing up to this?". This question irritates me considerably less than "who is Marion Cotillard?" and "Who is Lea Seydoux?" because firstly, movies exist. And secondly, the internet exists.

"So... anybody famous showing up to this?". This question irritates me considerably less than "who is Marion Cotillard?" and "Who is Lea Seydoux?" because firstly, movies exist. And secondly, the internet exists.

Girl With Red Hair And Attitude. Not sure if she's telling me to keep away from Her Man Xavier Dolan, or Her Girls Marion Cotillard and/or Lea Seydoux. Feeling charitable so will keep away from all of the above (plus I'm still on a high after finally properly photographing  Amy Adams at 'Nocturnal Animals'  about two/three hours ago.

Girl With Red Hair And Attitude. Not sure if she's telling me to keep away from Her Man Xavier Dolan, or Her Girls Marion Cotillard and/or Lea Seydoux. Feeling charitable so will keep away from all of the above (plus I'm still on a high after finally properly photographing Amy Adams at 'Nocturnal Animals' about two/three hours ago.

Autograph Dealers Commence Your Braying : a car has just shown up...

Autograph Dealers Commence Your Braying : a car has just shown up...

"And we're absolutely sure I can't catch anything if I come into brief accidental contac with one of these autograph dealers??"  Lea Seydoux asks a valid question. The Center for Disease Control is still working around the clock to answer that question definitively.

"And we're absolutely sure I can't catch anything if I come into brief accidental contac with one of these autograph dealers??" Lea Seydoux asks a valid question. The Center for Disease Control is still working around the clock to answer that question definitively.

Lea Seydoux poses and smiles prettly, and Girl With Red Hair And Attitude turns out to have a little less attitude than first implied.

Lea Seydoux poses and smiles prettly, and Girl With Red Hair And Attitude turns out to have a little less attitude than first implied.

Lea Seydoux played the lead  Bond Girl in last year's "Spectre" , a movie I really liked in spite of the  "Psssst.. he's totally not Blofeld / OMG - he's totally Blofeld"  double-cross.

Lea Seydoux played the lead Bond Girl in last year's "Spectre", a movie I really liked in spite of the "Psssst.. he's totally not Blofeld / OMG - he's totally Blofeld" double-cross.

Lea Seydoux and Bump. (My keen knowledge of the female anatomy plus knowledgeable input from members of the crowd inform me that Lea Seydoux is presently With Child)

Lea Seydoux and Bump. (My keen knowledge of the female anatomy plus knowledgeable input from members of the crowd inform me that Lea Seydoux is presently With Child)

"What's "It's Only The End Of The World" about? Well... I can tell you that it's not part one of another one of those hateful teen / young adult series based on a trilogy where the last book gets turned into two movies. Also... what was the question again?"

"What's "It's Only The End Of The World" about? Well... I can tell you that it's not part one of another one of those hateful teen / young adult series based on a trilogy where the last book gets turned into two movies. Also... what was the question again?"

"I thought Maze Runner had promise, but I was badly burned with Divergent. Don't even get me started on Percy Jackson...."

"I thought Maze Runner had promise, but I was badly burned with Divergent. Don't even get me started on Percy Jackson...."

Welcome to London. Please have your autograph ready.

Welcome to London. Please have your autograph ready.

"I'm glad I made it out of there. That was insane."  Meanwhile, a greater level of insanity might be taking place on the left side with somebody holding up a Mad Eye Moody poster from Harry Potter.  Pretty sure that wasn't Marion Cotillard, fantastic actress though she is.

"I'm glad I made it out of there. That was insane." Meanwhile, a greater level of insanity might be taking place on the left side with somebody holding up a Mad Eye Moody poster from Harry Potter.  Pretty sure that wasn't Marion Cotillard, fantastic actress though she is.

"None of us are smiling. Smiling is uncool when you're trying to be cool"  True, but trying to be cool is inherently uncool. It's quite the Mobius Strip of Intended Coolness we've got here. As well as director Xavier Dolan, newly arrived..

"None of us are smiling. Smiling is uncool when you're trying to be cool" True, but trying to be cool is inherently uncool. It's quite the Mobius Strip of Intended Coolness we've got here. As well as director Xavier Dolan, newly arrived..

"All right. Now that Xavier's gone to do interviews, you can tell us we're the best-looking two out of us three"

"All right. Now that Xavier's gone to do interviews, you can tell us we're the best-looking two out of us three"

"All right, now that Lea'sgone to do interviews .... "

"All right, now that Lea'sgone to do interviews .... "

Cute reporter lady who might or might not have gotten dissed by Tom Ford  at the last premiere  is also at this premiere, trying to rebuild the shattered fragments of her ego after having it cruelly destroyed. Or... she's just doing her job and I'm reading too much into things.

Cute reporter lady who might or might not have gotten dissed by Tom Ford at the last premiere is also at this premiere, trying to rebuild the shattered fragments of her ego after having it cruelly destroyed. Or... she's just doing her job and I'm reading too much into things.

"Just because you can tell a lady to look Over Her Left Shoulder (,Darling) doesn't mean you're a Pro, kid."  Though, yes, it means you're on your way.

"Just because you can tell a lady to look Over Her Left Shoulder (,Darling) doesn't mean you're a Pro, kid." Though, yes, it means you're on your way.

"What does a producer do? Like, seriously, or are you looking for a soundbyte along the lines of 'dress up prettily and go to premieres'?"

"What does a producer do? Like, seriously, or are you looking for a soundbyte along the lines of 'dress up prettily and go to premieres'?"

"Don't you dare edit that soundbyte"  - Nancy Grant, coincidentally, is a producer of this film.

"Don't you dare edit that soundbyte" - Nancy Grant, coincidentally, is a producer of this film.

"Knight takes Bishop. Yes, I'm totally at work right now..."

"Knight takes Bishop. Yes, I'm totally at work right now..."

"Oh, no... I've got the horrible feeling Lea's craving what I'm craving at the candy bar to a degree even greater than I'm craving it..."

"Oh, no... I've got the horrible feeling Lea's craving what I'm craving at the candy bar to a degree even greater than I'm craving it..."

Xavier Dolan's imdb listing shows considerable merit in both acting and directing, along with Jury and Grand Jury prizes at Cannes, a Cesar Award, .... and a Golden Puffin at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. And if that's not the cutest trophy in the world of film, then damnit it should be.

Xavier Dolan's imdb listing shows considerable merit in both acting and directing, along with Jury and Grand Jury prizes at Cannes, a Cesar Award, .... and a Golden Puffin at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. And if that's not the cutest trophy in the world of film, then damnit it should be.

"Stare-down, bro." "You're on"

"Stare-down, bro."
"You're on"

"This isn't the stare-down you're looking for"  I don't know about you... but it's totally not the stare-down I'm looking for.

"This isn't the stare-down you're looking for"
I don't know about you... but it's totally not the stare-down I'm looking for.

"I get the feeling you're more interested in recording my answer to this question than what the answer itself is. But it's just a feeling, really"

"I get the feeling you're more interested in recording my answer to this question than what the answer itself is. But it's just a feeling, really"

So... that's another one done, as BFI London Film Festival continues its march towards this Sunday's closing Gala, and the sleep I'd be getting if it wasn't for the four premieres in four days scheduled immediately after. But it's all good - I'll sleep in tomorrow, which is great - plus it's another entry into the ever-growing "Archive of Movie Premieres" - which I think passed 400 with either this premiere for "Nocturnal Animals". (Woo - can't wait for the world's media to celebrate the milestone)

Until next time!

 

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