15 Sep - The 'Beatles : Eight Days A Week' World Premiere

September 15, 2016.

It's been two days since my last premiere, the small but noteworthily attended "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" featuring Sam Neill and Liam Neeson. However, whereas that was at the diminutive Picturehouse Central, this premiere was at Leicester Square. And not just the Odeon there, but the entire centre of the square itself. And why? Beatles Concert Movie World Premiere.

Here's how it went down:

"He's just sniffing for any Rolling Stones fans who might be hanging around"

"He's just sniffing for any Rolling Stones fans who might be hanging around"

"That's my cousin Benny from back in Bangladesh. But he bears an uncanny resemblance, no?"

"That's my cousin Benny from back in Bangladesh. But he bears an uncanny resemblance, no?"

The buildup continues, and the smart money's suggesting that Leicester Square mainstay Mr Impact and his tame DJ Abbey Road might not be required to unleash their Phat Beatz to accompany the sounds of the Fab Four and give away freeness at this premiere.

The buildup continues, and the smart money's suggesting that Leicester Square mainstay Mr Impact and his tame DJ Abbey Road might not be required to unleash their Phat Beatz to accompany the sounds of the Fab Four and give away freeness at this premiere.

"I hear if Ringo sees one speck of dust on this carpet, blood will be spilled. And it stands to reason it won't be his blood that's spilled, either."

"I hear if Ringo sees one speck of dust on this carpet, blood will be spilled. And it stands to reason it won't be his blood that's spilled, either."

"We can sign autographs for you, if you want?" No, but I'll take the name of your barber, if you want. That hairstyle could totally make a comeback.

"We can sign autographs for you, if you want?" No, but I'll take the name of your barber, if you want. That hairstyle could totally make a comeback.

"Boybands? Here? Tonight? I thought we were done with those things..."

"Boybands? Here? Tonight? I thought we were done with those things..."

"I'm not on Wikipedia, and yet here I am, fully in existence". I dunno... if you're not on wikipedia, how famous can you be? I'M not on wikipedia, and I own a website! This is Dr Kitty Oliver, phd.

"I'm not on Wikipedia, and yet here I am, fully in existence". I dunno... if you're not on wikipedia, how famous can you be? I'M not on wikipedia, and I own a website! This is Dr Kitty Oliver, phd.

"That guy? Never seen him before". Director Ron Howard has won two Academy Awards (Best Picture and Best Director for 'A Beautiful Mind'), and directed such movies (and attended such premieres) as "Rush" in 2013 and "In The Heart Of The Sea" in 2015.

"That guy? Never seen him before". Director Ron Howard has won two Academy Awards (Best Picture and Best Director for 'A Beautiful Mind'), and directed such movies (and attended such premieres) as "Rush" in 2013 and "In The Heart Of The Sea" in 2015.

"So if I send you this footage, can you get it edited and mail it back to me, so I can then say you directed my screenplay?"

"So if I send you this footage, can you get it edited and mail it back to me, so I can then say you directed my screenplay?"

"Guys? Can I borrow a tie?" Among this film's 16 producers is Brian Grazer and Brian Grazer's hair.

"Guys? Can I borrow a tie?" Among this film's 16 producers is Brian Grazer and Brian Grazer's hair.

Olivia Harrison is ex-wife of former Beatle George Harrison

Olivia Harrison is ex-wife of former Beatle George Harrison

"What a cute kid! Can I keep him?"

"What a cute kid! Can I keep him?"

"I know you're, like, wealthy and probably don't need the money... but your hat is awesome. Is it for sale?" - Yoko Ono is ex-wife of former Beatle John Lennon.

"I know you're, like, wealthy and probably don't need the money... but your hat is awesome. Is it for sale?" - Yoko Ono is ex-wife of former Beatle John Lennon.

"This slip of paper is my Mexican Auction bid.... can you just nod or wink or something if I'm in the ballpark with my offer?"

"This slip of paper is my Mexican Auction bid.... can you just nod or wink or something if I'm in the ballpark with my offer?"

"People with hats! Security! Carpet! Crazy Hairstyles! What the hell is going on!?!?" "Doesn't matter -- keep recording"

"People with hats! Security! Carpet! Crazy Hairstyles! What the hell is going on!?!?"
"Doesn't matter -- keep recording"

Fashion Designer Stella McCartney is daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Speaking of Fashion, we're mere hours away from the start of London Fashion Week II for this year, and I still haven't worn a tie this decade if memory serves....

Fashion Designer Stella McCartney is daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Speaking of Fashion, we're mere hours away from the start of London Fashion Week II for this year, and I still haven't worn a tie this decade if memory serves....

"I'm not really authorised to sign on behalf of my Dad. I can sign as Justin Bieber or one of the guys from 1Direction though if you want?"

"I'm not really authorised to sign on behalf of my Dad. I can sign as Justin Bieber or one of the guys from 1Direction though if you want?"

I'm not entirely sure why Bob Geldof is heading straight for me, but if he wants to mug me for my weekly train ticket on the Govia Thameslink line, he's welcome to it. I can't guarantee there'll be any trains running on that line... but then again, neither can f**king Govia.

I'm not entirely sure why Bob Geldof is heading straight for me, but if he wants to mug me for my weekly train ticket on the Govia Thameslink line, he's welcome to it. I can't guarantee there'll be any trains running on that line... but then again, neither can f**king Govia.

I don't know who this is, but there was a brief flurry of excitement at the Paparazzi pen to the left of me and the fans across from me. And to be sure, with Fashion Week II about to get started it's anyone's guess whether blue jackets and tieless black shirts are this year's baggy pants and shoulder pads.

I don't know who this is, but there was a brief flurry of excitement at the Paparazzi pen to the left of me and the fans across from me. And to be sure, with Fashion Week II about to get started it's anyone's guess whether blue jackets and tieless black shirts are this year's baggy pants and shoulder pads.

Random attendee : Madonna! (I last photographed her at the premiere of the movie "W.E." which she directed back in 2012). The tourists to my right were totally flummoxed at the attendees this premiere was generating. I'm just stoked the Nikon's autofocus is pretty sweet at this distance..

Random attendee : Madonna! (I last photographed her at the premiere of the movie "W.E." which she directed back in 2012). The tourists to my right were totally flummoxed at the attendees this premiere was generating. I'm just stoked the Nikon's autofocus is pretty sweet at this distance..

While the tourists to my left were overjoyed at the random famous people getting out of cars and walking the carpet, the woman on the far right of this photo? Much less impressed.

While the tourists to my left were overjoyed at the random famous people getting out of cars and walking the carpet, the woman on the far right of this photo? Much less impressed.

And then 1989's Batman, Michael Keaton showed up.

And then 1989's Batman, Michael Keaton showed up.

And then Michael Palin showed up (I've actually never photographed him before....)

And then Michael Palin showed up (I've actually never photographed him before....)

And we've finally got an attendee from The Beatles!! Paul McCartney has shown up, and teenage girls everywhere are... well... probably on their mobile phones playing Fruit Ninja and texting Emojis to their friends or something. The Beatles aren't exactly from this century....

And we've finally got an attendee from The Beatles!! Paul McCartney has shown up, and teenage girls everywhere are... well... probably on their mobile phones playing Fruit Ninja and texting Emojis to their friends or something. The Beatles aren't exactly from this century....

It's half of The Beatles!! Ringo Starr, arguably better known to anyone under the age of 30 as the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine, has joined Paul McCartney at this premiere.

It's half of The Beatles!! Ringo Starr, arguably better known to anyone under the age of 30 as the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine, has joined Paul McCartney at this premiere.

"Didn't you see that youtube clip? It said it so much better than I could. Even though it was me who said it" - bottom line, Ringo Starr strongly prefers not to sign autographs for fans anymore.

"Didn't you see that youtube clip? It said it so much better than I could. Even though it was me who said it" - bottom line, Ringo Starr strongly prefers not to sign autographs for fans anymore.

"If you haven't heard of them then I really can't help you, however Haagen Dasz over across the square might have reopened so maybe you should buy something there while everyone here goes crazy nuts for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr!!"

"If you haven't heard of them then I really can't help you, however Haagen Dasz over across the square might have reopened so maybe you should buy something there while everyone here goes crazy nuts for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr!!"

"What's it like having been part of the biggest musica act in history?" "We're going to let director Ron Howard answer that question. He has no idea but I'd be interested to know"

"What's it like having been part of the biggest musica act in history?"
"We're going to let director Ron Howard answer that question. He has no idea but I'd be interested to know"

"Please don't caption this in a way that implies we're collaborating on a rap battle duo"

"Please don't caption this in a way that implies we're collaborating on a rap battle duo"

"As part of the Beatles, we earned sixteen DIAMOND records on the United States. Firstly, I have no idea what that even means; but more importantly secondly they never even mailed me ONE. It's like somebody diverted my mail and got them all somehow".

"As part of the Beatles, we earned sixteen DIAMOND records on the United States. Firstly, I have no idea what that even means; but more importantly secondly they never even mailed me ONE. It's like somebody diverted my mail and got them all somehow".

"And if we come to your front door in a couple of months asking you to buy our new CD of Christmas Carols, I don't even care if you don't OWN a CD player because it's 2016 and nobody buys physical media anymore.... just buy one"

"And if we come to your front door in a couple of months asking you to buy our new CD of Christmas Carols, I don't even care if you don't OWN a CD player because it's 2016 and nobody buys physical media anymore.... just buy one"

"I have a cheque in this pocket with a number on it big enough to buy Latvia. But could I borrow some small change off you to buy a Lamborghini for the drive home?"

"I have a cheque in this pocket with a number on it big enough to buy Latvia. But could I borrow some small change off you to buy a Lamborghini for the drive home?"

.... and then, randomly, Peter Jackson who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy (including the third one), and The Lovely Bones showed up.

.... and then, randomly, Peter Jackson who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy (including the third one), and The Lovely Bones showed up.

"I'm kinda hoping I get a percentage of the royalties on the soundtrack. You can hear me humming in the background of some of the songs...."

"I'm kinda hoping I get a percentage of the royalties on the soundtrack. You can hear me humming in the background of some of the songs...."

"Peace and Love in any order you prefer, people. Catch ya later!"

"Peace and Love in any order you prefer, people. Catch ya later!"

"here's the deal. I sign an autograph for this guy, and he's going to sell it to the highest bidder, and then I'm coming back after the screening to get my percentage. I think we can all agree that's fair"

"here's the deal. I sign an autograph for this guy, and he's going to sell it to the highest bidder, and then I'm coming back after the screening to get my percentage. I think we can all agree that's fair"

"... and I want a RECEIPT!!"

"... and I want a RECEIPT!!"

So... that was rather large and impressive. The last concert / documentary premiere I was at was for The Rolling Stones' Crossfire Hurricane back in 2012 which all the 'Stones attended had more bandmembers but took up less space. And if I'm really lucky these photos will have a hell of a lot less DMCA takedown notices than the Rolling Stones' laywers burped out.

Still... it's another one for The Archive of Movie Premieres, with hopefully more to come after yet another hopefully brief hiatus puts me out of circulation for a little while.

Until next time!

 

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