PREMIERES IN 2017

It's been another big year in premieres, and with a combination of thanks given to Australia, Austria and the United Kingdom and the various convoluted and interconnected definitions of "residency", "permanent residency", "where I happen to live", "citizenship", "freedom of movement", and "European Union" I and they currently work within ... which should remain in place for another 11 months at time of writing, I might have a few more premieres in me next year (cross fingers). But for now, here's the 2017 that was (note : each image is also a link to its journal) - I count 71 events photographed.

JANUARY : No premieres - I arrived back from holiday too late!

FEBRUARY : Baftas month!

February 9th : We've long since established I'll go to *any* premiere, so... yeah... "Fifty Shades Darker".

February 9th : We've long since established I'll go to *any* premiere, so... yeah... "Fifty Shades Darker".

February 2017 : I may not know fashion, but that doesn't stop me photographing it, at London Fashion Week.

February 2017 : I may not know fashion, but that doesn't stop me photographing it, at London Fashion Week.

February 12th : It's the 2017 Baftas! (the only event I photograph, then rush home to watch while editing the journal of)

February 12th : It's the 2017 Baftas! (the only event I photograph, then rush home to watch while editing the journal of)

February 13th : Just one day after the Baftas, and at a location to secret that the nearby bus stop was still functional... it's the Elle Style Awards!

February 13th : Just one day after the Baftas, and at a location to secret that the nearby bus stop was still functional... it's the Elle Style Awards!

February 16th : A rare premiere at the British Museum : for 'The Lost City of Z', which is apparently not a zombie movie.

February 16th : A rare premiere at the British Museum : for 'The Lost City of Z', which is apparently not a zombie movie.

February 21st : I have nothing bad to say about the movie or premiere of "Viceroy's House".

February 21st : I have nothing bad to say about the movie or premiere of "Viceroy's House".

February 23rd : Disney / Marvel doesn't do premieres anymore, they just fly in the stars and don't let the public near them. Meh to that, and to "Beauty & the Beast".

February 23rd : Disney / Marvel doesn't do premieres anymore, they just fly in the stars and don't let the public near them. Meh to that, and to "Beauty & the Beast".

February 28th :  Awesome lighting (and Brie Larsson!) at the premiere of Kong : Skull Island.

February 28th :  Awesome lighting (and Brie Larsson!) at the premiere of Kong : Skull Island.

MARCH : Only two premieres!

March 16th : Confusion and Uncertainty reigns at the premiere of "Another Mother's Son".

March 16th : Confusion and Uncertainty reigns at the premiere of "Another Mother's Son".

APRIL : Two premieres in Berlin and this year's "Biggest" movie?!

April 2nd : I'm in Germany and there's a Surprise "Smurfs : The Lost Village" premiere (with German voice cast!)

April 2nd : I'm in Germany and there's a Surprise "Smurfs : The Lost Village" premiere (with German voice cast!)

April 4th : I'm in Germany for the Fast & Furious 8 ('Acht'!) premiere!

April 4th : I'm in Germany for the Fast & Furious 8 ('Acht'!) premiere!

April 9th : Please maintain your respectful decorum for... the 2017 Olivier Awards!!

April 9th : Please maintain your respectful decorum for... the 2017 Olivier Awards!!

April 12th : the Official (?) premiere might have been at last year's London Film Festival, but 'Their Finest' had a special screening this year too.

April 12th : the Official (?) premiere might have been at last year's London Film Festival, but 'Their Finest' had a special screening this year too.

April 21st : Scoff and/or plead ignorance about the movie "Cain Hill" at your peril - in terms of journal views on this website, it was this year's BIGGEST movie!

April 21st : Scoff and/or plead ignorance about the movie "Cain Hill" at your peril - in terms of journal views on this website, it was this year's BIGGEST movie!

MAY : Well, at least there's some quantity in lieu of quality?

May 4th : Sickly green tint for photos in the journal of 'Alien : Covenant' is actually deliberate (no, really!)

May 4th : Sickly green tint for photos in the journal of 'Alien : Covenant' is actually deliberate (no, really!)

May 8th : It's a movie that stars its writer as its lead (who is not the pictured Ray Winstone, but don't let that negate the wonder) at the premiere of 'Jawbone'.

May 8th : It's a movie that stars its writer as its lead (who is not the pictured Ray Winstone, but don't let that negate the wonder) at the premiere of 'Jawbone'.

May 10th : The movie might not have been great, but there was (almost) nothing wrong with the premiere for 'King Arthur : Legend of the Sword'.

May 10th : The movie might not have been great, but there was (almost) nothing wrong with the premiere for 'King Arthur : Legend of the Sword'.

May 11th : One of the least publicised premieres of the year actually ended up getting my website more views than Star Wars : The Last Jedi : "Interlude in Prague".

May 11th : One of the least publicised premieres of the year actually ended up getting my website more views than Star Wars : The Last Jedi : "Interlude in Prague".

May 14th : And after the 2017 TV Baftas, there's nothing for over THREE WEEKS!

May 14th : And after the 2017 TV Baftas, there's nothing for over THREE WEEKS!

JUNE : Documentaries, Royals,  Booksignings, Cancellations and Neatness... all in one month!

June 7th : After four cancelled premieres (The Mummy, Wonder Woman, and two Netflix releases) - London finally refuses to bow to fear and we have the 'My Cousin Rachel' Premiere.

June 7th : After four cancelled premieres (The Mummy, Wonder Woman, and two Netflix releases) - London finally refuses to bow to fear and we have the 'My Cousin Rachel' Premiere.

June 14th : For fans of Things Being As They Should Be, excitingly the premiere for the movie 'Hampstead' was held IN Hampstead!

June 14th : For fans of Things Being As They Should Be, excitingly the premiere for the movie 'Hampstead' was held IN Hampstead!

June 15th : A documentary about standup comedy followed by a screentalk by a dual-Oscar winning Costume Designer : "Dying Laughing" and a bit of Jenny Beavan.

June 15th : A documentary about standup comedy followed by a screentalk by a dual-Oscar winning Costume Designer : "Dying Laughing" and a bit of Jenny Beavan.

16th June : Maybe not technically a premiere, but it had pomp and ceremony (plus I hear two two princes had cameos in the latest Star Wars movie and the Queen was a Bond Girl during the Olympics opening ceremony) : Trooping the Colour 2017.

16th June : Maybe not technically a premiere, but it had pomp and ceremony (plus I hear two two princes had cameos in the latest Star Wars movie and the Queen was a Bond Girl during the Olympics opening ceremony) : Trooping the Colour 2017.

June 18th : Professor Laura Haddock explains... whatever her character's degree was at the 'Transformers : The Last Knight' premiere.

June 18th : Professor Laura Haddock explains... whatever her character's degree was at the 'Transformers : The Last Knight' premiere.

June 26th : And I even got to see the movie! At the 'Baby Driver' premiere.

June 26th : And I even got to see the movie! At the 'Baby Driver' premiere.

June 26th  : with no premieres scheduled for two weeks, here, have a bonus Neal Stephenson book launch / book signing for "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.".

June 26th  : with no premieres scheduled for two weeks, here, have a bonus Neal Stephenson book launch / book signing for "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.".

JULY : Only three events, but two were quite big

July 13th : Harry Styles wouldn't mind if the screaming stopped for just a few seconds at the "DUNKIRK" World Premiere.

July 13th : Harry Styles wouldn't mind if the screaming stopped for just a few seconds at the "DUNKIRK" World Premiere.

July 11th : Frank Williams at the premiere of the documentary for "Williams".

July 11th : Frank Williams at the premiere of the documentary for "Williams".

July 24th : Cara Delivingne at the premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets".

July 24th : Cara Delivingne at the premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets".

AUGUST featured the smallest premiere crowd I've been a part of.

August 10th : I've finally photographed a former US Vice President! (Al Gore at the 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere)

August 10th : I've finally photographed a former US Vice President! (Al Gore at the 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere)

August 16th : I've finally photographed director Kathryn Bigelow! (For the premiere of "Detroit")

August 16th : I've finally photographed director Kathryn Bigelow! (For the premiere of "Detroit")

August 21st : Adam Driver shows signs of dangerous whimsy at the premiere of "Logan Lucky".

August 21st : Adam Driver shows signs of dangerous whimsy at the premiere of "Logan Lucky".

August 23rd : it was just me and two autograph hunters at "Patti Cake$", and I'd be cynical except I've watched the movie and thought it was good!

August 23rd : it was just me and two autograph hunters at "Patti Cake$", and I'd be cynical except I've watched the movie and thought it was good!

August 24th : once again we're investigating new lower limits on what can reasonably be called a "premiere" - this one for "Cult of Chucky".

August 24th : once again we're investigating new lower limits on what can reasonably be called a "premiere" - this one for "Cult of Chucky".

SEPTEMBER : Some size, some fashion... and some Latvia.

September 5th : This year the GQ Men of the Year 'awards' were at the Tate Modern - and Mark Hamill attended!

September 5th : This year the GQ Men of the Year 'awards' were at the Tate Modern - and Mark Hamill attended!

September 6th : Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence's Dress at the "Mother!" premiere.

September 6th : Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence's Dress at the "Mother!" premiere.

September 16th : I'm in Latvia on holiday (hey, why not?) and there's a Film Festival on!! (and the movie 'Samurai Rauni' was actually quite weird/good!)

September 16th : I'm in Latvia on holiday (hey, why not?) and there's a Film Festival on!! (and the movie 'Samurai Rauni' was actually quite weird/good!)

September 15th (?) to 19th - I only officially did one day of London Fashion Week, so I cheated and added some Latvian 'street' clothing and a Berlin Fashion show.

September 15th (?) to 19th - I only officially did one day of London Fashion Week, so I cheated and added some Latvian 'street' clothing and a Berlin Fashion show.

September 18th : Even as a non-fan of The Big Lebowski, I was still happy to photograph Jeff Bridges (at the 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' premiere).

September 18th : Even as a non-fan of The Big Lebowski, I was still happy to photograph Jeff Bridges (at the 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' premiere).

September 20th : "You want me to sign WHAT?" at the "Goodbye Christopher Robin" premiere.

September 20th : "You want me to sign WHAT?" at the "Goodbye Christopher Robin" premiere.

September 23rd : Skirting close to almost not being a premiere at all but it's September and I'm desperate and BFI LFF is still a fortnight away... it was the 'premiere' for "Bees Make Honey".

September 23rd : Skirting close to almost not being a premiere at all but it's September and I'm desperate and BFI LFF is still a fortnight away... it was the 'premiere' for "Bees Make Honey".

September 26th : Not a premiere, but certainly fascinating and movie-themed - the 2017 Prop Store Auction at BFI Imax.

September 26th : Not a premiere, but certainly fascinating and movie-themed - the 2017 Prop Store Auction at BFI Imax.

OCTOBER: I typically claim that London has about sixty premieres a year, which probably stretches out to about 70 or so events. But the truth is, it's approximately two weeks each year at BFI London Film Festival that contributes almost 1/5th of ALL the events I photograph in any given year!

October 3rd : It's a bit of a 'hidden' event that only seems to take place every second (?) year, but BFI Luminous has quite the star power - from Jeremy Irons to Australia's own Baz Luhrman.

October 3rd : It's a bit of a 'hidden' event that only seems to take place every second (?) year, but BFI Luminous has quite the star power - from Jeremy Irons to Australia's own Baz Luhrman.

October 4th : One day after the opening event, it's now the official opening premiere of BFI London Film Festival - and it's for the Andy Serkis directed, Claire Foy / Andrew Garfield starring "Breathe".

October 4th : One day after the opening event, it's now the official opening premiere of BFI London Film Festival - and it's for the Andy Serkis directed, Claire Foy / Andrew Garfield starring "Breathe".

October 5th : Carey Mulligan is pretty and pleasantly cheerful to fans, autograph hunters, and people who want to photograph her for weird websites with uncertain aims... .like this one! At the 'Mudbound' premiere.

October 5th : Carey Mulligan is pretty and pleasantly cheerful to fans, autograph hunters, and people who want to photograph her for weird websites with uncertain aims... .like this one! At the 'Mudbound' premiere.

October 6th (part I) : It's 'The Meyerowitz Stories' - and weirdly it's a movie I'd already seen prior to its BFI LFF premiere (I don't have special access, but I have occasional friends who occasionally do)

October 6th (part I) : It's 'The Meyerowitz Stories' - and weirdly it's a movie I'd already seen prior to its BFI LFF premiere (I don't have special access, but I have occasional friends who occasionally do)

October 6th (part II) : barely fifteen minutes after the prior premiere (a barely fifteen minute walk away) - a second premiere for the day, with Sam Claflin for 'Journey's End'.

October 6th (part II) : barely fifteen minutes after the prior premiere (a barely fifteen minute walk away) - a second premiere for the day, with Sam Claflin for 'Journey's End'.

October 7th : First I grabbed a wristband, then I sat down and watched 'Blade Runner 2049' and then I rushed out to grab a (lucky) front-row spot for the premiere of 'Battle of the Sexes'.

October 7th : First I grabbed a wristband, then I sat down and watched 'Blade Runner 2049' and then I rushed out to grab a (lucky) front-row spot for the premiere of 'Battle of the Sexes'.

October 8th (part I) : Saoirse Ronan (sadly) elects not to insult or otherwise injure autograph dealers at the premiere of "On Chesil Beach".

October 8th (part I) : Saoirse Ronan (sadly) elects not to insult or otherwise injure autograph dealers at the premiere of "On Chesil Beach".

October 8th (part II) : since I'd be missing tomorrow's premiere due to a conflict with a Composer talk, it made sense to do a second premiere on this day, for 'Last Flag Flying' with Bryan Cranston.

October 8th (part II) : since I'd be missing tomorrow's premiere due to a conflict with a Composer talk, it made sense to do a second premiere on this day, for 'Last Flag Flying' with Bryan Cranston.

October 10th : Got an autograph, photographed,  and got to listen to director David Fincher give a BFI Screentalk (on directing, as well as his new series 'Mindhunter'.) Worth it!

October 10th : Got an autograph, photographed,  and got to listen to director David Fincher give a BFI Screentalk (on directing, as well as his new series 'Mindhunter'.) Worth it!

October 11th : A more musical premiere than most, for 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'.

October 11th : A more musical premiere than most, for 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'.

October 12th : Burgers almost seemed preferable to premiere mayhem at the premiere for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

October 12th : Burgers almost seemed preferable to premiere mayhem at the premiere for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

October 13th (part I) : Matt Damon didn't, but Christoph Waltz and writer/director Alexander Payne did attend the BFI LFF premiere for 'Downsizing'.

October 13th (part I) : Matt Damon didn't, but Christoph Waltz and writer/director Alexander Payne did attend the BFI LFF premiere for 'Downsizing'.

October 13th (part II) : The Stars (minus Willem Dafoe) did eventually show up once the carpet was clean enough for the BFI LFF premiere of "The Florida Project".

October 13th (part II) : The Stars (minus Willem Dafoe) did eventually show up once the carpet was clean enough for the BFI LFF premiere of "The Florida Project".

October 14th (part I): A brand new layout for a strange (but arguably cool) BFI LFF premiere - and Joaquin Phoenix eventually did take off his glasses - at the premiere of "you were never really here".

October 14th (part I): A brand new layout for a strange (but arguably cool) BFI LFF premiere - and Joaquin Phoenix eventually did take off his glasses - at the premiere of "you were never really here".

October 14th (part II) : Immediately after the Joaquin Phoenix premiere, I walked briskly down to Whitehall to catch the tail end of the 2017 BFI Awards.

October 14th (part II) : Immediately after the Joaquin Phoenix premiere, I walked briskly down to Whitehall to catch the tail end of the 2017 BFI Awards.

October 15th. Even I couldn't believe I'd finally managed to photograph (a) Woody Harrelson, (b) Frances McDormance, (c) Sam Rockwell AND (d) Peter Dinklage for the first time, all at the same premiere : for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to close out BFI LFF for 2017.

October 15th. Even I couldn't believe I'd finally managed to photograph (a) Woody Harrelson, (b) Frances McDormance, (c) Sam Rockwell AND (d) Peter Dinklage for the first time, all at the same premiere : for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to close out BFI LFF for 2017.

Summary Journal : October 3rd - 15th. Even if they never acknowledge how hard I work (!) for (?) them (?), BFI London Film Festival is cool enough that it warrants a summary 'Red Carpet Monochrome' journal, I say.

Summary Journal : October 3rd - 15th. Even if they never acknowledge how hard I work (!) for (?) them (?), BFI London Film Festival is cool enough that it warrants a summary 'Red Carpet Monochrome' journal, I say.

October 17th : I'd say it was a sub-par premiere at which interesting people were photographed : at the 'Death of Stalin' premiere held in a small cinema in Chelsea.

October 17th : I'd say it was a sub-par premiere at which interesting people were photographed : at the 'Death of Stalin' premiere held in a small cinema in Chelsea.

October 20th : I'm still not 100% sure I'm allowed to post these photos, but if you're reading this Royal Albert Hall, know that I'm doing it with intentions of Peace and Love : the 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Birthday concert featuring some world-class guests (and music) was awesome.

October 20th : I'm still not 100% sure I'm allowed to post these photos, but if you're reading this Royal Albert Hall, know that I'm doing it with intentions of Peace and Love : the 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Birthday concert featuring some world-class guests (and music) was awesome.

October 30th : The current prime minister, opposition leader, and 3rd in line to the throne were all present at the Pride of Britain Awards... and I'm not British so my patriotic juices were under control.

October 30th : The current prime minister, opposition leader, and 3rd in line to the throne were all present at the Pride of Britain Awards... and I'm not British so my patriotic juices were under control.

NOVEMBER: Time to relax with some seriously big  and/or quirky premieres:

November 2nd : It was the World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express', and I don't think I've ever had a spot this good at a premiere this big before!

November 2nd : It was the World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express', and I don't think I've ever had a spot this good at a premiere this big before!

November 5th : The whole cast attended the World Premiere of 'Paddington 2' - held under a bridge on a cold weekend morning.

November 5th : The whole cast attended the World Premiere of 'Paddington 2' - held under a bridge on a cold weekend morning.

November 16th : DJ Impact dressed as an Elf, host Alex Zane dressed as the Carpet, and Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson attended the premiere of "Daddy's Home 2".

November 16th : DJ Impact dressed as an Elf, host Alex Zane dressed as the Carpet, and Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson attended the premiere of "Daddy's Home 2".

November 21st : Just like last year, the Netflix series 'The Crown' had a season premiere in Leicester Square.

November 21st : Just like last year, the Netflix series 'The Crown' had a season premiere in Leicester Square.

DECEMBER: The year may have started slow but it ended VERY big...

December 3rd : Cate Blanchett (along with Sir Patrick Stewart, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson, Keira Knightley and Poppy Delevingne) attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

December 3rd : Cate Blanchett (along with Sir Patrick Stewart, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson, Keira Knightley and Poppy Delevingne) attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

December 4th : And just one night later, it was the "The 2017 Fashion Awards" at the opulence of Royal Albert Hall, featuring such notables (?) as Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, P!nk, Zendaya and Poppy Delevingne.

December 4th : And just one night later, it was the "The 2017 Fashion Awards" at the opulence of Royal Albert Hall, featuring such notables (?) as Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, P!nk, Zendaya and Poppy Delevingne.

December 6th : Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain were the main draws, but director Aaron Sorkin, composer Daniel Pemberton and the REAL 'Molly' in "Molly's Game" also attended the premiere.

December 6th : Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain were the main draws, but director Aaron Sorkin, composer Daniel Pemberton and the REAL 'Molly' in "Molly's Game" also attended the premiere.

December 11th : It was a cold and dark night... and there was a Burger joint with a view of proceedings that was considerably warmer and overlooked it all, at the premiere of "Darkest Hour".

December 11th : It was a cold and dark night... and there was a Burger joint with a view of proceedings that was considerably warmer and overlooked it all, at the premiere of "Darkest Hour".

December 12th : The only premiere this year whose journal comes in two differently-shot, cropped and edited flavours : Star Wars : The Force Awakens : in both 'regular / colour + commentary' (above) and 'red carpet monochrome' (below) versions.

So.... hopefully until next time... in 2018?

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12 Dec - The 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi' Premiere - Red Carpet Monochrome

Last year, there were three premieres as well as the Baftas and London Film Festival that I felt were 'big enough' to be worth doing a commentary-free Red Carpet Monochrome journal for. This year, I did RCM Journals for the Baftas and London Film Festival, but only one premiere felt Big Enough to justify it.

I'm posting it almost two weeks after the actual premiere (the journal for which is here), but here's the Red Carpet Monochrome, black'n'white, widescreen journal.... just to prove it can be done.

 

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Premiere London
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Edith Bowman Star Wars Premiere
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BB-8 Star Wars Premiere
Domhnall Gleeson Star Wars Premiere
Domhnall Gleeson Star Wars Premiere
Rian Johnson Star Wars Premiere
Jimmy Vee Star Wars Premiere
Mark Hamill Star Wars Premiere
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Mark Hamill Star Wars Premeire
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Anthony Daniels Star Wars Premiere
Benicio Del Toro Star Wars Premiere
Benicio Del Toro Star Wars Premiere
Daisy Ridley Star Wars Premiere
Daisy Ridley Star Wars Premiere
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Andy Serkis Star Wars Premiere
Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars Premiere
Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars Premiere
Laura Dern Star Wars Premiere
Laura Dern Star Wars Premiere
John Boyega Star Wars Premiere
John Boyega Star Wars Premiere
John Boyega Star Wars Premiere
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Adam Driver Star Wars Premiere
Laura Dern Star Wars Premiere
Kathleen Kennedy Star Wars Premiere
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Gwendoline Christie Star Wars Premiere
Gwendoline Christie Star Wars Premiere
Frank Oz Star Wars Premiere
Oscar Isaac
Royal Albert Hall Star Wars Premiere

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12 Dec - The 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi' European Premiere

December 12th, 2017.

And so, for the last time this year I'm off to photograph a premiere. And unlike two years ago, when I was in Tokyo while the premiere for The Force Awakens' was in London; and unlike two years ago, when the premiere of Rogue One : A Star Wars story destroyed much of the last remnants of any goodwill I might have had for both my Pentax K3 and the Disney Company and its "we don't need no stinkin' premieres, but we're flying out the stars and booking out a venue and inviting select fans, but no you can't come" promotion strategy....

Remarkably, it seems I'm in London for The Last Jedi. And that movie is having a premiere. A real one, I mean. And here's how it went down:

T-Minus 32 hours. If rumours I'd heard at Leicester Square (while they were handing out wristbands for 'Darkest Hour') were true, there might just be a way of getting a wristband for the premiere a day before the official "8am tomorrow" handout time...

T-Minus 32 hours. If rumours I'd heard at Leicester Square (while they were handing out wristbands for 'Darkest Hour') were true, there might just be a way of getting a wristband for the premiere a day before the official "8am tomorrow" handout time...

T-Minus something like 26 hours... and it seems my plan to get into this premiere has worked. And thus even in spite of having publicly called 'The Force Awakens'  "a work of craft and calculation but not art or love", which I totally stand by because it's 99% true, I've got a wristband for tomorrow's premiere one day early! (and no, the watch is NOT for sale)

T-Minus something like 26 hours... and it seems my plan to get into this premiere has worked. And thus even in spite of having publicly called 'The Force Awakens'  "a work of craft and calculation but not art or love", which I totally stand by because it's 99% true, I've got a wristband for tomorrow's premiere one day early!

(and no, the watch is NOT for sale)

And then, one day later...

T-Minus something like 5hours. We were told to be 'back by 1pm' at the Royal Albert Hall, presumably mainly so that security could laugh at us while we waited for 2 further hours before they opened the pens.

T-Minus something like 5hours. We were told to be 'back by 1pm' at the Royal Albert Hall, presumably mainly so that security could laugh at us while we waited for 2 further hours before they opened the pens.

T-minus something like 4 hours. There is a queue. I'm 82nd in line, but I'm given to understand the organisers gave out some 600 wristbands. Which is to say: many of those people are invariably going to be bigger Star Wars fans than I am, and I will be standing between them and whoever they desperately want an autograph from, selfie with, or desperately propose marriage to.

T-minus something like 4 hours. There is a queue. I'm 82nd in line, but I'm given to understand the organisers gave out some 600 wristbands. Which is to say: many of those people are invariably going to be bigger Star Wars fans than I am, and I will be standing between them and whoever they desperately want an autograph from, selfie with, or desperately propose marriage to.

After some rapid (and security-sanctioned) pen-shuffling I have my spot : it appears to be right next to be bleachers reserved for rows of press photographers, which is good. The stairs are set to be filled with fan club members, and the stage is so distant it's not in sight, which is not quite as good... but I will concede that fan club members should have decent spots.

After some rapid (and security-sanctioned) pen-shuffling I have my spot : it appears to be right next to be bleachers reserved for rows of press photographers, which is good. The stairs are set to be filled with fan club members, and the stage is so distant it's not in sight, which is not quite as good... but I will concede that fan club members should have decent spots.

"Tom, I'm standing here at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only large riot barriers between me and rabid Star Wars fans. In other words, I'm scared....."

"Tom, I'm standing here at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only large riot barriers between me and rabid Star Wars fans. In other words, I'm scared....."

I'm not exactly the biggest Star Wars fan anymore. For example, if (say) they kill off Luke Skywalker in this film (or the next) it will feel to me more like a calculated move of corporate strategy and synergy than something representing an author's truest belief in an over-arching story requirement. For Disney (uh.. I mean "Lucasfilm") I get the feeling it's about button pushing for audience effect.

I'm not exactly the biggest Star Wars fan anymore. For example, if (say) they kill off Luke Skywalker in this film (or the next) it will feel to me more like a calculated move of corporate strategy and synergy than something representing an author's truest belief in an over-arching story requirement. For Disney (uh.. I mean "Lucasfilm") I get the feeling it's about button pushing for audience effect.

"Somebody over there shouted out 'Yo-Yo-Yo...da' and I want you to either pay them for the copyright on that or have them permanently silenced. Can you do that for me?" Your good friend and mine, fresh from yesterday's exertions at the premiere of 'Darkest Hour', Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ DMCA Takedown Notice were the warmup act that this premiere.

"Somebody over there shouted out 'Yo-Yo-Yo...da' and I want you to either pay them for the copyright on that or have them permanently silenced. Can you do that for me?" Your good friend and mine, fresh from yesterday's exertions at the premiere of 'Darkest Hour', Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ DMCA Takedown Notice were the warmup act that this premiere.

"Why is he holding up a shoe in that last picture... do we know?" - performing on-stage and on-carpet interview duties at this event were Edith Bowman (right) and (I'm pretty sure I heard this correctly) "Anna Matronic" (left)

"Why is he holding up a shoe in that last picture... do we know?" - performing on-stage and on-carpet interview duties at this event were Edith Bowman (right) and (I'm pretty sure I heard this correctly) "Anna Matronic" (left)

It's a pretty big Front Page Of The List. I also spied George Lucas, JJ Abrams and Frank Oz on it, but appearance on The List doesn't necessarily guarantee attendance if you're not connected to the film.

It's a pretty big Front Page Of The List. I also spied George Lucas, JJ Abrams and Frank Oz on it, but appearance on The List doesn't necessarily guarantee attendance if you're not connected to the film.

Wookiee high fives. I hear they're still one of the top ten causes of death on Kashyyyk.

Wookiee high fives. I hear they're still one of the top ten causes of death on Kashyyyk.

"I... probably don't need to see your identification". It seems the event has started. And we're possibly all about to be press-ganged into the First Order.

"I... probably don't need to see your identification". It seems the event has started. And we're possibly all about to be press-ganged into the First Order.

"Is it okay if we film you? We can stop if you like.". With the arrival of whatever the First Order is calling Stormtroopers<tm> these days, the rap and dance beatz of Mr Impact have been replaced with the more awesome sounds of John Williams' scores to the various movies in the saga.

"Is it okay if we film you? We can stop if you like.". With the arrival of whatever the First Order is calling Stormtroopers<tm> these days, the rap and dance beatz of Mr Impact have been replaced with the more awesome sounds of John Williams' scores to the various movies in the saga.

"Artoo says the odds of this movie grossing less than Justic League globally is over 1138 to 1 against." Disney will personally pay people to buy tickets to make sure that doesn't happen, but let's be honest they won't have to.

"Artoo says the odds of this movie grossing less than Justic League globally is over 1138 to 1 against." Disney will personally pay people to buy tickets to make sure that doesn't happen, but let's be honest they won't have to.

It's BB-8 ! He didn't pose for selfies or sign a single autograph for fans. But then again, he's short and doesn't have arms...

It's BB-8 ! He didn't pose for selfies or sign a single autograph for fans. But then again, he's short and doesn't have arms...

"He can roll over some ink leave tread marks all over your posters if you ask nicely"

"He can roll over some ink leave tread marks all over your posters if you ask nicely"

"General Hux doesn't sign autographs. Instead, he shouts at people at length to explain why he can't sign autographs, and I don't want to do that either..." - unlike his character, Domhnall Gleeson seems to be quite nice and unpsychotic.

"General Hux doesn't sign autographs. Instead, he shouts at people at length to explain why he can't sign autographs, and I don't want to do that either..." - unlike his character, Domhnall Gleeson seems to be quite nice and unpsychotic.

"You should totally watch 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'.It's not even a Disney movie!!" I was at the premiere of that film, and will probably try to get around to it eventually.

"You should totally watch 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'.It's not even a Disney movie!!" I was at the premiere of that film, and will probably try to get around to it eventually.

I know only that Jimmy Vee was in (and at the premiere of) the movie 'Pan'. I also surmise he's in this film, but that's based mainly on circumstantial evidence (like people giving him Star Wars stuff to sign).

I know only that Jimmy Vee was in (and at the premiere of) the movie 'Pan'. I also surmise he's in this film, but that's based mainly on circumstantial evidence (like people giving him Star Wars stuff to sign).

Rian Johnson is the director of this film, as well as the rather good 'Looper' and the less-appreciated but still interesting/enjoyable movie 'Brick'. He's also been announced as the director for the *NEXT* Star Wars trilogy Marvel - I mean Disney - I mean Lucasfilm is already planning.

Rian Johnson is the director of this film, as well as the rather good 'Looper' and the less-appreciated but still interesting/enjoyable movie 'Brick'. He's also been announced as the director for the *NEXT* Star Wars trilogy Marvel - I mean Disney - I mean Lucasfilm is already planning.

"I just really wanna take a selfie with Mark Hamill... but discreetly. Don't tell him, please"

"I just really wanna take a selfie with Mark Hamill... but discreetly. Don't tell him, please"

It's Mark Hamill! He plays Luke Skywalker in the film, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Age of Ultron (I think?) as well as this year's GQ Awards. But this is he first time I've photographed him at a Star Wars premiere.

It's Mark Hamill! He plays Luke Skywalker in the film, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Age of Ultron (I think?) as well as this year's GQ Awards. But this is he first time I've photographed him at a Star Wars premiere.

I've never wanted a dude with a red beanie to be bending down lower more than I do right now. Of course, I'd also prefer he was elsewhere entirely. Not, like, Hell or somewhere. It can be somewhere warm and sunny too.

I've never wanted a dude with a red beanie to be bending down lower more than I do right now. Of course, I'd also prefer he was elsewhere entirely. Not, like, Hell or somewhere. It can be somewhere warm and sunny too.

The challenge of getting eye-contact with Mark Hamill continues to dominate my activities, but to be fair it's also beneficially distracting me from the cold. I'm quite layered up (thanks for asking!) but it's still only abuot 2 to 3 degrees celsius in London this evening.

The challenge of getting eye-contact with Mark Hamill continues to dominate my activities, but to be fair it's also beneficially distracting me from the cold. I'm quite layered up (thanks for asking!) but it's still only abuot 2 to 3 degrees celsius in London this evening.

Joonas Suotamo is (the new?) Chewbacca in the film - it's hard to say whether, if I had his height, I would pursue a career in acting, or basketball, or whether I'd just be freaking overjoyed at the height advantage I'd have taking photographs at premieres...

Joonas Suotamo is (the new?) Chewbacca in the film - it's hard to say whether, if I had his height, I would pursue a career in acting, or basketball, or whether I'd just be freaking overjoyed at the height advantage I'd have taking photographs at premieres...

There are a lot of beanies between me and Anthony Daniels (who plays C3PO in the film). Fortunately I've photographed him before - at last year's Empire Awards, also attended by Daisy Ridley.

There are a lot of beanies between me and Anthony Daniels (who plays C3PO in the film). Fortunately I've photographed him before - at last year's Empire Awards, also attended by Daisy Ridley.

"I don't know who you are, but your hair is pretty great" Meanwhile, I'm mildly freaked by that shadow in the background, as I have no idea who could be causing it.

"I don't know who you are, but your hair is pretty great" Meanwhile, I'm mildly freaked by that shadow in the background, as I have no idea who could be causing it.

"Please don't distract me. I'm preparing to get into character as 'Benicio Del Toro at a Premiere' and it's going to take me a few minutes"

"Please don't distract me. I'm preparing to get into character as 'Benicio Del Toro at a Premiere' and it's going to take me a few minutes"

Benicio del Toro is in this movie, and plays a character called "DJ". So... good news for anyone in the music industry who lays down tracks in nightclubs : Disney's lawyers are about to sue all of you for retrospective copyright infringement.

Benicio del Toro is in this movie, and plays a character called "DJ". So... good news for anyone in the music industry who lays down tracks in nightclubs : Disney's lawyers are about to sue all of you for retrospective copyright infringement.

"What if I brought a whole bunch of photos and asked you to sign them. Would you do that?" - Daisy Ridley is certainly appropriately dressed for this premiere, and the phalanx of attendants surrounding her probably block much of the chilly breeze, too.

"What if I brought a whole bunch of photos and asked you to sign them. Would you do that?" - Daisy Ridley is certainly appropriately dressed for this premiere, and the phalanx of attendants surrounding her probably block much of the chilly breeze, too.

"I'm giving you 5 seconds to photograph me in this dress, then I'm putting my jacket back on. I know your cameras all do more than 10 frames per second so it should be more than enough time"

"I'm giving you 5 seconds to photograph me in this dress, then I'm putting my jacket back on. I know your cameras all do more than 10 frames per second so it should be more than enough time"

My lack of esteem for The Force Awakens might have just cost me dearly. On the plus side, I was apparently one of the few people not rioting over how allegedly bad 'Murder on the Orient Express (2017)' was.

My lack of esteem for The Force Awakens might have just cost me dearly. On the plus side, I was apparently one of the few people not rioting over how allegedly bad 'Murder on the Orient Express (2017)' was.

<man on far left> "I can look in the same direction, but how do I get myself looking as intense as Daisy?"

<man on far left> "I can look in the same direction, but how do I get myself looking as intense as Daisy?"

Andy Serkis plays some kind of CGI monstrosity in this film, or so I presume, given his characters never wear tuxedoes in films (though I haven't watched the last of the Planet of the Apes films, so I don't know if Caesar wears a tux at the end of that)

Andy Serkis plays some kind of CGI monstrosity in this film, or so I presume, given his characters never wear tuxedoes in films (though I haven't watched the last of the Planet of the Apes films, so I don't know if Caesar wears a tux at the end of that)

"No, but I can motion capture myself autographing that, and send you the animatics file?" - I last photographed Andy Serkis at the BFI London Film Festival opening gala of 'Breathe' which he directed.

"No, but I can motion capture myself autographing that, and send you the animatics file?" - I last photographed Andy Serkis at the BFI London Film Festival opening gala of 'Breathe' which he directed.

"When I start my own pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, the dress I'm wearing will be our official uniform!" Kelly Marie Tran is in this movie... and in MY pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, anyone who walks while staring at or texting on their phone will be allowed to be shoulder-charged at full force and they must then apologise to the person who shoulder-charged them.

"When I start my own pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, the dress I'm wearing will be our official uniform!" Kelly Marie Tran is in this movie... and in MY pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, anyone who walks while staring at or texting on their phone will be allowed to be shoulder-charged at full force and they must then apologise to the person who shoulder-charged them.

"I might steal that shoulder-charge policy and use it in my platform to get elected. Before I abolish elections, I mean."

"I might steal that shoulder-charge policy and use it in my platform to get elected. Before I abolish elections, I mean."

It's FRANK OZ!! He was the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars original and prequel trilogies, as well as the voice of Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear and Cookie Monster in The Muppet Show / Sesame Street.

It's FRANK OZ!! He was the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars original and prequel trilogies, as well as the voice of Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear and Cookie Monster in The Muppet Show / Sesame Street.

"Grateful for your gratitude I am. Hope you recorded that, you did. For speak like this any further I will not"

"Grateful for your gratitude I am. Hope you recorded that, you did. For speak like this any further I will not"

It's Laura Dern! She's arguably best known for being Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) but she's also in this movie. She and several stars talked about how Star Wars is progressive in its diverse cast and strong female roles.... but you know what? I think I liked Star Wars slightly better when it was more about story and less about an agenda.

It's Laura Dern! She's arguably best known for being Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) but she's also in this movie. She and several stars talked about how Star Wars is progressive in its diverse cast and strong female roles.... but you know what? I think I liked Star Wars slightly better when it was more about story and less about an agenda.

"It's a Rancor! Behind you! Oh wait... no... just more autograph dealers. Good luck with those. Their vision is based on dollar signs, not movement"

"It's a Rancor! Behind you! Oh wait... no... just more autograph dealers. Good luck with those. Their vision is based on dollar signs, not movement"

John Boyega was by far and away the most cheerful star on the red carpet.

John Boyega was by far and away the most cheerful star on the red carpet.

"I pay that dude behind me to shine a halo of backlighting behind me everywhere I go. Best money I ever spent!"

"I pay that dude behind me to shine a halo of backlighting behind me everywhere I go. Best money I ever spent!"

"Aren't you a little... uh... TALL for a stormtrooper?"

"Aren't you a little... uh... TALL for a stormtrooper?"

My Nikon D4 rarely takes more than 3 shots to hit focus. Unfortunately this was the second shot of Adam Driver. One shot later and he was behind the mob of photographers, and by the time he passed those without stopping he was already side-on, looking like he maybe wanted to punch a Porg in the face. And I won't condemn  a man for disliking Star Wars : you go, Adam Driver!

My Nikon D4 rarely takes more than 3 shots to hit focus. Unfortunately this was the second shot of Adam Driver. One shot later and he was behind the mob of photographers, and by the time he passed those without stopping he was already side-on, looking like he maybe wanted to punch a Porg in the face. And I won't condemn  a man for disliking Star Wars : you go, Adam Driver!

Photo of Laura Dern at a distance gives me hope that perhaps I can photograph Adam Driver at a distance too, but other than being interviewed on stage I saw no further sign of him on the evening. My guess : he likes Star Wars about as much as I do, but isn't as comfortable with it. Fortunately I've photographed him this year, at the premiere of "Logan Lucky"

Photo of Laura Dern at a distance gives me hope that perhaps I can photograph Adam Driver at a distance too, but other than being interviewed on stage I saw no further sign of him on the evening. My guess : he likes Star Wars about as much as I do, but isn't as comfortable with it. Fortunately I've photographed him this year, at the premiere of "Logan Lucky"

"Boy, I remember when this poster only had one signature and I wasn't obsessed with getting everyone's autograph.... "

"Boy, I remember when this poster only had one signature and I wasn't obsessed with getting everyone's autograph.... "

Gwendoline Christie plays the ludicrously shiny Captain Phasma in the movie. Apparently she's even shinier in this movie than the last one, so I'll make sure to bring sunglasses into the auditorium (or my iphone screen) when I watch the film eventually.

Gwendoline Christie plays the ludicrously shiny Captain Phasma in the movie. Apparently she's even shinier in this movie than the last one, so I'll make sure to bring sunglasses into the auditorium (or my iphone screen) when I watch the film eventually.

Me : "I.... like you in Game of Thrones, though!" - Gwendoline Christie is Brienne of Tarth in that series.

Me : "I.... like you in Game of Thrones, though!" - Gwendoline Christie is Brienne of Tarth in that series.

Possibly the last cast arrival (my camera started the premiere with about 3K shots on the battery life and 4K shots free on the memory card... and finished it with slightly less than half that left on each) - Oscar Isaac, who plays <checks> Poe Dameron <tm> in the film and/or action figure toy line associated with this IP.

Possibly the last cast arrival (my camera started the premiere with about 3K shots on the battery life and 4K shots free on the memory card... and finished it with slightly less than half that left on each) - Oscar Isaac, who plays <checks> Poe Dameron <tm> in the film and/or action figure toy line associated with this IP.

"That's not blood on my shirt. It's just the red carpet reflecting onto my shirt. But if I'm going for intimidation, then yes, that's totally blood on my shirt"

"That's not blood on my shirt. It's just the red carpet reflecting onto my shirt. But if I'm going for intimidation, then yes, that's totally blood on my shirt"

Random attendee : Danny Devito. Disney are apparently hours away from buying 20th Century Fox's film studio, but don't worry Warner Bros and Universal : they'll get you soon enough.

Random attendee : Danny Devito. Disney are apparently hours away from buying 20th Century Fox's film studio, but don't worry Warner Bros and Universal : they'll get you soon enough.

And since I posted that shot of Danny Devito for the Ladiez, here's one for the guys. I don't know who she is... but perhaps it doesn't matter so much.

And since I posted that shot of Danny Devito for the Ladiez, here's one for the guys. I don't know who she is... but perhaps it doesn't matter so much.

Whither Adam Driver? (and will that dude under the poster dressed as something plastic have to sit on the tube on the way home with everyone staring at him, and will he care?)

Whither Adam Driver? (and will that dude under the poster dressed as something plastic have to sit on the tube on the way home with everyone staring at him, and will he care?)

Late arrivals, but I suspect not in the movie : the Princes Harry and William. There were bag-checks and sniffer dogs at this premiere, but I do wonder about whether anyone checked the Stormtroopers...

Late arrivals, but I suspect not in the movie : the Princes Harry and William. There were bag-checks and sniffer dogs at this premiere, but I do wonder about whether anyone checked the Stormtroopers...

"If one were to send tweets during the screening, and one were in line to the throne of England, would that mitigate the anger of everyone around me somewhat?"

"If one were to send tweets during the screening, and one were in line to the throne of England, would that mitigate the anger of everyone around me somewhat?"

So... you want us to go home now?

So... you want us to go home now?

So.... that's that. 2017's slate of Premieres finishes (or rather, there's one later this week but I won't be attending) and I'm somehow still standing after it all!

Will I keep doing this? Well... I'm still a couple short of photographing that Magic 500th premiere, so here's hoping.

Until next year!

UPDATE : The Red Carpet Monochrome premiere journal with mostly all different photos is (finally) done, and it's here

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11 Dec - The 'Darkest Hour' UK Premiere

December 11th, 2017.

Some days, especially days when the temperatures hover around the 1-2 degrees celsius range, and also days when you're not really inclined towards standing outside for long hours (especially in order not to get a cold for the third time in a fortnight) you start looking at other ways to photograph a premiere. Original, risky, but almost certainly warmer ways.

Time, in other words, to look at the King of Burgers and buy myself a seat for a couple of hours and see how it goes down:

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..." - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..." - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen" - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen" - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you." I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as the premiere for the Robocop remake (does anybody remember that?) and a previous Empire Movie Awards.

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you." I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as the premiere for the Robocop remake (does anybody remember that?) and a previous Empire Movie Awards.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?" - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?" - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at the premiere of "Baby Driver" but was also in such films/premieres as 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' and Disney's live action version of 'Cinderella'

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at the premiere of "Baby Driver" but was also in such films/premieres as 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' and Disney's live action version of 'Cinderella'

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Lily James with no, one or two hands on hips, and even one view partially blocked by lighting rig scaffolding : I do try to cater to every whim in these journals.

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

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Above : Lily James layers up... meanwhile amongs the crowds in Burger King the temperature has seen me remove THREE layers of clothing. For what it's worth, I've still got another two layers before I'm definitely going to be asked to leave (and if that happens it's cold enough that I'll be needing those layers again...)

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does" Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does" Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

So.... that was that. If I'm honest, I'm going to call it a noble failure. It's not a bad space to gawk from, but as a vantagepoint from which to take decent photos in this configuration the stage is too close, the media at too far an angle, and specifically at this premiere the dropoff provided no fans for arrivals to interact with.But it's good to try new things, and take risks, and see what happens. Especially on premieres where you can 'afford' to play and mess up.

And in any event it's still another for the Archive of Movie premieres.

Tomorrow, for example, it'll be all phaser set to 'conservative' for the last premiere of the year. It's for a small film you probably haven't heard of....

Until next time!

Until next time!

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