22 Jun - The 'Baby Driver' European Premiere

June 22nd, 2017.

As far as I'm aware today was the hottest day in London in something like 40 years (or the hottest June day, at any rate) - enough so that even I, being from Australia, felt slightly foolish wearing jeans and a black t-shirt to a bright, sunny premiere in London's Leicester Square for Edgar Wright's new movie...

Here's how it went down:

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board" - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board" - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well" - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well" - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" - I think I last photographed Ansel at the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014.

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" - I think I last photographed Ansel at the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014.

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision" - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision" - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......" - thanks, imdb!

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......" - thanks, imdb!

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now." (Ansel)

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now." (Ansel)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film." - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film." - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright : "COOL"

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright : "COOL"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you??" All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you??" All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" - Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" (not so much)

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" - Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" (not so much)

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"She's killed numerous zombies, done laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"She's killed numerous zombies, done laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in making it look like I can't"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in making it look like I can't"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"Why am I constantly being asked to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!" - you should get onto that, Apple.

"Why am I constantly being asked to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!" - you should get onto that, Apple.

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

So... that was fun. And when the organisers came around and asked if people in the pen wanted to go see the movie for free, I decided that, yes, I would. And while seated I had a huge urge to go to the toilet and returned to the theatre to find myself in the middle of Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx and Edgar Wright all waiting to go into the theatre and introduce the movie. There I was... camera over my shoulder, unable to take any photos because it wouldn't be cool. (And I know about cool).

Obviously, photos or it didn't happen, so it didn't happen. But I did enjoy the movie. And it's another one for the Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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