7 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Battle of the Sexes' Premiere

October 7th, 2017.

BFI London Film Festival hits its first weekend, and today's premiere for "Battle of the Sexes" featured a setup that I've never seen before (which, as an aficionado of 'Map Porn', is going be very exciting for me to draw in my premieres journal as I later try to recollect it) (it's a premiere journal. I write notes and 5hit in it - I'm not a little girl and it's NOT a diary!). Anyway, a premiere.

Here's how it went down:

I have a #36 wristband on me, but first : an 11:10am session of Blade Runner 2049, which given it's set to start after half an hour of ads and runs for 2hrs 40mins, means I should be ready to get into the public pens about one and a half hours after they've opened, and half an hour before lockdown. In theory.

I have a #36 wristband on me, but first : an 11:10am session of Blade Runner 2049, which given it's set to start after half an hour of ads and runs for 2hrs 40mins, means I should be ready to get into the public pens about one and a half hours after they've opened, and half an hour before lockdown. In theory.

This is the extent of the stage for this event. However, there's a problem : with a boom camera to the left, which way would the people on the stage be facing? Would they be facing in this direction where I am, or facing the pen opposite (where I am not)?

This is the extent of the stage for this event. However, there's a problem : with a boom camera to the left, which way would the people on the stage be facing? Would they be facing in this direction where I am, or facing the pen opposite (where I am not)?

This white "T" is one of three on the stage. But who stands where - interviewer or subject? Empires have risen and fallen on smaller details than this... but not often. Also.... nice watch, dude.

This white "T" is one of three on the stage. But who stands where - interviewer or subject? Empires have risen and fallen on smaller details than this... but not often.

Also.... nice watch, dude.

"Emma Stone is pretty much an A-Lister now. So if this carpet clashes with her dress, this could end up being OUR fault" The view from the other end of the 'arc' of the public pen I'm in is side-on to the main posing board. This is - possibly - a good thing.

"Emma Stone is pretty much an A-Lister now. So if this carpet clashes with her dress, this could end up being OUR fault"
The view from the other end of the 'arc' of the public pen I'm in is side-on to the main posing board. This is - possibly - a good thing.

"Isn't there anywhere the carpet ISN'T red?" "I'm afraid not...." Our first arrival : Andrea Riseborough, who looks very different now to how she looked in (say) the movie "Oblivion", or the premiere of the Madonna-directed "W.E."

"Isn't there anywhere the carpet ISN'T red?"
"I'm afraid not...."

Our first arrival : Andrea Riseborough, who looks very different now to how she looked in (say) the movie "Oblivion", or the premiere of the Madonna-directed "W.E."

"You're wearing SANDALS under that??" Actually I love the actions and expressions of almost everyone in the background more than the activity in the foreground.

"You're wearing SANDALS under that??"
Actually I love the actions and expressions of almost everyone in the background more than the activity in the foreground.

Kids in background : "MOM -- who am I looking at?" Parent behind barrier : "Just keep photographing : we'll figure it out later!!"

Kids in background : "MOM -- who am I looking at?"
Parent behind barrier : "Just keep photographing : we'll figure it out later!!"

"If you need to fix those shoulderpads, dear, the carpet guys left behind some masking tape?" - Emma Stone is wearing what can be conservatively labelled as "a dress" to this premiere. It also looks vaguely like the curtains I inherited in my prior apartment.

"If you need to fix those shoulderpads, dear, the carpet guys left behind some masking tape?" - Emma Stone is wearing what can be conservatively labelled as "a dress" to this premiere. It also looks vaguely like the curtains I inherited in my prior apartment.

"I love what you've brought - and I might even sign that when I come back!" - After signing for the crowd in the pen to the left of the carpet, Emma Stone took the time to come to our pen....  and on second thought, get some more media interviews done.

"I love what you've brought - and I might even sign that when I come back!" - After signing for the crowd in the pen to the left of the carpet, Emma Stone took the time to come to our pen....  and on second thought, get some more media interviews done.

Meanwhile, with the autograph dealers in our pen distracted by the proximity of Emma Stone, I zip back to my other spot across from the stage, and amazingly/incredibly/with-thanks-to-Zeus-and-or-Ra-and-or-Chuck-Norris, the first interview (and all subsequent ones) are in fact held facing mostly in my direction.

Meanwhile, with the autograph dealers in our pen distracted by the proximity of Emma Stone, I zip back to my other spot across from the stage, and amazingly/incredibly/with-thanks-to-Zeus-and-or-Ra-and-or-Chuck-Norris, the first interview (and all subsequent ones) are in fact held facing mostly in my direction.

"We possibly could've called it 'battle to beat the loudmouth serial hustler bigot', but Battle of the Sexes worked better because he happened to be a man". And you can use a larger font size on the movie poster. Elisabeth Shue is best known for being Marty's Girlfriend in Back to the Future parts II and III.

"We possibly could've called it 'battle to beat the loudmouth serial hustler bigot', but Battle of the Sexes worked better because he happened to be a man". And you can use a larger font size on the movie poster. Elisabeth Shue is best known for being Marty's Girlfriend in Back to the Future parts II and III.

"I definitely think nobody could have played a misogynist serial hustler better than Steve Carrell. And I mean that in the best possible way." Simon Beaufoy (centre) won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire.

"I definitely think nobody could have played a misogynist serial hustler better than Steve Carrell. And I mean that in the best possible way."
Simon Beaufoy (centre) won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire.

"What do you mean 'La La Land wasn't your favourite movie of this or last year'? If that's true, then you were watching it wrong". I knew it! (Emma Stone won both the Oscar and Bafta for best actress this year for that movie)

"What do you mean 'La La Land wasn't your favourite movie of this or last year'? If that's true, then you were watching it wrong". I knew it! (Emma Stone won both the Oscar and Bafta for best actress this year for that movie)

"Now let's see if any of you brought a Malcom in the Middle DVD box set for me to sign for being in that one episode...." - Emma Stone was also in both the first and the second movies in the ill-fated "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies.

"Now let's see if any of you brought a Malcom in the Middle DVD box set for me to sign for being in that one episode...." - Emma Stone was also in both the first and the second movies in the ill-fated "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies.

"I'm sorry - I can't sign anything featuring me from a prior hair-colour." I still can't get over how different Andrea Riseborough looks, to the point where I'm wondering I could plausibly say I'm Will Smith and I've just randomly shown up at this premiere

"I'm sorry - I can't sign anything featuring me from a prior hair-colour."
I still can't get over how different Andrea Riseborough looks, to the point where I'm wondering I could plausibly say I'm Will Smith and I've just randomly shown up at this premiere

"OMG it's The Real Andrea Riseborough!!" Well... if Edith Bowman is saying it then it must be true.

"OMG it's The Real Andrea Riseborough!!"
Well... if Edith Bowman is saying it then it must be true.

"Thanks for taking into account my crippling fear of heights when designing this stage....." - interesting thing I just realised while scanning imdb.com : both Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough were in the movie 'Birdman' (2014)

"Thanks for taking into account my crippling fear of heights when designing this stage....."
- interesting thing I just realised while scanning imdb.com : both Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough were in the movie 'Birdman' (2014)

"My daughter drew this picture of a cat, but I say it looks more like a lizard. As a trusted celebrity, can you settle this feud between us?"

"My daughter drew this picture of a cat, but I say it looks more like a lizard. As a trusted celebrity, can you settle this feud between us?"

"Meerkat? Really??"

"Meerkat? Really??"

Emma Stone is signing autographs, and for some reason I am currently NOT being crushed by a surge of zombie-esque autograph dealers. Which makes me worried because I have nothing for her to sign and if she looks at me with nothing for her to sign it might make it awkward between us. (... between us and the camera I'm holding between us I mean)

Emma Stone is signing autographs, and for some reason I am currently NOT being crushed by a surge of zombie-esque autograph dealers. Which makes me worried because I have nothing for her to sign and if she looks at me with nothing for her to sign it might make it awkward between us. (... between us and the camera I'm holding between us I mean)

Thankfully, it didn't get awkward between us.

Thankfully, it didn't get awkward between us.

"....and it got awkward between us"

"....and it got awkward between us"

"Steve Carell couldn't be here tonight because he's embarrassed he lost to me in that game of tennis. Which was odd, because we reassured him that it was like that in real life and in the script, so he did everything right... but he went so Method for the role that he just couldn't."

"Steve Carell couldn't be here tonight because he's embarrassed he lost to me in that game of tennis. Which was odd, because we reassured him that it was like that in real life and in the script, so he did everything right... but he went so Method for the role that he just couldn't."

"I don't really want to turn around. Is she still there?"

"I don't really want to turn around. Is she still there?"

Next on stage : the real life Billie Jean King, former number 1 and winner of 6 Wimbledon singles championships and TEN Wimbledon Doubles championships (plus over 20 other Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles). ie. probably not the person I'd choose to take on in a tennis match for gender supremacy, and I'm talking TODAY.

Next on stage : the real life Billie Jean King, former number 1 and winner of 6 Wimbledon singles championships and TEN Wimbledon Doubles championships (plus over 20 other Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles). ie. probably not the person I'd choose to take on in a tennis match for gender supremacy, and I'm talking TODAY.

"She wants my glasses.... I want her jacket!"

"She wants my glasses.... I want her jacket!"

"Ryan Gosling's latest movie is excellent? I'm so pleased for him!"

"Ryan Gosling's latest movie is excellent? I'm so pleased for him!"

"I struck out on the glasses... but there's still time to go for the hat!" Last up on stage : husband and wife directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who also directed "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ruby Sparks"

"I struck out on the glasses... but there's still time to go for the hat!"
Last up on stage : husband and wife directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who also directed "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ruby Sparks"

"The hat's mine, the pink glasses are Billie Jean King's, and no you're not getting my bowtie either. But if you want to swap jackets, I'm still up for that"

"The hat's mine, the pink glasses are Billie Jean King's, and no you're not getting my bowtie either. But if you want to swap jackets, I'm still up for that"

Outside the premiere : they had a stairway and footbridge installed to allow pedestrian through-traffic under it (thus overcoming limitations on holding premieres on busy weekend trading days that often mean you can't have a full-size event on a weekend)

Outside the premiere : they had a stairway and footbridge installed to allow pedestrian through-traffic under it (thus overcoming limitations on holding premieres on busy weekend trading days that often mean you can't have a full-size event on a weekend)

So... that was that. A pretty great day : a nice movie followed by a nice premiere, and just for once the law of averages (and small numbers) meant that even one of the world's worst privatised rail companies managed to get its trains running on time (AND I got a seat - a rare pleasure). And it's another entry into the Archive of Movie premieres....

.... until (realistically) tomorrow - this festival is on until NEXT Sunday)

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