20 Sep - The 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' World Premiere

September 20th, 2017.

After Monday's 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' world premiere, and yesterday's Last Day of London Fashion Week, I'm still not quite ready for that evening off home I've been craving. Today it was another world premiere, for a movie about A.A.Milne, the creator of Winnie The Pooh.

And much as I've always disliked Tigger and hate Roo with the fire of a thousand suns, I'm certainly a fan of the Big Four - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit. Here's how it went down:

It's a world premiere, it's about a writer whose most famous books were written in the 1920s.... what are the odds on a rapper being onsite as the crowd warmup at this event, though?

It's a world premiere, it's about a writer whose most famous books were written in the 1920s.... what are the odds on a rapper being onsite as the crowd warmup at this event, though?

I don't want to scare anyone, but I think I might be witnessing a kidnapping of a beloved childhood character in progress, here!

I don't want to scare anyone, but I think I might be witnessing a kidnapping of a beloved childhood character in progress, here!

"My family will pay the ransom. I swear it!"

"My family will pay the ransom. I swear it!"

"This list is not an irrevocable list of attendees, or a guarantee that the pen you've decided to go into will allow you to photograph any of them". Well... damn.

"This list is not an irrevocable list of attendees, or a guarantee that the pen you've decided to go into will allow you to photograph any of them". Well... damn.

"Quick : I need something that rhymes with "Milne" - my job is at stake, here!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Thousand Acre Wood are, surprisingly in view of the marching band also on hand, in da hizzouse.

"Quick : I need something that rhymes with "Milne" - my job is at stake, here!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Thousand Acre Wood are, surprisingly in view of the marching band also on hand, in da hizzouse.

"Don't look in that direction whatever you do" - Kind of devastatingly, although I was in a spot facing the stage, the setup of that stage was crucially facing AWAY from where I was, meaning my only angle was to the backs of people being interviewed.

"Don't look in that direction whatever you do" - Kind of devastatingly, although I was in a spot facing the stage, the setup of that stage was crucially facing AWAY from where I was, meaning my only angle was to the backs of people being interviewed.

"What are you doing here? All the best photos to be taken at this premiere require you to specifically NOT be inside the premiere". Well.... yeah. Director Simon Curtis is probably best known for directing 'Woman in Gold' in 2015, and 'My Week With Marilyn' in 2011.

"What are you doing here? All the best photos to be taken at this premiere require you to specifically NOT be inside the premiere". Well.... yeah. Director Simon Curtis is probably best known for directing 'Woman in Gold' in 2015, and 'My Week With Marilyn' in 2011.

"Come on guys, I've been in other films than 'Suicide Squad'. Doesn't anyone remember 'The Legend of Tarzan' from last year?" I forgot about Legend of Tarzan almost as soon as I'd watched it... sadly Suicide Squad was so bad it takes a heady diet of alcohol nightly to help me forget. still, it's always a good thing to be able to photograph Australia's Own Margot Robbie.

"Come on guys, I've been in other films than 'Suicide Squad'. Doesn't anyone remember 'The Legend of Tarzan' from last year?" I forgot about Legend of Tarzan almost as soon as I'd watched it... sadly Suicide Squad was so bad it takes a heady diet of alcohol nightly to help me forget. still, it's always a good thing to be able to photograph Australia's Own Margot Robbie.

Stephen Campbell Moore's entry on imdb.com is an intriguing list of movies I haven't watched and/or don't remember him being on. Given this is his expression when I'm thinking this, I figure it's probably not to say this to him.

Stephen Campbell Moore's entry on imdb.com is an intriguing list of movies I haven't watched and/or don't remember him being on. Given this is his expression when I'm thinking this, I figure it's probably not to say this to him.

"You remember The History Boys but not me being the PRIME MINISTER in Johnny English Reborn? How is that even possible?" - Johnny English remains the only premiere I've ever attended on my birthday. (and yes, it is entirely necessary for you to know this)

"You remember The History Boys but not me being the PRIME MINISTER in Johnny English Reborn? How is that even possible?" - Johnny English remains the only premiere I've ever attended on my birthday. (and yes, it is entirely necessary for you to know this)

"Y'all sure do want a lot of things signed. Is there, like, money to be made in celebrity scrawls or something?" - Margot Robbie might indeed have figured out. I myself started to suspect when my pleasant and calm second row spot suddenly became a battleground of newly arrived people wielding large posters, bad breath, and other evidence of negligible discipline in such things as hygiene and diet.

"Y'all sure do want a lot of things signed. Is there, like, money to be made in celebrity scrawls or something?" - Margot Robbie might indeed have figured out. I myself started to suspect when my pleasant and calm second row spot suddenly became a battleground of newly arrived people wielding large posters, bad breath, and other evidence of negligible discipline in such things as hygiene and diet.

"Look. One of our fingers is definitely pointing in the correct direction. It's your job to figure out which" - Kelly Macdonald's imdb.com entry is almost as intriguing as Stephen Campbell Moore's featuring such things as 56 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, being the voice of Princess Merida in Pixar's 'Brave' and being Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film.

"Look. One of our fingers is definitely pointing in the correct direction. It's your job to figure out which" - Kelly Macdonald's imdb.com entry is almost as intriguing as Stephen Campbell Moore's featuring such things as 56 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, being the voice of Princess Merida in Pixar's 'Brave' and being Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film.

"This isn't really the time to sell me on your new form of income protection insurance... but if it's as good as you say maybe we can chat later?"

"This isn't really the time to sell me on your new form of income protection insurance... but if it's as good as you say maybe we can chat later?"

"Can I just draw a moustache on one of you guys? Just one... it'll make me feel like I'm getting to do something I want to do"

"Can I just draw a moustache on one of you guys? Just one... it'll make me feel like I'm getting to do something I want to do"

I don't know who this is. A real pity.... there's also no evidence she knows who I am which is in some way an equal tragedy.

I don't know who this is. A real pity.... there's also no evidence she knows who I am which is in some way an equal tragedy.

Young Will Tilston, who plays the role of 8 year old Christopher Robin in the film, has literally only this movie in his acting credits, and with those suspenders he's also better dressed than I am.... which is quite the ego destroying realisation.

Young Will Tilston, who plays the role of 8 year old Christopher Robin in the film, has literally only this movie in his acting credits, and with those suspenders he's also better dressed than I am.... which is quite the ego destroying realisation.

"And then all of a sudden, I'd achieved a measure of wealth and fame.... I'm not sure why you old people haven't all gone down this road in all the time you've had access to it, 'cause it's pretty great"

"And then all of a sudden, I'd achieved a measure of wealth and fame.... I'm not sure why you old people haven't all gone down this road in all the time you've had access to it, 'cause it's pretty great"

"That Yellow jacket that dude is wearing is awesome..." "I know." "And you made me wear a suit and tie..." "I know." Alex Lawther has a second "Young <insert name of character>" to his credit besides a slightly older Christopher Robin in this movie - he was also 'Young Alan Turing' in 'The Imitation Game'.

"That Yellow jacket that dude is wearing is awesome..."
"I know."
"And you made me wear a suit and tie..."
"I know."

Alex Lawther has a second "Young <insert name of character>" to his credit besides a slightly older Christopher Robin in this movie - he was also 'Young Alan Turing' in 'The Imitation Game'.

"Wait.... didn't you propose to me at the premiere of Mother! just a few weeks ago?" - Domhnall Gleeson was Bill Weasley in most of the Harry Potter movies, and he plays a minor psychopath in the latest Disney Star Wars films.

"Wait.... didn't you propose to me at the premiere of Mother! just a few weeks ago?" - Domhnall Gleeson was Bill Weasley in most of the Harry Potter movies, and he plays a minor psychopath in the latest Disney Star Wars films.

"You like my Seductive Face? I'm thinking of having it patented" - between Disney and Apple, I'm pretty sure every human expresion and element of the human experience has been copyrighted, and Google is using what's left.

"You like my Seductive Face? I'm thinking of having it patented" - between Disney and Apple, I'm pretty sure every human expresion and element of the human experience has been copyrighted, and Google is using what's left.

"Hey, he's using MY seductive face!"

"Hey, he's using MY seductive face!"

"You want me to sign WHAT?" - a girl near me had a Harley Quinn tattoo on her leg, and wanted Margot Robbie to sign it so that the signature itself could be tattooed over and made permanent.

"You want me to sign WHAT?" - a girl near me had a Harley Quinn tattoo on her leg, and wanted Margot Robbie to sign it so that the signature itself could be tattooed over and made permanent.

"It was everything to that woman for me to sign her leg, and that's freaking amazing! What have you done for me lately that's boosted my esteem to that degree, Brigitte??"

"It was everything to that woman for me to sign her leg, and that's freaking amazing! What have you done for me lately that's boosted my esteem to that degree, Brigitte??"

"More body parts to sign? Ummm... I might leave it at one per premiere if that's okay"

"More body parts to sign? Ummm... I might leave it at one per premiere if that's okay"

"Wait a minute. Before I go on stage there are a couple of facial impressions I haven't had a chance to roll out for the fans..."

"Wait a minute. Before I go on stage there are a couple of facial impressions I haven't had a chance to roll out for the fans..."

"It's no 'blue steel', but what do you think? Could I use it to sell pharmaceuticals at least?"

"It's no 'blue steel', but what do you think? Could I use it to sell pharmaceuticals at least?"

"Calling me 'Fleabag' is a bit of a high-risk strategy for asking me out, whether I was in that series or not" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also slated to appear in the latest announced dilution / cash-grab of the Star Wars brand, the as-yet untitled Han Solo spin-off movie.

"Calling me 'Fleabag' is a bit of a high-risk strategy for asking me out, whether I was in that series or not" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also slated to appear in the latest announced dilution / cash-grab of the Star Wars brand, the as-yet untitled Han Solo spin-off movie.

"Well... what if I were to call you.... India?"

"Well... what if I were to call you.... India?"

Meanwhile, back in the direction of the stage....

Probably the only photo I took on the evening that I couldn't have taken from any spot other than the one I was standing in. (I wrote that sentence when I was both drunk and tired and it sounded a lot more profound at the time....)

Probably the only photo I took on the evening that I couldn't have taken from any spot other than the one I was standing in. (I wrote that sentence when I was both drunk and tired and it sounded a lot more profound at the time....)

"OMG I just kissed that dude from Ex-Machina - and he made out with Alicia Vikander..... so I've basically made out with Alicia Vikander!!"

"OMG I just kissed that dude from Ex-Machina - and he made out with Alicia Vikander..... so I've basically made out with Alicia Vikander!!"

"You were in STAR WARS??" "No... I AM in Star Wars - the new movies continuing the saga" "They made new STAR WARS MOVIES??" - Yeah, Disney have kept promotion for that franchise pretty low-key.

"You were in STAR WARS??"
"No... I AM in Star Wars - the new movies continuing the saga"
"They made new STAR WARS MOVIES??" -
Yeah, Disney have kept promotion for that franchise pretty low-key.

So... that was another premiere, and despite a truly awful spot with a view of the stage that proved to be much worse than hoped, at least I came away with some photos.... enough for a journal at least!

Time for a break? Probably - but apparently there are three events tomorrow, including two allegedly at the same venue, and I suppose both of my cameras are going to be less tired than me and they're the ones doing the heavy lifting anyway.

Until next time (hopefully tomorrow)!

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