13 Jul - The 'DUNKIRK' World Premiere

July 2017.

In 1940, over 300,000 Allied soldiers in Belgium were surrounded by Germans in World War II; while in 2017 what seemed like thousands of screaming girls surrounded just one Harry Styles at a London World Premiere.

This is the story of that premiere. Here's how it went down:

"Hey, you can't park that here!!" - like Transformers The Last Knight a few weeks ago, this world premiere took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square.

"Hey, you can't park that here!!" - like Transformers The Last Knight a few weeks ago, this world premiere took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square.

My wristband #286, acquired late yesterday evening, promised a horrific spot in the third or fourth row of a pen, however I found a second-row spot close to the Paparazzi (left) the stage (far distant/right), and a bemused statue of William Shakespeare (far right)

My wristband #286, acquired late yesterday evening, promised a horrific spot in the third or fourth row of a pen, however I found a second-row spot close to the Paparazzi (left) the stage (far distant/right), and a bemused statue of William Shakespeare (far right)

"Belgium, man. Belgium"

"Belgium, man. Belgium"

List B - this page showed some of the 'guest celebs' unassociated with the movie itself, but hoping to bask in its reflected glory. (Much like this website, except better-dressed)

List B - this page showed some of the 'guest celebs' unassociated with the movie itself, but hoping to bask in its reflected glory. (Much like this website, except better-dressed)

Everyone's aunt, older sister and cousin was receiving texts from their teenage relatives begging for photos / autographs / selfies from young Harry Styles, former 1Direction singer and improbably cast in this movie.

Everyone's aunt, older sister and cousin was receiving texts from their teenage relatives begging for photos / autographs / selfies from young Harry Styles, former 1Direction singer and improbably cast in this movie.

Fionn Whitehead is nominally the lead in this movie, though 99.85% of this huge crowd is here for Harry Styles, whom imdb.com lists as 26th in the credits. (Me? I'm here mainly for Christopher Nolan, director, who came within 1.5 people of maybe signing my moleskine at the premiere of Interstellar lo those years ago)

Fionn Whitehead is nominally the lead in this movie, though 99.85% of this huge crowd is here for Harry Styles, whom imdb.com lists as 26th in the credits. (Me? I'm here mainly for Christopher Nolan, director, who came within 1.5 people of maybe signing my moleskine at the premiere of Interstellar lo those years ago)

"My sunnies have only half-transitioned? Damnit... and I so wanted to look cool for the kids here..."

"My sunnies have only half-transitioned? Damnit... and I so wanted to look cool for the kids here..."

Kenneth Branagh is both actor and director... but does he sing? In a boy band? Well, then - the girls in my immediate vicinity weren't particularly interested in his (mere) 4 Baftas and 5 Oscar nominations.

Kenneth Branagh is both actor and director... but does he sing? In a boy band? Well, then - the girls in my immediate vicinity weren't particularly interested in his (mere) 4 Baftas and 5 Oscar nominations.

"I can totally beat-box. If I have to, I mean...."

"I can totally beat-box. If I have to, I mean...."

"Yeah, well I'm TALLER" - Jack Lowden, along with being taller than Harry Styles, was in 'A United Kingdom' last year.

"Yeah, well I'm TALLER" - Jack Lowden, along with being taller than Harry Styles, was in 'A United Kingdom' last year.

"Kenneth Branagh already tried beatboxing, but they weren't particularly interested. Maybe if you and he started an impromptu a capella duo?"

"Kenneth Branagh already tried beatboxing, but they weren't particularly interested. Maybe if you and he started an impromptu a capella duo?"

Cillian Murphy's association with director Christopher Nolan covers The Dark Knight Trilogy (he was Scarecrow) and Inception. He was also in the underrated and seemingly forgotten sci-fi film "In Time".

Cillian Murphy's association with director Christopher Nolan covers The Dark Knight Trilogy (he was Scarecrow) and Inception. He was also in the underrated and seemingly forgotten sci-fi film "In Time".

"I'm pretty sure I wasn't Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton in The Warrior, but I think I can do either of their signatures. Which one do you want?"

"I'm pretty sure I wasn't Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton in The Warrior, but I think I can do either of their signatures. Which one do you want?"

"Wait... I've forgotten whether he signs it "Tom" or "Thomas" when doing his scrawl..."

"Wait... I've forgotten whether he signs it "Tom" or "Thomas" when doing his scrawl..."

I believe this is Shona Guerin, and I believe my angle on her is slightly better than that of the photographer on the far left.

I believe this is Shona Guerin, and I believe my angle on her is slightly better than that of the photographer on the far left.

"Thanks for the impromptu family portrait, bro"

"Thanks for the impromptu family portrait, bro"

"Quick - photograph me before Harry Styles shows up" - Anuerin Barnard is in this film

"Quick - photograph me before Harry Styles shows up" - Anuerin Barnard is in this film

"You can't have the hat, you can't have the tie... and frankly I'm a little miffed that you're looking at these buttons without my permission" - Mark Rylance won a Best Supporting actor Oscar for Bridge of Spies, and was most recently in Spielberg's "The BFG"

"You can't have the hat, you can't have the tie... and frankly I'm a little miffed that you're looking at these buttons without my permission" - Mark Rylance won a Best Supporting actor Oscar for Bridge of Spies, and was most recently in Spielberg's "The BFG"

"No I will not trade it for your LA Dodgers cap, not even with the gold brass letters. And not even to wear backwards"

"No I will not trade it for your LA Dodgers cap, not even with the gold brass letters. And not even to wear backwards"

"Yeah, I know. Quick: upload this!" Tom Glynn-Carney does not yet have a photo on imdb as at (today) (yet)

"Yeah, I know. Quick: upload this!" Tom Glynn-Carney does not yet have a photo on imdb as at (today) (yet)

According to imdb, Brian Vernel played the character (and probably the action figure, prequel-comic and possibly even tie-in breakfast cereal) of "Bala-Tik<TM>" in Star Wars<TM> : The Force Awakens<TM>

According to imdb, Brian Vernel played the character (and probably the action figure, prequel-comic and possibly even tie-in breakfast cereal) of "Bala-Tik<TM>" in Star Wars<TM> : The Force Awakens<TM>

".... or were you looking at the out-of-focus lady in the lacy blue dress?"

".... or were you looking at the out-of-focus lady in the lacy blue dress?"

"That breakfast cereal was not fully authorised by me. But it was delicious" - per imdb.com, Brian Vernel plays the role of "Highlander 1" in the movie.

"That breakfast cereal was not fully authorised by me. But it was delicious" - per imdb.com, Brian Vernel plays the role of "Highlander 1" in the movie.

"OMG I'M HARRY STYLES!!!!" - the noise of screaming girls around me is set to volumes my iphone headphones can't easily dampen, and several octaves above that which would start confusing migrating bats. (I've photographed him at one premiere prior to this : 2013's "Class of 92")

"OMG I'M HARRY STYLES!!!!" - the noise of screaming girls around me is set to volumes my iphone headphones can't easily dampen, and several octaves above that which would start confusing migrating bats. (I've photographed him at one premiere prior to this : 2013's "Class of 92")

"When my hair is swishing stylishly like this, I'm actually contractually required to keep moving"

"When my hair is swishing stylishly like this, I'm actually contractually required to keep moving"

Weirdly, right now I'm not crying. Some around me are.

Weirdly, right now I'm not crying. Some around me are.

What does that piece of cardboard being held by that girl say? Uh.... I'll tell you later. Put the kids to bed first.

What does that piece of cardboard being held by that girl say? Uh.... I'll tell you later. Put the kids to bed first.

"This is Anuerin Barnard, and just to reassure him, maybe all you girls crying and cheering right now can confirm that only Harry Styles is the target of your vehement screams?"

"This is Anuerin Barnard, and just to reassure him, maybe all you girls crying and cheering right now can confirm that only Harry Styles is the target of your vehement screams?"

I don't know who this is, and she's certainly pretty, but she's about to start blocking photos of both Tom Hardy and director Christopher Nolan.

I don't know who this is, and she's certainly pretty, but she's about to start blocking photos of both Tom Hardy and director Christopher Nolan.

"If you stand there and look around prettily for about, oh, five minutes, you're going to make that dude with the Nikon/Pentax combo over there feel very strange about wanting to photograph two married dudes rather than a pretty girl blocking photos of them"

"If you stand there and look around prettily for about, oh, five minutes, you're going to make that dude with the Nikon/Pentax combo over there feel very strange about wanting to photograph two married dudes rather than a pretty girl blocking photos of them"

"Are we all just going to stand around here and watch Wimbledon on my phone? I'm not sure how generous my mobile data plan is"

"Are we all just going to stand around here and watch Wimbledon on my phone? I'm not sure how generous my mobile data plan is"

Not only is Tom Hardy better dressed than I am (though I am wearing a suit jacket over my yay-the-maroons-won-the-State-of-Origin-series-yesterday Maroon t-shirt), I still maintain that he owes me five dollars for that bet.

Not only is Tom Hardy better dressed than I am (though I am wearing a suit jacket over my yay-the-maroons-won-the-State-of-Origin-series-yesterday Maroon t-shirt), I still maintain that he owes me five dollars for that bet.

"Distract him, dear. I don't have five dollars on me right now..."

"Distract him, dear. I don't have five dollars on me right now..."

It's Christopher Nolan! I missed photographing him entirely at the premiere of The Dark Knight, I was outside the premiere centre at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, I missed out on getting his autograph by about 1.5 people at the premiere of Interstellar, and in about 10minutes he's going to almost look at my Moleskine and decide.... nah... next time maybe.

It's Christopher Nolan! I missed photographing him entirely at the premiere of The Dark Knight, I was outside the premiere centre at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, I missed out on getting his autograph by about 1.5 people at the premiere of Interstellar, and in about 10minutes he's going to almost look at my Moleskine and decide.... nah... next time maybe.

"It's nothing personal. Except this movie. It's meant to make you feel something. So FEEL something, damnit, people!"

"It's nothing personal. Except this movie. It's meant to make you feel something. So FEEL something, damnit, people!"

Tom Hardy is signing autographs while at least a third of the girls maintain a watchful eye on the spot where Harry Styles is currently being interviewed, waiting for the slightest twitch upon which to regenerate their excitement.

Tom Hardy is signing autographs while at least a third of the girls maintain a watchful eye on the spot where Harry Styles is currently being interviewed, waiting for the slightest twitch upon which to regenerate their excitement.

"You could also choose some of my better known roles to reference" - James D'Arcy was in the largely and I feel all -too-easily dismissed Wachowski film "Cloud Atlas", as well as the Madonna-directed (!) "W.E."

"You could also choose some of my better known roles to reference" - James D'Arcy was in the largely and I feel all -too-easily dismissed Wachowski film "Cloud Atlas", as well as the Madonna-directed (!) "W.E."

"Harry's about to come close to this pen again. If any of you are feeling faint, take one of these. I don't actually know if it will help"

"Harry's about to come close to this pen again. If any of you are feeling faint, take one of these. I don't actually know if it will help"

"It's not that I want to roil you into paroxysms of teen hormonal angst for my own amusement... it's just a side-benefit. Be right back!!"

"It's not that I want to roil you into paroxysms of teen hormonal angst for my own amusement... it's just a side-benefit. Be right back!!"

Fortunately the likelihood of rioting that would still probably be going on right now if he didn't, Harry Styles did indeed sign and pose for selfies for what seemed like the majority of the assembled crowd.

Fortunately the likelihood of rioting that would still probably be going on right now if he didn't, Harry Styles did indeed sign and pose for selfies for what seemed like the majority of the assembled crowd.

"If you can make me look good, with like lens flares or starbursts or whatnot, feel free to do so" - a very nice girl, who would go on to get Mr Styles' autograph later, actually grabbed my moleskine and called out to Chris Nolan to sign it, but perhaps he felt she was an unlikely fan.

"If you can make me look good, with like lens flares or starbursts or whatnot, feel free to do so" - a very nice girl, who would go on to get Mr Styles' autograph later, actually grabbed my moleskine and called out to Chris Nolan to sign it, but perhaps he felt she was an unlikely fan.

"Direct a DC or Marvel film? But I've already done superhero films.... and I'm still disgusted they didn't even consider me for the My Little Pony movie."

"Direct a DC or Marvel film? But I've already done superhero films.... and I'm still disgusted they didn't even consider me for the My Little Pony movie."

"You're not a fan of Chilean? Well, there's a fantastic Peruvian restaurant in London that you should definitely try"

"You're not a fan of Chilean? Well, there's a fantastic Peruvian restaurant in London that you should definitely try"

"They really are adamant that Harry Styles' autograph is the one they want, aren't they? Let's keep watching, and see if he tires"

"They really are adamant that Harry Styles' autograph is the one they want, aren't they? Let's keep watching, and see if he tires"

"I think a few of his more errantly arranged hairs are starting to droop, but if anything they're making it look slightly more rugged. I'm sorry, James - but this is important, and what the fans want to know"

"I think a few of his more errantly arranged hairs are starting to droop, but if anything they're making it look slightly more rugged. I'm sorry, James - but this is important, and what the fans want to know"

"Yes it's true. The Studio did beg us to put a small Batman figurine on the dashboard of one of the planes so that this movie could technically be part of the DC Cinematic Universe"

"Yes it's true. The Studio did beg us to put a small Batman figurine on the dashboard of one of the planes so that this movie could technically be part of the DC Cinematic Universe"

"Hey granddad, you're blocking the stage, man!!"

"Hey granddad, you're blocking the stage, man!!"

"The hair is magnificent, isn't it?" I meanwhile, will continue to expound the many fine rapid heat-dissipation properties of bald(or near-bald)ness to anyone who'll listen. And many who won't.

"The hair is magnificent, isn't it?" I meanwhile, will continue to expound the many fine rapid heat-dissipation properties of bald(or near-bald)ness to anyone who'll listen. And many who won't.

"Keep screaming. I can still hear a little out of this ear. I'm a musician, you know"

"Keep screaming. I can still hear a little out of this ear. I'm a musician, you know"

"It's meant to be a love heart but I'm still holding the microphone"

"It's meant to be a love heart but I'm still holding the microphone"

"Peeps, you're awesome, and to an extent limited only by what I'm contractually allowed to get away with saying without raising any legal obligations, I love and cherish you all!"

"Peeps, you're awesome, and to an extent limited only by what I'm contractually allowed to get away with saying without raising any legal obligations, I love and cherish you all!"

"OMG HE SAID HE LOVED ME!!!"

"OMG HE SAID HE LOVED ME!!!"

And what that all? It was not. For there was another Harry expected to arrive after the red carpet was cleared.

"Another Harry? Please tell me he doesn't also sing" "No, but in some respects he's sort of in a boy band"

"Another Harry? Please tell me he doesn't also sing"
"No, but in some respects he's sort of in a boy band"

"And he was also called "Harry"? I don't like it. Can we stop his using that name?" It's Prince Harry! I last photographed him at Trooping The Colour a few weeks ago.

"And he was also called "Harry"? I don't like it. Can we stop his using that name?" It's Prince Harry! I last photographed him at Trooping The Colour a few weeks ago.

"Remember - boy bands, like puppies and kittens and whatever they call baby rabbits, aren't just for Christmas. When they get older you still have to look after them"

"Remember - boy bands, like puppies and kittens and whatever they call baby rabbits, aren't just for Christmas. When they get older you still have to look after them"

So.... that was that. It was pretty huge, and I was pretty lucky to get a wristband (given people had been camping out since Tuesday), and lucky as well to get a second row spot with some pleasant, well-behaved and not violently-manic-at-all fans of Harry Styles.

Until next time!

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