11 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' Premiere

October 11th, 2017.

After yesterday's fangirl-esque David Fincher event, where I kind of brushed off two premieres to badly do a third because I think the director is a genius, today it was back to the Regular Scheme Of Things - a Leicester Square premiere for a movie whose title didn't necessarily scream "Huge-ness!!", but it ended up being fairly decent.

Here's how it went down:

Movie title too easy to make misguidedly cynical comment about, so I won't. I'm just glad that at this point in the afternoon (about 2hrs before it starts) there are still front row spots in the public pens and people to talk to.

Movie title too easy to make misguidedly cynical comment about, so I won't. I'm just glad that at this point in the afternoon (about 2hrs before it starts) there are still front row spots in the public pens and people to talk to.

Elvis Costello! I've heard of him, and not just in a "don't you mean ELVIS PRESLEY?" way. (I think he's on the Austin Powers soundtrack...)

Elvis Costello! I've heard of him, and not just in a "don't you mean ELVIS PRESLEY?" way. (I think he's on the Austin Powers soundtrack...)

Well, that's not intimidating at all.

Well, that's not intimidating at all.

Wait a FREAKING SECOND> I slave here, daily, over a Hot Blog dedicated to cynical appraisal of London's movie-related events... and TOP SHOP gets their own MEDIA SPOT? Justice = None.

Wait a FREAKING SECOND> I slave here, daily, over a Hot Blog dedicated to cynical appraisal of London's movie-related events... and TOP SHOP gets their own MEDIA SPOT?

Justice = None.

Our first arrival is the film's main star, Jamie Bell. He's possibly still best known for being the lead in Billy Elliot back in the year 2000 (ad), but has also been in Tintin : Secret of the Unicorn, and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).

Our first arrival is the film's main star, Jamie Bell. He's possibly still best known for being the lead in Billy Elliot back in the year 2000 (ad), but has also been in Tintin : Secret of the Unicorn, and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).

One Glaring Eye From Jamie Bell. (possibly the best One Glaring Eye shot since the "ill manors" premiere back in 2012)

One Glaring Eye From Jamie Bell. (possibly the best One Glaring Eye shot since the "ill manors" premiere back in 2012)

"Please don't take my hand... my girlfriend is right behind me, and she's prettier"

"Please don't take my hand... my girlfriend is right behind me, and she's prettier"

It's Jamie Bell....'s Girlfriend : the lovely Kate Mara, who I will maintain is my favourite of the Mara Sisters (and I'll concede that's in part because Rooney Mara is a bit too edgy for my not-even-slightly-edgyness)

It's Jamie Bell....'s Girlfriend : the lovely Kate Mara, who I will maintain is my favourite of the Mara Sisters (and I'll concede that's in part because Rooney Mara is a bit too edgy for my not-even-slightly-edgyness)

Lens Flare!! (I'm a fan... and since I use a Nikon with extreme focal length, I don't get it all that often)

Lens Flare!! (I'm a fan... and since I use a Nikon with extreme focal length, I don't get it all that often)

Kate Mara and I share a moment - the second one in two premieres I've photographed her (the prior premiere being 2015's "The Martian" which I've got playing in parallel while I'm doing this journal)

Kate Mara and I share a moment - the second one in two premieres I've photographed her (the prior premiere being 2015's "The Martian" which I've got playing in parallel while I'm doing this journal)

I.... don't know how to respond except in the traditional way : keep taking photos (... right?)

I.... don't know how to respond except in the traditional way : keep taking photos (... right?)

"Babes, please stop encouraging the photographers.... they're already stealing peoples' souls with their equipment"

"Babes, please stop encouraging the photographers.... they're already stealing peoples' souls with their equipment"

Maybe director Paul McGuigan? Even hours later, I'm taking that as a proactive pre-emptive 'yes' until told otherwise. (edited to add : yes, it's director Paul McGuigan)

Maybe director Paul McGuigan? Even hours later, I'm taking that as a proactive pre-emptive 'yes' until told otherwise. (edited to add : yes, it's director Paul McGuigan)

"It's all true. Except the parts that were dramatised. Those are mostly true" - This is Peter Turner, upon whose memoirs this movie is based. Excitingly, as it's getting late and I'm getting tired, I've just opened up wikipedia and (without trying too hard to figure it out by the movie's poster and title) there's a chance he's any one of : an English writer/photographer who died in 2005, a Physician OR Mathematician from the 16th Century,  ANOTHER photographer (American), an Australian Footballer, A Scottish Footballer, A New Zealand Rugby League international, an American Pioneer.... or possibly a musician in the British Alternative Band "ELBOW". I'm guessing American Pioneer.

"It's all true. Except the parts that were dramatised. Those are mostly true" - This is Peter Turner, upon whose memoirs this movie is based. Excitingly, as it's getting late and I'm getting tired, I've just opened up wikipedia and (without trying too hard to figure it out by the movie's poster and title) there's a chance he's any one of : an English writer/photographer who died in 2005, a Physician OR Mathematician from the 16th Century,  ANOTHER photographer (American), an Australian Footballer, A Scottish Footballer, A New Zealand Rugby League international, an American Pioneer.... or possibly a musician in the British Alternative Band "ELBOW". I'm guessing American Pioneer.

"Touch that suit and your hand will never touch anything else ever again" (I knew watching Matrix Reloaded so often would come in handy..)

"Touch that suit and your hand will never touch anything else ever again"
(I knew watching Matrix Reloaded so often would come in handy..)

Barbara Broccoli is best known for being the producer of James Bond films like Skyfall and Spectre... but she also produced this film. Also : it's started raining.

Barbara Broccoli is best known for being the producer of James Bond films like Skyfall and Spectre... but she also produced this film. Also : it's started raining.

"I'm Elvis Costello?" Apparently so.

"I'm Elvis Costello?" Apparently so.

"It shrunk in the wash and would have looked ridiculous if I'd worn it". Frances Barber was in the Ian Mackellen movie "Mr Holmes", but also seven episodes of Doctor Who as "Eye Patch Lady"

"It shrunk in the wash and would have looked ridiculous if I'd worn it". Frances Barber was in the Ian Mackellen movie "Mr Holmes", but also seven episodes of Doctor Who as "Eye Patch Lady"

I... don't know who the man in the hat is. And I need sleep more than I need (at this point) to know. I'm sorry. I guess that's why TOPSHOP BLOG has a media pen presence and I'm listening to 'The Martian' soundtrack right now. (edited to add : producer Colin Vaines)

I... don't know who the man in the hat is. And I need sleep more than I need (at this point) to know. I'm sorry. I guess that's why TOPSHOP BLOG has a media pen presence and I'm listening to 'The Martian' soundtrack right now. (edited to add : producer Colin Vaines)

It's Annette Benning! Not only have I never photographed her (which I'm fairly certain she doesn't care about), but she's had four Oscar Nominations, and been in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks"

It's Annette Benning! Not only have I never photographed her (which I'm fairly certain she doesn't care about), but she's had four Oscar Nominations, and been in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks"

"You HAD to bring up Mars Attacks...." only because of the four movies she's had Oscar Nominations for, I haven't watched three. (I have watched "American Beauty")

"You HAD to bring up Mars Attacks...." only because of the four movies she's had Oscar Nominations for, I haven't watched three. (I have watched "American Beauty")

Spooky Profile Silhouette. I'd like to think the reporters weren't even asking questions, happy with the cool vibe the lighting was creating.

Spooky Profile Silhouette. I'd like to think the reporters weren't even asking questions, happy with the cool vibe the lighting was creating.

Possibly Leanne Best, who imdb.com reliably informs me was someone / something called "Min Sakul" in Star Wars : The Force Awakens. I assume that character has her own action figure, breakfast cereal, and 8-part prequel comic (edited to confirm : Leanne Best)

Possibly Leanne Best, who imdb.com reliably informs me was someone / something called "Min Sakul" in Star Wars : The Force Awakens. I assume that character has her own action figure, breakfast cereal, and 8-part prequel comic (edited to confirm : Leanne Best)

"They're putting the internet on PHONES now??"

"They're putting the internet on PHONES now??"

Michael G Wilson is Barbara Broccoli's co-producer on the most recent James Bond Films, but more than that actually wrote two bond movies (License to Kill and Octopussy) and the screenplays for three more (The Living Daylights, A View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only). Very Cool (Very Cool)

Michael G Wilson is Barbara Broccoli's co-producer on the most recent James Bond Films, but more than that actually wrote two bond movies (License to Kill and Octopussy) and the screenplays for three more (The Living Daylights, A View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only). Very Cool (Very Cool)

Somebody said "Julie Walters" but (with apologies to either this or that Julie Walters), she doesn't really look like Julie Walters. But then I don't necessarily look like my name, either.

Somebody said "Julie Walters" but (with apologies to either this or that Julie Walters), she doesn't really look like Julie Walters. But then I don't necessarily look like my name, either.

I also don't know who this is. Yet. Or why that index finger is slightly pointed and whether it means something... More news as it comes in. (edited to add : Matt Greenhalgh, the writer, who also wrote "Nowhere Boy" which had its BFI LFF premiere back in 2009)

I also don't know who this is. Yet. Or why that index finger is slightly pointed and whether it means something... More news as it comes in. (edited to add : Matt Greenhalgh, the writer, who also wrote "Nowhere Boy" which had its BFI LFF premiere back in 2009)

So... that was that. BFI London Film Festival Day 8, with another 4 days to go. I say : Bring it!!

Until next time!

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