10 Aug - The 'An Inconvenient Sequel' Premiere

August 10th, 2017.

it's been over two weeks since my last premiere, for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and today's was a rather low-key affair - no wristbands, no public pen, no autograph dealers... in fact almost none of anything that a normal London premiere would have. But it was a premiere.

Here's how it went down:

We start this journal where we rarely do : a toilet inside a venue. According to this, I think pretty much anyone except half man, half bear, half pig can wash their hands (hooves?) here.

We start this journal where we rarely do : a toilet inside a venue. According to this, I think pretty much anyone except half man, half bear, half pig can wash their hands (hooves?) here.

The Film4 Summer Series is held at Somerset House, formerly the site of the hallowed London Fashion week and the site of only one previous premiere I've been to : 'Two Days, One Night' starring Marion Cotillard.

The Film4 Summer Series is held at Somerset House, formerly the site of the hallowed London Fashion week and the site of only one previous premiere I've been to : 'Two Days, One Night' starring Marion Cotillard.

To summarise what I know so far : there's an event taking place here, but I see no dealers, no Paps, and no public pens or carpet. Flags, though, I see many of.

To summarise what I know so far : there's an event taking place here, but I see no dealers, no Paps, and no public pens or carpet. Flags, though, I see many of.

To make people feel special, Somerset House installed snazzy-looking red curtains at the north entrance of the open air cinema. And for no charge, American Tourists will stand right in front of your photo for longer than you could possibly imagine, just looking at a board to the left.

To make people feel special, Somerset House installed snazzy-looking red curtains at the north entrance of the open air cinema. And for no charge, American Tourists will stand right in front of your photo for longer than you could possibly imagine, just looking at a board to the left.

"I see signs for men and women, Tom. But what about Manbearpigs? What about Centaurs? What about Unicorns, Tom? Won't anyone think of the unicorns??" "I don't think that symbol means..." "I'm being metaphorical, Tom..."

"I see signs for men and women, Tom. But what about Manbearpigs? What about Centaurs? What about Unicorns, Tom? Won't anyone think of the unicorns??"
"I don't think that symbol means..."
"I'm being metaphorical, Tom..."

it turns out that, as with the one (1) prior event I've photographed at Somerset House, the media action (such as it was) was taking place on the South Balcony with a small square of carpet surrounded on three sides by pens that were not for fans. But a small group of us were allowed to assemble next to the nearby Bar, where we (I) stood, wondering if my NSW Drivers License might pass cursory examination if I claimed it was my Media ID Accreditation.

I wish my Nikon had racing stripes too, damnit.

I wish my Nikon had racing stripes too, damnit.

The full title of this documentary is actually "an inconvenient sequel TRUTH TO POWER" but that twitter character limit is going to struggle what with the amount of space the weblink takes up. (And "AISTTP" isn't really trending right now)

The full title of this documentary is actually "an inconvenient sequel TRUTH TO POWER" but that twitter character limit is going to struggle what with the amount of space the weblink takes up. (And "AISTTP" isn't really trending right now)

It's Al Gore! Not only did he host the dual-Oscar winning documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth (2006), and not only did he apparently help invent the internet, and not only was he a US Vice President, but was the voice of AL GORE'S HEAD in several episodes of FUTURAMA!!

It's Al Gore! Not only did he host the dual-Oscar winning documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth (2006), and not only did he apparently help invent the internet, and not only was he a US Vice President, but was the voice of AL GORE'S HEAD in several episodes of FUTURAMA!!

"That man's blue jacket overpowers mine, Janet. Make it stop" - Al Gore has also won a Nobel Peace Price for his environmental work. All of a sudden, my achievements in the field of punctuality in High School don't seem quite as impressive. (And my jacket isn't as good as either)

"That man's blue jacket overpowers mine, Janet. Make it stop" - Al Gore has also won a Nobel Peace Price for his environmental work. All of a sudden, my achievements in the field of punctuality in High School don't seem quite as impressive. (And my jacket isn't as good as either)

"Manbearpig? I don't know what you're talking about, man"

"Manbearpig? I don't know what you're talking about, man"

"If your camera's batteries are being recharged by electricity generated by coal-burning power stations, you might as well be running them off baby panda tears as far as the environment is concerned..."

"If your camera's batteries are being recharged by electricity generated by coal-burning power stations, you might as well be running them off baby panda tears as far as the environment is concerned..."

"I don't know who you are or why you're famous.... but can I get a hashtag I can use when I tweet this?"

"I don't know who you are or why you're famous.... but can I get a hashtag I can use when I tweet this?"

"This light? Uh... it's solar powered. Or it provides solar power, I'm not sure"

"This light? Uh... it's solar powered. Or it provides solar power, I'm not sure"

I don't know who these two people are. While I know that the documentary is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, neither of these two look like either of the people shown on imdb.com.

I don't know who these two people are. While I know that the documentary is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, neither of these two look like either of the people shown on imdb.com.

"Is that gelato stand in the background meant to be ironic? The polar icecaps melting are not a joke"

"Is that gelato stand in the background meant to be ironic? The polar icecaps melting are not a joke"

"Or are you distracted by the out-of-focus girl in the lacy top the background? The world's Polar Bears are very disappointed in you right now...."

"Or are you distracted by the out-of-focus girl in the lacy top the background? The world's Polar Bears are very disappointed in you right now...."

"I hope you realise that in amongst all these allegedly humorous comments you're writing our world and its environment are in very real danger?" Well... yeah, but neither Donald Trump nor Kim Jong-un are answering my calls asking them to chill the f**k down right now.

"I hope you realise that in amongst all these allegedly humorous comments you're writing our world and its environment are in very real danger?" Well... yeah, but neither Donald Trump nor Kim Jong-un are answering my calls asking them to chill the f**k down right now.

"Anyway, watch this movie. or better still, get off your a55es and make the world a better place"

"Anyway, watch this movie. or better still, get off your a55es and make the world a better place"

"He didn't mean that. I think with the right tweets, likes, profile pictures and hashtags you can totally save the planet without ever leaving your living room. Peace out!"

"He didn't mean that. I think with the right tweets, likes, profile pictures and hashtags you can totally save the planet without ever leaving your living room. Peace out!"

We need to be more aware of our environment. As I understand it, this chair could be underwater within hours.... (It's called high tide)

We need to be more aware of our environment. As I understand it, this chair could be underwater within hours....
(It's called high tide)

So... that was that. And despite making light in the comments, the issue at hand is fairly important. Sure, you too could be playing golf and sending tweets to a despotic madman on the other side of the world daring him to be a complete fool while you plan the construction of a giant wall between your country and its neighbours..... or maybe you could try to make the world a better place. Or if even that seems a bit too much like hard work, perhaps try not to actively make things worse.

Until next time!