12 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' Premiere

October 12th, 2017.

It's come to the point where, after 11 consecutive days of events (9 of them also workdays), I've almost hit a wall whereby my decision making processes are suspect and I'm relying basically on mathematics to get premieres done. That maths is 10 frames per second : the framerate of The Nikon. At this premiere, my failure rate was very bad... but 10 frames per second can cover many ills, or so I continue to hope.

Here's how this one went down:

Two years ago, I watched 'The Lobster' by the same director as 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer' based purely on how cool the movie poster looked, and it was one of the most startling movies I've ever seen. This poster... is another GREAT poster. (Can't wait to see the movie!)

Two years ago, I watched 'The Lobster' by the same director as 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer' based purely on how cool the movie poster looked, and it was one of the most startling movies I've ever seen. This poster... is another GREAT poster. (Can't wait to see the movie!)

"I'd kill for hair like that guy's.... just not in that colour" - BFI London Film Festival hits day 8 (wait... 9??) and I've found myself in a spot in the pen usually taken up by Autograph Dealers. I don't know why they didn't fight for it like they usually do... by which I mean : what is it that they know that I don't?

"I'd kill for hair like that guy's.... just not in that colour" - BFI London Film Festival hits day 8 (wait... 9??) and I've found myself in a spot in the pen usually taken up by Autograph Dealers. I don't know why they didn't fight for it like they usually do... by which I mean : what is it that they know that I don't?

Yorgos Lanthimos (aka 'Giorgos Lanthimos') is the director of this movie - and also the fantastic 'The Lobster', and the quirky earlier movie 'Dogtooth'

Yorgos Lanthimos (aka 'Giorgos Lanthimos') is the director of this movie - and also the fantastic 'The Lobster', and the quirky earlier movie 'Dogtooth'

Despite the blur (which I'm hoping just sneaks into the definition of 'blurry therefore art'), this is probably the best photo of YorgosLanthimos I've taken across two different BFI London Film Festivals.

Despite the blur (which I'm hoping just sneaks into the definition of 'blurry therefore art'), this is probably the best photo of YorgosLanthimos I've taken across two different BFI London Film Festivals.

The lovely Raffey Cassidy, who I photographed first at the premiere of the underrated "Tomorrowland", and last year at the premiere of Robert Zemeckis' "Allied" is also in this movie (and her dress is exceedingly handy at using as the basis for my cameras' autofocus!)

The lovely Raffey Cassidy, who I photographed first at the premiere of the underrated "Tomorrowland", and last year at the premiere of Robert Zemeckis' "Allied" is also in this movie (and her dress is exceedingly handy at using as the basis for my cameras' autofocus!)

"I'm not saying you shouldn't be civil to autograph dealers... I'm just saying don't stare directly into their eyes : they'll steal your soul... I've seen it happen". I haven't but I'd believe it.

"I'm not saying you shouldn't be civil to autograph dealers... I'm just saying don't stare directly into their eyes : they'll steal your soul... I've seen it happen". I haven't but I'd believe it.

"..... okay, I've spotted one in the crowd. Let's see what happens."

"..... okay, I've spotted one in the crowd. Let's see what happens."

"I might not be on The List, but my little friend here was the first assistant director for the second unit shoot. No, really..." - Barry Keoghan has been in, among other films, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk"

"I might not be on The List, but my little friend here was the first assistant director for the second unit shoot. No, really..." - Barry Keoghan has been in, among other films, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk"

"He wasn't really the first AD for the second unit. He was just a key grip"

"He wasn't really the first AD for the second unit. He was just a key grip"

Meanwhile, the plaintive cries of grown men and elderly women means Colin Farrell has arrived. he was also in (and at the premieres of) prior BFI London Film Festival premieres for "The Lobster" and also "Saving Mr Banks"

Meanwhile, the plaintive cries of grown men and elderly women means Colin Farrell has arrived. he was also in (and at the premieres of) prior BFI London Film Festival premieres for "The Lobster" and also "Saving Mr Banks"

Arriving moments later, Australia's own Nicole Kidman - who I last photographed at the premiere of 'Paddington', and have long since given up trying to get her to sign my photo of her taken in 2008 at the premiere of the movie 'Australia'. In part because I keep forgetting to bring that photo with me, I suspect.

Arriving moments later, Australia's own Nicole Kidman - who I last photographed at the premiere of 'Paddington', and have long since given up trying to get her to sign my photo of her taken in 2008 at the premiere of the movie 'Australia'. In part because I keep forgetting to bring that photo with me, I suspect.

"Is that guy photographing me or doing a full-body medical x-ray? I don't mind either way... I just hope he hurries up."

"Is that guy photographing me or doing a full-body medical x-ray? I don't mind either way... I just hope he hurries up."

"But your hair was so luxuriously blonde in Oliver Stone's 'Alexander'... what happened??" "I had to let it go."

"But your hair was so luxuriously blonde in Oliver Stone's 'Alexander'... what happened??"
"I had to let it go."

"You know they're only going to ask variations of 'what was it like to work with.....<insert>' all along the interview line... why don't we just grab a burger at TGI Friday?" - because the burgers are better at Shake Shack?

"You know they're only going to ask variations of 'what was it like to work with.....<insert>' all along the interview line... why don't we just grab a burger at TGI Friday?" - because the burgers are better at Shake Shack?

After yesterday's pretty decent lens-flare effort at 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool', I think I'm back to a level of form I haven't been in since I put a 50mm 1.4 on a Nikon D700 years ago.....

After yesterday's pretty decent lens-flare effort at 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool', I think I'm back to a level of form I haven't been in since I put a 50mm 1.4 on a Nikon D700 years ago.....

"Please don't walk any further, unless you want photos of you to make other people feel bad about their lack of height, their slim figure, their lack of excellent hair and lack of graceful posture....".

"Please don't walk any further, unless you want photos of you to make other people feel bad about their lack of height, their slim figure, their lack of excellent hair and lack of graceful posture....".

"Guys? I can't see... and I need my eyes to read scripts, you know?"

"Guys? I can't see... and I need my eyes to read scripts, you know?"

"I can't see to the extent that I'm just going to hold out a sharpie and keep it still while you put your paper underneath it and you move it to simulate my autograph"

"I can't see to the extent that I'm just going to hold out a sharpie and keep it still while you put your paper underneath it and you move it to simulate my autograph"

"OMG who are we photographing and are they famous?" the onlookers in the park have a higher elevation than the crowd in the public pen, but the people in the public pen's second row are holding up their mobile phones so it's not quite as good as spot as it seems.

"OMG who are we photographing and are they famous?" the onlookers in the park have a higher elevation than the crowd in the public pen, but the people in the public pen's second row are holding up their mobile phones so it's not quite as good as spot as it seems.

"I was very pleased to win the Oscar for The Hours in 2003... but just as glad that I was able to get back to using my real nose once it was finished"

"I was very pleased to win the Oscar for The Hours in 2003... but just as glad that I was able to get back to using my real nose once it was finished"

"I don't want to overshadow proceedings, but I was hardly going to show up in tracksuit pants and a double-hoodie" Random attendee : Emma Stone, who I photographed just last weekend at the BFI LFF premiere for 'Battle of the Sexes'.

"I don't want to overshadow proceedings, but I was hardly going to show up in tracksuit pants and a double-hoodie" Random attendee : Emma Stone, who I photographed just last weekend at the BFI LFF premiere for 'Battle of the Sexes'.

If you're going to have one photo of Emma Stone in a premiere journal, why not make it two I always say. Or have decided to say.

If you're going to have one photo of Emma Stone in a premiere journal, why not make it two I always say. Or have decided to say.

Long-range Nicole Kidman shot - at the distance I was photographing it was pretty much all luck as security and photographer/videographers on the carpet blocked her as much as photogaphers, selfie-hunters, and autograph dealers did in the pen. But sometimes you get a few fractions of a second to take shots like this

Long-range Nicole Kidman shot - at the distance I was photographing it was pretty much all luck as security and photographer/videographers on the carpet blocked her as much as photogaphers, selfie-hunters, and autograph dealers did in the pen. But sometimes you get a few fractions of a second to take shots like this

"I wasn't in that film, but it's always nice to be mistaken for Hugh Jackman, wildly different accents notwithstanding" Colin Farrell at even greater range.

"I wasn't in that film, but it's always nice to be mistaken for Hugh Jackman, wildly different accents notwithstanding" Colin Farrell at even greater range.

Random Attendee #2 : Nicholas Hoult - best known (probabyly) for being in the awesome Mad Max Fury Road (which sadly never had a London Premiere) but was also in such films as the surpringly good Zombie rom-com 'Warm Bodies' and 'Kill Your Friends' (which wasn't a zombie rom-com)

Random Attendee #2 : Nicholas Hoult - best known (probabyly) for being in the awesome Mad Max Fury Road (which sadly never had a London Premiere) but was also in such films as the surpringly good Zombie rom-com 'Warm Bodies' and 'Kill Your Friends' (which wasn't a zombie rom-com)

"Witness me.... going inside to score a nice seat and free popcorn!"

"Witness me.... going inside to score a nice seat and free popcorn!"

So.. that was that. An interesting premiere for a sub-optimal pen, which to my tired eyes looks like it might have turned out okay, photographically. If I get a good enough night's sleep I might come back tomorrow and think differently, and I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to that.

Not as much as I'm looking forward to (hopefully) doing it all over again tomorrow, as London Film Festival hits DAY (FREAKING) TEN!

Until then / next time!

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