11 May - The 'King Arthur : Legend of the Sword' Premiere

May 11th, 2017.

London's last premiere was small and enjoyable ('Jawbone' on Monday), but this one was considerably larger. I was fortunate enough to get a very low-number wristband to it, because I happened to watch a movie the day before at the cinema hosting the premiere just as they were setting up the table o' wristbands. And then, one day later, I returned with cameras in tow..... and....

"What the world needs now, as we head into transhumanism, the failure of capitalism, the rise of fake news and the increasing ubiquity of mass-monitoring and mass-marketing is a story where a dude pulls a knife out of a rock and starts punching people because he's destined to"

"What the world needs now, as we head into transhumanism, the failure of capitalism, the rise of fake news and the increasing ubiquity of mass-monitoring and mass-marketing is a story where a dude pulls a knife out of a rock and starts punching people because he's destined to"

Well, I'm on board for that. Here's how it went down:

"I don't know why people keep saying mirrorless cameras are light compared to DSLRs. I basically need to wear weighted shoes to stop mine from floating away..."

"I don't know why people keep saying mirrorless cameras are light compared to DSLRs. I basically need to wear weighted shoes to stop mine from floating away..."

"Next time would it kill you to send up some packets of crisps and some lagers?" The high-tech screen never was fully fixed for the premiere, though an artful use of screensaver-style graphics covered the flaw fairly easy.

"Next time would it kill you to send up some packets of crisps and some lagers?" The high-tech screen never was fully fixed for the premiere, though an artful use of screensaver-style graphics covered the flaw fairly easy.

Note to Disney's lawyers : the blue glow on the sword is not meant to suggest, imply, or remind anyone of a lightsaber, like, in any way.

Note to Disney's lawyers : the blue glow on the sword is not meant to suggest, imply, or remind anyone of a lightsaber, like, in any way.

A row of velvet-rope barriers to create a barrier between ordinary ticketholders and the movie's stars being interviewed on the red carpet which also has the effect of blocking crowd views of those same stars being interviewed, and stops them easily signing autographs. Frankly, I think we're six months from having fully-excavated Talent Moats to divide the stars from the commoners.

A row of velvet-rope barriers to create a barrier between ordinary ticketholders and the movie's stars being interviewed on the red carpet which also has the effect of blocking crowd views of those same stars being interviewed, and stops them easily signing autographs. Frankly, I think we're six months from having fully-excavated Talent Moats to divide the stars from the commoners.

Director Guy Ritchie's Jacket/Trouser colour combination is quite Pete Weller-ian in its similarity to Monday's "Jawbone" Premiere. I've previously photographed Ritchie at the premieres of 'RockNRolla', 'Sherlock Holmes (2009)' and - strangely- the documentary 'African Cats'

Director Guy Ritchie's Jacket/Trouser colour combination is quite Pete Weller-ian in its similarity to Monday's "Jawbone" Premiere. I've previously photographed Ritchie at the premieres of 'RockNRolla', 'Sherlock Holmes (2009)' and - strangely- the documentary 'African Cats'

"The guy over there says you owe him five dollars because he didn't like 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' His story checks out, but he doesn't have a receipt...."

"The guy over there says you owe him five dollars because he didn't like 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' His story checks out, but he doesn't have a receipt...."

"This is all historically accurate to the time. From the shades to the scarf to the wooden board with the birdie symbol to the heavy metal music I assume they play throughout the film". I have no idea who Dougie Poynter is, or whether he's right about any of these things.

"This is all historically accurate to the time. From the shades to the scarf to the wooden board with the birdie symbol to the heavy metal music I assume they play throughout the film". I have no idea who Dougie Poynter is, or whether he's right about any of these things.

I think this is Hugh Robb, who plays the role of Arthur (age 11) in the film, which also has actors playing him at ages 2, 6, 19, and 'age of Charlie Hunnam'.

I think this is Hugh Robb, who plays the role of Arthur (age 11) in the film, which also has actors playing him at ages 2, 6, 19, and 'age of Charlie Hunnam'.

"Well, obviously we're hoping that this starts a series of parallel multi-age simultaneous prequels in an ongoing Athurian cinematic universe" "That, and we want a Batman crossover!!"

"Well, obviously we're hoping that this starts a series of parallel multi-age simultaneous prequels in an ongoing Athurian cinematic universe"
"That, and we want a Batman crossover!!"

"I struck out with both William and Harry, but you're sure even with the title he's not actually in line to the throne?" "I think he's American, sadly...."

"I struck out with both William and Harry, but you're sure even with the title he's not actually in line to the throne?"
"I think he's American, sadly...."

I liked composing the stage so it said "No King"... but sadly the lighting had changed by the time Charlie Hunnam was on stage.

I liked composing the stage so it said "No King"... but sadly the lighting had changed by the time Charlie Hunnam was on stage.

I'd never heard of Geoff Bell before, even though his imdb entry is considerable in length, and includes "2nd Lieutenant Frobb" in Rogue One, so he probably has his own action figures, a comic tie-in backstory and a lifetime of Star Wars convention money to look forward to.

I'd never heard of Geoff Bell before, even though his imdb entry is considerable in length, and includes "2nd Lieutenant Frobb" in Rogue One, so he probably has his own action figures, a comic tie-in backstory and a lifetime of Star Wars convention money to look forward to.

"The strict Security Guard Code prevents me from actually touching you directly, but I've been practicing my Force Guiding powers in my off-time...."

"The strict Security Guard Code prevents me from actually touching you directly, but I've been practicing my Force Guiding powers in my off-time...."

"Ties? They're so 1972..." Neil Maskell plays the evocatively named "Back Lack" in the film. His list of roles in the imdb is very impressive, but I'm drawn to him playing the role of Henry VIII in something called "Drunk History : UK" which I feel I should have been / be watching.

"Ties? They're so 1972..." Neil Maskell plays the evocatively named "Back Lack" in the film. His list of roles in the imdb is very impressive, but I'm drawn to him playing the role of Henry VIII in something called "Drunk History : UK" which I feel I should have been / be watching.

"I thought ties were so 1968. What did I miss in those four years??" Aiden Gillen is probably best known for being in (at the time of writing) 35 episodes each of the TV Shows "The Wire" and "Game of Thrones"

"I thought ties were so 1968. What did I miss in those four years??" Aiden Gillen is probably best known for being in (at the time of writing) 35 episodes each of the TV Shows "The Wire" and "Game of Thrones"

"If I'm honest, the snakes on your clothes are equal parts enticing and scary..... and I'm saying that as somebody who played the role of "CIA Op" in The Dark Knight Rises"

"If I'm honest, the snakes on your clothes are equal parts enticing and scary..... and I'm saying that as somebody who played the role of "CIA Op" in The Dark Knight Rises"

Lionel Wigram is one of five people credited with the story and/or screenplay of this movie, none of whom, incidentally, date back to medieval times.

Lionel Wigram is one of five people credited with the story and/or screenplay of this movie, none of whom, incidentally, date back to medieval times.

"I'm not wearing a swimsuit - I'm totally out of character" Jacqui Ainsley is both Married To Director Guy Ritchie and plays Lady Of The Lake in this film.

"I'm not wearing a swimsuit - I'm totally out of character" Jacqui Ainsley is both Married To Director Guy Ritchie and plays Lady Of The Lake in this film.

"His hair is better than mine, and he's in this film. I'm kind of jealous enough that I don't feel like asking him any questions...."- Craig McGinlay is in this film. And his hair is quite lustrous.

"His hair is better than mine, and he's in this film. I'm kind of jealous enough that I don't feel like asking him any questions...."- Craig McGinlay is in this film. And his hair is quite lustrous.

"The hair? I'm very proud of it. Also, Guy Ritchie was awesome to work with"

"The hair? I'm very proud of it. Also, Guy Ritchie was awesome to work with"

"Me? Onstage? What purpose would that serve? McGinlay's hair is better than mine, and David Beckham has just arrived and his is even better!" - director Guy Ritchie declined to go up on stage to be interviewed but it's probable that he enjoyed working with Guy Ritchie and looks forward to his next project.

"Me? Onstage? What purpose would that serve? McGinlay's hair is better than mine, and David Beckham has just arrived and his is even better!" - director Guy Ritchie declined to go up on stage to be interviewed but it's probable that he enjoyed working with Guy Ritchie and looks forward to his next project.

Katie McGrath is best known for playing the assistant to Bryce Dallas Howard's character in Jurassic World, whose (spoiler) death is so disproportionately horrifying and undeserved it basically becomes a form of black comedy in that film.

Katie McGrath is best known for playing the assistant to Bryce Dallas Howard's character in Jurassic World, whose (spoiler) death is so disproportionately horrifying and undeserved it basically becomes a form of black comedy in that film.

The man, the myth, the myriad of branded fragrances ...David Beckham apparently has 15 lines of dialogue as the character 'Trigger' in the movie.

The man, the myth, the myriad of branded fragrances ...David Beckham apparently has 15 lines of dialogue as the character 'Trigger' in the movie.

"I'm contractually obliged to say I'm wearing one of my own fragrances, called 'beyond forever' " "Isn't that... like... not a particularly meaningful name for a fragrance, or a series of words looking to make sense?" "My accountants strongly disagree on both counts, Edith"

"I'm contractually obliged to say I'm wearing one of my own fragrances, called 'beyond forever' "
"Isn't that... like... not a particularly meaningful name for a fragrance, or a series of words looking to make sense?"
"My accountants strongly disagree on both counts, Edith"

"Buy my fragrance. Or one of the other three I have. Or one of my wife's. Or don't wash at all"

"Buy my fragrance. Or one of the other three I have. Or one of my wife's. Or don't wash at all"

"Just to let you know, my lawyers will be contacting your lawyers with a takedown notice to remove this unauthorised photo of me in 5, 4, 3, 2, .... about now"

"Just to let you know, my lawyers will be contacting your lawyers with a takedown notice to remove this unauthorised photo of me in 5, 4, 3, 2, .... about now"

David Beckham having cleverly avoided signing autographs, posing for selfies, or risking random paternity suits from the crowd, our next guest on stage is Poppy Delevingne, who plays the role of the improbably named "Igraine" in the film.

David Beckham having cleverly avoided signing autographs, posing for selfies, or risking random paternity suits from the crowd, our next guest on stage is Poppy Delevingne, who plays the role of the improbably named "Igraine" in the film.

"No, I assure you that you're the first person to put an "M" in front of the character's name as a joke. Yes, I'm flirting with you. Otherwise I'd say you're about the forty-third"

"No, I assure you that you're the first person to put an "M" in front of the character's name as a joke. Yes, I'm flirting with you. Otherwise I'd say you're about the forty-third"

"I'm not sure what to do. On the one hand, it's clearly broken. On the other, people are taking even more photos than before..."

"I'm not sure what to do. On the one hand, it's clearly broken. On the other, people are taking even more photos than before..."

"No, young lady. I'M Charlie Hunnam. People are always getting us confused, damnit..." (Action hero Jason Statham and I have the same problem)

"No, young lady. I'M Charlie Hunnam. People are always getting us confused, damnit..." (Action hero Jason Statham and I have the same problem)

"It's ME! I will gratefully accept your cheers and applause for another few minutes." Charlie Hunnam plays the role of Arthur in the movie, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of 'Pacific Rim' in 2013, and earlier this year at 'The Lost City of Z'

"It's ME! I will gratefully accept your cheers and applause for another few minutes." Charlie Hunnam plays the role of Arthur in the movie, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of 'Pacific Rim' in 2013, and earlier this year at 'The Lost City of Z'

"Pocket watches are totally making a comeback. And all you have to do to have your own is to cut the wrist straps off your regular watch and attach a chain. Or... do something weird with your iPhone that will probably void its warranty...."

"Pocket watches are totally making a comeback. And all you have to do to have your own is to cut the wrist straps off your regular watch and attach a chain. Or... do something weird with your iPhone that will probably void its warranty...."

"Well, this is a Warner Bros film so yeah, I guess I could show up in the Justice League if they decide to go that way" - And I for one can't wait for the next bizarre installment in the increasingly convoluted abomination that is the DCU. Not to watch it, mind you...

"Well, this is a Warner Bros film so yeah, I guess I could show up in the Justice League if they decide to go that way" - And I for one can't wait for the next bizarre installment in the increasingly convoluted abomination that is the DCU. Not to watch it, mind you...

So... that was another premiere. Despite the waiting and the crowds and the unfriendly layout and the people milling on the carpet, and Guy Ritchie not going on stage and David Beckham not signing autographs and Charlie Hunnam being mobbed by autograph dealers.... I forget where this sentence is going. But I was there, and I took some photos. And though I may do another one tomorrow, for today it's another entry into the Archive of Movie premieres.

Until next time!

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"Anyway, watch this movie. Even if, yes, violence is bad. So if you're going to fight, use words. But don't hurt peoples' feelings. Because that's bad. Basically.... be good people, watch our movie, and be comfortable with the dichotomy. Peace, out"

"Anyway, watch this movie. Even if, yes, violence is bad. So if you're going to fight, use words. But don't hurt peoples' feelings. Because that's bad. Basically.... be good people, watch our movie, and be comfortable with the dichotomy. Peace, out"