6 Dec - The 'Molly's Game' Premiere

December 6th, 2017.

The last two events I photographed intersected directly with my Twin Pillars of weakness : Theatre and Fashion, in the form of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the (British) Fashion Awards. But today I was back doing what the website (premieres.co) says : a premiere.

Here's how it went down:

Now if I can just get the drone to hover here for the next 90minutes or so.... (I'm kidding : that would be fairly illegal in a "sir, we're going to need you to talk to these nice people calling themselves policemen" way)

Now if I can just get the drone to hover here for the next 90minutes or so....
(I'm kidding : that would be fairly illegal in a "sir, we're going to need you to talk to these nice people calling themselves policemen" way)

"Nice try covering for the fact you left your tripod at home, Mark..."

"Nice try covering for the fact you left your tripod at home, Mark..."

Not entirely doppelgangers.

Not entirely doppelgangers.

One of FOURTEEN producers of the film. Probably not Amy Pascal.

One of FOURTEEN producers of the film. Probably not Amy Pascal.

Molly Bloom wrote the book (and is the person) upon which this movie is based. I'm going out on a limb and guessing Idris Elba plays her in the movie (hey, don't be so genderist...!)

Molly Bloom wrote the book (and is the person) upon which this movie is based. I'm going out on a limb and guessing Idris Elba plays her in the movie (hey, don't be so genderist...!)

Aaron Sorkin is the director and screenwriter of "Molly's Game" - he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the brilliant 'The Social Network', got a nomination for the outstanding 'Moneyball' and how the movie 'Steve Jobs' didn't get more love for its screenplay and overall excellence I'll never know.

Aaron Sorkin is the director and screenwriter of "Molly's Game" - he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the brilliant 'The Social Network', got a nomination for the outstanding 'Moneyball' and how the movie 'Steve Jobs' didn't get more love for its screenplay and overall excellence I'll never know.

"It's me!! And please don't break my heart by asking me to be more specific" - I'm guessing it's another one of the fourteen producers of this film. Sadly Michael Cera and Kevin Costner, who are both in the film, did not attend the premiere.

"It's me!! And please don't break my heart by asking me to be more specific" - I'm guessing it's another one of the fourteen producers of this film. Sadly Michael Cera and Kevin Costner, who are both in the film, did not attend the premiere.

"I'm in Leicester Square. Where are you?" "Me? I'M in Leicester Square, damnit!! Where are YOU??" "Leicester Square. If you're here, why can't I SEE you?" "I'm looking at a sign that says "Leicester Square" and it's right where I am, bro"

"I'm in Leicester Square. Where are you?"
"Me? I'M in Leicester Square, damnit!! Where are YOU??"
"Leicester Square. If you're here, why can't I SEE you?"
"I'm looking at a sign that says "Leicester Square" and it's right where I am, bro"

"...Yeah okay, but Leicester Square in ENGLAND??"

"...Yeah okay, but Leicester Square in ENGLAND??"

"I coulda done something to fix the Justice League script. Even if they just gave me a can of kerosene and a cigarette lighter, I could have done *something*". I had a chance to watch Justice League last Friday but decided punching myself in the face for two hours was something I didn't need to buy a cinema ticket for.

"I coulda done something to fix the Justice League script. Even if they just gave me a can of kerosene and a cigarette lighter, I could have done *something*". I had a chance to watch Justice League last Friday but decided punching myself in the face for two hours was something I didn't need to buy a cinema ticket for.

It's Daniel Pemberton! He's the composer of the scores to such films as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E remake, King Arthur : Legend of the Sword (he didn't attend the premiere) and the excellent (and still underrated even after I mentioned how underrated it was a few captions ago) Steve Jobs

It's Daniel Pemberton! He's the composer of the scores to such films as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E remake, King Arthur : Legend of the Sword (he didn't attend the premiere) and the excellent (and still underrated even after I mentioned how underrated it was a few captions ago) Steve Jobs

"You don't need to tell me I look suave. People like me who are suave already know" - sadly I don't know who he is, but... suaaaaave.

"You don't need to tell me I look suave. People like me who are suave already know" - sadly I don't know who he is, but... suaaaaave.

"I don't really want you to record an endorsement for a product I haven't actually tried. How about if I only say that I have reason to believe that it's possible the product might be okay but I can't say for certain? Would still that work?" - Idris Elba was most recently in (or rather/more importantly photographed by me at) the premieres of 'Star Trek Beyond' and '100 Streets'

"I don't really want you to record an endorsement for a product I haven't actually tried. How about if I only say that I have reason to believe that it's possible the product might be okay but I can't say for certain? Would still that work?" - Idris Elba was most recently in (or rather/more importantly photographed by me at) the premieres of 'Star Trek Beyond' and '100 Streets'

"Sorry, somebody just asked me to look at their spec script. It appeared to consist mainly of heavily accented French dialogue..."

"Sorry, somebody just asked me to look at their spec script. It appeared to consist mainly of heavily accented French dialogue..."

"Am I in Pacific Rim 2? I guess I could be a Force Ghost or something. Assuming our cheque to Disney for allowing that to happen clears....." Idris Elba's filmography runs the gamut of Aliens sequels (Prometheus), Marvel films (the Thor trilogy), Pixar (he was a voice in Finding Dory and Zootopia) - he was also excellent in 'Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom'

"Am I in Pacific Rim 2? I guess I could be a Force Ghost or something. Assuming our cheque to Disney for allowing that to happen clears....." Idris Elba's filmography runs the gamut of Aliens sequels (Prometheus), Marvel films (the Thor trilogy), Pixar (he was a voice in Finding Dory and Zootopia) - he was also excellent in 'Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom'

As part of my ongoing plan to remain sleep deprived for the foreseeable future I left my Nikon's CF card back at the office, but had the chance to go back and retrieve it and still get a spot in a late-opening pen. And it paid off : no offence, Pentax; but THIS is autofocus. (also : this is the lovely Jessica Chastain)

As part of my ongoing plan to remain sleep deprived for the foreseeable future I left my Nikon's CF card back at the office, but had the chance to go back and retrieve it and still get a spot in a late-opening pen. And it paid off : no offence, Pentax; but THIS is autofocus. (also : this is the lovely Jessica Chastain)

Jessica Chastain has been in (and at premieres of) movies including the excellent "Interstellar" and "The Martian". And also 'Miss Sloane' which I only (finally) watched a few weeks ago.

Jessica Chastain has been in (and at premieres of) movies including the excellent "Interstellar" and "The Martian". And also 'Miss Sloane' which I only (finally) watched a few weeks ago.

"It's fine. We're two very attractive people. It only makes sense that you'd want to take photos of us to bring back into your homes to inspire you to do better..." Well.... okay.

"It's fine. We're two very attractive people. It only makes sense that you'd want to take photos of us to bring back into your homes to inspire you to do better..." Well.... okay.

"It's not just the portrait, but also those two beanie-wearing doppelgangers on the far right that I'm afraid of if I turn around..."

"It's not just the portrait, but also those two beanie-wearing doppelgangers on the far right that I'm afraid of if I turn around..."

"I'm comfortably wearing thermals under my suit, but my co-star is not.... and I feel kind of bad about that". Disgracefully I did not offer Jessica Chastain my (black) thinsulate beanie. I feel kind of bad about that... but I did need it to keep my head warm.

"I'm comfortably wearing thermals under my suit, but my co-star is not.... and I feel kind of bad about that". Disgracefully I did not offer Jessica Chastain my (black) thinsulate beanie. I feel kind of bad about that... but I did need it to keep my head warm.

I feel like maybe Jessica Chastain is judging me about the beanie...

I feel like maybe Jessica Chastain is judging me about the beanie...

"Please tell me when you've honestly all got the photo you want. I would like to get inside where it's warm eventually..."

"Please tell me when you've honestly all got the photo you want. I would like to get inside where it's warm eventually..."

"More photos. Very well... but couldn't you ask any of the other paparazzi nicely and see if they'll share with you?." The weather for this premiere was not as chilly as it might have been. Pretty much exactly five years ago tonight I was at the World Premiere for "Les Miserables" and that's roundly agreed to have been one of the chilliest premieres ever (though personally I give that honour to The (first) Best Exotic Marigold premiere.

"More photos. Very well... but couldn't you ask any of the other paparazzi nicely and see if they'll share with you?." The weather for this premiere was not as chilly as it might have been. Pretty much exactly five years ago tonight I was at the World Premiere for "Les Miserables" and that's roundly agreed to have been one of the chilliest premieres ever (though personally I give that honour to The (first) Best Exotic Marigold premiere.

"Could you please sign some autographs? The fans behind me really are adamant that I'm not allowed to act as your proxy and sign Zero Dark Thirty DVDs on your behalf..."

"Could you please sign some autographs? The fans behind me really are adamant that I'm not allowed to act as your proxy and sign Zero Dark Thirty DVDs on your behalf..."

"Oh, very well : I'll sign, pose for selfies and do high-fives and possibly fist-bumps. But I'm not endorsing your websites". Oh. Well..... thanks anyway.

"Oh, very well : I'll sign, pose for selfies and do high-fives and possibly fist-bumps. But I'm not endorsing your websites". Oh. Well..... thanks anyway.

Late/random arrival : actor Jason Isaacs. I missed photographing him several times during BFI London Film Festival back in October, but eventually did snap him at "Death of Stalin"

Late/random arrival : actor Jason Isaacs. I missed photographing him several times during BFI London Film Festival back in October, but eventually did snap him at "Death of Stalin"

I love Jessica Chastain. She just seems so.... cheerful.

I love Jessica Chastain. She just seems so.... cheerful.

So.... that was that, and it's another entry into the slowly-crawling-towards-that-number-I-want-to-get-to Archive of Premieres. There are still two more premieres on my radar (next week) before I bring this year to a close. I'm not holding out my hopes, but I'll (try to) be there anyway (for both).

Until next time!

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