07 Jun - The 'My Cousin Rachel' World Premiere

June 7th, 2017.

Regardless of what we might want to tell ourselves to the (and in spite of much brave rhetoric) it seems London is too scared to host premieres at the moment. Last week there were four premieres cancelled (DC's 'Wonder Woman', Universal's 'The Mummy', and the Netflix premieres for 'Glow' and 'Orange is the New Black'), and a fifth, the 'Beatriz at Dinner' 'International Premiere' had no red carpet and no stars walking it. (Anecdotally there are even mutterings that there are no premieres booked for Leicester Square at all this summer.)

So.... as you might guess, when word came that the World Premiere for "My Cousin Rachel" had NOT (yet) been cancelled today, I knew I had to be there.

Here's how it went down.

The Picturehouse Central disappointed me gravely last week when their "International Premiere" for the Sundance London Festival Opening had pens and security (and members of the public) present, but no stars deigned to walk in via the front door.

The Picturehouse Central disappointed me gravely last week when their "International Premiere" for the Sundance London Festival Opening had pens and security (and members of the public) present, but no stars deigned to walk in via the front door.

"I can't turn around. It's like they're looking at me, judging me... "

"I can't turn around. It's like they're looking at me, judging me... "

Oh, to have a lanyard around my neck reading "PHOTOGRAPHER". To... uh... prove that I'm a photographer (something my Pentax K1 and Nikon D4 clearly can't sufficiently establish.)

Oh, to have a lanyard around my neck reading "PHOTOGRAPHER". To... uh... prove that I'm a photographer (something my Pentax K1 and Nikon D4 clearly can't sufficiently establish.)

Photographing premieres isn't like riding a bicycle : you get rusty really quickly. For instance, look at this shot. It's a disgrace! I didn't even compose it properly to include the word "Rachel" (it wouldn't have happened a week ago).

Photographing premieres isn't like riding a bicycle : you get rusty really quickly. For instance, look at this shot. It's a disgrace! I didn't even compose it properly to include the word "Rachel" (it wouldn't have happened a week ago).

Our first arrival is The Hungers Games' Sam Claflin, who was also in last year's "Me Before You" (and in that fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film everyone's conveniently forgotten about)

Our first arrival is The Hungers Games' Sam Claflin, who was also in last year's "Me Before You" (and in that fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film everyone's conveniently forgotten about)

"They did a FIFTH one?? WHEN???" - yes, they made a fifth Pirates film. And no, they didn't have a premiere for it in London. And yes, on an unrelated note, the movie was terrible.

"They did a FIFTH one?? WHEN???" - yes, they made a fifth Pirates film. And no, they didn't have a premiere for it in London. And yes, on an unrelated note, the movie was terrible.

"You could try to look happier....?" "This is as happy as I get under these circumstances"

"You could try to look happier....?"
"This is as happy as I get under these circumstances"

"And you guys say you loved The Hunger Games films? Really? Even that last one, when they were really stretching it?"

"And you guys say you loved The Hunger Games films? Really? Even that last one, when they were really stretching it?"

"I'm afraid it's probably a bit late to ramp up a Notting Hill Cinematic Universe, but I'll make sure to pass your advice on to the accountants..." - this film's director (and also the director of 1999s "Notting Hill") is Roger Michell

"I'm afraid it's probably a bit late to ramp up a Notting Hill Cinematic Universe, but I'll make sure to pass your advice on to the accountants..." - this film's director (and also the director of 1999s "Notting Hill") is Roger Michell

"Is the kid behind me still there? I really wanna see how good his reflexes are" - Holliday Grainger was most recently in such films (and premieres) as "Their Finest", and 2012's "Great Expectations"

"Is the kid behind me still there? I really wanna see how good his reflexes are" - Holliday Grainger was most recently in such films (and premieres) as "Their Finest", and 2012's "Great Expectations"

"Wait for it.... wait for it...." (I'm just impressed that a kid his age isn't angling his mobile for a selfie...)

"Wait for it.... wait for it...." (I'm just impressed that a kid his age isn't angling his mobile for a selfie...)

I never did find out whether that kid got the photo of Holliday Grainger, or her particularly alluring hair-swish, but our next arrival is Iain Glen, best known as "Ser Friend Zone" from Game of Thrones.

I never did find out whether that kid got the photo of Holliday Grainger, or her particularly alluring hair-swish, but our next arrival is Iain Glen, best known as "Ser Friend Zone" from Game of Thrones.

Guy at back : "Ser Jorah just has to end up with Khaleesi!! HE JUST HAS TO!!!!!"

Guy at back : "Ser Jorah just has to end up with Khaleesi!! HE JUST HAS TO!!!!!"

Our next arrival is Laura Haddock, who is not in this film but is married to Sam Claflin, and she's also set to be the female lead in the next Transformers film (the fifth? sixth? one). And that London premiere (scheduled for an upcoming Sunday in June) has been removed from many Premieres websites as well. Argh.

Our next arrival is Laura Haddock, who is not in this film but is married to Sam Claflin, and she's also set to be the female lead in the next Transformers film (the fifth? sixth? one). And that London premiere (scheduled for an upcoming Sunday in June) has been removed from many Premieres websites as well. Argh.

"They made ANOTHER Transformers film??? Oh, wait. You mean the one I'm in!"

"They made ANOTHER Transformers film??? Oh, wait. You mean the one I'm in!"

"Who's that being mobbed?" "Don't know" "What movie are they promoting?" "Don't know" "Then why am I risking my safety taking this photo???" ... the film's main draw Rachel Weisz has arrived, to a flood of dealer autograph requests.

"Who's that being mobbed?"
"Don't know"
"What movie are they promoting?"
"Don't know"
"Then why am I risking my safety taking this photo???"

... the film's main draw Rachel Weisz has arrived, to a flood of dealer autograph requests.

"Denial? I wasn't in that movie." "......" "... yes, I'm being ironic"

"Denial? I wasn't in that movie."
"......"
"... yes, I'm being ironic"

"I don't think it's one of those ''ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife' -type ironies, Chuck...."

"I don't think it's one of those ''ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife' -type ironies, Chuck...."

And after the stars had all gone into the foyer of the Picturehouse to pose for photographs and interiews, I found myself in a spot with occasional and intermittent views of the goings-on inside. Here's how THAT went down:

"I'm pretty sure I'd get murdered by HBO if I gave away any spoilers for Game of Thrones. And as I myself am very much intersted in finding out how it ends, I really don't want that."

"I'm pretty sure I'd get murdered by HBO if I gave away any spoilers for Game of Thrones. And as I myself am very much intersted in finding out how it ends, I really don't want that."

Holliday Grainger's freakishly large hand in this picture sadly turned out to be Sam Claflin's.

Holliday Grainger's freakishly large hand in this picture sadly turned out to be Sam Claflin's.

I've taken about 400 shots blocked by everyone from cameramen to their cousins to their work experience kids, passersby, attendants, soothsayers, cryptkeepers, barbershop quartets and jugglers, ...but I've finally taken a photo of Rachel Weisz at this premiere!!

I've taken about 400 shots blocked by everyone from cameramen to their cousins to their work experience kids, passersby, attendants, soothsayers, cryptkeepers, barbershop quartets and jugglers, ...but I've finally taken a photo of Rachel Weisz at this premiere!!

I miss the days when I had a Nikon with a 50mm f1.4 attached... these days my lens flares just aren't what they once were. Personally, I think the one at the premiere for "Run For Your Wife" remains the best one I've ever captured

I miss the days when I had a Nikon with a 50mm f1.4 attached... these days my lens flares just aren't what they once were. Personally, I think the one at the premiere for "Run For Your Wife" remains the best one I've ever captured

"When I said there wasn't a Notting Hill Cinematic Universe planned, I meant to add "yet" to the end of that sentence..."

"When I said there wasn't a Notting Hill Cinematic Universe planned, I meant to add "yet" to the end of that sentence..."

"A changing Lanes Sequel or reboot? Okay, I'm listening" - sadly by now pretty much everyone has forgotten the Samuel L Jackson / Ben Affleck movie, but compared to many movies (now in their second third of fourth sequel), it wasn't that bad..

"A changing Lanes Sequel or reboot? Okay, I'm listening" - sadly by now pretty much everyone has forgotten the Samuel L Jackson / Ben Affleck movie, but compared to many movies (now in their second third of fourth sequel), it wasn't that bad..

"If they reboot The Hunger Games quickly enough I could maybe even play the same character....!"

"If they reboot The Hunger Games quickly enough I could maybe even play the same character....!"

"... has anyone ever done that? And if not, why not??"

"... has anyone ever done that? And if not, why not??"

"I think the sequel to Great Expectations should be called "Greater Expectations". It's a no-brainer. Do we know if Dickens wrote a second book?" I remember reading that book in High School in Australia. I also remember it being very long.

"I think the sequel to Great Expectations should be called "Greater Expectations". It's a no-brainer. Do we know if Dickens wrote a second book?" I remember reading that book in High School in Australia. I also remember it being very long.

"I'm calling for a prequel called "Lesser expectations". Somebody copyright that and set up a meeting with the CEO of Sony immediately". I predict a bidding war as early as next week, with Tom Cruise to be attached.

"I'm calling for a prequel called "Lesser expectations". Somebody copyright that and set up a meeting with the CEO of Sony immediately". I predict a bidding war as early as next week, with Tom Cruise to be attached.

Rachel Weisz is probably still best known for being in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, but to me she'll always be best known for having had the intelligence to decline being in the third movie.

Rachel Weisz is probably still best known for being in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, but to me she'll always be best known for having had the intelligence to decline being in the third movie.

Rachel Weisz was also great in the brilliant and scathing "The Lobster" (and its premiere)

Rachel Weisz was also great in the brilliant and scathing "The Lobster" (and its premiere)

"Everyone always forgets I won an Oscar (best supporting actress for 'The Constant Gardener' in 2006, in case you're also forgotten)"

"Everyone always forgets I won an Oscar (best supporting actress for 'The Constant Gardener' in 2006, in case you're also forgotten)"

"I'm just standing here. Waiting. For my.... uh... cousin. His name's Clifford. No, really."

"I'm just standing here. Waiting. For my.... uh... cousin. His name's Clifford. No, really."

So.. that was that. The first premiere since "Interlude in Prague" back in early May, and the TV Baftas over three weeks ago. There is a premiere scheduled for next week, but to me that just means they still have a week to cancel it if it all gets too scary.

Sigh....

So until next *whenever*, it's another entry for The Archive of Movie Premieres. And if you want to know when I post one of these (now fairly rare) journals, feel free to follow me on Facebook at premieresdotco, or on Twitter @Berndt2_photo. Or, hell - don't just follow me : contact me if you learn about any events or premieres coming up. I definitely don't want to miss any !