Lily James

11 Dec - The 'Darkest Hour' UK Premiere

December 11th, 2017.

Some days, especially days when the temperatures hover around the 1-2 degrees celsius range, and also days when you're not really inclined towards standing outside for long hours (especially in order not to get a cold for the third time in a fortnight) you start looking at other ways to photograph a premiere. Original, risky, but almost certainly warmer ways.

Time, in other words, to look at the King of Burgers and buy myself a seat for a couple of hours and see how it goes down:

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for   Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy  ), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..."  - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..." - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen"  - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen" - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you."  I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as   the premiere for the Robocop remake   (does anybody remember that?) and   a previous Empire Movie Awards  .

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you." I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as the premiere for the Robocop remake (does anybody remember that?) and a previous Empire Movie Awards.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?"  - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?" - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at   the premiere of "Baby Driver"   but was also in such films/premieres as   'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'   and Disney's live   action version of 'Cinderella'

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at the premiere of "Baby Driver" but was also in such films/premieres as 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' and Disney's live action version of 'Cinderella'

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Lily James with no, one or two hands on hips, and even one view partially blocked by lighting rig scaffolding : I do try to cater to every whim in these journals.

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

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Above : Lily James layers up... meanwhile amongs the crowds in Burger King the temperature has seen me remove THREE layers of clothing. For what it's worth, I've still got another two layers before I'm definitely going to be asked to leave (and if that happens it's cold enough that I'll be needing those layers again...)

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does"  Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does" Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

So.... that was that. If I'm honest, I'm going to call it a noble failure. It's not a bad space to gawk from, but as a vantagepoint from which to take decent photos in this configuration the stage is too close, the media at too far an angle, and specifically at this premiere the dropoff provided no fans for arrivals to interact with.But it's good to try new things, and take risks, and see what happens. Especially on premieres where you can 'afford' to play and mess up.

And in any event it's still another for the Archive of Movie premieres.

Tomorrow, for example, it'll be all phaser set to 'conservative' for the last premiere of the year. It's for a small film you probably haven't heard of....

Until next time!

Until next time!

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22 Jun - The 'Baby Driver' European Premiere

June 22nd, 2017.

As far as I'm aware today was the hottest day in London in something like 40 years (or the hottest June day, at any rate) - enough so that even I, being from Australia, felt slightly foolish wearing jeans and a black t-shirt to a bright, sunny premiere in London's Leicester Square for Edgar Wright's new movie...

Here's how it went down:

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

A white and pink carpet, a position in almost full sun, and event organisers providing free bottled water to avoid the embarrassment (as against the publicity) of people fainting at the sight of Ansel Elgort. Good times!

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Please note the earplugs provided to cope with the screaming fans of Ansel Elgort. They are rated to 1.5x 2009 Zac Efrons of strength"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Barry? If you're under there we can get you out in roughly two and a half hours"

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must....not.... rhyme..... 'Driver' with 'River' or 'Giver'.... or 'Sliver'...."

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Must... somehow.... try... not to be less cool than Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx"

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board"  - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Heard Daniel Day Lewis announced his retirement today. That's a pity. He's 3 Oscars to my 2 and I'm still on the board" - Kevin Spacey has, indeed, got two Oscars to his name and somewhere in a quiet room Meryl Streep is calmly sipping on a cup of tea, unconcerned.

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Walking like this is how I stay limber and naturally flexible. Sure it makes me look slightly less, cool, but on the other hand even when I'm doing this I'm still verifiably Jon Hamm"

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"Let's all raise our phones in a group selfie so we can remember this moment forever..."

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well"  - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"It's not exactly "Alas, Poor Yorick; I knew him Horatio", but very well" - Ansel Elgort won 'loudest cheer upon arrival at this event and is, indeed, the titular 'Baby Driver' of the movie.

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"OMG he's even cuter, albeit smaller at this distance, in real life!"

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" -  I think I last photographed Ansel at   the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014 .

"You were screaming my name yet I don't even know yours. How weird is that?" - I think I last photographed Ansel at the premiere of "Men Women and Children" back in 2014.

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision"  - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"The earrings weigh more than the dress, but I stand by my stylist's decision" - Eiza González plays the role of 'Darling' in this movie

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"This man is my mentor, my style guru, and in possibly related news my accountant just said his bank transfer cleared fifteen minutes ago"

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......"  - thanks, imdb!

"Kevin Fowler? Now that's a name I've not heard since......" - thanks, imdb!

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"No, fool! I'm putting this here so you DON'T step on it. How is YOUR way logical?"

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now."  (Ansel)

"Ansel (Elgort). So hot right now." (Ansel)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film."  - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

"We like to think our movie's likely popularity the latest Transformers film should be about *this*. But if I'm wrong, it's probably the popularity of the Ebola virus against the latest Transformers film." - CJ Jones did his interview in sign language via a translator (and is excellent in the film)

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright :  "COOL"

CJ Jones with his word for director Edgar Wright : "COOL"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"Wait... I'd better get a photo of Jon Hamm while I'm up here. I was too shy to do it on set"

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you?? " All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"You didn't watch Mad Men? What's wrong with you??" All of a sudden I feel like I need to apologise..

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Seriously, I think my white suit would look even better on you than me. And I'm willing to swap mine with what you're wearing, right here, right now"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"Eye do not want yoo to lissen to my rap mixtape Jay-Me... Nono... I made a full videoclip wiz my friends and my cats. Here... you take a look and tell me what yoo zhink!"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"I don't like people showing me their video clips, Marjorie. I never know what they're going to show me. And as I've found out yet again, it's never good"

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"Heard you can rhyme six things with "Baby Driver", and none of them G-rated. Go on, then...."

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" -  Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and   "The World's End"   (not so much)

"... and if you could sign as Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez as well, I'd really appreciate it" - Edgar Wright is the director of this film, as well as such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs The Rest Of The World" (which I liked) and "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" (not so much)

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"I saw the scratch lyrics on your palm, Zane. I'm not really impressed"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"Everyone's telling me you're awesome to work with, and I don't believe them. But if YOU tell me you're awesome to work with, I will. Because I trust you, Edgar"

"She's   killed numerous zombies  , done   laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett   and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"She's killed numerous zombies, done laundry for the evil Cate Blanchett and I can't remember what she did in Wrath of the Titans... but in real life she's LILY JAMES!!"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"Be honest, when they asked you to be in 'Baby Driver', did you think it was a hastily produced sequel in the 'Boss Baby' franchise?"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

"OMG there's Ansel Elgort. With all due respect, Lily, you're very pretty. But Ansel is stunning"

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

If you want less photos of Lily James and more photos of Ansel Elgort, you're going to have to hack into my laptop's harddrive, because unlike many in the crowd I'm not a 16-24 year old girl.

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Oh, no. You're both fighting over me. Please don't stop"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in making it look like I can't"

"Of course I can walk down stairs unassisted. The skill is in making it look like I can't"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"I just want to thank you all for coming here, in the heat, to lust over Jon Hamm"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"Yes, ma'am I can read the sign you're holding up, and this is the minimum distance I'm willing to give you a high-five"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"And you honestly didn't think it was a script about a guy who takes young children to daycare... basically a chauffeur for rich infants?"

"Why am I constantly being asked to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!"  - you should get onto that, Apple.

"Why am I constantly being asked to sign into my iTunes account? My phone only has photos and phone contacts on it!" - you should get onto that, Apple.

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"Hold on just a moment while I just shamelessly objectify Ansel a bit more"

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

"It's no matador's cape, I'll admit..."

So... that was fun. And when the organisers came around and asked if people in the pen wanted to go see the movie for free, I decided that, yes, I would. And while seated I had a huge urge to go to the toilet and returned to the theatre to find myself in the middle of Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx and Edgar Wright all waiting to go into the theatre and introduce the movie. There I was... camera over my shoulder, unable to take any photos because it wouldn't be cool. (And I know about cool).

Obviously, photos or it didn't happen, so it didn't happen. But I did enjoy the movie. And it's another one for the Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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