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14 Oct - The BFI LFF 'You Were Never Really Here' Premiere

October 14th, 2017.

It's the penultimate day of BFI London Film Festival 2017, and it involved both a premiere and the BFI Awards, held elsewhere a short distance away. The premiere was fairly small... probably a good thing in light of the size of tomorrow's potential for disappointment if all goes wrong. But that's tomorrow, a whole day (and possibly a good night's sleep) away.

Here's how this went down:

Consistent Branding. So Important. (I should probably figure out which one out of @Berndt2_photo, premieresdotco, premieres.co and bernd-talasch.com I actually am at this point).

Consistent Branding. So Important. (I should probably figure out which one out of @Berndt2_photo, premieresdotco, premieres.co and bernd-talasch.com I actually am at this point).

"If you tell anyone Leo's coming...... let's just say you'll never see it, or him, coming."

"If you tell anyone Leo's coming...... let's just say you'll never see it, or him, coming."

"Dear Sirs.... your camera works fine but where is the mobile phone holder?"

"Dear Sirs.... your camera works fine but where is the mobile phone holder?"

"My eyes are down here, George"

"My eyes are down here, George"

It's so ON right now. (The buildup for this premiere was very slow : among other things there was no media pen, meaning no interviews, meaning the star(s) didn't have to arrive early to leave enough time for interview commitments.

It's so ON right now. (The buildup for this premiere was very slow : among other things there was no media pen, meaning no interviews, meaning the star(s) didn't have to arrive early to leave enough time for interview commitments.

Despite the movie's title being "You Were Never Really Here", it does not appear to be a sequel or in any way related to the movie "I'm Still Here", also starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Despite the movie's title being "You Were Never Really Here", it does not appear to be a sequel or in any way related to the movie "I'm Still Here", also starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Despite having three Oscar Nominations for acting (Gladiator, Walk The Line, and The Master) there was a disappointing number of people in the crowd with seemingly no idea who Joaquin Phoenix was. I mean.... Gladiator? You haven't heard of GLADIATOR?? (Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in the movie 'Her' as well)

Despite having three Oscar Nominations for acting (Gladiator, Walk The Line, and The Master) there was a disappointing number of people in the crowd with seemingly no idea who Joaquin Phoenix was. I mean.... Gladiator? You haven't heard of GLADIATOR?? (Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in the movie 'Her' as well)

"Don't touch the dress - the metal really attracts fingerprints"  - this movie's director is Lynne Ramsay, who won a Bafta Film Award for best short film in 2013.

"Don't touch the dress - the metal really attracts fingerprints" - this movie's director is Lynne Ramsay, who won a Bafta Film Award for best short film in 2013.

"No.... we did NOT swap hair on a dare!"  (I didn't ask that question. I'm not sure who did)

"No.... we did NOT swap hair on a dare!" (I didn't ask that question. I'm not sure who did)

"You liked me in that movie? That's awesome! I'm not actually IN that movie, but the fact that it made you think of me is still very flattering"  - I have photographed Joaquin Phoenix only once, at "The Baftas Where It Snowed"

"You liked me in that movie? That's awesome! I'm not actually IN that movie, but the fact that it made you think of me is still very flattering" - I have photographed Joaquin Phoenix only once, at "The Baftas Where It Snowed"

"So you see, it's really important that you be clean-shaven for this photo to work. I'm happy to wait if you need a couple of minutes or go to a convenience store to buy a razor...."

"So you see, it's really important that you be clean-shaven for this photo to work. I'm happy to wait if you need a couple of minutes or go to a convenience store to buy a razor...."

"Wassup?"

"Wassup?"

"Are you seriously using me as pretext to take a selfie with the cute guy standing behind me? Cool!"

"Are you seriously using me as pretext to take a selfie with the cute guy standing behind me? Cool!"

"With these glasses I'm happy to claim I'm giving you all the honour of exclusive eye-contact from me. You're welcome!"

"With these glasses I'm happy to claim I'm giving you all the honour of exclusive eye-contact from me. You're welcome!"

"So Imma just stand here and let you render me two-dimensionally in pixels that don't even move. I'm not sure you realise how crazy that is at a film festival, guys"

"So Imma just stand here and let you render me two-dimensionally in pixels that don't even move. I'm not sure you realise how crazy that is at a film festival, guys"

"Fine, I'll risk my eyesight so you can render me digitally even better"   

"Fine, I'll risk my eyesight so you can render me digitally even better"
 

"The expression you're thinking of is 'insouciant'. Spell it right."

"The expression you're thinking of is 'insouciant'. Spell it right."

"Well, it's been great standing here and being gawked at by strangers. I'll make sure to integrate the unique feeling into my next role. Cheers!"

"Well, it's been great standing here and being gawked at by strangers. I'll make sure to integrate the unique feeling into my next role. Cheers!"

So... that was another premiere, and tomorrow will see the end of BFI London Film Festival for 2017 and hopefully I'll be able to photograph 100% of Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell..... ALL of whom are expected and NONE of whom I've previously photographed.

.... I'd better recheck my batteries and memory cards!

Until Next Time One More Time!!

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13 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Florida Project' Premiere

Friday 13th October, 2017 (part II)...

Having pretty much uploaded an edited journal in about 100mins for the 'Downsizing' Gala with Alexander Payne and Christoph Waltz by returning to the office instead of going home, I was well-placed to return to Leicester Square for a SECOND premiere for the evening, one for which a random person at 'Downsizing' had assured me Willem Dafoe would attend.

Here's how it went down:

The setup for this premiere started as they were still putting together the carpet for   the prior premiere, for 'Downsizing',   sadly not attended by Matt Damon or Kristen Wiig - but then Christoph Waltz and Alexander Payne (who did attend) have FOUR Oscars between them.

The setup for this premiere started as they were still putting together the carpet for the prior premiere, for 'Downsizing', sadly not attended by Matt Damon or Kristen Wiig - but then Christoph Waltz and Alexander Payne (who did attend) have FOUR Oscars between them.

About four hours and a full premiere (and a brief respite back at The Office)

"I'm the one wearing the beret, so that means I'm the one in charge of the equipment, Gemma"

"I'm the one wearing the beret, so that means I'm the one in charge of the equipment, Gemma"

The majority of the crowd (dealer- and non-dealer) were here hoping to see actor Willem Dafoe, who was certainly on "The List" of stars... however the letters "TBC" next to his name might have spelled out the Tequila, Beer and Cointreau in the hotel bar he preferred to imbibe rather than attend. Fortunately I photographed him   at "John Carter" (of Mars) back in 2012.

The majority of the crowd (dealer- and non-dealer) were here hoping to see actor Willem Dafoe, who was certainly on "The List" of stars... however the letters "TBC" next to his name might have spelled out the Tequila, Beer and Cointreau in the hotel bar he preferred to imbibe rather than attend. Fortunately I photographed him at "John Carter" (of Mars) back in 2012.

Yeah... we're all excited to be here.

Yeah... we're all excited to be here.

I'm sorry... I'm also running customer help at Squarespace which keeps crashing uploads. But vaccuming this fresh carpet is clearly more important.

I'm sorry... I'm also running customer help at Squarespace which keeps crashing uploads. But vaccuming this fresh carpet is clearly more important.

"If you're not Leonardo DiCaprio I'm really not interested..."

"If you're not Leonardo DiCaprio I'm really not interested..."

"Make yourself useful : draw some more tattoos on me so I look even more hardcore!"

"Make yourself useful : draw some more tattoos on me so I look even more hardcore!"

"Wheeeeee!"   Our next arrival is one of two very young actresses who look indistinguishable from the two photos on imdb.com, so I'm calling this one Valeria Cotto and hoping I'm right. It's certainly not Willem Dafoe, I can say that much for certain.

"Wheeeeee!"  Our next arrival is one of two very young actresses who look indistinguishable from the two photos on imdb.com, so I'm calling this one Valeria Cotto and hoping I'm right. It's certainly not Willem Dafoe, I can say that much for certain.

"You're holding the camera and holding the microphone while interviewing me.... is there anything I can do to make things easier?"  - Bria Vinaite presently has an imdb.com listing that mentions only her role in this film, and the role of "Herself" in something called 'celebrity page'

"You're holding the camera and holding the microphone while interviewing me.... is there anything I can do to make things easier?" - Bria Vinaite presently has an imdb.com listing that mentions only her role in this film, and the role of "Herself" in something called 'celebrity page'

"You figured that out all yourself, huh?"

"You figured that out all yourself, huh?"

"I'm not saying linear algebra is easy... I'm saying it's easy once you know how to do it

"I'm not saying linear algebra is easy... I'm saying it's easy once you know how to do it

"You're probably 6 or 7 times older than me, and all you can ask me is what the director was like to work with? How much of my life experience do you think I can evaluate this against, man?"  - I believe that this is actress Brooklyn Prince, who was also in the seminal classic "Robo-Dog : Airborne" which I haven't watched, but if it comes out on Bluray in a 4K digital transfer I feel like I might.

"You're probably 6 or 7 times older than me, and all you can ask me is what the director was like to work with? How much of my life experience do you think I can evaluate this against, man?" - I believe that this is actress Brooklyn Prince, who was also in the seminal classic "Robo-Dog : Airborne" which I haven't watched, but if it comes out on Bluray in a 4K digital transfer I feel like I might.

"Your question is ridiculous. And it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to answer it"

"Your question is ridiculous. And it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to answer it"

"What was it like working with Children.... well, you know how most actors are basically children playing make-pretend? This was like that, but they were shorter."

"What was it like working with Children.... well, you know how most actors are basically children playing make-pretend? This was like that, but they were shorter."

Sean Baker wrote and directed this movie - as well as the movie 'Starlet' (2012) which I actually quite liked - I bought it on DVD ex-rental (ask your grandparents about what DVDs were...)

Sean Baker wrote and directed this movie - as well as the movie 'Starlet' (2012) which I actually quite liked - I bought it on DVD ex-rental (ask your grandparents about what DVDs were...)

"You don't have to photograph me while I'm posing prettily here... waiting for you to photograph me. But you could. If you wanted to."

"You don't have to photograph me while I'm posing prettily here... waiting for you to photograph me. But you could. If you wanted to."

"So THAT'S what a perfectly normal non-famous person looks like in England  "

"So THAT'S what a perfectly normal non-famous person looks like in England"

"Pistols at dawn, Babe"    "I don't get out of bed before noon, BABE"

"Pistols at dawn, Babe"
"I don't get out of bed before noon, BABE"

"Best to let them threaten each other with pistols than get involved in some kind of escalation involving aircraft carriers..... that's what we learned on set"

"Best to let them threaten each other with pistols than get involved in some kind of escalation involving aircraft carriers..... that's what we learned on set"

"Just think, if they cast Captain America or Scarlett Widow this young, you could have gotten 20- or 30- year contracts for a lot less. I'm just saying..."

"Just think, if they cast Captain America or Scarlett Widow this young, you could have gotten 20- or 30- year contracts for a lot less. I'm just saying..."

So.. that was a premiere just like the other one before it was. There's still two days of BFI London Film Festival 2017 left to go, and I'm hoping to make it out to both days (especially Sunday), after which I'm hoping to start getting decent sleep and giving all the indication of being a normal, stable, reliable person who doesn't do this for two weeks like there's somehow money or fame or even the odd facebook like to be earned. But still...

Until next time!

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13 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Downsizing' Gala / Premiere

Friday 13th October, 2017.

Well... this "premiere" (or 'patrons' gala') was so secretive that even though the time and place were known, it was the only BFI London Film Festival premiere for which NO claims as to attendees were made on the official site. And such a mystery, I felt, had to be investigated. Worst case : I go home early and get some sleep.... which is no bad thing.

Here's how it went down:

Why, yes. It is October, and therefore Autumn.

Why, yes. It is October, and therefore Autumn.

"They want us to make the red carpet area even smaller. Because... well you've seen the title" . - this movie's cast includes the likes of Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz and is directed by 2-Oscar winning screenwriter Alexander Payne, but as at this stage all that can be confirmed is that there is a red carpet, and presumably people will be walking on it.

"They want us to make the red carpet area even smaller. Because... well you've seen the title". - this movie's cast includes the likes of Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz and is directed by 2-Oscar winning screenwriter Alexander Payne, but as at this stage all that can be confirmed is that there is a red carpet, and presumably people will be walking on it.

"Whatever else, just remember not to tell people that Leonardo DiCaprio isn't coming"    "But he isn’t coming. He's not even in this movie"   "Are you even LISTENING to a word I say??"

"Whatever else, just remember not to tell people that Leonardo DiCaprio isn't coming"
"But he isn’t coming. He's not even in this movie"
"Are you even LISTENING to a word I say??"

Oh, to have.... well... I mean my Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 doesn't even have a lens hood, let alone a kudos-inspiring sticker to put upon it.

Oh, to have.... well... I mean my Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 doesn't even have a lens hood, let alone a kudos-inspiring sticker to put upon it.

While I have photographed a premiere with a glass of cider literally beside me on a table (  that was at "We're the Millers" back in 2013  ), I can't say I've ever stood at a barrier holding a pint of beer. Or cider.

While I have photographed a premiere with a glass of cider literally beside me on a table (that was at "We're the Millers" back in 2013), I can't say I've ever stood at a barrier holding a pint of beer. Or cider.

The instructions next to Hong Chau's picture on The List appear to be to "HUG" her "P.A." Which is an intriguing notion....

The instructions next to Hong Chau's picture on The List appear to be to "HUG" her "P.A." Which is an intriguing notion....

Alexander Payne has won two Academy Awards for best Adapted Screenplay for movies he also directed. (  "The Descendants" which had its own BFI LFF premiere  , and "Sideways")

Alexander Payne has won two Academy Awards for best Adapted Screenplay for movies he also directed. ("The Descendants" which had its own BFI LFF premiere, and "Sideways")

"He followed me here. Can I keep him?"  I... don't think this is Hong Chau's P.A.

"He followed me here. Can I keep him?" I... don't think this is Hong Chau's P.A.

"Any one of you call me "Christopher", I'm stopping signing" - Christoph Waltz is a dual-Oscar Winner (best supporting actor for   "Inglourious Basterds"   and   "Django Unchained"  ) and the reason why I have a Kevin Bacon score of 3.

"Any one of you call me "Christopher", I'm stopping signing" - Christoph Waltz is a dual-Oscar Winner (best supporting actor for "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained") and the reason why I have a Kevin Bacon score of 3.

This is Hong Chau. I can not see her P.A., but I'm relieved it's not the giant balding security guard who hovered over her when she got out of the car.

This is Hong Chau. I can not see her P.A., but I'm relieved it's not the giant balding security guard who hovered over her when she got out of the car.

"My P.A.? Well... everyone feels better when they get a meaningful hug, even from a stranger. You should probably ask her first though"  Hong Chau has an imdb credits listing that intriguingly includes both an American Dad voice cast credit, and an episode of 'How I Met Your Mother'.

"My P.A.? Well... everyone feels better when they get a meaningful hug, even from a stranger. You should probably ask her first though" Hong Chau has an imdb credits listing that intriguingly includes both an American Dad voice cast credit, and an episode of 'How I Met Your Mother'.

Along with Oscars, Christoph Waltz has played villains in movies as diverse as 'The Green Hornet',   'The Legend of Tarzan'  , the   James Bond film 'Spectre',   and the Tim Burton film 'Big Eyes'. If any of those are spoilers... I'm sorry. Watch Spectre anyway, though. It's pretty cool.

Along with Oscars, Christoph Waltz has played villains in movies as diverse as 'The Green Hornet', 'The Legend of Tarzan', the James Bond film 'Spectre', and the Tim Burton film 'Big Eyes'. If any of those are spoilers... I'm sorry. Watch Spectre anyway, though. It's pretty cool.

I don't care what anyone says... that's Hong Chau's PA in the background. Sure, I might have to be discreet and ostensibly focus on the two-time Oscar winning director in the foreground for now....

I don't care what anyone says... that's Hong Chau's PA in the background. Sure, I might have to be discreet and ostensibly focus on the two-time Oscar winning director in the foreground for now....

"I see that you're slowly focussing away from me and onto the possible-PA behind me. I endorse this"

"I see that you're slowly focussing away from me and onto the possible-PA behind me. I endorse this"

"Check it out. He's almost done it, too"

"Check it out. He's almost done it, too"

"If I stay down here, he might not recognise me by my height and won't ask for the five dollars I loaned him..."

"If I stay down here, he might not recognise me by my height and won't ask for the five dollars I loaned him..."

"Of course, in order to play an effective villain you have to have charm and style. Good guys usually win against the odds.... bad guys generally don't get lucky"  - Bad Guy Theory 101.

"Of course, in order to play an effective villain you have to have charm and style. Good guys usually win against the odds.... bad guys generally don't get lucky" - Bad Guy Theory 101.

"And yet Jared Leto got the role. How did this happen?"

"And yet Jared Leto got the role. How did this happen?"

"Anyway, glad to have answered your questions about what it was like working with people who are within earshot of me when I have to answer...."

"Anyway, glad to have answered your questions about what it was like working with people who are within earshot of me when I have to answer...."

Power-couple (?) Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman - I last photographed her at   the World Premiere of Kingsman : The Golden Circle   (she wrote the screenplay)

Power-couple (?) Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman - I last photographed her at the World Premiere of Kingsman : The Golden Circle (she wrote the screenplay)

"The Swingles" are a musical group (?) attached to this movie. I remain dubious, but will take photographs. Just in case, you understand.

"The Swingles" are a musical group (?) attached to this movie. I remain dubious, but will take photographs. Just in case, you understand.

"Yeah, we're the Swingles. What do you want to know? No, we're not hiring anyone right now"

"Yeah, we're the Swingles. What do you want to know? No, we're not hiring anyone right now"

"Matt Damon rejected our offer to have him as lead singer... he does a mean Rap Solo"

"Matt Damon rejected our offer to have him as lead singer... he does a mean Rap Solo"

"She left, bro. What are you still doing here?" What indeed, two time Oscar Winner Alexander Payne.

"She left, bro. What are you still doing here?" What indeed, two time Oscar Winner Alexander Payne.

So... that was a premiere. And upon suspicion, I elected to return to the office, do some editing, and RE-return to Leicester Square for a premiere scheduled to start about three hours later.

That's the kind of rocknroll life I lead, baby.

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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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