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21 Nov - Netflix's 'The Crown - Season 2' World Premiere

November 21st, 2017.

Just like last year, the media behemoth that is Netflix did what Marvel and DC couldn't be a55ed to do in London anymore:  and hold a World Premiere (or indeed 'Premiere') for its series 'The Crown'. Crowds were surprisingly small (and it wasn't even that cold) but certainly enthusiastic - perhaps people in the UK prefer The Real Thing (which is basically living in a palace just up the road nearby) to the younger, arguably better looking thing, but I was certainly pretty sure where I wanted to be.

Here's how it went down:

It's "The Crown" - a highly regarded retelling of the life of Britain's Own royal family. Whether they're also tuning in each week desperate to see what happens next is not known.

It's "The Crown" - a highly regarded retelling of the life of Britain's Own royal family. Whether they're also tuning in each week desperate to see what happens next is not known.

Due to what can only be described as "amazing circumstances" I ended up with White Wristband #2 for this premiere; and due to what can only be described as peanut-headed incompetence I was asked to move from my spot to make room for people let into the pen later with competing Blue wristbands... and I lost my spot to somebody with a worse wristband than me. Well hooray for predictable weirdness,

Due to what can only be described as "amazing circumstances" I ended up with White Wristband #2 for this premiere; and due to what can only be described as peanut-headed incompetence I was asked to move from my spot to make room for people let into the pen later with competing Blue wristbands... and I lost my spot to somebody with a worse wristband than me. Well hooray for predictable weirdness,

"I swear it didn't look like this in the shop...."

"I swear it didn't look like this in the shop...."

"I'm not actually controlling this rig.... also I think it might be hacking into the Kremlin.... but the shake reduction IS amazing"

"I'm not actually controlling this rig.... also I think it might be hacking into the Kremlin.... but the shake reduction IS amazing"

Our red carpet 'host' had a small step-stage and the mannerisms of a decades-older broadway performer. Turns out he's also in the show : Billy Jenkins plays (presumably Young) Prince Charles in the show.

Our red carpet 'host' had a small step-stage and the mannerisms of a decades-older broadway performer. Turns out he's also in the show : Billy Jenkins plays (presumably Young) Prince Charles in the show.

They brought Corgis to the premiere! I've heard they can be a grouchy, bitey breed. On a separate but related topic, our pen is filled with autograph dealers, and their coats are not nearly as shiny.

They brought Corgis to the premiere! I've heard they can be a grouchy, bitey breed. On a separate but related topic, our pen is filled with autograph dealers, and their coats are not nearly as shiny.

The fine folks at wireimage.com, who I use primarily to help me identify people I photograph that look famous, offered that the corgis at the event were "Royal Corgis", but I don't know what that means. They were well-behaved and didn't crap on the carpet, at least.

The fine folks at wireimage.com, who I use primarily to help me identify people I photograph that look famous, offered that the corgis at the event were "Royal Corgis", but I don't know what that means. They were well-behaved and didn't crap on the carpet, at least.

Currently overjoyed that there are no such things as "Royal Rottweilers"....

Currently overjoyed that there are no such things as "Royal Rottweilers"....

Unknown - both the person and the style of hat being worn. (Please send your guidance on this in the direction of this website, or its   twitter  ,   facebook  , or if time is not an issue instagram, pages)  (Edited to add : Alex Jennings, who plays 'David, The Duke of Windsor' (and played 'Prince Charles' in 'The Queen') - with thanks to Mo!)

Unknown - both the person and the style of hat being worn. (Please send your guidance on this in the direction of this website, or its twitter, facebook, or if time is not an issue instagram, pages)
(Edited to add : Alex Jennings, who plays 'David, The Duke of Windsor' (and played 'Prince Charles' in 'The Queen') - with thanks to Mo!)

Unknown, but between you and me the time for me to develop that kind of 'greying at the temples while the rest of the hair remains coloured and lustrous' style has long since passed. Genetics be a cruel mistress, yo.  (edited to add : he's Greg Wise, who was in 'Sense and Sensibility' with, and later married, Emma Thompson - with thanks to Mo!)

Unknown, but between you and me the time for me to develop that kind of 'greying at the temples while the rest of the hair remains coloured and lustrous' style has long since passed. Genetics be a cruel mistress, yo. (edited to add : he's Greg Wise, who was in 'Sense and Sensibility' with, and later married, Emma Thompson - with thanks to Mo!)

On the plus side, genetics also means I never have to face this kind of hairstyle choice or accident (edited to admit : I don't know who this is)  (edited to add : he's Philip Martin, who directed four episodes of the show - with thanks to Mo!)

On the plus side, genetics also means I never have to face this kind of hairstyle choice or accident (edited to admit : I don't know who this is) (edited to add : he's Philip Martin, who directed four episodes of the show - with thanks to Mo!)

"Act more in love! Act less in love! Act like you don't know each other and are being asked to act semi-intimate by total strangers shouting at you while holding cameras! Wow - you're really good at this!"  - the two leads of the show - Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip have arrived.

"Act more in love! Act less in love! Act like you don't know each other and are being asked to act semi-intimate by total strangers shouting at you while holding cameras! Wow - you're really good at this!" - the two leads of the show - Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip have arrived.

"You know... the Queen and Prince Philip wouldn't have listened, let alone followed, those guys' instructions. Can we go back again and ignore them?"  - I most recently photographed Claire Foy at the   BFI LFF premiere of "Breathe"  , but she was also at the original   "The Crown"   premiere, wearing a dress that might passingly be called "considerably more colourful"

"You know... the Queen and Prince Philip wouldn't have listened, let alone followed, those guys' instructions. Can we go back again and ignore them?" - I most recently photographed Claire Foy at the BFI LFF premiere of "Breathe", but she was also at the original "The Crown" premiere, wearing a dress that might passingly be called "considerably more colourful"

"I'm now ignoring everyone. Bet you're glad I went method"  - at this premiere I went method as 'person not dressed formally and slightly surprised I got away with it again', though to be fair that's the role I've been playing for a while now.

"I'm now ignoring everyone. Bet you're glad I went method" - at this premiere I went method as 'person not dressed formally and slightly surprised I got away with it again', though to be fair that's the role I've been playing for a while now.

"No matter how lively this expression there's no way you're going to be able to look at this as a photo of me once you notice the woman with the green headband and vaguely echidna-like hairdo behind me".  Well..... damnit. If I was slightly less tired and it was slightly less 'the wrong side of 11pm' I might consider recropping this shot.

"No matter how lively this expression there's no way you're going to be able to look at this as a photo of me once you notice the woman with the green headband and vaguely echidna-like hairdo behind me". Well..... damnit. If I was slightly less tired and it was slightly less 'the wrong side of 11pm' I might consider recropping this shot.

Technically Mother and Son, I guess.... almost every star from the series went to say hello to Billy Jenkins on his little step-stage. Sadly the passing crowd soon realised it and frequently blocked views of him.

Technically Mother and Son, I guess.... almost every star from the series went to say hello to Billy Jenkins on his little step-stage. Sadly the passing crowd soon realised it and frequently blocked views of him.

"I'll have you know I graduated from the Benedict Cumberbatch School of "I'm sorry I don't have time to sign for you right now" and he called me one of his most talented students" . Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'

"I'll have you know I graduated from the Benedict Cumberbatch School of "I'm sorry I don't have time to sign for you right now" and he called me one of his most talented students". Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'

"He followed me home : can I keep him?"  Technically Aunt and Nephew I guess?

"He followed me home : can I keep him?" Technically Aunt and Nephew I guess?

Gillian Anderson is in The X-Files, and not The Crown. But then I'm in IT Analytics, and I'm at this premiere as well. That's part of the sparkly magic of premieres.

Gillian Anderson is in The X-Files, and not The Crown. But then I'm in IT Analytics, and I'm at this premiere as well. That's part of the sparkly magic of premieres.

Peter Morgan has been nominated for two screenwriting Oscars ('The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon') and he created 'The Crown'.... in the sense of him having created something that biologically was not created by him.

Peter Morgan has been nominated for two screenwriting Oscars ('The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon') and he created 'The Crown'.... in the sense of him having created something that biologically was not created by him.

"He's so cute, and since the real Prince Philip got to 'keep' Prince Charles isn't there some kind of way I can keep him too?"  - Matt Smith was a prior incarnation of the famed Doctor Who, but was also in (and fun in)   'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

"He's so cute, and since the real Prince Philip got to 'keep' Prince Charles isn't there some kind of way I can keep him too?" - Matt Smith was a prior incarnation of the famed Doctor Who, but was also in (and fun in) 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

"Seriously, if his Mom doesn't pick him up after this event and nobody else wants him, I can give him a great life.... I'm famous you know"

"Seriously, if his Mom doesn't pick him up after this event and nobody else wants him, I can give him a great life.... I'm famous you know"

"OMG! Matt Smith is totally famous?!"

"OMG! Matt Smith is totally famous?!"

"Pointing over there. No reason. Felt it would be cool."

"Pointing over there. No reason. Felt it would be cool."

"Now I'm pointing over here, but I'm not making a big deal about it. That's Art, baby"

"Now I'm pointing over here, but I'm not making a big deal about it. That's Art, baby"

"I don't know what Matt Smith is doing. Please don't ask me"  Crowd density in front of my spot has gotten large enough that I've abandoned my spot to see if I can get better photos from another vantagepoint. And since people are obliviously standing on various straps of my (mostly) empty backpack, I choose to leave it where it is. I return later to find it's been removed, probably as a security threat. Sigh.

"I don't know what Matt Smith is doing. Please don't ask me" Crowd density in front of my spot has gotten large enough that I've abandoned my spot to see if I can get better photos from another vantagepoint. And since people are obliviously standing on various straps of my (mostly) empty backpack, I choose to leave it where it is. I return later to find it's been removed, probably as a security threat. Sigh.

Suzanne Mackie is one of 9 Executive Producers who have EP'ed 12 episodes of The Crown. There's also a a tenth Executive producer who has only produced 10 episodes. and I bet they get laughed at a lot.

Suzanne Mackie is one of 9 Executive Producers who have EP'ed 12 episodes of The Crown. There's also a a tenth Executive producer who has only produced 10 episodes. and I bet they get laughed at a lot.

"When I refer to them all as "those common people" I just want you to know that's me staying in character for my role".  Chloe Pirrie plays somebody called "Eileen Parker" in the series

"When I refer to them all as "those common people" I just want you to know that's me staying in character for my role". Chloe Pirrie plays somebody called "Eileen Parker" in the series

"Thanks y'all for showing up. And if any of you want continuity of royal succession comprised of young people who have the same names as Royals you're already familiar with but are cooler and better-looking, just write to your local Member of Parliament and start signing petitions. Not saying it'll work, but weirder things have...."

"Thanks y'all for showing up. And if any of you want continuity of royal succession comprised of young people who have the same names as Royals you're already familiar with but are cooler and better-looking, just write to your local Member of Parliament and start signing petitions. Not saying it'll work, but weirder things have...."

"It's hard to play The Queen in such a highly regarded series and then find myself at a train station dealing with delayed and cancelled trains and wishing I was able to have anyone found responsible executed."  - are only Royals are allowed to want that? I'm asking.... for..... a friend.

"It's hard to play The Queen in such a highly regarded series and then find myself at a train station dealing with delayed and cancelled trains and wishing I was able to have anyone found responsible executed." - are only Royals are allowed to want that? I'm asking.... for..... a friend.

"They let me be a Doctor without having a degree, and a Royal without requiring a birth certificate. I just want to say once again : this acting thing is great!"

"They let me be a Doctor without having a degree, and a Royal without requiring a birth certificate. I just want to say once again : this acting thing is great!"

"We're not identical twins. Not when one of us isn't shaving and the other is. Obviously."

"We're not identical twins. Not when one of us isn't shaving and the other is. Obviously."

"I didn't understand what either of them wanted, but no I didn't feel threatened, Edith"

"I didn't understand what either of them wanted, but no I didn't feel threatened, Edith"

Guy on far left of the shot has managed to use a combination of rotors, magnetism and (possibly) tides to sail his camera rig in the direction of Claire Foy.

Guy on far left of the shot has managed to use a combination of rotors, magnetism and (possibly) tides to sail his camera rig in the direction of Claire Foy.

"This is me looking pensive and wistful. I could do it without the jacket, but I think the jacket adds a certain ennui"

"This is me looking pensive and wistful. I could do it without the jacket, but I think the jacket adds a certain ennui"

"This is me looking pensive and wistful WITHOUT requiring a jacket. And as long as nobody near me is pulling a face to detract from my ennui, I think you'll all be affected by it."

"This is me looking pensive and wistful WITHOUT requiring a jacket. And as long as nobody near me is pulling a face to detract from my ennui, I think you'll all be affected by it."

So... that was that.... a premiere for a media streaming service I don't have and a series I haven't seen, and other than the heartbreak of a lost 7+yr old ratty backpack, a cheap grey scarf and two plastic rubbish bins (long story... actually it's not but it's stupid) I couldn't be more grateful for a premiere in London as the year slowly draws to a close. At present there are two more scheduled that I should be able to get to, along with 2 (possibly 3) awards evenings, before I shrug away 2017, but for now it's +1 more for The Archive of Premieres.

Until next time!

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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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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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11 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' Premiere

October 11th, 2017.

After yesterday's fangirl-esque David Fincher event, where I kind of brushed off two premieres to badly do a third because I think the director is a genius, today it was back to the Regular Scheme Of Things - a Leicester Square premiere for a movie whose title didn't necessarily scream "Huge-ness!!", but it ended up being fairly decent.

Here's how it went down:

Movie title too easy to make misguidedly cynical comment about, so I won't. I'm just glad that at this point in the afternoon (about 2hrs before it starts) there are still front row spots in the public pens and people to talk to.

Movie title too easy to make misguidedly cynical comment about, so I won't. I'm just glad that at this point in the afternoon (about 2hrs before it starts) there are still front row spots in the public pens and people to talk to.

Elvis Costello! I've heard of him, and not just in a  "don't you mean ELVIS PRESLEY?"  way. (I think he's on the Austin Powers soundtrack...)

Elvis Costello! I've heard of him, and not just in a "don't you mean ELVIS PRESLEY?" way. (I think he's on the Austin Powers soundtrack...)

Well, that's not intimidating at all.

Well, that's not intimidating at all.

Wait a FREAKING SECOND&gt; I slave here, daily, over a Hot Blog dedicated to cynical appraisal of London's movie-related events... and TOP SHOP gets their own MEDIA SPOT?  Justice = None.

Wait a FREAKING SECOND> I slave here, daily, over a Hot Blog dedicated to cynical appraisal of London's movie-related events... and TOP SHOP gets their own MEDIA SPOT?

Justice = None.

Our first arrival is the film's main star, Jamie Bell. He's possibly still best known for being the lead in Billy Elliot back in the year 2000 (ad), but has also been in   Tintin : Secret of the Unicorn  , and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).

Our first arrival is the film's main star, Jamie Bell. He's possibly still best known for being the lead in Billy Elliot back in the year 2000 (ad), but has also been in Tintin : Secret of the Unicorn, and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).

One Glaring Eye From Jamie Bell. (possibly the best One Glaring Eye shot since   the "ill manors" premiere back in 2012  )

One Glaring Eye From Jamie Bell. (possibly the best One Glaring Eye shot since the "ill manors" premiere back in 2012)

"Please don't take my hand... my girlfriend is right behind me, and she's prettier"

"Please don't take my hand... my girlfriend is right behind me, and she's prettier"

It's Jamie Bell....'s Girlfriend : the lovely Kate Mara, who I will maintain is my favourite of the Mara Sisters (and I'll concede that's in part because Rooney Mara is a bit too edgy for my not-even-slightly-edgyness)

It's Jamie Bell....'s Girlfriend : the lovely Kate Mara, who I will maintain is my favourite of the Mara Sisters (and I'll concede that's in part because Rooney Mara is a bit too edgy for my not-even-slightly-edgyness)

Lens Flare!! (I'm a fan... and since I use a Nikon with extreme focal length, I don't get it all that often)

Lens Flare!! (I'm a fan... and since I use a Nikon with extreme focal length, I don't get it all that often)

Kate Mara and I share a moment - the second one in two premieres I've photographed her (the prior   premiere being 2015's "The Martian"   which I've got playing in parallel while I'm doing this journal)

Kate Mara and I share a moment - the second one in two premieres I've photographed her (the prior premiere being 2015's "The Martian" which I've got playing in parallel while I'm doing this journal)

I.... don't know how to respond except in the traditional way : keep taking photos (... right?)

I.... don't know how to respond except in the traditional way : keep taking photos (... right?)

"Babes, please stop encouraging the photographers.... they're already stealing peoples' souls with their equipment"

"Babes, please stop encouraging the photographers.... they're already stealing peoples' souls with their equipment"

Maybe director Paul McGuigan? Even hours later, I'm taking that as a proactive pre-emptive 'yes' until told otherwise.  (edited to add : yes, it's director Paul McGuigan)

Maybe director Paul McGuigan? Even hours later, I'm taking that as a proactive pre-emptive 'yes' until told otherwise. (edited to add : yes, it's director Paul McGuigan)

"It's all true. Except the parts that were dramatised. Those are mostly true" - This is Peter Turner, upon whose memoirs this movie is based. Excitingly, as it's getting late and I'm getting tired, I've just opened up wikipedia and (without trying too hard to figure it out by the movie's poster and title) there's a chance he's any one of : an English writer/photographer who died in 2005, a Physician OR Mathematician from the 16th Century,&nbsp; ANOTHER photographer (American), an Australian Footballer, A Scottish Footballer, A New Zealand Rugby League international, an American Pioneer.... or possibly a musician in the British Alternative Band "ELBOW". I'm guessing American Pioneer.

"It's all true. Except the parts that were dramatised. Those are mostly true" - This is Peter Turner, upon whose memoirs this movie is based. Excitingly, as it's getting late and I'm getting tired, I've just opened up wikipedia and (without trying too hard to figure it out by the movie's poster and title) there's a chance he's any one of : an English writer/photographer who died in 2005, a Physician OR Mathematician from the 16th Century,  ANOTHER photographer (American), an Australian Footballer, A Scottish Footballer, A New Zealand Rugby League international, an American Pioneer.... or possibly a musician in the British Alternative Band "ELBOW". I'm guessing American Pioneer.

"Touch that suit and your hand will never touch anything else ever again"  (I knew watching Matrix Reloaded so often would come in handy..)

"Touch that suit and your hand will never touch anything else ever again"
(I knew watching Matrix Reloaded so often would come in handy..)

Barbara Broccoli is best known for being the producer of James Bond films like   Skyfall   and   Spectre  ... but she also produced this film. Also : it's started raining.

Barbara Broccoli is best known for being the producer of James Bond films like Skyfall and Spectre... but she also produced this film. Also : it's started raining.

"I'm Elvis Costello?" Apparently so.

"I'm Elvis Costello?" Apparently so.

"It shrunk in the wash and would have looked ridiculous if I'd worn it".  Frances Barber was in the Ian Mackellen movie "Mr Holmes", but also seven episodes of Doctor Who as "Eye Patch Lady"

"It shrunk in the wash and would have looked ridiculous if I'd worn it". Frances Barber was in the Ian Mackellen movie "Mr Holmes", but also seven episodes of Doctor Who as "Eye Patch Lady"

I... don't know who the man in the hat is. And I need sleep more than I need (at this point) to know. I'm sorry. I guess that's why TOPSHOP BLOG has a media pen presence and I'm listening to 'The Martian' soundtrack right now.  (edited to add : producer Colin Vaines)

I... don't know who the man in the hat is. And I need sleep more than I need (at this point) to know. I'm sorry. I guess that's why TOPSHOP BLOG has a media pen presence and I'm listening to 'The Martian' soundtrack right now. (edited to add : producer Colin Vaines)

It's Annette Benning! Not only have I never photographed her (which I'm fairly certain she doesn't care about), but she's had four Oscar Nominations, and been in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks"

It's Annette Benning! Not only have I never photographed her (which I'm fairly certain she doesn't care about), but she's had four Oscar Nominations, and been in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks"

"You HAD to bring up Mars Attacks...." only because of the four movies she's had Oscar Nominations for, I haven't watched three. (I have watched "American Beauty")

"You HAD to bring up Mars Attacks...." only because of the four movies she's had Oscar Nominations for, I haven't watched three. (I have watched "American Beauty")

Spooky Profile Silhouette. I'd like to think the reporters weren't even asking questions, happy with the cool vibe the lighting was creating.

Spooky Profile Silhouette. I'd like to think the reporters weren't even asking questions, happy with the cool vibe the lighting was creating.

Possibly Leanne Best, who imdb.com reliably informs me was someone / something called "Min Sakul" in Star Wars : The Force Awakens. I assume that character has her own action figure, breakfast cereal, and 8-part prequel comic  (edited to confirm : Leanne Best)

Possibly Leanne Best, who imdb.com reliably informs me was someone / something called "Min Sakul" in Star Wars : The Force Awakens. I assume that character has her own action figure, breakfast cereal, and 8-part prequel comic (edited to confirm : Leanne Best)

" They're putting the internet on PHONES now??"

"They're putting the internet on PHONES now??"

Michael G Wilson is Barbara Broccoli's co-producer on the most recent James Bond Films, but more than that actually wrote two bond movies (License to Kill and Octopussy) and the screenplays for three more (The Living Daylights, A View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only). Very Cool (Very Cool)

Michael G Wilson is Barbara Broccoli's co-producer on the most recent James Bond Films, but more than that actually wrote two bond movies (License to Kill and Octopussy) and the screenplays for three more (The Living Daylights, A View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only). Very Cool (Very Cool)

Somebody said "Julie Walters" but (with apologies to either this or that Julie Walters), she doesn't really look like Julie Walters. But then I don't necessarily look like my name, either.

Somebody said "Julie Walters" but (with apologies to either this or that Julie Walters), she doesn't really look like Julie Walters. But then I don't necessarily look like my name, either.

I also don't know who this is. Yet. Or why that index finger is slightly pointed and whether it means something... More news as it comes in. ( edited to add : Matt Greenhalgh, the writer, who also wrote   "Nowhere Boy" which had its BFI LFF premiere   back in 2009 )

I also don't know who this is. Yet. Or why that index finger is slightly pointed and whether it means something... More news as it comes in. (edited to add : Matt Greenhalgh, the writer, who also wrote "Nowhere Boy" which had its BFI LFF premiere back in 2009)

So... that was that. BFI London Film Festival Day 8, with another 4 days to go. I say : Bring it!!

Until next time!

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