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2 Nov - The 'Murder on the Orient Express' World Premiere

November 2nd, 2017.

Yesterday at lunchtime, I picked up a rather worrying wristband #226 to (then) tomorrow's World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express'. That number wasn't exactly great, I thought, but then I remembered that's about the wristband number I get most BAFTAs, and I seem to do okay at those.

I had no idea 24 hours later how bad... and then unexpectedly awesome... it was going to get. Here's how it went down:

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted   The Baftas   and   The Oliviers   (and composer   Michael Giacchino's 50th   Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's   Titanic in 3D  , and James Bond's   Skyfall   and   Spectre   HUGE.

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted The Baftas and The Oliviers (and composer Michael Giacchino's 50th Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and James Bond's Skyfall and Spectre HUGE.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner.  And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner.

And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during   this year's 2017 Baftas   and that turned out okay.  Still... not happy, Jan.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during this year's 2017 Baftas and that turned out okay.

Still... not happy, Jan.

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie" . it's getting colder the nights.

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie". it's getting colder the nights.

...... and then something remarkable happened. Security went past our pen and told us that a new pen was opening next to the Paparazzi further down, and if anyone wanted to, they could move there, like, Right Now.

And Right Now I'm not sure I've ever moved so fast at a premiere....

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between  "facebook privacy concerns"  and  "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience".  'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between "facebook privacy concerns" and "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience". 'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed   Marvel's Thor  , and the live action version of   Disney's Cinderella  ; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed Marvel's Thor, and the live action version of Disney's Cinderella; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?"  Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?" Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay"  - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (  Skyfall  )

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay" - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (Skyfall)

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you"  - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you" - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. ( both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash )

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. (both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash)

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!"  Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at   the premiere of Dark Shadows   back in 2012

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!" Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at the premiere of Dark Shadows back in 2012

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man"  - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man" - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere".  (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere". (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you"  - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you" - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything" "...." "So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?" "....." "I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything"
"...."
"So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?"
"....."
"I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!" "I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!"
"I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess".  Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess". Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

.... and I don't even like Star Wars! (ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

.... and I don't even like Star Wars!
(ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?" "What's you're cousin's name?" "He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence"  Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?"
"What's you're cousin's name?"
"He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence"

Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that".  Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later,  or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution .

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that". Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later, or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!"  ... and don't we all.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!" ... and don't we all.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious"  - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious" - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?" "But I was going for a quiet low-five." "Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better"  - Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?"
"But I was going for a quiet low-five."
"Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better"
- Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic   'The Lobster (2015)'  ... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic 'The Lobster (2015)'... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon" . My mistake.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon". My mistake.

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"yes you have".  I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

"yes you have". I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them".  Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them". Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?"  Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?" Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..." "I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..."
"I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at"  If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at" If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.."  Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.." Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?"  Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at   the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project"  .

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?" Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project".

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just."  - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of   "It's Johnny Dep!!!"   fame.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just." - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of "It's Johnny Dep!!!" fame.

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..."  - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including   "Public Enemies"  , "  The Lone Ranger"   and   "Black Mass"

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..." - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including "Public Enemies", "The Lone Ranger" and "Black Mass"

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this".  I say three-quarters.

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this". I say three-quarters.

And that? Is that.

And that? Is that.

So that, unaccountably, and certainly unexpectedly, turned out to be pretty amazing in terms of being a huge reversal of fortune. But I'm tired now, so I'll reflect on it later. Maybe tomorrow. Oh wait... it's past midnight so it's ALREADY tomorrow.

Eh. I'm tired, I'm sorry about the spelling mistakes, and Until Next 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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6 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Journey's End' Premiere

October 6th, 2017. (Again!)

Literally half an hour earlier I'd been about a ten minute walk from Leicester Square, at the temporary Embankment Cinema for the BFI London Film Festival premiere of 'The Meyerowitz Stories' with Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Emma Thompson. But with it being Friday, and with it being London Film Festival, and because sleep and getting home and to bed on time is overrated....

Here's how it went down:

Plan A was to shoot the event by standing on the sitting wall on the outside of Leicester Square, but that was blocked off because I think we all remember how hundreds of people died falling off it at the last BFI London Film Festlival. Sigh. So I'm shooting from inside the Park itself.

Plan A was to shoot the event by standing on the sitting wall on the outside of Leicester Square, but that was blocked off because I think we all remember how hundreds of people died falling off it at the last BFI London Film Festlival. Sigh. So I'm shooting from inside the Park itself.

Shooting high and blind in the vague direction of the posing board isn't exactly resulting in the kind of photos I want to be posting here (except for the specific reason of identifying photos I don't want to be posting here, I mean)

Shooting high and blind in the vague direction of the posing board isn't exactly resulting in the kind of photos I want to be posting here (except for the specific reason of identifying photos I don't want to be posting here, I mean)

More "Amazing" photos taken from within Leicester Square park. Looks like I'm going to have to overcome my dislike of... generally.... People and hit the Masses for some decent angles.

More "Amazing" photos taken from within Leicester Square park. Looks like I'm going to have to overcome my dislike of... generally.... People and hit the Masses for some decent angles.

Still... if it all goes wrong, in theory taking photos from a slight rise in a park adjoining a premiere is possible. Sort of. (nb. I believe this is Saul Dibb, director of the film 'Journey's End' which is the movie that's getting its premiere here...)

Still... if it all goes wrong, in theory taking photos from a slight rise in a park adjoining a premiere is possible. Sort of. (nb. I believe this is Saul Dibb, director of the film 'Journey's End' which is the movie that's getting its premiere here...)

"What's the movie about? Well... there's a journey. And there's an end. And some stuff in the middle. Speaking linearly in a four-dimensional sense, I mean"  Unwilling to leave my 'comfortable' spot just yet, I take a photo of screenwriter Simon Reade (left) and producer Guy de Beaujeu (right)

"What's the movie about? Well... there's a journey. And there's an end. And some stuff in the middle. Speaking linearly in a four-dimensional sense, I mean" Unwilling to leave my 'comfortable' spot just yet, I take a photo of screenwriter Simon Reade (left) and producer Guy de Beaujeu (right)

My new spot is among bystanders, gawkers, passers-by and tourists, who will stop you doing what you're doing to ask you who you're photographing and you (later) say "Sam Claflin" look at you like   that's clearly not a good enough reason, dude  . Thanks for that.

My new spot is among bystanders, gawkers, passers-by and tourists, who will stop you doing what you're doing to ask you who you're photographing and you (later) say "Sam Claflin" look at you like that's clearly not a good enough reason, dude. Thanks for that.

"Is she still behind me doing that thing where she matches my expression from behind my back? I'm not saying she's not talented, but it is weird"

"Is she still behind me doing that thing where she matches my expression from behind my back? I'm not saying she's not talented, but it is weird"

Toby Jones has his footprint in no less than three very large franchises - Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Captain America. Sadly two of those are finished and he died in the second movie of the third on the list.

Toby Jones has his footprint in no less than three very large franchises - Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Captain America. Sadly two of those are finished and he died in the second movie of the third on the list.

"Favourite emotional moment during Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice? Well.... it's a long movie and when I went to the toilet afterwards I felt the kind of pure emotional release I've not felt for a long time" . I could probably update my movie references to "The Mummy (2017)" or the most recent "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie... but happily so few people watched those.

"Favourite emotional moment during Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice? Well.... it's a long movie and when I went to the toilet afterwards I felt the kind of pure emotional release I've not felt for a long time". I could probably update my movie references to "The Mummy (2017)" or the most recent "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie... but happily so few people watched those.

"Oh, hey! You're that guy that mis-attributes peoples' quotes on your website" . Eh. Everybody's lawyer wants to stop me. Fortunately my server is hidden in a hole in Algeria or Tunis or something.

"Oh, hey! You're that guy that mis-attributes peoples' quotes on your website". Eh. Everybody's lawyer wants to stop me. Fortunately my server is hidden in a hole in Algeria or Tunis or something.

"You haven't watched Suite Francaise?? You should - it's good! Also you should watch this movie"  - Indeed Suite Francise is good : Saul Dibb directed it.

"You haven't watched Suite Francaise?? You should - it's good! Also you should watch this movie" - Indeed Suite Francise is good : Saul Dibb directed it.

"Hey, check it out : you're smaller and two-dimensional on this phone!" "Wait til you see a movie in a cinema : it's gonna blow your mind..."  Sadly, today was the release date of Blade Runner 2049 (which even more sadly didn't have a premiere) but "commitments" meant I couldn't see it. I've got my tickets for tomorrow.

"Hey, check it out : you're smaller and two-dimensional on this phone!"
"Wait til you see a movie in a cinema : it's gonna blow your mind..."

Sadly, today was the release date of Blade Runner 2049 (which even more sadly didn't have a premiere) but "commitments" meant I couldn't see it. I've got my tickets for tomorrow.

"Well, it's a World War I trench warfare movie, so don't expect barrels of laughs....."  Guy de Beaujeu is one of eight Producers of various flavours attached to this movie's imdb credits.

"Well, it's a World War I trench warfare movie, so don't expect barrels of laughs....." Guy de Beaujeu is one of eight Producers of various flavours attached to this movie's imdb credits.

Simon Reade is the film's screenwriter.&nbsp; And shooting through peoples' shoulders while people are getting excited about the imminent arrival of Sam Clafln is fun.

Simon Reade is the film's screenwriter.  And shooting through peoples' shoulders while people are getting excited about the imminent arrival of Sam Clafln is fun.

"Sure I'm good looking. But what about screenwriter Simon Reade? He's a very attractive young man, too" - Sam Claflin has featured in such films (and premieres) as   "Me Before You"  ,   "The Quiet Ones"  ,   "Love, Rosie"  , and   three   out of   four movies   in the   Mockingjay   quadrilogy.

"Sure I'm good looking. But what about screenwriter Simon Reade? He's a very attractive young man, too" - Sam Claflin has featured in such films (and premieres) as "Me Before You", "The Quiet Ones", "Love, Rosie", and three out of four movies in the Mockingjay quadrilogy.

"... and if Daniel Craig returns for one more Bond, and people forget about Hiddleston, and I shave......"

"... and if Daniel Craig returns for one more Bond, and people forget about Hiddleston, and I shave......"

"That wallet means a lot to me. Hands off"

"That wallet means a lot to me. Hands off"

"I don't care who I'm photographing right now. But tell me later"

"I don't care who I'm photographing right now. But tell me later"

"And if rumours are true and Ben Affleck wants out of Batman.....?" "......" "Would you shave the beard if they said you had to?" "......."

"And if rumours are true and Ben Affleck wants out of Batman.....?"
"......"
"Would you shave the beard if they said you had to?"
"......."

"Mommy. Why are all those people down there not up here enjoying the view and the canapes? Are they not as good as us, or something?" "No, dear. They're not"

"Mommy. Why are all those people down there not up here enjoying the view and the canapes? Are they not as good as us, or something?"
"No, dear. They're not"

"I'm Not. Shaving. The Beard. Ever." "....." "Unless Gal Gadot asks nicely"

"I'm Not. Shaving. The Beard. Ever."
"....."
"Unless Gal Gadot asks nicely"

"I'm sorry, but you look even better in two dimensions and on a screen...."

"I'm sorry, but you look even better in two dimensions and on a screen...."

"Wait... didn't I already sign autographs and pose for selfies and baptise babies and bless marriages?" "This is a different part of the crowd" "Well... what do THEY want?"

"Wait... didn't I already sign autographs and pose for selfies and baptise babies and bless marriages?"
"This is a different part of the crowd"
"Well... what do THEY want?"

"Well... you're all great of course, but the crowd inside are better dressed and they love me just as much or maybe more, and I intend to find out - catch ya!"

"Well... you're all great of course, but the crowd inside are better dressed and they love me just as much or maybe more, and I intend to find out - catch ya!"

Catch ya indeed. We're four (wait... three...?) days into twelve days of BFI London Film Festival and I need sleep more than I need just about anything right now, up to and including a new (several) bottle(s) of Saaremeaa Estonian Vodka because cool as it is, I'm almost finished with the next best thing in a bottle on my fridge, and that's even harder to get. And these are my problems, but just for once adding new things to the Archive of Movie Premieres isn't one.

Until next time!

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