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

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

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

Here's how it went down:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"You figured that out all yourself, huh?"

"You figured that out all yourself, huh?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

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