October 15th, 2017.
So... it's come to this. The Closing Gala of the 2017 BFI London Film Festival. And I've been boring everyone for weeks as soon as they announced the guests, the closing ceremony was THE EVENT it was all leading to. Why? Because the event contained not one but FOUR people I've never photographed before : Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and the mighty PETER DINKLAGE.
Some days a girl has four names on a list... and I'm a guy, but there are four names... and there is a last.
Here's how it went down:
And to the beating of (literal) drums and chanting of (literal) protesters throwing (literal) leaflets and carrying huge signs and even blocking the car entry point of the premiere, it nonetheless began.
I don't care if Sam Rockwell was three-quarter profile and looking down, I don't care if Frances McDormand was rushing to get away, and I don't care that Peter Dinklage didn't stay to down shots with his fans. I'm calling it Three Down, One To Go.
We've relocated to the interview section of the public pen to see if we can get better shots of some of the cast being interviewed. This has only brought us into closer proximity to screaming, placard-waving, paper flyer throwing protesters... so loud that the interview station has been moved closer to the cinema entrance.
I decided it wasn't yet (quite) time to go just yet. Not because I'm unwilling to declare this BFI London Film Festival Finally Over, but because... well... what else was I going to do? Find out they've cancelled the 19:36 train to Bedford even sooner than I otherwise would?
So... that was that. BFI London Film Festival 2017. OVER. By my count I covered 17 events in 14 days (18 if you count a composer event), and I'm absolutely fine with there being a little break now. Last year after BFI LFF ended there were four premieres in a row on the following four days.... not so much this time around. Though after taking Monday off... there IS a premiere in London on Tuesday.
Until .... next time!