Monday, 17th September 2018.
It’s been a long, LONG time since I last went to a premiere where the lead star was somebody I’d never photographed before and really (REALLY) wanted to. Possibly The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan… possibly The Avengers and Scarlett Johansson.
So early morning I dropped by BFI Southbank at 6:30am for a wristband…. and there were no fans, no barriers, no wristbands, no security. So I returned at 11:30am …. and there were still no fans, no barriers, no wristband, no security… but I was given #54 to write on my wrist just in case something happened.
I returned at 3:30pm, expecting nothing…… and here’s how it went down.
And… well… I gotta be honest, I think this might be my favourite premiere of the year (although Ready Player One, Mamma Mia2 , Mission Impossible Fallout and the mighty The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot all had their charms). The crowd was cool, the dealers were distant, the stars were gorgeous and/or well dressed (and/or Stanley Tucci). And that happens pretty rarely. AND it’s a +1 for the Archive of Movie Premieres. AND it was good enough thatI opened a bottle of my favourite (and achingly difficult to acquire) vodka to celebrate (Saaremaa Rabarber (rhubarb) Vodka).
And hey, even if it probably won’t be quite as good…. until next time!