27 Sep 2018 - The 'A Star Is Born' UK Premiere

September 27th, 2018.

Yesterday, prior to photographing the “small but it counts towards my goal of 500premiere for “Black 47” I already managed to pick up my wristband for today’s “A Star Is Born” premiere, which despite its massive size and huge expected crowds I managed to get wristband #2 (!!!) for in the pen of my choice (and I had friends with #1 and #3). That’s pretty unprecedented.

And before it had even started I’d ditched my spot to stand next to a friend with wristband #99 because, indeed, he’d managed to find a great spot in the pen that the 98 people in front of him (including me) had all missed. And…? He was completely right.

Here’s how it went down.

The setup for this premiere had started the prior day, and took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square, with the long Red Carpet stretching from M&Ms world to Vue cinema via The Fountain, a large stage, and a dedicated pen for the most hardcore autograph dealers.

The setup for this premiere had started the prior day, and took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square, with the long Red Carpet stretching from M&Ms world to Vue cinema via The Fountain, a large stage, and a dedicated pen for the most hardcore autograph dealers.

Now you might well ask why anyone with wristband #2 and a choice of where to stand would select a spot with a (freaking) TREE in front of them. And the answer is : safety. With nobody likely to sign where I stood (refer : tree) : I had a view to the posing board ahead, the dealer pen (also ahead), the pen to my side…. AND :

Now you might well ask why anyone with wristband #2 and a choice of where to stand would select a spot with a (freaking) TREE in front of them. And the answer is : safety. With nobody likely to sign where I stood (refer : tree) : I had a view to the posing board ahead, the dealer pen (also ahead), the pen to my side…. AND :

I had a view diagonally into the media interview pens to my left, AND the stage to my right, AND another front-facing pen behind me. I’ve never had this many angles at a premiere before! Meanwhile, The List for this premiere had plenty of guests, but only five (5) members of the cast and crew.

I had a view diagonally into the media interview pens to my left, AND the stage to my right, AND another front-facing pen behind me. I’ve never had this many angles at a premiere before!
Meanwhile, The List for this premiere had plenty of guests, but only five (5) members of the cast and crew.

Not sure of the relevance, but who DOESN’T like pizza? Sadly, even if Alec Baldwin likes pizza, it was not enough to induce him to come to London (he plays the role of “Alec Baldwin” in the film’s imdb.com credits)

Not sure of the relevance, but who DOESN’T like pizza? Sadly, even if Alec Baldwin likes pizza, it was not enough to induce him to come to London (he plays the role of “Alec Baldwin” in the film’s imdb.com credits)

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless they can get them this thin and portable - and they can’t - they’re just pointless, no matter the sensor size or low-light capabilities. Because this also has youtube.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless they can get them this thin and portable - and they can’t - they’re just pointless, no matter the sensor size or low-light capabilities. Because this also has youtube.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless you can mod them so they look like this, they’ll never impress anyone who truly matters.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless you can mod them so they look like this, they’ll never impress anyone who truly matters.”

Wasn’t Born This Way. Had to buy the hat at a later date.

Wasn’t Born This Way. Had to buy the hat at a later date.

“You’re a Lady Gaga fan, George. Is it just a coincidence that you volunteered for a triple shift today?”  - the Odeon in the background is still being renovated, sadly. They’ve even torn down the poor mini-Costa that used to do a booming trade pre-premiere in colder months.

“You’re a Lady Gaga fan, George. Is it just a coincidence that you volunteered for a triple shift today?” - the Odeon in the background is still being renovated, sadly. They’ve even torn down the poor mini-Costa that used to do a booming trade pre-premiere in colder months.

“It could be a tree because it looks like a tree, and not because Lady Gaga might have chosen to dress like one. If you know what I mean.” ”Well.. yeah. But it’s still a pretty good-looking tree”

“It could be a tree because it looks like a tree, and not because Lady Gaga might have chosen to dress like one. If you know what I mean.”
”Well.. yeah. But it’s still a pretty good-looking tree”

Excellent news : Lady Gaga has arrived, and is NOT dressed as a tree! Instead she’s dressed as a… uh….. ummmm…. ah…. erm…. Well, actually I once saw a toilet-roll holder cozy that kind of looked like this, but if I’m honest the design DOES actually look better as a couture dress than a toilet roll holder. So… yay!

Excellent news : Lady Gaga has arrived, and is NOT dressed as a tree! Instead she’s dressed as a… uh….. ummmm…. ah…. erm…. Well, actually I once saw a toilet-roll holder cozy that kind of looked like this, but if I’m honest the design DOES actually look better as a couture dress than a toilet roll holder. So… yay!

“I totally want you to make sure I always have an angelic halo spotlight. You can do that with… like… drones and wires or something, right?”  - Lady Gaga’s imdb credits centre around video clips and playing the role of herself in such things as The Simpsons and Men in Black 3…

“I totally want you to make sure I always have an angelic halo spotlight. You can do that with… like… drones and wires or something, right?” - Lady Gaga’s imdb credits centre around video clips and playing the role of herself in such things as The Simpsons and Men in Black 3…

“Yes, absolutely I want to know all about the holiday photos you took ”

“Yes, absolutely I want to know all about the holiday photos you took

I have no idea why an old grey-haired dude is standing in front of me holding some kind of battery/antenna above his head, and standing directly in front of Lady Gaga in order to do so. Have we really not progressed beyond the point where old people need to hold batteries above their head?

I have no idea why an old grey-haired dude is standing in front of me holding some kind of battery/antenna above his head, and standing directly in front of Lady Gaga in order to do so. Have we really not progressed beyond the point where old people need to hold batteries above their head?

“Plain-dressed minion behind me: Point To The RIGHT… because this dress weighs a ton and the sleeves are half the weight ” - the mighty wireimage.com identifies this as “Shangela”. I think her hair might weigh more than my camera(s)

“Plain-dressed minion behind me: Point To The RIGHT… because this dress weighs a ton and the sleeves are half the weight” - the mighty wireimage.com identifies this as “Shangela”. I think her hair might weigh more than my camera(s)

“No I did not get to order a different chair to sit in for each of my duties, sadly.”  - Bradley Cooper isn’t just the voice of a raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy… he’s the Director, Writer, Producer and Male Lead in this movie. (And the moire pattern on his jacket is pretty sweet.)

“No I did not get to order a different chair to sit in for each of my duties, sadly.” - Bradley Cooper isn’t just the voice of a raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy… he’s the Director, Writer, Producer and Male Lead in this movie. (And the moire pattern on his jacket is pretty sweet.)

“Don’t worry about the guy behind me. He’s studying how to do my autograph so he can sign all your Avengers crap… I mean stuff… I mean awesome merchandise.. when I’m off doing interviews.”

“Don’t worry about the guy behind me. He’s studying how to do my autograph so he can sign all your Avengers crap… I mean stuff… I mean awesome merchandise.. when I’m off doing interviews.”

“Girlfriend, I promise you I had my hair done up just like you… but then Bradley smiled at me and.. well….”

“Girlfriend, I promise you I had my hair done up just like you… but then Bradley smiled at me and.. well….”

Ah yes. I did want to talk about how her lawyers had my photo of her from V Fest in 2009 taken down off Redbubble about five years after I posted it. Seems unfair. Probably not the right circumstances to bring it up.. but happy to sit down for a coffee and a chat…

Ah yes. I did want to talk about how her lawyers had my photo of her from V Fest in 2009 taken down off Redbubble about five years after I posted it. Seems unfair. Probably not the right circumstances to bring it up.. but happy to sit down for a coffee and a chat…

“Nice one, Janice” - There reason why I’m posting so many black’n’white shots of Lady Gaga is because while she’s wearing a dress that I’m laughably calling “subtle”, her assistant (front left in this photo, front right in the prior one) is wearing a dress that’s on the PINK side of BRIGHT CRIMSON. Nice one, assistant Lady.

“Nice one, Janice” - There reason why I’m posting so many black’n’white shots of Lady Gaga is because while she’s wearing a dress that I’m laughably calling “subtle”, her assistant (front left in this photo, front right in the prior one) is wearing a dress that’s on the PINK side of BRIGHT CRIMSON. Nice one, assistant Lady.

“Actually, the designer wanted the collar to be two foot wide all around. I agreed with him on everything except that one thing” . And there’s the assistant, to her left…. colour unadjusted.

“Actually, the designer wanted the collar to be two foot wide all around. I agreed with him on everything except that one thing”. And there’s the assistant, to her left…. colour unadjusted.

“I wanna concentrate on what you’re saying… but those nails look dangerous. I’m guessing you have them like that to protect the precious pearls in your dress?”

“I wanna concentrate on what you’re saying… but those nails look dangerous. I’m guessing you have them like that to protect the precious pearls in your dress?”

“No… I’m not wearing meat, or shards of glass, or shredded newspaper. I’ll understand if you want me to move on….”  - wireimage says : “Emma Weymouth”

“No… I’m not wearing meat, or shards of glass, or shredded newspaper. I’ll understand if you want me to move on….” - wireimage says : “Emma Weymouth”

“My fans do want to see me, you know. They’re not all here for Lady Gaga, you know”  - the security presence at this premiere was on the ‘high’ side of ‘standard’ - though we all had to take a sip of any liquid we were carrying into the premiere. That was a first.

“My fans do want to see me, you know. They’re not all here for Lady Gaga, you know” - the security presence at this premiere was on the ‘high’ side of ‘standard’ - though we all had to take a sip of any liquid we were carrying into the premiere. That was a first.

It’s Tom Jones! He’s best known for being Welsh Singer Tom Jones - recipient of a knighthood and also a Grammy Award Winner… for best new artist in 1966, in a career that has subsequently spanned six decades.

It’s Tom Jones! He’s best known for being Welsh Singer Tom Jones - recipient of a knighthood and also a Grammy Award Winner… for best new artist in 1966, in a career that has subsequently spanned six decades.

“You like that song I did with Art Of Noise back in the 1980s? Me too!”  - it’s still on my iPod. (Also : I still have an iPod)

“You like that song I did with Art Of Noise back in the 1980s? Me too!” - it’s still on my iPod. (Also : I still have an iPod)

“Who’s got two thumbs and is feeling pretty good right now? This guy!!”  - along with partnering with a tree in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has four Oscar Nominations, was in all the Hangover Movies AND was a voice on the phone in “10 Cloverfield Lane”

“Who’s got two thumbs and is feeling pretty good right now? This guy!!” - along with partnering with a tree in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has four Oscar Nominations, was in all the Hangover Movies AND was a voice on the phone in “10 Cloverfield Lane”

“Thanks for the offer, but the day I sign anything with a black sharpie is the day I hang up this dress and start wearing jeans and a blazer top and calling it ‘smart-casual’ . The word you’re looking for is “never”, incidentally“

“Thanks for the offer, but the day I sign anything with a black sharpie is the day I hang up this dress and start wearing jeans and a blazer top and calling it ‘smart-casual’ . The word you’re looking for is “never”, incidentally“

“Your hat is NOT fabulous. NOT!!”   - I don’t know much about Shangela (aka “DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce”) but I kind of already have enough issues with how facebook/google profile me that I don’t really want to give them more misinformation by doing an exhaustive search for “Shangela”

“Your hat is NOT fabulous. NOT!!” - I don’t know much about Shangela (aka “DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce”) but I kind of already have enough issues with how facebook/google profile me that I don’t really want to give them more misinformation by doing an exhaustive search for “Shangela”

“If you can’t find the tools to adjust the dress, Barry, look on the other side. That’s where I keep the spanners and wrenches. And don’t worry, Barry, those aren’t euphemisms.”

“If you can’t find the tools to adjust the dress, Barry, look on the other side. That’s where I keep the spanners and wrenches. And don’t worry, Barry, those aren’t euphemisms.”

With Lady Gaga signing in the far distance, Bradley Cooper being interviewed to my left and dress wranglers busily adjusting or lowering or adding chrome rims to Shangela’s dress on stage, I’m really having to multitask to cover all the angles my spot affords me… this is dropoff.

With Lady Gaga signing in the far distance, Bradley Cooper being interviewed to my left and dress wranglers busily adjusting or lowering or adding chrome rims to Shangela’s dress on stage, I’m really having to multitask to cover all the angles my spot affords me… this is dropoff.

“Help me, Beryl. They all want me to sign stuff and tell me about their holidays, and Security Dave behind me has that bloodthirsty glint in his eye again, and last time he did that… I suppose I’d better not finish that sentence in case anyone else is listening….”

“Help me, Beryl. They all want me to sign stuff and tell me about their holidays, and Security Dave behind me has that bloodthirsty glint in his eye again, and last time he did that… I suppose I’d better not finish that sentence in case anyone else is listening….”

It’s taken 45 minutes and some 2500 frames, but I think I might finally have eye-contact with Lady Gaga!!! (Now… about that takedown notice from redbubble back in 2013…)

It’s taken 45 minutes and some 2500 frames, but I think I might finally have eye-contact with Lady Gaga!!! (Now… about that takedown notice from redbubble back in 2013…)

Well, the flowers would go a long way to easing five years of pain… but selfishly I kind of want to be given gifts from my favourite Estonian vodka makers….. can that be arranged instead?

Well, the flowers would go a long way to easing five years of pain… but selfishly I kind of want to be given gifts from my favourite Estonian vodka makers….. can that be arranged instead?

With not one but two bouquets of flowers thrown into the crowd by Lady Gaga, Aussie-Rules style (with apologies to 99% of the planet to whom this means little), the final (and possibly) best angle for my spot in the pen is about to be revealed. At 90% of premieres, the interview subject stands on the left side of the host… and that’s (a) seemingly the setup here, and (b) where the space is…. but I really need for her to stand on the RIGHT of the stage.

With not one but two bouquets of flowers thrown into the crowd by Lady Gaga, Aussie-Rules style (with apologies to 99% of the planet to whom this means little), the final (and possibly) best angle for my spot in the pen is about to be revealed. At 90% of premieres, the interview subject stands on the left side of the host… and that’s (a) seemingly the setup here, and (b) where the space is…. but I really need for her to stand on the RIGHT of the stage.

“….. I’d rather not answer that”  But you’re standing on the RIGHT side of the stage while not answering!! Woohoo!!

“….. I’d rather not answer that” But you’re standing on the RIGHT side of the stage while not answering!! Woohoo!!

“…. fine. Yes. I’ll concede that taken literally, the lyrics to the song “Hair” are a slap in the face to bald-headed people everywhere”  . Seriously, those lyrics go “I just want to be myself and for you to love me for who I am… and I am my hair” and “this is my prayer : that I’ll die living just as free as my hair”.  Damnit, Lady : we’re a minority : be nice to us!!

“…. fine. Yes. I’ll concede that taken literally, the lyrics to the song “Hair” are a slap in the face to bald-headed people everywhere” . Seriously, those lyrics go “I just want to be myself and for you to love me for who I am… and I am my hair” and “this is my prayer : that I’ll die living just as free as my hair”. Damnit, Lady : we’re a minority : be nice to us!!

“Please be careful. Pretty much every part of this dress is both expensive and load-bearing, Edith”.  Also… those shoes are interesting. But this journal is long and I don’t want to make it longer.

“Please be careful. Pretty much every part of this dress is both expensive and load-bearing, Edith”. Also… those shoes are interesting. But this journal is long and I don’t want to make it longer.

A mere four days after being one of only three (3) people I recognised at the    “Fifa The Best” Awards for football,    it’s Noel Gallagher! Again! Looking too cool to be impressed! Again!

A mere four days after being one of only three (3) people I recognised at the “Fifa The Best” Awards for football, it’s Noel Gallagher! Again! Looking too cool to be impressed! Again!

“I’m not posing here until that guy behind me manages to look less bored than I am. It’s vital for my image, you understand.”  - apparently this is “Courtney Act”.

“I’m not posing here until that guy behind me manages to look less bored than I am. It’s vital for my image, you understand.” - apparently this is “Courtney Act”.

"Please elaborate further upon that rumour you’re spreading about me”

"Please elaborate further upon that rumour you’re spreading about me”

“We were going for something small and intimate. But at least it is intimate, Edith.”

“We were going for something small and intimate. But at least it is intimate, Edith.”

“I’d prefer it if you didn’t call it a ‘scheme’, Edith. Also, it’s not technically illegal… at least insofar as we don’t know specifically whether it’s LEGAL, that is”

“I’d prefer it if you didn’t call it a ‘scheme’, Edith. Also, it’s not technically illegal… at least insofar as we don’t know specifically whether it’s LEGAL, that is”

“I really want to keep you on stage longer, so I’m going to let this silence ride until it gets all awkward and somebody feels the need to break it. But I gotta tell you.. it won’t be me”

“I really want to keep you on stage longer, so I’m going to let this silence ride until it gets all awkward and somebody feels the need to break it. But I gotta tell you.. it won’t be me”

<it’s late/early and I can’t think of a caption right now…>

<it’s late/early and I can’t think of a caption right now…>

“The way the dress flows down stairs is creepy and hypnotic. It’s not actually made of fabric is it?” ”Well… let’s just say the snacks my assistant is carrying aren’t in case *   I   * get hungry”

“The way the dress flows down stairs is creepy and hypnotic. It’s not actually made of fabric is it?”
”Well… let’s just say the snacks my assistant is carrying aren’t in case *
I* get hungry”

Pretty much the last shot I took… and it’s probably the most candid. There’s something about it I really like (and I’m as much of a fan of Elizabethan collars as the next guy)

Pretty much the last shot I took… and it’s probably the most candid. There’s something about it I really like (and I’m as much of a fan of Elizabethan collars as the next guy)

So… that was large, and yet also very enjoyable. And it brings to a close a 16 day period that featured 11 events (and I’m counting four separate days of London Fashion week as a single event) - King of Thieves, The Room, Maniac, London Fashion Week, A Simple Favour, Gloves Off, The Intent 2, The Prop Store Auction, The Best Fifa Awards, Black 47 yesterday…. and this premiere today. Whew!

My Archive of Premieres certainly has had fun. And I look forward to getting some sleep on the weekend before hopefully a choice of three events next week followed by London Film Festival the week after that.

Until next time!

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