18 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Favourite' Premiere

October 18th, 2018

I’d just come from across the river about an hour before, where the Ralph Fiennes-directed “The White Crow” had its premiere… but today’s larger premiere was for the latest Yorgos Lanthimos (hopefully) masterpiece..

Here’s how it went down:

I had a wristband for this event, but its number wasn’t particularly good… in addition to which it’s BFI Southbank : I love shooting from the footbridge (when I’m permitted to do so). So far this year I’ve photographed such events as    Christopher Robin   ,    Yardie   , and the Blake Lively movie    “A Simple Favour”        there. Those premieres were all during the day, though…

I had a wristband for this event, but its number wasn’t particularly good… in addition to which it’s BFI Southbank : I love shooting from the footbridge (when I’m permitted to do so). So far this year I’ve photographed such events as Christopher Robin, Yardie, and the Blake Lively movie “A Simple Favour” there. Those premieres were all during the day, though…

So…. a costume drama? it’s hard to tell with Yorgos Lanthimos movies - part of the charm/horror/confusion that makes them so great is not being able to categorise them, or prepare for them.

So…. a costume drama? it’s hard to tell with Yorgos Lanthimos movies - part of the charm/horror/confusion that makes them so great is not being able to categorise them, or prepare for them.

“I don’t know, man. I’m pretty good at spatial reasoning and no matter how I rotate this, it looks nothing like THAT” . I wonder when the decision to shift this movie’s premiere from Cineworld Leicester Square to BFI Southbank happened. I’m less interested in why.

“I don’t know, man. I’m pretty good at spatial reasoning and no matter how I rotate this, it looks nothing like THAT”. I wonder when the decision to shift this movie’s premiere from Cineworld Leicester Square to BFI Southbank happened. I’m less interested in why.

I don’t know. Walk into a public pen at a premiere these days and you’re likely to get a bag search, metal detectors scrutiny from a sniffer dog and the demand to take a sip of any liquid you take with you. Leave something looking like a mobile artificial intelligence platform of unknown menace and designs on the carpet itself and nobody seems to bother.

I don’t know. Walk into a public pen at a premiere these days and you’re likely to get a bag search, metal detectors scrutiny from a sniffer dog and the demand to take a sip of any liquid you take with you. Leave something looking like a mobile artificial intelligence platform of unknown menace and designs on the carpet itself and nobody seems to bother.

“Does your List say Leo’s coming?” ”Why would it say that he is - he’s got no association with this film” ”It was a test, Barbara. And you just failed” ”So he IS coming??” ”No, Barbara, of course he isn’t. He’s got no association with this film. And you just failed a second time”

“Does your List say Leo’s coming?”
”Why would it say that he is - he’s got no association with this film”
”It was a test, Barbara. And you just failed”
”So he IS coming??”
”No, Barbara, of course he isn’t. He’s got no association with this film. And you just failed a second time”

Our first arrival is Rachel Weisz, who has already been in a prior Yorgos Lanthimos movie (   The Lobster   ), and was in    ‘The Mercy’    the movie for which I still can’t explain the fact it’s my most viewed tweet ever.

Our first arrival is Rachel Weisz, who has already been in a prior Yorgos Lanthimos movie (The Lobster), and was in ‘The Mercy’ the movie for which I still can’t explain the fact it’s my most viewed tweet ever.

“Sorry, I can’t stay. I gotta do… the…. the really important… thing over there…. Is my voice trailing off into the distance? That’s the effect I’m going for. Oh, wait I’m still standing here”.  it’s Mark Gatiss - co-creator of the BBC’s series Sherlock, employee of Game of Thrones’ Iron Bank of Braavos, and ALSO in ‘The Mercy’ with Rachel Weisz (and Colin Firth)

“Sorry, I can’t stay. I gotta do… the…. the really important… thing over there…. Is my voice trailing off into the distance? That’s the effect I’m going for. Oh, wait I’m still standing here”. it’s Mark Gatiss - co-creator of the BBC’s series Sherlock, employee of Game of Thrones’ Iron Bank of Braavos, and ALSO in ‘The Mercy’ with Rachel Weisz (and Colin Firth)

“So in The Lobster… or life in general…. is it better to be in any relationship at all, or stay single forever? Or preferably not among the living? I can’t tell”  Centre of carpet : it’s Yorgos Lanthimos! This movie and his two prior movies have BFI London Film Festival premieres (and journal entries) -    The Lobster    and    The Killing of a Sacred Deer   .

“So in The Lobster… or life in general…. is it better to be in any relationship at all, or stay single forever? Or preferably not among the living? I can’t tell”
Centre of carpet : it’s Yorgos Lanthimos! This movie and his two prior movies have BFI London Film Festival premieres (and journal entries) - The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

“No… Paul Swayne couldn’t make it. And it had nothing to do with not wanting all you guys to shout out his character’s name at this premiere”.  Well… once you’ve checked imdb.com you’ll understand. (ps. don’t check imdb.com… it’s not worth knowing) pps. this is Joe Alwyn.

“No… Paul Swayne couldn’t make it. And it had nothing to do with not wanting all you guys to shout out his character’s name at this premiere”. Well… once you’ve checked imdb.com you’ll understand. (ps. don’t check imdb.com… it’s not worth knowing) pps. this is Joe Alwyn.

“Okay, I’m back. Please continue with that story you were telling earlier about the guy with the thing in that place you were mentioning. Leave nothing out, not a single detail.”

“Okay, I’m back. Please continue with that story you were telling earlier about the guy with the thing in that place you were mentioning. Leave nothing out, not a single detail.”

“Well… these questions are boring. I wish I was over there with Mark learning every detail about the guy with the thing at that place…”

“Well… these questions are boring. I wish I was over there with Mark learning every detail about the guy with the thing at that place…”

My spot on The Bridge doesn’t exactly give me a good view of the stage, however given people are being interviewed with their BACK to the crowd it’s probably slightly better than I’d have gotten at ground level. Plus I get to shoot the scaffolding holding up the TV Screen. Might come in handy if I ever want to mount my laptop on my wall.

My spot on The Bridge doesn’t exactly give me a good view of the stage, however given people are being interviewed with their BACK to the crowd it’s probably slightly better than I’d have gotten at ground level. Plus I get to shoot the scaffolding holding up the TV Screen. Might come in handy if I ever want to mount my laptop on my wall.

Our next arrival : the lovely Emma Stone. Fortunately for my current lamentably deleterious distance from her, I’ve photographed her recently - at close range - at the premiere of    “Maniac”

Our next arrival : the lovely Emma Stone. Fortunately for my current lamentably deleterious distance from her, I’ve photographed her recently - at close range - at the premiere of “Maniac”

Multiple starbursts so sharp I don’t even mind that the humans in this picture are blurry. That’s my aesthetic at a distance of 100 metres, shooting from a bridge, and I stand by it.

Multiple starbursts so sharp I don’t even mind that the humans in this picture are blurry. That’s my aesthetic at a distance of 100 metres, shooting from a bridge, and I stand by it.

I’m not entirely shure what’s happening here, but i can say I don’t hate it. In addition to which, with the Big Stars all posing for the Paps in the distance, this is the emptiest the red carpet has been for some time.

I’m not entirely shure what’s happening here, but i can say I don’t hate it. In addition to which, with the Big Stars all posing for the Paps in the distance, this is the emptiest the red carpet has been for some time.

Emma Stone is wearing a sparkly bluey-silver-white dress and cool black lipstick to go with her pale face and red hair. I’m commemorating this by putting the photo into black’n’white… mainly because too many people in the public pen are wearing garish greens, reds and in one case even a bright orange hoodie.

Emma Stone is wearing a sparkly bluey-silver-white dress and cool black lipstick to go with her pale face and red hair. I’m commemorating this by putting the photo into black’n’white… mainly because too many people in the public pen are wearing garish greens, reds and in one case even a bright orange hoodie.

“I really do truly love Olivia. and I think she’s a great actress. But right now she’s blocking me from the further chanting of my name that takes place every time the dealers see me. And in some ways that’s an even higher level of regard, don’t you think?”  - Olivia Coleman, the third in the fantastic triumvirate of actresses in this movie, was also in “The Lobster”

“I really do truly love Olivia. and I think she’s a great actress. But right now she’s blocking me from the further chanting of my name that takes place every time the dealers see me. And in some ways that’s an even higher level of regard, don’t you think?” - Olivia Coleman, the third in the fantastic triumvirate of actresses in this movie, was also in “The Lobster”

“It’s kind of like getting an awesome promotion, actually”  - Olivia Colman is currently slated to play the older Queen Elizabeth II in the TV Series ‘The Crown’, taking over Claire Foy’s role.

“It’s kind of like getting an awesome promotion, actually” - Olivia Colman is currently slated to play the older Queen Elizabeth II in the TV Series ‘The Crown’, taking over Claire Foy’s role.

“Apparently this is how they’re doing high-fives in Hollywood now. Can you confirm?”

“Apparently this is how they’re doing high-fives in Hollywood now. Can you confirm?”

“Don’t get too much closer. That spotlight on the side of the stage can sear your retinas and cause instant blindness. Still, not to worry. You’ve obviously been working out Mark : that’s what I like about you. You take good care of your body”

“Don’t get too much closer. That spotlight on the side of the stage can sear your retinas and cause instant blindness. Still, not to worry. You’ve obviously been working out Mark : that’s what I like about you. You take good care of your body”

“I refuse to believe this many of you have watched LaLaLand, let alone Birdman…”

“I refuse to believe this many of you have watched LaLaLand, let alone Birdman…”

Emma Stone faces in my direction briefly and I’m again struck by the extent to which every frame I take feels like a new and different pose. It’s not a bad thing to discover at 10 frames per second.

Emma Stone faces in my direction briefly and I’m again struck by the extent to which every frame I take feels like a new and different pose. It’s not a bad thing to discover at 10 frames per second.

“I naturally hesitate to tell an Oscar winning actress where to stand and where to look… but taking instructions is kind of what you do professionally, right?”.  (with thanks to KCheung, who pointed out that the original comment - almost literally the opposite of this - was the opposite of what I should have said!)

“I naturally hesitate to tell an Oscar winning actress where to stand and where to look… but taking instructions is kind of what you do professionally, right?”. (with thanks to KCheung, who pointed out that the original comment - almost literally the opposite of this - was the opposite of what I should have said!)

“Wait. Hold on.. I can do this. It breaks the laws of physics but I saw a dude in front of a crowd in Covent Garden do it.”

“Wait. Hold on.. I can do this. It breaks the laws of physics but I saw a dude in front of a crowd in Covent Garden do it.”

And when the laws of physics are in danger of being broken (and with a 5:02am alarm ready to kiss me awake into Friday), it’s time for me to depart, and wonder what kind of rail chaos awaits me tonight.

Until nex time! (ie. tomorrow!)

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