19 Sep 2018 - The 'Gloves Off' Premiere

September 19th, 2018.

In a bit of an unprecedented scenario, London had not one but THREE scheduled premieres today. But rather than choose which one to go to, I looked at the name of my own website (which is premiereS.co - plural not singular) and decided why not do two of them, rather than just one.

Here’s how it (that being the first one) went down:

It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

“This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?” ”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

“This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?”
”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (   “Welcome to Curiosity”   ) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (“Welcome to Curiosity”) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

“The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me”  - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

“The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me” - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

“Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

“Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

“I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself”  - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com. (edited to add : he’s Adam Fogerty, and his film roles include Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” and the dual-Tom-Hardie-roles movie “Legend” : with thanks to : THIS MOVIE’S OWN GREG ORVIS!)

“I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself” - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com. (edited to add : he’s Adam Fogerty, and his film roles include Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” and the dual-Tom-Hardie-roles movie “Legend” : with thanks to : THIS MOVIE’S OWN GREG ORVIS!)

“You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off”  - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

“You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off” - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

“What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.” ”…….?” ”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

“What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.”
”…….?”
”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

“Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

“Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

“Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

“Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

“One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.”  - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

“One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.” - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

“You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me”  - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

“You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me” - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

“Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

“Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight.  But hey… I know, right?

I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight. But hey… I know, right?

I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

And        London Fashion Week    is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

And London Fashion Week is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like  “mine’s bigger than yours”

Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like “mine’s bigger than yours”

Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the    Blake Lively premiere on Monday   , but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the Blake Lively premiere on Monday, but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

“Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

“Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

So…. that was that. Time to head home and reheat those leftovers and… wait… there’s ANOTHER premiere in Leicester Square, you say?

….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

…. so that was….. NOT QUITE that. I still have another premiere to go to!

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