16 Aug - 'The Children Act' Premiere

August 16th.

Outside of London Film Festival, it's extremely rare that I'd ever doing two premieres in a day, but it happened today - (1) A private screening-style premiere for "Simon Marsden : A Life In Pictures" at BFI Southbank (which was excellent, but I was there in the capacity of guest/photography fan, not weirdo blog-dude, so there’s no blog for that), and (2) me rushing to Curzon Mayfair for "The Children Act". My time of arrival at Curzon: 5:55pm for a premiere likely to start at 6:00pm

Here's how it went down:

Amazingly, I got to the premiere and it was slightly less crowded than anticipated, and there was an available pen the organisers were more than happy to have late and/or opportunistic fans, bystanders and randoms enter (and I’m 2 of those things!)

Amazingly, I got to the premiere and it was slightly less crowded than anticipated, and there was an available pen the organisers were more than happy to have late and/or opportunistic fans, bystanders and randoms enter (and I’m 2 of those things!)

Diagonally opposite, the pen I probably would have defaulted to, ideally right next to the Paparazzi pen. But you can't have everything, usually.

Diagonally opposite, the pen I probably would have defaulted to, ideally right next to the Paparazzi pen. But you can't have everything, usually.

It's a pretty face that yearns to know what a pretty face has to do to win the charms of a man such as the charismatic (and naturally bald/balding) Stanley Tucci. And here I am, standing not metres away, stupidly holding a camera in front of my barely less shiny dome.

It's a pretty face that yearns to know what a pretty face has to do to win the charms of a man such as the charismatic (and naturally bald/balding) Stanley Tucci. And here I am, standing not metres away, stupidly holding a camera in front of my barely less shiny dome.

"Are you going to be non-flirting with the cute girl much longer, or are you going to acknowledge that there's a premiere on??"  It's hard to say... although (not pictured) the girl in the prior photo quickly ceased her yearning and resumed texting <whoever>, so I guess that question is answered.

"Are you going to be non-flirting with the cute girl much longer, or are you going to acknowledge that there's a premiere on??" It's hard to say... although (not pictured) the girl in the prior photo quickly ceased her yearning and resumed texting <whoever>, so I guess that question is answered.

"There. Not a centimetre left or right. Or inch left or right. Or whatever unit of measurement you millennials are using. Is a Tweet a unit of measurement, now?"

"There. Not a centimetre left or right. Or inch left or right. Or whatever unit of measurement you millennials are using. Is a Tweet a unit of measurement, now?"

"But I'm a shining beacon of happiness and joy. NOBODY is ever unhappy around me".  Emma Thompson's filmic biography is long and impressive and includes Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V), Jane Austen (Sense &amp; Sensibility), JK Rowling (3x    Harry Potters   ), Disney (Brave and Treasure Planet AND    Saving Mr Banks    AND the    Beauty and the Beast remake   )…. and no doubt eventually Marvel/DC and Star Wars to follow.

"But I'm a shining beacon of happiness and joy. NOBODY is ever unhappy around me". Emma Thompson's filmic biography is long and impressive and includes Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V), Jane Austen (Sense & Sensibility), JK Rowling (3x Harry Potters), Disney (Brave and Treasure Planet AND Saving Mr Banks AND the Beauty and the Beast remake)…. and no doubt eventually Marvel/DC and Star Wars to follow.

"   Hey, baby; hey, baby; hey!    Wait.. did I say that in Latin so it would sound cooler? If not...I meant to say it in Latin. So it would sound cooler."  Fionn Whitehead's filmic biography is headlined by Christopher Nolan's    "Dunkirk" (2017)

"Hey, baby; hey, baby; hey! Wait.. did I say that in Latin so it would sound cooler? If not...I meant to say it in Latin. So it would sound cooler." Fionn Whitehead's filmic biography is headlined by Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" (2017)

Ever-so-slightly-guilty  "Don't I owe you Five Dollars??"  look aside, Richard Eyre is the director of this film.

Ever-so-slightly-guilty "Don't I owe you Five Dollars??" look aside, Richard Eyre is the director of this film.

"I have my ticket right here, next to my beretta and my ceramic knife.... and I hope that didn't come out threatening....because as I mentioned, I do have a ticket"

"I have my ticket right here, next to my beretta and my ceramic knife.... and I hope that didn't come out threatening....because as I mentioned, I do have a ticket"

Richard Eyre is probably best known for directing "Notes on a Scandal" (4 Oscar nominations) and "Iris" (3 Oscar Nominations, including a win) - and not, it should be stressed, for bringing, or rather almost certainly not bringing, ceramic knives to premieres. As we all know by now, repelling autograph dealers with a knife is overkill when a stick of deodourant will do it just as well.

Richard Eyre is probably best known for directing "Notes on a Scandal" (4 Oscar nominations) and "Iris" (3 Oscar Nominations, including a win) - and not, it should be stressed, for bringing, or rather almost certainly not bringing, ceramic knives to premieres. As we all know by now, repelling autograph dealers with a knife is overkill when a stick of deodourant will do it just as well.

"Make sure you get the 'Advance Warning Sign' in frame - it'll better verify the authenticity of this photograph"

"Make sure you get the 'Advance Warning Sign' in frame - it'll better verify the authenticity of this photograph"

"Make sure you get my good side. And for reference, check out the giant freaking poster / canvas right behind me"

"Make sure you get my good side. And for reference, check out the giant freaking poster / canvas right behind me"

"Good lord you've aged since we filmed that movie, man!!" "No, I'm the director. Fionn is still sanding right next to you..."

"Good lord you've aged since we filmed that movie, man!!"
"No, I'm the director. Fionn is still sanding right next to you..."

"Stanley couldn't be here, but feel free to take photos of his head on the posters around the carpet. it's what he would want"  - the mighty Stanley Tucci sadly was not at this event. I can't remember when I last photographed him - possibly    "Transformers : The Last Knight"   ? (and if your concept of time is fluid in four dimensions, a couple of weeks from now at “   A Simple Favour”   )

"Stanley couldn't be here, but feel free to take photos of his head on the posters around the carpet. it's what he would want" - the mighty Stanley Tucci sadly was not at this event. I can't remember when I last photographed him - possibly "Transformers : The Last Knight"? (and if your concept of time is fluid in four dimensions, a couple of weeks from now at “A Simple Favour”)

"If you want me to sign Hunger Games crap, Stanley Tucci named me his designated alternate...."  Ian McEwan wrote both the book and screenplay for this movie. He's probably best known for writing "Atonement", but I photographed him at last year's    "On Chesil Beach" premiere   , which he also attended.

"If you want me to sign Hunger Games crap, Stanley Tucci named me his designated alternate...." Ian McEwan wrote both the book and screenplay for this movie. He's probably best known for writing "Atonement", but I photographed him at last year's "On Chesil Beach" premiere, which he also attended.

Lesley Manville's expression is great, but there are at least three if not four other expressions I quite like in this photo. She's best known for having Oscar and Bafta nominations for last year's "The Phantom Thread", but won an Olivier in 2014 for "Ghost". And she was at this year’s    Oliviers   .

Lesley Manville's expression is great, but there are at least three if not four other expressions I quite like in this photo. She's best known for having Oscar and Bafta nominations for last year's "The Phantom Thread", but won an Olivier in 2014 for "Ghost". And she was at this year’s Oliviers.

Hayley Atwell, meanwhile, I photographed less than two weeks ago at the    premiere of "Christopher Robin"   , and (slightly) earlier this year at the TV Baftas, unless I got her mixed up with Billie Piper yet again. Her dress might or might not have once enjoyed roaming the African savannah, or I guess possibly pleased to have left it behind.

Hayley Atwell, meanwhile, I photographed less than two weeks ago at the premiere of "Christopher Robin", and (slightly) earlier this year at the TV Baftas, unless I got her mixed up with Billie Piper yet again. Her dress might or might not have once enjoyed roaming the African savannah, or I guess possibly pleased to have left it behind.

Anthony Calf is also in this movie, though right now specifically he's blocking views of Emma Thompson being interviewed. His imdb.com entry is very long and I've seemingly missed everything he's been in other than "The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)" which I really liked.

Anthony Calf is also in this movie, though right now specifically he's blocking views of Emma Thompson being interviewed. His imdb.com entry is very long and I've seemingly missed everything he's been in other than "The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)" which I really liked.

"Perspective or not, I still think that man's head if freakishly large..."

"Perspective or not, I still think that man's head if freakishly large..."

"I really want a bit of your hair, for.... no reason. Certainly nothing illegal. Or at least, once I'm back in international waters it won't be illegal..."

"I really want a bit of your hair, for.... no reason. Certainly nothing illegal. Or at least, once I'm back in international waters it won't be illegal..."

"How hard can it be to get my good side? It's on every one of the posters!"

"How hard can it be to get my good side? It's on every one of the posters!"

Emma Thompson remains one of my very favourite people to photograph. For ... obvious reasons. Man in background is compelling, though.

Emma Thompson remains one of my very favourite people to photograph. For ... obvious reasons. Man in background is compelling, though.

"Advice for a young budding actress? Well, it's times like this that I'm reminded of what my bodyguard Gunther would say if he wasn't chatting up some miscellaneous pretty girl texting over there, and it's... let me see if I can get his accent right... "Never Touch The Talent" "

"Advice for a young budding actress? Well, it's times like this that I'm reminded of what my bodyguard Gunther would say if he wasn't chatting up some miscellaneous pretty girl texting over there, and it's... let me see if I can get his accent right... "Never Touch The Talent" "

So... that was that. Two premieres in a day, one journal, and if I'm somewhat motivated there's an outside-central-London premiere tomorrow, a maybe-it's-a-premiere-maybe-it-isn't event next Monday, a premiere next Tuesday, and a who-knows Somerset House event next Wednesday. So if you're a pretty girl texting outside Curzon Mayfair sometime in the next week, I'm sorry I might not have all that much time for you. How about the week after that? I think I'm free for most or all of that.

Until Next Time!

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