13 Aug - 'The Festival' World Premiere

August 13th, 2018.

Although this is a movie whose release schedule will probably be minimal outside the UK, thus making this premiere probably more accurately a "UK", rather than "World", premiere, the point is I went down to Leicester Square after work, I found that it was actually a "real" premiere!

Though my expectations were low, they also ended up exactly right in order to be very pleasantly surprised by how good this one was. Here's how it went down:

A green astroturf carpet for a Music Festival-themed movie. Not provided for added authenticity - mud, long queues at chemical toilets, questionable hygiene, and exorbitant prices for hamburgers of questionable quality. It's been years since I last went to a festival but these are what I remember.

A green astroturf carpet for a Music Festival-themed movie. Not provided for added authenticity - mud, long queues at chemical toilets, questionable hygiene, and exorbitant prices for hamburgers of questionable quality. It's been years since I last went to a festival but these are what I remember.

"I can't even hear what passes for the kids' music these days, but I'm already exhausted".  Excitement at this premiere was provided by the RETURN (ie. temporary un-retirement) of my personal Sensei MO, who decided to attend this premiere.

"I can't even hear what passes for the kids' music these days, but I'm already exhausted". Excitement at this premiere was provided by the RETURN (ie. temporary un-retirement) of my personal Sensei MO, who decided to attend this premiere.

"I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but perhaps it could be used as makeshift clothing in case of an emergency..."

"I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but perhaps it could be used as makeshift clothing in case of an emergency..."

My spot in the pen was decent: I had the far corner closest to the paparazzi to the right, and my left flank was 'protected' from nearby and possibly excitable fans by two friends to my left.

My spot in the pen was decent: I had the far corner closest to the paparazzi to the right, and my left flank was 'protected' from nearby and possibly excitable fans by two friends to my left.

Director Iain Morris, either artfully or coincidentally framed by the festive "festival" flags placed at the edges of the carpet to provide added autofocus challenge for my Pentax (as if errant air particles and the camera's ditzy "charms" weren't enough)

Director Iain Morris, either artfully or coincidentally framed by the festive "festival" flags placed at the edges of the carpet to provide added autofocus challenge for my Pentax (as if errant air particles and the camera's ditzy "charms" weren't enough)

Iain Morris, wellies with his suit for this premiere, created "The Inbetweeners" and also directed    "The Inbetweeners 2" movie   , which I watched because I still eventually want to watch every movie I was at the premiere of... and therefore I was obliged by my own insane "  wait... even the Twilight movies? the Fifty Shades of Grey Movies??  " rule to do so. Regrets? I've had a few.

Iain Morris, wellies with his suit for this premiere, created "The Inbetweeners" and also directed "The Inbetweeners 2" movie, which I watched because I still eventually want to watch every movie I was at the premiere of... and therefore I was obliged by my own insane "wait... even the Twilight movies? the Fifty Shades of Grey Movies??" rule to do so. Regrets? I've had a few.

"Ties? Who wears ties in the 21st Century?? I'm a Millennial - you're lucky I'm even punctual"  Joe Thomas was in 'The Inbetweeners' and 'The Inbetweeners 2' movie... as well as this movie, which I totally recall is<rechecks> "The Festival"

"Ties? Who wears ties in the 21st Century?? I'm a Millennial - you're lucky I'm even punctual" Joe Thomas was in 'The Inbetweeners' and 'The Inbetweeners 2' movie... as well as this movie, which I totally recall is<rechecks> "The Festival"

"I'll sign your newspaper, but I'm not helping you with the Sudoku. It's your problem - you started it, you finish it".

"I'll sign your newspaper, but I'm not helping you with the Sudoku. It's your problem - you started it, you finish it".

"If I can just squeeze myself around that security guy...."  Nick Frost is also in this movie, but is hoping none of us realise it and ask him to sign anything. He's arguably best known for movies also starring Simon Pegg (like Shaun of the Dead,    The World's End   , Paul and Hot Fuzz)

"If I can just squeeze myself around that security guy...." Nick Frost is also in this movie, but is hoping none of us realise it and ask him to sign anything. He's arguably best known for movies also starring Simon Pegg (like Shaun of the Dead, The World's End, Paul and Hot Fuzz)

"If Joe didn't help you with your Sudoku, what makes you think I will?" . Interesting snippets from Nick Frost's IMDB entry : he was "Santa Claus" in two episodes of Dr Who, a voice in an episode of Phineas &amp; Ferb, and had an uncredited role as "Pawnbroker Alan" in the latest    "Tomb Raider"   .

"If Joe didn't help you with your Sudoku, what makes you think I will?". Interesting snippets from Nick Frost's IMDB entry : he was "Santa Claus" in two episodes of Dr Who, a voice in an episode of Phineas & Ferb, and had an uncredited role as "Pawnbroker Alan" in the latest "Tomb Raider".

Possibly Noel Fielding? My Sensei Mo identified him as such, and even induced him to come over and pose with him, so who am I to gainsay The Master? (Subsequently re-identified as "Miles Kane" BY Mo himself)

Possibly Noel Fielding? My Sensei Mo identified him as such, and even induced him to come over and pose with him, so who am I to gainsay The Master? (Subsequently re-identified as "Miles Kane" BY Mo himself)

There are at least three Rachel Shentons listed on imdb.com, and I'm not even sure if she's one of those three or an as yet undiscovered Fourth Kind. But I am assured she is one of ... them.

There are at least three Rachel Shentons listed on imdb.com, and I'm not even sure if she's one of those three or an as yet undiscovered Fourth Kind. But I am assured she is one of ... them.

Possibly entirely random attendee with nothing to do with the film: Director Ben Wheatley, who directed such BFI London Film Festival premiereing films as    "High-Rise"    and    "Free Fire"

Possibly entirely random attendee with nothing to do with the film: Director Ben Wheatley, who directed such BFI London Film Festival premiereing films as "High-Rise" and "Free Fire"

Possibly even more entirely random attendee with even less to do with the film: Director Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World (I last photographed him at the premiere of    "Ready Player One"   ), and sadly will not be the cool and steady hand that Star Wars Episode IX probably needs to re-rail that trainwreck of a franchise.

Possibly even more entirely random attendee with even less to do with the film: Director Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World (I last photographed him at the premiere of "Ready Player One"), and sadly will not be the cool and steady hand that Star Wars Episode IX probably needs to re-rail that trainwreck of a franchise.

"Fine, you've got my good side. Are you happy now? (ps. don't you ever bad-mouth Star Wars if you want your site bought by Disney)".  OH, I don't care.

"Fine, you've got my good side. Are you happy now? (ps. don't you ever bad-mouth Star Wars if you want your site bought by Disney)". OH, I don't care.

Kara Tointon, who was in some 337 episodes of Eastenders (and 20 episodes of Mr Selfridge)&nbsp;is not in this movie, but her sister Hannah IS. The guy on the far right of the picture, staring angrily into an uncertain future, provides a nice contrast to her look of serenity. I'm calling it deliberate.

Kara Tointon, who was in some 337 episodes of Eastenders (and 20 episodes of Mr Selfridge) is not in this movie, but her sister Hannah IS. The guy on the far right of the picture, staring angrily into an uncertain future, provides a nice contrast to her look of serenity. I'm calling it deliberate.

"I told the guy with the intense look to beat it... he was scaring me".  Kara Tointon poses with one of the most charismatic people I've ever met where wrangling celebrities is concerned.

"I told the guy with the intense look to beat it... he was scaring me". Kara Tointon poses with one of the most charismatic people I've ever met where wrangling celebrities is concerned.

Hannah Tointon, much like her sister, has an imdb.com entry consisting of television shows I've only occasionally heard of, but not seen, like Hollyoaks, and Penny Dreadful and... also Mr Selfridge. I should probably watch more TV, but I'm comfortable with the approximately zero I currently watch.

Hannah Tointon, much like her sister, has an imdb.com entry consisting of television shows I've only occasionally heard of, but not seen, like Hollyoaks, and Penny Dreadful and... also Mr Selfridge. I should probably watch more TV, but I'm comfortable with the approximately zero I currently watch.

Hammed Animashaun is in this movie, but sadly did not provide warmup or emcee duties at this premiere (and surprisingly your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact didn't attend)

Hammed Animashaun is in this movie, but sadly did not provide warmup or emcee duties at this premiere (and surprisingly your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact didn't attend)

I don't know who this is. Or either of them, really. But surely there's no real expectation of privacy in a public place... like... legally speaking..... ?

I don't know who this is. Or either of them, really. But surely there's no real expectation of privacy in a public place... like... legally speaking..... ?

Emma Rigby IS in this movie, and was in 196 episodes of this "Hollyoaks" thing I keep hearing so much about... and she was in Ridley Scott's    "The Counsellor" (which had a premiere)    AND she was in    "Demons Never Die"    a movie I'd happily admit to having never heard of, except for some reason I still don't understand it remains one of my most-viewed premiere journals ever.

Emma Rigby IS in this movie, and was in 196 episodes of this "Hollyoaks" thing I keep hearing so much about... and she was in Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor" (which had a premiere) AND she was in "Demons Never Die" a movie I'd happily admit to having never heard of, except for some reason I still don't understand it remains one of my most-viewed premiere journals ever.

Emma Rigby succumbs to the charismatic charms of Mo, who reminds her that she did promise to return and pose / sign / do any number of things she agreed to because when Mo requests it, stars kind of invariably do it.

Emma Rigby succumbs to the charismatic charms of Mo, who reminds her that she did promise to return and pose / sign / do any number of things she agreed to because when Mo requests it, stars kind of invariably do it.

"You looked into Mo's EYES? Don't do that. He'll have you washing his car on weekends if you're not careful. Hypothetically... um.... I mean....."  Jimmy Carr is a comedian. He came across the carpet to pose with Mo (obviously) but also RE-crossed it to pose with some girls behind me, advising them "Stay in school and don't do Crack". Which... comedy aside, is probably pretty good advice.

"You looked into Mo's EYES? Don't do that. He'll have you washing his car on weekends if you're not careful. Hypothetically... um.... I mean....." Jimmy Carr is a comedian. He came across the carpet to pose with Mo (obviously) but also RE-crossed it to pose with some girls behind me, advising them "Stay in school and don't do Crack". Which... comedy aside, is probably pretty good advice.

Kimberley Garner is an entirely appropriate blast from the premiere-past : much like Mo, I haven't seen her at a premiere for years, though she was a mainstay at them for a while. I'm assured that her claim to fame is/was being in "The Only Way Is Essex". (Well, that and falling to the charms of the Mighty Mo on several occasions (and again at this one)).

Kimberley Garner is an entirely appropriate blast from the premiere-past : much like Mo, I haven't seen her at a premiere for years, though she was a mainstay at them for a while. I'm assured that her claim to fame is/was being in "The Only Way Is Essex". (Well, that and falling to the charms of the Mighty Mo on several occasions (and again at this one)).

I like the sense of moviement in the photo, but yes it IS slightly blurry so you don't necessarily need to change your glasses prescription. Though much like staying at school and avoiding hard drugs, having your eyes checked regularly is probably something comedians would also advise.

I like the sense of moviement in the photo, but yes it IS slightly blurry so you don't necessarily need to change your glasses prescription. Though much like staying at school and avoiding hard drugs, having your eyes checked regularly is probably something comedians would also advise.

"Okay.... on the assumption that things online can not possibly be fake, I believe you. Can I go now?"

"Okay.... on the assumption that things online can not possibly be fake, I believe you. Can I go now?"

I used to love getting lens flares and starbursts at premieres (no reason... why, does there have to be a reason?) - but I so rarely have the right lens for it. But the Pentax Kit Lens 18-135mm is, weirdly, quite capable of it when not distracted by stray quarks and invisible insects and the like.

I used to love getting lens flares and starbursts at premieres (no reason... why, does there have to be a reason?) - but I so rarely have the right lens for it. But the Pentax Kit Lens 18-135mm is, weirdly, quite capable of it when not distracted by stray quarks and invisible insects and the like.

In unrelated good news - as a photographer I now have an ironic watch I can wear to premieres.

In unrelated good news - as a photographer I now have an ironic watch I can wear to premieres.

So... that was that. And as is often the case, it's the premieres that one has the lowest expectations for that are the ones who also exceed expectations by the most. I really enjoyed this premiere, not least of which because it didn't rain but also because my position was decent, my pen contained no autograph dealers, and the fact that I didn't really know anybody meant everyone was kind of a bonus. What more could you ask from a premiere, beyond Freeness and Rap Accompaniment? Not a lot, especially when it's already adding +1 to the Archive of Premieres, with (hopefully) more to come this week.

.... until next time!

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