18 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The White Crow' Premiere

October 18th, 2018.

Incredibly, we’re now at 8 days down, 4 days to go of this year’s BFI London Film Festivall (and after today it’s : 9 down 3 to go). What else to do than check my increasingly crumpled and waterlogged copy of the BFI Programme and see what madness lay await, and how ambitiously I might attack it.

Two premieres? Sure, why not. This one first, and The Favourite some 60-90minutes later.

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

FURTHER / COMMENTARY PENDING

Fortuitous ray of light on the corner of the BFI’s temporary Embankment Cinema. Premieres here are typically (but not necessarily always) more lightly attended, though with a higher concentration of autograph dealers. Mixed blessings, in other words.

Fortuitous ray of light on the corner of the BFI’s temporary Embankment Cinema. Premieres here are typically (but not necessarily always) more lightly attended, though with a higher concentration of autograph dealers. Mixed blessings, in other words.

“If you want to buy a scarf, there’s a decent place just around the corner over there. But if I may be so bold as to say so, your scarf is pretty awesome” . I don’t know who this is, or where he got his scarf… but it’s getting closer to scarf-wearing weather every day.

“If you want to buy a scarf, there’s a decent place just around the corner over there. But if I may be so bold as to say so, your scarf is pretty awesome”. I don’t know who this is, or where he got his scarf… but it’s getting closer to scarf-wearing weather every day.

That’s quite a big List. #NotAEuphemism.

That’s quite a big List. #NotAEuphemism.

That’s a smaller list. Two pictures, same character, distinctive lack of a nose, and a lamentable one-word name that would look suspicious on a passport.

That’s a smaller list. Two pictures, same character, distinctive lack of a nose, and a lamentable one-word name that would look suspicious on a passport.

Apparently it’s a movie about dancer Rudolf Nureyev. As clearly implied by its title…? Big disappointment for ornithology fans wanting a movie about an albino bird, I’d guess.

Apparently it’s a movie about dancer Rudolf Nureyev. As clearly implied by its title…? Big disappointment for ornithology fans wanting a movie about an albino bird, I’d guess.

Our first arrival is… I think… Oleg Ivenko. I’m also not sure of the species name of the plant in the background. I’m kind of sad it’s out of focus… harder to identify for any rogue botanists browsing this site hoping I’ve done a journal about albino birds.

Our first arrival is… I think… Oleg Ivenko. I’m also not sure of the species name of the plant in the background. I’m kind of sad it’s out of focus… harder to identify for any rogue botanists browsing this site hoping I’ve done a journal about albino birds.

I believe this is Chulpan Khamatova… and I’d fairly confidently profess to never having heard of her, but a quick look on imdb.com reveals that not only does her name mean ‘Morning Star’ in Tatar, but she had a role in the German ‘comedy’ “Good Bye Lenin!”, which I have seen.

I believe this is Chulpan Khamatova… and I’d fairly confidently profess to never having heard of her, but a quick look on imdb.com reveals that not only does her name mean ‘Morning Star’ in Tatar, but she had a role in the German ‘comedy’ “Good Bye Lenin!”, which I have seen.

Adèle Exarchopoulos, on the other (ever-so-slightly-overexposed) hand, is soembody I have not previously heard of, or photographed.

Adèle Exarchopoulos, on the other (ever-so-slightly-overexposed) hand, is soembody I have not previously heard of, or photographed.

“Is that a ransom note you want me to sign??”  Ralph Fiennes is the director of this film. He also directed    The Invisible Woman   , but acting-wise he’s been in both Harry Potter (as Voldemort) and James Bond (he’s the current incarnation of ‘M’ - in both    Skyfall    and    Spectre   )

“Is that a ransom note you want me to sign??” Ralph Fiennes is the director of this film. He also directed The Invisible Woman, but acting-wise he’s been in both Harry Potter (as Voldemort) and James Bond (he’s the current incarnation of ‘M’ - in both Skyfall and Spectre)

“Yeah, well, that’s where the noise is coming from, so I’m hardly surprised…”

“Yeah, well, that’s where the noise is coming from, so I’m hardly surprised…”

“So… where do I get one of those out-of-focus lanyards? What do I need to do to get one? How out-of-focus can it be?”  You can possibly trade an Oscar for one, but David Hare presently (‘only’) has two nominations to his name, one for ‘The Reader’ and one for ‘The Hours’

“So… where do I get one of those out-of-focus lanyards? What do I need to do to get one? How out-of-focus can it be?” You can possibly trade an Oscar for one, but David Hare presently (‘only’) has two nominations to his name, one for ‘The Reader’ and one for ‘The Hours’

“If I arch the eyebrow any more it’s going to affect tides in the Thames. Just answer the damn question”.  I don’t know who this is. And I need to cross the Thames to get to today’s second premiere, so I’m kind of mildly alarmed right now.

“If I arch the eyebrow any more it’s going to affect tides in the Thames. Just answer the damn question”. I don’t know who this is. And I need to cross the Thames to get to today’s second premiere, so I’m kind of mildly alarmed right now.

Adèle Exarchopoulos is a name tricky enough to type I’ve found it easier to copy it once and then keep copying it for this journal. True Story.

Adèle Exarchopoulos is a name tricky enough to type I’ve found it easier to copy it once and then keep copying it for this journal. True Story.

“You know what…. I’m loving the uncomfortable silence so much I’m going to let it keep riding, and let our audience feel it too”  You know… I think you could do that as A Thing at interviews. See what happens.

“You know what…. I’m loving the uncomfortable silence so much I’m going to let it keep riding, and let our audience feel it too” You know… I think you could do that as A Thing at interviews. See what happens.

“Uncomfortable silence staredown? I can do this for days” . I’m typically an introvert, but among introverts I’ll eventually break a silence. Unless I think the challenge is not to.

“Uncomfortable silence staredown? I can do this for days”. I’m typically an introvert, but among introverts I’ll eventually break a silence. Unless I think the challenge is not to.

“I left her weeping in a corner without saying a word, and your hair was brown when I started. You want to try me?”

“I left her weeping in a corner without saying a word, and your hair was brown when I started. You want to try me?”

“You engaged Ralph Fiennes in an Uncomfortable Silence Staredown? Ooh.. don’t ever do that”

“You engaged Ralph Fiennes in an Uncomfortable Silence Staredown? Ooh.. don’t ever do that”

So… that was that, and it was okay as these things go (ie. typically to some degree of humiliating awfulness). But right now I had a second premiere engagement : a bigger one, too. So big it had been MOVED from its original location (Cineworld Leicester Square) to another location entirely (BFI Southbank). I was going to arrive late, but so were many of the more A-level dealers - I was pretty confident they’d let me in. But more than that, I didn’t want to get IN, I wanted to stay out. Getting in was the fallback position. Anyway… more on that later. For now it’s +1 to the Archive of Movie Premieres.

Until next (checks watch) 45 minutes from now!

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