12 Oct 2019 - The BFI LFF 'Judy & Punch' Premiere

October 12th, 2019.

A late second premiere for today - I have no idea whether tomorrow’s Closing Night premiere for ‘The Irishman’ might be better spent banging my head against a brick wall than seriously attempting…. so going to this one felt like one last hurrah. And this one featured Australians!

Here’s how it went down:

“Yes, it’s raining, and all your stuff is getting wet. Please address your concerns to Management”

“Yes, it’s raining, and all your stuff is getting wet. Please address your concerns to Management”

Mia Wasikowska is probably best known for playing the titular Alice in the two live action Alice in Wonderland films (journals    here   , and    here        ). She was also a finalist in the 2011 Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize in Australia. (the photo is on    flickr, here   )

Mia Wasikowska is probably best known for playing the titular Alice in the two live action Alice in Wonderland films (journals here, and here ). She was also a finalist in the 2011 Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize in Australia. (the photo is on flickr, here)

“Nope, I’m actually here to see if Bruce Springsteen ever returns for that interview he promised us!”  I’m sure that promise was merely implied, not explicit.

“Nope, I’m actually here to see if Bruce Springsteen ever returns for that interview he promised us!”
I’m sure that promise was merely implied, not explicit.

“Yes, I have a question. But it relates to Brexit and I don’t think you’re the best person to answer it…. but what was it like working with Mia Wasikowska?”

“Yes, I have a question. But it relates to Brexit and I don’t think you’re the best person to answer it…. but what was it like working with Mia Wasikowska?”

“You’re really not capturing our essence when you’re only intending to display it two-dimensionally. Unless you’re planning to turn it into a sweet animated .gif file?”

“You’re really not capturing our essence when you’re only intending to display it two-dimensionally. Unless you’re planning to turn it into a sweet animated .gif file?”

Mirrah Foulkes is the director of this film. Imdb.com somewhat cruelly lists something called “Animal Kingdom” (2010) as her best known work as an actress… but come on, she was in 37 episodes of the Australian medical drama “All Saints”, damnit!! (and not one but THREE episodes of ‘Blue Heelers’!!)

Mirrah Foulkes is the director of this film. Imdb.com somewhat cruelly lists something called “Animal Kingdom” (2010) as her best known work as an actress… but come on, she was in 37 episodes of the Australian medical drama “All Saints”, damnit!! (and not one but THREE episodes of ‘Blue Heelers’!!)

Blurry and underexposed, therefore art..?

Blurry and underexposed, therefore art..?

Portrait of Mia Wasikowska. I feel extra pressure given she’s actually an awarded photographer, whereas I…. am taking photos between the silhouettes of peoples heads, basically.

Portrait of Mia Wasikowska. I feel extra pressure given she’s actually an awarded photographer, whereas I…. am taking photos between the silhouettes of peoples heads, basically.

Mirrah Foulkes

Mirrah Foulkes

Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska

Mirrah Foulkes is married to writer-director David Michod, whose    “The King” had its BFI LFF premiere    last week (you can still hear the screams of the fans of Timothee Chalamet if you go down to Leicester Square and listen carefully). However, I don’t thin this is he. Michod, or Chalamet, in this case.

Mirrah Foulkes is married to writer-director David Michod, whose “The King” had its BFI LFF premiere last week (you can still hear the screams of the fans of Timothee Chalamet if you go down to Leicester Square and listen carefully). However, I don’t thin this is he. Michod, or Chalamet, in this case.

“Now if I could just get a teeny-tiny box of popcorn…”

“Now if I could just get a teeny-tiny box of popcorn…”

“Did you mention, breathe, or even passingly think about Timothee Chalamet in our presence? Don’t ever do that.”  - Women of all ages seem particularly attuned to thoughts, feelings and mentions of The Chalamet.

“Did you mention, breathe, or even passingly think about Timothee Chalamet in our presence? Don’t ever do that.” - Women of all ages seem particularly attuned to thoughts, feelings and mentions of The Chalamet.

“I’m not bored. But please don’t let them see me glancing at my watch….”

“I’m not bored. But please don’t let them see me glancing at my watch….”

“What was it like working with Mia Wasikowska? Well, so far I’ve only held an umbrella and walked her about ten feet to the red carpet, but she seemed nice.”

“What was it like working with Mia Wasikowska? Well, so far I’ve only held an umbrella and walked her about ten feet to the red carpet, but she seemed nice.”

“Hold on… I just want to hear if he has anything else to say about working with Mia Wasikowska”

“Hold on… I just want to hear if he has anything else to say about working with Mia Wasikowska”

“All I want is a high-five. Or just a fist bump. But no… I have to stay professional”  One security lady at the ‘Western Stars’ premiere did express some regret that when Bruce Springsteen was set to walk up the carpet, it would be her job to look at US, on the other side of the barrier.

“All I want is a high-five. Or just a fist bump. But no… I have to stay professional”
One security lady at the ‘Western Stars’ premiere did express some regret that when Bruce Springsteen was set to walk up the carpet, it would be her job to look at US, on the other side of the barrier.

No trains on the Circle & District lines, so I walked to Blackfriars. Arguably worth risking missing my train to attempt this photo.

No trains on the Circle & District lines, so I walked to Blackfriars. Arguably worth risking missing my train to attempt this photo.

So… that was that. An easy premiere, low stress, no dealers, no pushing, no shoving. I wish they had more of these. Not every movie that gets a premiere has to be a Marvel, or Star Wars movie, ya know?

And it’s +1 for the Archive, too.

Until next time, for the last time at this film festival, as I attempt to survive a Pacino + De Niro + Scorcese premiere for ‘The Irishman’.

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