3 Feb 2019 - 'The Kid Who Would Be King' Gala Screening

February 3rd, 2019.

It’s a Sunday in London, the snow has melted to the point where the trains can almost claim to be reliable again, and as is often the case I don’t have quite enough to do to prevent me from going to a world premiere. Or premiere. Or even opening gala. Or, as in this case, merely Family Gala Screening.

And yet it ended up being pretty good. Here’s how it went down:

It’s an early February afternoon in London, and it’s not too cold. But more  importantly, I’m wearing a lot of layers and I didn’t have to queue for wristbands or a spot in the public pen for this one.

It’s an early February afternoon in London, and it’s not too cold. But more importantly, I’m wearing a lot of layers and I didn’t have to queue for wristbands or a spot in the public pen for this one.

“You will tell me if anyone important shows up, won’t you?”  - Unlike last Thursday’s “Alita : Battle Angel” (which was a WORLD PREMIERE), this was a weekend “Family Gala Screening”. So re-evaluating expectations downwards is probably a good thing.

“You will tell me if anyone important shows up, won’t you?” - Unlike last Thursday’s “Alita : Battle Angel” (which was a WORLD PREMIERE), this was a weekend “Family Gala Screening”. So re-evaluating expectations downwards is probably a good thing.

Has seen The List for this event and has no idea who Sir Patrick Stewart is.

Has seen The List for this event and has no idea who Sir Patrick Stewart is.

“It’s not as slippery as I’d hoped, but let’s do this”  Joe Cornish is the writer/director of this film - the last time he wrote/directed it was for 2009’s ‘Attack The Block’ though in the meantime he was the writer of such films as Marvel’s Ant-Man, and TinTin Secret of the Unicorn.

“It’s not as slippery as I’d hoped, but let’s do this” Joe Cornish is the writer/director of this film - the last time he wrote/directed it was for 2009’s ‘Attack The Block’ though in the meantime he was the writer of such films as Marvel’s Ant-Man, and TinTin Secret of the Unicorn.

I’ll admit I was slightly distracted from hearing Joe Cornish answer whatever question he was asked because I was keeping an eye on the intense stare of the girl in the urban suit of armour in the background.

I’ll admit I was slightly distracted from hearing Joe Cornish answer whatever question he was asked because I was keeping an eye on the intense stare of the girl in the urban suit of armour in the background.

The German couple to my right (who I discreetly eavesdropped upon without revealing I could understand what they were saying) were good at identifying arrivals : this is Eddie Marsan, who is not actually in this movie… though he was the creepy / slimy headmaster in Deadpool2 among many other roles.

The German couple to my right (who I discreetly eavesdropped upon without revealing I could understand what they were saying) were good at identifying arrivals : this is Eddie Marsan, who is not actually in this movie… though he was the creepy / slimy headmaster in Deadpool2 among many other roles.

I’m kind of worried that of the four expressions in this photo, the one of Tom Taylor (foreground, male) is sadly the least interesting. Given a second chance, I’d have photographed the security guy on the far left.

I’m kind of worried that of the four expressions in this photo, the one of Tom Taylor (foreground, male) is sadly the least interesting. Given a second chance, I’d have photographed the security guy on the far left.

Tom Taylor played the role of ‘Jake’ in ‘The Dark Tower’ a movie I’ve seen and subsequently rewatched to redetermine that I neither liked it nor felt it was quite as awful as everyone said it was. Anyway, I have no idea who the character of ‘Jake’ is from ‘The Dark Tower’…. … I’ve just checked imdb - oh. right. he was the lead.

Tom Taylor played the role of ‘Jake’ in ‘The Dark Tower’ a movie I’ve seen and subsequently rewatched to redetermine that I neither liked it nor felt it was quite as awful as everyone said it was. Anyway, I have no idea who the character of ‘Jake’ is from ‘The Dark Tower’….
… I’ve just checked imdb - oh. right. he was the lead.

Either Rhianna Dorris is reminding me that London Fashion Week is on in less than a fortnight, or something else somewhere is causing me to remember.

Either Rhianna Dorris is reminding me that London Fashion Week is on in less than a fortnight, or something else somewhere is causing me to remember.

“The spotlights are no way near as dense over here as they are where you are…but this could improve your public exposure….”  - Rhianna Dorris’ imdb entry reveals 8 episodes of something called “The Secret Life Of Boys 2”, and 20 episodes of something where she played “herself”

“The spotlights are no way near as dense over here as they are where you are…but this could improve your public exposure….” - Rhianna Dorris’ imdb entry reveals 8 episodes of something called “The Secret Life Of Boys 2”, and 20 episodes of something where she played “herself”

“It would be incorrect to say I had no input into this movie….”  Andy Serkis was Gollum in Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit, Ulysees Klaw in two Marvel films, Snoke in two Star Wars films and he directed ‘Breathe’ and ‘Mowgli’. His attendance here, however, is due to his son, who is in this movie.

“It would be incorrect to say I had no input into this movie….”
Andy Serkis was Gollum in Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit, Ulysees Klaw in two Marvel films, Snoke in two Star Wars films and he directed ‘Breathe’ and ‘Mowgli’. His attendance here, however, is due to his son, who is in this movie.

“They followed me here and they think I’m awesome… can I keep them??” ”….” ”Well obviously they’re paid to say it, I’m just saying What If We Kept Paying Them?”  Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays the lead character ‘Alex’ in this film.

“They followed me here and they think I’m awesome… can I keep them??”
”….”
”Well obviously they’re paid to say it, I’m just saying What If We Kept Paying Them?”

Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays the lead character ‘Alex’ in this film.

“Not on my pocket money, they’re not….”

“Not on my pocket money, they’re not….”

I’m using the quirky 360 degree Ricoh Theta on this shot, not just because I like it as a gimmick, but because I’ve noted that, just like any proud father, Andy Serkis has angled himself in front of the paparazzi cordon to photograph his son being interviewed by Edith Bowman.

I’m using the quirky 360 degree Ricoh Theta on this shot, not just because I like it as a gimmick, but because I’ve noted that, just like any proud father, Andy Serkis has angled himself in front of the paparazzi cordon to photograph his son being interviewed by Edith Bowman.

“Wait… can I somehow tether one or more of your flashes to this mobile phone? I think it would help in the exposure…” -  I can’t even tether the Ricoh Theta to my android phone, something that’s necessary for remote shooting, interval shooting and exposure compensation. It works fine on the iPhone.

“Wait… can I somehow tether one or more of your flashes to this mobile phone? I think it would help in the exposure…” - I can’t even tether the Ricoh Theta to my android phone, something that’s necessary for remote shooting, interval shooting and exposure compensation. It works fine on the iPhone.

“You’re currently an anonymous grey cartoon outline in imdb.com. How many Oscars do you think you’ll want to win before insisting they change that?”  Dean Chaumoo plays third-billed “Bedders” in this film.

“You’re currently an anonymous grey cartoon outline in imdb.com. How many Oscars do you think you’ll want to win before insisting they change that?” Dean Chaumoo plays third-billed “Bedders” in this film.

Despite the momentary excitement of The Germans To My Right, the man on the far left of this photo is (almost certainly) not Oscar winning director Peter Jackson. Or so I (almost certainly) think.

Despite the momentary excitement of The Germans To My Right, the man on the far left of this photo is (almost certainly) not Oscar winning director Peter Jackson. Or so I (almost certainly) think.

“C’mon - he puts so much effort into (securing the right alcohol) for those journals he writes : why doesn’t he get more views?”  Jason Isaacs asks the questions I’d like answered at this premiere… though arguably not the one relating to his attendance. He’s not in this movie…. though I think he brought his daughter to see it.

“C’mon - he puts so much effort into (securing the right alcohol) for those journals he writes : why doesn’t he get more views?” Jason Isaacs asks the questions I’d like answered at this premiere… though arguably not the one relating to his attendance. He’s not in this movie…. though I think he brought his daughter to see it.

“I did all I could, bro”.  I know.

“I did all I could, bro”. I know.

“I’m almost completely certain that vertical stripes will NOT be the Next Big Thing coming out of London Fashion Week. But if I’m wrong, I guess I’d better get as much out of this ensemble as possible before that happens….” - Denise Gough is in this film, as well as last year’s    BFI LFF premiere-ing “Colette”    which I have not yet seen.

“I’m almost completely certain that vertical stripes will NOT be the Next Big Thing coming out of London Fashion Week. But if I’m wrong, I guess I’d better get as much out of this ensemble as possible before that happens….” - Denise Gough is in this film, as well as last year’s BFI LFF premiere-ing “Colette” which I have not yet seen.

“This keyring holds they keys to all the cars in my garage… as well as the garage itself. And I’m entrusting it to you, hoping like hell that I don’t kick myself later because I did it without even asking you for your name”  - Simon Pegg isn’t in this film but he’s worked with both Joe Cornish and the upcoming Rebecca Ferguson

“This keyring holds they keys to all the cars in my garage… as well as the garage itself. And I’m entrusting it to you, hoping like hell that I don’t kick myself later because I did it without even asking you for your name” - Simon Pegg isn’t in this film but he’s worked with both Joe Cornish and the upcoming Rebecca Ferguson

It’s Sir Patrick Stewart !  - he’s in this movie, and as long as this photo is the only thing required as evidence, he and I are great friends. Or I like to think we are, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary.

It’s Sir Patrick Stewart ! - he’s in this movie, and as long as this photo is the only thing required as evidence, he and I are great friends. Or I like to think we are, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary.

Angus Imrie plays the young Patrick Stewart in this movie (or alternatively Patrick Stewart the old Angus Imrie) - apparently they practiced reading speeches together to align their delivery, which is possibly where I’ve gone wrong in that I’ve spent most of the last few decades concentrating on aligning my hairline with Sir Patrick Stewart’s rather than his acting. Oh, well.

Angus Imrie plays the young Patrick Stewart in this movie (or alternatively Patrick Stewart the old Angus Imrie) - apparently they practiced reading speeches together to align their delivery, which is possibly where I’ve gone wrong in that I’ve spent most of the last few decades concentrating on aligning my hairline with Sir Patrick Stewart’s rather than his acting. Oh, well.

“Regardless of what any of them tell you, I did not bindingly agree to adopt any one or all of them”   - Patrick Stewart is best known for any number of iconic roles, ranging from Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek the Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men films… to … erm… the Poop Emoji in that movie I’m not diginfying with its title.

“Regardless of what any of them tell you, I did not bindingly agree to adopt any one or all of them”
- Patrick Stewart is best known for any number of iconic roles, ranging from Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek the Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men films… to … erm… the Poop Emoji in that movie I’m not diginfying with its title.

It’s Patrick Stewart… and the matter of the five dollars he still owes hangs uncomfortably between us.

It’s Patrick Stewart… and the matter of the five dollars he still owes hangs uncomfortably between us.

“Nope… I’m not uncomfortable in the least, Edith. Why do you ask?”

“Nope… I’m not uncomfortable in the least, Edith. Why do you ask?”

“I’m pretty sure these belong to Patrick. I have no idea what they’re doing here”  - It’s Rebecca Ferguson! She’s in this movie, and has also been in the last two mission impossible movies (   Rogue Nation    and    Fallout   )

“I’m pretty sure these belong to Patrick. I have no idea what they’re doing here”
- It’s Rebecca Ferguson! She’s in this movie, and has also been in the last two mission impossible movies (Rogue Nation and Fallout)

“You can keep the handbag if you give me Simon Pegg’s car keys”

“You can keep the handbag if you give me Simon Pegg’s car keys”

I feel like Rebecca Ferguson and I are sharing A Moment, but I fear the Germans next to me might claim ownership of some percentage of that moment.

I feel like Rebecca Ferguson and I are sharing A Moment, but I fear the Germans next to me might claim ownership of some percentage of that moment.

“If it’s not a cinematic universe, it soon will be”.  With any luck, any movie can have Bruce Willis or Nick Fury show up at the end.

“If it’s not a cinematic universe, it soon will be”.
With any luck, any movie can have Bruce Willis or Nick Fury show up at the end.

“All of a sudden, and apropos of nothing, I’ve suddenly realised why most cartoons characters are drawn with three or four fingers and not five. Isn’t that weird?”

“All of a sudden, and apropos of nothing, I’ve suddenly realised why most cartoons characters are drawn with three or four fingers and not five. Isn’t that weird?”

So.. that was that, and it was quite enjoyable. But London has only one film event and no confirmed premieres at all until the start of April, so it might be a bit quiet on this site again.

Unless you count London Fashion Week, of course (,darling!)

See you for that!

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