10th Oct 2019 - The BFI LFF 'Official Secrets' Premiere

October 10th, 2019.

After yesterday’s gargantuan premiere for ‘Maleficent : Mistress of Evil’ (which wasn’t even part of BFI London Film Festival), today it was back to the scheduled programming : two small(ish) premieres, in two locations, before rushing back to the homestead for a late night phone call. And some editing.

Here’s how the first one went down:

<NB : COMMENTARY AND FULL JOURNAL PENDING>

The number of wristbands issued for this late afternoon Embankment premiere exceeded those handed out for the Primetime 18:30 evening premiere/gala at the Odeon Leicester Square… which speaks both to the popularity of lead actress Keira Knightley, and also the likelihood of the Director being the only main attendee of the Matt Damon / Christian Bale movie Lemans 66 (aka ‘Ford v Ferrari) film.

The number of wristbands issued for this late afternoon Embankment premiere exceeded those handed out for the Primetime 18:30 evening premiere/gala at the Odeon Leicester Square… which speaks both to the popularity of lead actress Keira Knightley, and also the likelihood of the Director being the only main attendee of the Matt Damon / Christian Bale movie Lemans 66 (aka ‘Ford v Ferrari) film.

“I wanted a wristband…. they said I needed wrists. It felt like is was said with needless cruelty…”

“I wanted a wristband…. they said I needed wrists. It felt like is was said with needless cruelty…”

Katherine Gun is the lead “real person” (whose character played by Keira Knightley) in the real life upon which this movie is based. I’m kind of mesmerised by the delft glazed pottery design of her dress, myself.

Katherine Gun is the lead “real person” (whose character played by Keira Knightley) in the real life upon which this movie is based. I’m kind of mesmerised by the delft glazed pottery design of her dress, myself.

Jack Farthing is apparently best known for being a villain on (in?) the series ‘Poldark’ which I have not watched. He is also in this movie… which owing to it just being screened for the first time… I have also not watched.

Jack Farthing is apparently best known for being a villain on (in?) the series ‘Poldark’ which I have not watched. He is also in this movie… which owing to it just being screened for the first time… I have also not watched.

Hanako Footman, previously suspected to be merely a pretty bystander at this premiere, is actually in this movie - she’s also been in an episode of ‘The Crown’ TV series, which is remarkable because it’s one of probably only four series I’ve watched in the past decade, AND I have no recollection of her in it. I feel I should apologise somewhat for this.

Hanako Footman, previously suspected to be merely a pretty bystander at this premiere, is actually in this movie - she’s also been in an episode of ‘The Crown’ TV series, which is remarkable because it’s one of probably only four series I’ve watched in the past decade, AND I have no recollection of her in it. I feel I should apologise somewhat for this.

“I’ll pass on your apologies to Hanako if you like?”  No thanks… I’d rather do it myself, if the opportunity arises.

“I’ll pass on your apologies to Hanako if you like?”
No thanks… I’d rather do it myself, if the opportunity arises.

“So anyway… as long as I don’t get distracted by that incredible rainbow jumper to my left again, I should be able to maintain enough focus to answer your question. Which, owing to the aforementioned jumper, I have once again forgotten”

“So anyway… as long as I don’t get distracted by that incredible rainbow jumper to my left again, I should be able to maintain enough focus to answer your question. Which, owing to the aforementioned jumper, I have once again forgotten”

Martin Bright is, like Katherine Gun in relation to herself, best known for being the real life Martin Bright portrayed by played by former Dr Who Matt Smith in this film.

Martin Bright is, like Katherine Gun in relation to herself, best known for being the real life Martin Bright portrayed by played by former Dr Who Matt Smith in this film.

“What do I feel about Keira Knightley playing me in this film? Well… if I had auditioned for the role and missed out I would probably feel somewhat aggrieved… would you?”

“What do I feel about Keira Knightley playing me in this film? Well… if I had auditioned for the role and missed out I would probably feel somewhat aggrieved… would you?”

A car arrives and a hundred autograph dealers hold their breath, along with their precious warez. The List for the event has revealed that neither Ralph Fiennes nor Matt Smith are expected to attend the event, but Keira Knightley is.

A car arrives and a hundred autograph dealers hold their breath, along with their precious warez. The List for the event has revealed that neither Ralph Fiennes nor Matt Smith are expected to attend the event, but Keira Knightley is.

“Am I late? Did I miss the premiere? I can get the driver to circle the block a few more times if necessary?”  Keira Knightley was last to arrive, and only somewhat late, depending on whether the expectation was that she’d do Interviews along the entirety of the media pen.

“Am I late? Did I miss the premiere? I can get the driver to circle the block a few more times if necessary?”
Keira Knightley was last to arrive, and only somewhat late, depending on whether the expectation was that she’d do Interviews along the entirety of the media pen.

“Hold on, hold on. That stunning blonde isn’t me.. that’s Orlando Bloom”.  Keira, Orlando and Johnny Depp formed the primary trio of actors in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

“Hold on, hold on. That stunning blonde isn’t me.. that’s Orlando Bloom”.
Keira, Orlando and Johnny Depp formed the primary trio of actors in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

“Do I really need personalise it to your full name? You've got, like five middle names and two initials… and how many doctorates??”

“Do I really need personalise it to your full name? You've got, like five middle names and two initials… and how many doctorates??”

“I appear to have achieved excellent focus of that man’s bald head…. what do I do?”  When shooting with the Pentax, you’d typically give thanks for ANYTHING being in focus, so probably stick with what you’ve got? (I kid…. because I love)

“I appear to have achieved excellent focus of that man’s bald head…. what do I do?”
When shooting with the Pentax, you’d typically give thanks for ANYTHING being in focus, so probably stick with what you’ve got? (I kid…. because I love)

Producer Melissa Shiyu Zuo doubts the sincerity of my love for Pentax. But it’s there. (photo taken on a Nikon)

Producer Melissa Shiyu Zuo doubts the sincerity of my love for Pentax. But it’s there.
(photo taken on a Nikon)

“Hurry up : we want to get out our mobiles and take selfies of us out here!”

“Hurry up : we want to get out our mobiles and take selfies of us out here!”

Keira Knightley and I almost share a moment, with only a hedge, two paparazzi shoulder blades and one or two blinking red lights between us.

Keira Knightley and I almost share a moment, with only a hedge, two paparazzi shoulder blades and one or two blinking red lights between us.

“Those shoulders are parting… and those red lights are no longer flashing..”  Yes… but that hedge remains. I don’t even know whether it’s real or fake plant matter. But it’s there.

“Those shoulders are parting… and those red lights are no longer flashing..”
Yes… but that hedge remains. I don’t even know whether it’s real or fake plant matter. But it’s there.

“That, in case you missed it, was a Come-On line…”  Gavin Hood directed this film, and also has a number of acting credits to his name, alongside the movies he’s directed. imdb.com has charitably left the fact that he directed “X-Men Origins : Wolverine” off the list of his four most ‘best known’ films.

“That, in case you missed it, was a Come-On line…”
Gavin Hood directed this film, and also has a number of acting credits to his name, alongside the movies he’s directed. imdb.com has charitably left the fact that he directed “X-Men Origins : Wolverine” off the list of his four most ‘best known’ films.

“An arm wrestle? Here and now? Well, okay…”

“An arm wrestle? Here and now? Well, okay…”

“Shouldn’t you be heading off to Leicester Square?”  I probably should. The Dealers left, like, fifteen minutes ago.

“Shouldn’t you be heading off to Leicester Square?”
I probably should. The Dealers left, like, fifteen minutes ago.

So… that was that, and a brief though enjoyable sojourn within the strike zone of those Extinction Rebellion guys too. Time to hightail it outta here and find my way to Leicester Square and see how bad an idea shooting from outside a pen is.

More on that… next time!

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