25th October, 2019.
The minimum requirements for an event to qualify as a premiere has been debated by some of the finest minds ever to put themselves to the task of debating this specific topic (but very few people otherwise). The bar can be set pretty low : for example, what if there were no dealers, no security, no barriers and no carpet, and no listing on premierescene AND no official notice on the cinema itself that a premiere was taking place?
Would that be a premiere? And would I show up to photograph it? Well… we know the answer to at least one of those questions. Here’s how it went down:
So… that was that. Definitely one of the stranger experiences I’ve had, and I can’t imagine the people wondering why some dude with a Pentax was discreetly (?) taking photos on a footpath outside a cinema on Mile End road felt it was any less strange.
But it’s a hobby, and as far as I’m aware ‘weird’ and ‘illegal’ are two different things (… your honour).
It does occur to me that if I introduced myself I might even be welcomed at smaller events like this, rather than snubbed at events for larger movies held in urine-stained pedestrian underpasses closer to central London (lookin’ squarely at you, Disney/Marvel).
But where would the fun be in that?
Until next time!
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