Movie Premieres in 2009

2009 was the first FULL year I had to enjoy the crazy world of London Film premieres, something that has a bit of added poignancy given 2010 and 2011 did not end up holding that claim). I did over fifty premieres... which I'm equal parts proud.... and also kind of uncomfortable about. Because it's hard to make a claim that I lead a rich, fulfilling job when photographic evidence (taken by me) suggests I spend a hell of a lot of time in the dark, among the denizens of movie fans, autograph dealers and interested passersby....!

Writing a list of 50+ premieres seems problematic, so I'll do it by quarters and see how that works...

First Quarter:
Defiance (Daniel Craig! Liev Schreiber!)
Seven Pounds (Will Smith!!!)
Revolutionary Road (Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunited!)
Valkyrie (Tom Cruise! Katie Holmes! Bill Nighy! Eddie Izzard! Bryan Singer!)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Isla Fischeer! Jerry Bruckheimer??)
Watchmen (Zack Snyder! Malin Ackerman! Goode! Dean Morgan!)
Marley and Me (Jennifer Aniston! Owen Wilson!)
The Young Victoria (Emily Blunt! The former Duchess of York!)
Duplicity (Clive Owen! Julia Roberts!)
Monsters vs Aliens (Reese Witherspoon! Kiefer Sutherland!)
The Damned United (Michael Sheen! Other people!)
Fast & Furious (Paul Walker! Vin Diesel! Michelle Rodriguez! Jordana Brewster!)
The Boat that Rocked (Paul McCartney! One of the Spice Girls! Rhys Ifans! Bill Nighy!)
17 Again (Zac Efron! Eeeeeee!!!)

Second Quarter:
Star Trek (2009) (JJ Abrams! Pine! Quinto! Saldana! Pegg! Cho! Urban! Bana!)
State of Play (Russell Crowe! Helen Mirren!)
A Night at the Museum 2 (Ben Stiller! Hank Azaria! Ricky Gervais!)
The Jonas Brothers 3D Experience (Jonas! Jonas!.... and Jonas!)
Tormented (Tuppence Middleton! Kaya Scodalario!... other people I've never heard of!)
The Hangover (Bradley Cooper! Heather Graham! Zach Gal... Galli... Galif...? Ed Helms!)
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Megan Fox! Michael Bay! Shia! Tyreese! Josh! John!)
Bruno (.... Bruno!)
Public Enemies (Johnny Depp! Marion Cotillard! Michael Mann!)

Third Quarter:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Radcliffe! Watson! Grint! JK Rowling!)
Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino! Kruger! Waltz!)
The Ugly Truth (Katherine Heigl! Gerrard Butler!)
Creation (Bettany! Popplewell! Jacobi! Cumberbatch?)

Fourth Quarter:
Pixar's Up (Nobody from the film!)
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (Terry Gillam! Lily Cole! Andrew Garfield! Verne Troyer!)
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (wait... computer games have premieres now?)
Harry Brown (Michael Caine! David Haye!)
We Are The People We've Been Waiting For (The Fonz dissed me!!)
Me and Orson Welles (Zac Efron! Clare Danes!)
The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson! Saoirse Ronan! Charles and Camilla!)
Where The Wild Thing Are (Spike Jonze! The kid!)
Nine (Daniel Day-Lewis! Nicole Kidman! Penelope Cruz! Kate Hudson! Kate Hudson's Dress!)
Did you hear about the Morgans? (Hugh Grant! Sarah Jessica Parker!)
St Trinians 2 (Clara Paget! Jodie Whittaker! Sarah Harding! Sarah Harding's Dress!)
AVATAR (James Cameron! Sam Worthington! Zoe Saldana! Michelle Rodriguez! Stephen Lang!)
Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie! Downey Jnr! Law! McAdams! Reilly! Strong!)

Yeah.. premieres get more frequent in the cold weather. It's a thing.

Photographic highlights:

I love the black'n'white version of this photo of Reese Witherspoon at the premiere of "Monsters vs Aliens" even more

I love the black'n'white version of this photo of Reese Witherspoon at the premiere of "Monsters vs Aliens" even more

Slightly soft it might be, but this photo of Kate Winslet at the premiere of "Revolutionary Road" represents the first of many times over the years that she and I have shared what I would call (but her legal team would deny are) intimate public moments.

Slightly soft it might be, but this photo of Kate Winslet at the premiere of "Revolutionary Road" represents the first of many times over the years that she and I have shared what I would call (but her legal team would deny are) intimate public moments.

I got to photograph director Quentin Tarantino at the premiere of "Inglourious Basterds"!!

I got to photograph director Quentin Tarantino at the premiere of "Inglourious Basterds"!!

I got to photograph director Peter Jackson at the premiere of "The Lovely Bones"!!

I got to photograph director Peter Jackson at the premiere of "The Lovely Bones"!!

I got to photograph director James Cameron at the premiere of "Avatar"!!!

I got to photograph director James Cameron at the premiere of "Avatar"!!!

So... broadly speaking, not a bad year. The possible down-side : I'd be heading back to Australia in March 2010. Would this be the end of the ongoing premiere.... thing?

(I don't want to spoil the answer, but.... no. It wouldn't be)

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10 Dec - James Cameron's AVATAR World Premiere

10 Dec - James Cameron's AVATAR World Premiere

I got so excited to both photograph and get the autograph of director James Cameron that I decided to upload all photos in widescreen and with a blue-filter (you're welcome!)

9 Dec - St Trinians 2 : The Legend of Fritton's Gold premiere

9 Dec - St Trinians 2 : The Legend of Fritton's Gold premiere

Pretty much an all-female premiere. I have no objections to this, like, at all.