October 16th, 2009.
It's the BFI Film Festival, and that means near as I figure it, there's basically one event per day happening in and around Leicester Square. What, however, is the difference between a "Premiere" and a "Gala Screening" I hear you ask? I was set to find out this, and much more...
But first, for a completely different movie:
So after that I stood and waited for about an hour for the next Gala Screening. Why? Two reasons:
First, the next gala was for "The Road" - starring Viggo Mortensen (The King in "Lord of the Rings The Return of the King"), Guy Pearce (Aussie, and in LA Confidental and Memento) and Charlize Theron (who is Charlize Theron)
Second? Well, because I was standing right next to a cute Philosophy graduate who had coolly and cleverly snuck into the Paparazzi Pen with nothing more than a Canon 350D and agreed to trust me with her credit card to pick up her movie tickets so she didn't have to risk being discovered (because I'm trustworthy like that). Which is... pretty brazenly awesome. And she and I had a good talk... and she was nice. And it was.... nice. (Me, 2014. I never saw here again, but I'm... uh... happy for me?)
At this point, things were looking good.... until Paparazzi Pen started filling up, and the cute Philosophy graduate's attention was suddenly and irrevocably diverted by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, Polish-accented pro photographer wielding a Canon EOS 1D, who started chatting to her... And ... like... damnit!! Honestly, what's he got that I don't? (Oh. Right. Every single one of the things I just mentioned. Damn)
So.. that was that.
The good news (?) as I'm loading this is : I already have photos from the next premiere ready to load. It's for a small film from Kiwi director Jane Campion where, typically, the cute girl (Abbie Cornish, the actress in the film) didn't show. (No, and the other one with a Canon 350D didn't show either). #sigh#. I'll try to recover for the next journal. Until then, then!