19 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Bright Star' Premiere

October 19th, 2009.

Movie premieres continue to come thick and fast over here, with the BFI London Film Festival running from the 15th-29th October. Tonight's was a fairly under-attended premiere, which I would attribute to the cold weather and the less well-known cast of this particular film. But what was I going to do, go home where it was warm? Not a chance...

"Bright Star" is a movie about the love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by his untimely death at a young age. I actually studied Keats in High School... and the director is from New Zealand, which I've visited. The connections between me and this film are numerous, clearly. (Very cool poster too)

"Bright Star" is a movie about the love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by his untimely death at a young age. I actually studied Keats in High School... and the director is from New Zealand, which I've visited. The connections between me and this film are numerous, clearly. (Very cool poster too)

His name is Guy, and his cap is Yellow. He is : Yellow Cap Guy. (Actually, his name isn't Guy, but to keep the mystery I'm not going to reveal it)

His name is Guy, and his cap is Yellow. He is : Yellow Cap Guy. (Actually, his name isn't Guy, but to keep the mystery I'm not going to reveal it)

People have arrived. And the are.... wearing bright clothing. A small, but appreciative, crowd, bears witness.

People have arrived. And the are.... wearing bright clothing. A small, but appreciative, crowd, bears witness.

The much more knowledgable crowd than I was shouting out "Kerry", or "Carey" (or at a stretch possibly "Gary"?) but I don't know who is she is. Or rather, I didn't until I later checked the cast listing for the premiere. She's Kerry Fox, and I probably should have taken a better shot of her, because she's in this movie.

The much more knowledgable crowd than I was shouting out "Kerry", or "Carey" (or at a stretch possibly "Gary"?) but I don't know who is she is. Or rather, I didn't until I later checked the cast listing for the premiere. She's Kerry Fox, and I probably should have taken a better shot of her, because she's in this movie.

Looking rather awesomely like an older version of Kadaj from Final Fantasy Advent Children (and that's possibly the most obscure movie reference you will ever hear me make), this is Director Jane Campion - who won an Academy Award (TM) for best screenplay for "The Piano" in 1994 (as well as a Best Director nomination that same year)

Looking rather awesomely like an older version of Kadaj from Final Fantasy Advent Children (and that's possibly the most obscure movie reference you will ever hear me make), this is Director Jane Campion - who won an Academy Award (TM) for best screenplay for "The Piano" in 1994 (as well as a Best Director nomination that same year)

"Yes, I am aware that to the untrained ear, New Zealand accents can sound funny. But no, that doesn't mean my signature will read funny. That's not how accents work"

"Yes, I am aware that to the untrained ear, New Zealand accents can sound funny. But no, that doesn't mean my signature will read funny. That's not how accents work"

My outlook calendar for today originally read "Premiere (who is Abby Cornish?)",  to which I myself had after a google search replied (to myself) "she's pretty. that's all that matters". Which is uncharacteristically shallow of me, really. But then Abbie Cornish (because that's how it's spelled) didn't turn up, so here's another photo of Jane Campion.

My outlook calendar for today originally read "Premiere (who is Abby Cornish?)",  to which I myself had after a google search replied (to myself) "she's pretty. that's all that matters". Which is uncharacteristically shallow of me, really. But then Abbie Cornish (because that's how it's spelled) didn't turn up, so here's another photo of Jane Campion.

Our new arrival is wearing a suit. Repeat : A SUIT.

Our new arrival is wearing a suit. Repeat : A SUIT.

... and I've just realised he's not wearing a tie. Repeat : SUBJECT IS TIE-LESS

... and I've just realised he's not wearing a tie. Repeat : SUBJECT IS TIE-LESS

I should probably have been a little bit more respectful (and/or done some research). This is Ben Whishaw, who plays John Keats in the film. It would have been kind of cool if he'd stayed in character for his red carpet interview, and delivered all his responses in flowery iambic pentameter.. but being a bit further away I can't confirm whether he did or not.

I should probably have been a little bit more respectful (and/or done some research). This is Ben Whishaw, who plays John Keats in the film. It would have been kind of cool if he'd stayed in character for his red carpet interview, and delivered all his responses in flowery iambic pentameter.. but being a bit further away I can't confirm whether he did or not.

This is actor Andy Serkis, who has a strong connection with New Zealand via kiwi director Peter Jackson (Serkis played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and King Kong in, erm, King Kong). I will confess that I was kind of geekily pleased to get his autograph for my travel journal - right opposite that of Viggo Mortensen (Gollum AND Aragorn on the same double page opening : I RULE!!) (Oddly, I'm also single!!)

This is actor Andy Serkis, who has a strong connection with New Zealand via kiwi director Peter Jackson (Serkis played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and King Kong in, erm, King Kong). I will confess that I was kind of geekily pleased to get his autograph for my travel journal - right opposite that of Viggo Mortensen (Gollum AND Aragorn on the same double page opening : I RULE!!) (Oddly, I'm also single!!)

And finally, here's a photo of London's Mayor Boris Johnson. He looks a bit quirky and ungainly, but for a politician he has a rather cool sense of humour in his speeches and writing, so I'm cool with that. The errant flash from somebody else's camera did me a nice favour, there, too, in making him look even more quirky and ungainly.

And finally, here's a photo of London's Mayor Boris Johnson. He looks a bit quirky and ungainly, but for a politician he has a rather cool sense of humour in his speeches and writing, so I'm cool with that. The errant flash from somebody else's camera did me a nice favour, there, too, in making him look even more quirky and ungainly.

So.. that was another premiere. And wouldn't you know it : tomorrow I get to do it yet again! Gotta love this town!

Until next time!

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