17 Nov - The 'We Are The People We've Been Waiting For' premiere

November 17th, 2009.

British Billionaire Richard Branson!
Noted Feminist Germaine Greer!
Former US President Bill Clinton!
'The Fonz' Henry Winkler!

All of these played themselves in this film/documentary, and might therefore have been possible attendees. Awesome! However, since this premiere was billed in advance as 'small', this was probably the first clue that not all of the above would, in fact, show up. And indeed, most didn't. Only one did. No, not him. And no, not that guy either. And not her.


'We are the people we've been waiting for' is a film/documentary about the deteriorating education system in England, which is surely an important enough topic for everyone to stop updating their facebook status profiles and go and see?

'We are the people we've been waiting for' is a film/documentary about the deteriorating education system in England, which is surely an important enough topic for everyone to stop updating their facebook status profiles and go and see?

"Tom, I'm here waiting for the people who are telling us that We are the people we've been waiting for. So on thta note, I've clearly done that and am going home. Goodbye, and back to you in the studio". Well... that was fast.

"Tom, I'm here waiting for the people who are telling us that We are the people we've been waiting for. So on thta note, I've clearly done that and am going home. Goodbye, and back to you in the studio". Well... that was fast.

Contrary to a belief surely few people have, Red carpets aren't actually dragged fully unfurled through the streets of London and into Leicester Square…. They're actually transported in rolled-up form. (Handy!)

Contrary to a belief surely few people have, Red carpets aren't actually dragged fully unfurled through the streets of London and into Leicester Square…. They're actually transported in rolled-up form. (Handy!)

It's The Fonz! By which I mean…. I'm far too young to know who this guy is. I'll need to check the internet. Bring on Richard Branson already. (My mental attitude might have been caught by Mr Winker, who not only declined to sign my proferred travel journal, but left the pen he was holding flat on the open page before walking away. Yikes!)

It's The Fonz! By which I mean…. I'm far too young to know who this guy is. I'll need to check the internet. Bring on Richard Branson already. (My mental attitude might have been caught by Mr Winker, who not only declined to sign my proferred travel journal, but left the pen he was holding flat on the open page before walking away. Yikes!)

Anyway, Henry Winkler played a character called Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli in the 1974-84 TV series 'Happy Days'. The character was popular enough that he made guest appearances on other TV shows over that time.

Anyway, Henry Winkler played a character called Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli in the 1974-84 TV series 'Happy Days'. The character was popular enough that he made guest appearances on other TV shows over that time.

Sigh. I got dissed by 'The Fonz'. (And what's worse, 'The Fonz' appears unconcerned).

Sigh. I got dissed by 'The Fonz'. (And what's worse, 'The Fonz' appears unconcerned).

Aaaaaand.... The Fonz uses one last opportunity to not sign an autograph.

Aaaaaand.... The Fonz uses one last opportunity to not sign an autograph.

The woman with 'The Hair' is not Germaine Greer, and not Bill Clinton. ….and probably not Richard Branson.

The woman with 'The Hair' is not Germaine Greer, and not Bill Clinton. ….and probably not Richard Branson.

Yellow Cap Guy is distracted by something that is not even close to as interesting as who I was photographing at the same time. I have no explanation for this. At all.

Yellow Cap Guy is distracted by something that is not even close to as interesting as who I was photographing at the same time. I have no explanation for this. At all.

This is the cast and crew of 'We are the People we've been waiting for' who could be bothered to pose as a group (_thanks, Fonzie_). Owing to a complete lack of pictures on IMDB and wireimage and gettyimages for this film, I don't know who any of these people are.

This is the cast and crew of 'We are the People we've been waiting for' who could be bothered to pose as a group (_thanks, Fonzie_). Owing to a complete lack of pictures on IMDB and wireimage and gettyimages for this film, I don't know who any of these people are.

Well… except for the girl second from the right. Her name is Natasha Cooper. I have ways. (And they are non-verbal) (okay, that came out wrong...)

Well… except for the girl second from the right. Her name is Natasha Cooper. I have ways. (And they are non-verbal) (okay, that came out wrong...)

Actually, by a process of elimination (also known as "using the number of girls in the cast listing and their names"), I have concluded that this is probably Amy Scott. Or Germaine Greer. (Or, maybe Sir Richard if he's doing it for publicity).

Actually, by a process of elimination (also known as "using the number of girls in the cast listing and their names"), I have concluded that this is probably Amy Scott. Or Germaine Greer. (Or, maybe Sir Richard if he's doing it for publicity).

These two are either (a) Scott Harlflett and David Bryant, (b) Scott Harlflett and Ken Robinson, or (c) David Bryant and Ken Robinson, because there are three child leads and these are two of them, and that's all the combinations.

These two are either (a) Scott Harlflett and David Bryant, (b) Scott Harlflett and Ken Robinson, or (c) David Bryant and Ken Robinson, because there are three child leads and these are two of them, and that's all the combinations.

"If I can hug against that furry microphone, I'll answer any question you ask, no matter how weird or lengthy the required answer…" Anything to keep warm, I suppose... the weather is getting more wintery these days and Natasha Cooper's attire is hardly suitable, poor thing.

"If I can hug against that furry microphone, I'll answer any question you ask, no matter how weird or lengthy the required answer…" Anything to keep warm, I suppose... the weather is getting more wintery these days and Natasha Cooper's attire is hardly suitable, poor thing.

If you ever want to know what I look like, this is pretty much exactly the opposite (More specifically, I'd wear an LA cap. Plus I'm taller.)

If you ever want to know what I look like, this is pretty much exactly the opposite (More specifically, I'd wear an LA cap. Plus I'm taller.)

If the fifth member of the cast was in this photo, it might almost have been a case of labelling it a "semi-exclusive candid ensemble shot". (And next time I'm out with my friends, I'm going to insist we recreate these poses….)

If the fifth member of the cast was in this photo, it might almost have been a case of labelling it a "semi-exclusive candid ensemble shot". (And next time I'm out with my friends, I'm going to insist we recreate these poses….)

If this is the director of 'We are the people we've been waiting for', then (a) I managed to photograph him - woohoo - and (b) his clout was not sufficient to insist 'The Fonz' get out of his comfy cinema chair and pose with the rest of the cast.

If this is the director of 'We are the people we've been waiting for', then (a) I managed to photograph him - woohoo - and (b) his clout was not sufficient to insist 'The Fonz' get out of his comfy cinema chair and pose with the rest of the cast.

Yellow Cap Guy readies his 40-second unsolicited script pitch for the director. (Actually, no, sadly he wasn't, but how *awesome* would it have been??)

Yellow Cap Guy readies his 40-second unsolicited script pitch for the director.
(Actually, no, sadly he wasn't, but how *awesome* would it have been??)

So… that's that, then. Fare thee well, young stars: go out there and make your lives extraordinary!

I'll just head home and get steel myself to do battle against the thousand screaming girls at tomorrow's Zac Efron premiere…..

Until next time!

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