19 Sep - Charlie St Cloud Premiere (Zac Efron!)

September 19th, 2010.

Australia is weird when it comes to premieres. Sure, Sydney had one a short time ago for Tomorrow When The War Began. But since then, there's also been a premiere in a little known area of the Gold Coast called Robina, and this time? A suburb of Sydney called Parramatta. Fortunately, it's within driving distance, and fortunately it was on a weekend. They even had a decent coffee place, so what was I waiting for? Other than the sound of teenage girls screaming, I mean??

Here's how it went down...

Early Days. After all, it's still about six hours til the premiere starts. (I'm off for breakfast....)

Early Days. After all, it's still about six hours til the premiere starts. (I'm off for breakfast....)

I return, and find that things are starting To Get Real. As in... a security guard with a water sprayer? That's... not a lot of deterrent given the kind of crazed fan I'm already seeing.

I return, and find that things are starting To Get Real. As in... a security guard with a water sprayer? That's... not a lot of deterrent given the kind of crazed fan I'm already seeing.

Praying for Efron, I'm guessing? Awesome. I hear he's totally coming.

Praying for Efron, I'm guessing? Awesome. I hear he's totally coming.

The crowd? Is building. And Zac Efron? Will totally respect the  traffic signs in your country.

The crowd? Is building. And Zac Efron? Will totally respect the  traffic signs in your country.

"He's going to be standing right here and I'm like gonna sqeeee and ask him to marry me like 4EVA..." It's every girl's dream, I hear.

"He's going to be standing right here and I'm like gonna sqeeee and ask him to marry me like 4EVA..." It's every girl's dream, I hear.

Here's Chloe Maxwell. Oddly, I remember her name but not at this moment why she's even well known....

Here's Chloe Maxwell. Oddly, I remember her name but not at this moment why she's even well known....

Ummmm.... awesome? I literally have no way whatsoever to engage with people who bring crumpled Zac Efron posters to a premiere even though they're unlikely to get within 20 metres of the guy.

Ummmm.... awesome? I literally have no way whatsoever to engage with people who bring crumpled Zac Efron posters to a premiere even though they're unlikely to get within 20 metres of the guy.

So there's kind of a crowd by this stage, and the security and event co-ordinators have started to imlore people to stay calm and not push too far forward when The Efron arrives. In about another two hours from now. I shoulda brought a flak jacket in case this turns to rioting...

So there's kind of a crowd by this stage, and the security and event co-ordinators have started to imlore people to stay calm and not push too far forward when The Efron arrives. In about another two hours from now. I shoulda brought a flak jacket in case this turns to rioting...

"So are y'all excited? I, for one, intend to propose to him right here and he'll be like *sqeeee* and I'll be like *amgaaaaahhh* and we'll be like 4EVA and no you can't have him he's mine" (Or something. I had my headphones on and was listening to unrelated podcasts at very high volume)

"So are y'all excited? I, for one, intend to propose to him right here and he'll be like *sqeeee* and I'll be like *amgaaaaahhh* and we'll be like 4EVA and no you can't have him he's mine" (Or something. I had my headphones on and was listening to unrelated podcasts at very high volume)

Awesomely, for this premiere, the role of Yellow Cap Guy will be played by a young girl....

Awesomely, for this premiere, the role of Yellow Cap Guy will be played by a young girl....

Yeah, I'm not so sure this is structurally advisable either...

Yeah, I'm not so sure this is structurally advisable either...

"Did anyone say 'free t-shirt'??" (SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!)

"Did anyone say 'free t-shirt'??"
(SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!)

I don't know who any of these people are, but the two on the left introduced themselves as being from radio station 2DayFM.

I don't know who any of these people are, but the two on the left introduced themselves as being from radio station 2DayFM.

This is not Zac Efron, but that didn't stop hundreds who didn't have this vantagepoint from screaming just on suspicion of proximity

This is not Zac Efron, but that didn't stop hundreds who didn't have this vantagepoint from screaming just on suspicion of proximity

There's some great expressions on the faces of a photgrapher and a reporter. Given she's female, she's probably memorising her marriage proposal to The Efron. His expression more closely matches mine at this point.

There's some great expressions on the faces of a photgrapher and a reporter. Given she's female, she's probably memorising her marriage proposal to The Efron. His expression more closely matches mine at this point.

"I also like Justin Bieber!!" (She *actually* said that. And the screams of approval from the crowd could be heard well over the level of my iPod)

"I also like Justin Bieber!!" (She *actually* said that. And the screams of approval from the crowd could be heard well over the level of my iPod)

Conveniently located planter boxes providing a good meter of elevation (I know because, conveniently, I was also on one) (if you want to picture me jealously defending my position by kicking off tearful seven year old girls, feel free to do so. It's not accurate, but I appreciate the visual)

Conveniently located planter boxes providing a good meter of elevation (I know because, conveniently, I was also on one) (if you want to picture me jealously defending my position by kicking off tearful seven year old girls, feel free to do so. It's not accurate, but I appreciate the visual)

*AMGAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!* Feel free to add your own high-pitched sound effect here --->

*AMGAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!* Feel free to add your own high-pitched sound effect here --->

Let the mayhem ensue. Incidentally, ladies, I ALSO haven't shaved for a couple of days so if it's the beard-thing more than the Efron-thing, I am ALSO your guy (Call me)

Let the mayhem ensue. Incidentally, ladies, I ALSO haven't shaved for a couple of days so if it's the beard-thing more than the Efron-thing, I am ALSO your guy (Call me)

"Will you.... uh.... uh.... squeeeeeee????". I suspect Zac Efron gets a lot of this sort of thing.

"Will you.... uh.... uh.... squeeeeeee????".
I suspect Zac Efron gets a lot of this sort of thing.

He seems to vaguely recall he still owes me $5 from last time? Excellent. Pay up, Efron.

He seems to vaguely recall he still owes me $5 from last time? Excellent. Pay up, Efron.

"Yah! Fight the power!!! Also, go see my movie" (I think the Efron-staring-into-the-infinitely-distant-future poster in the background is what all benevolent dictators aspire to have)

"Yah! Fight the power!!! Also, go see my movie" (I think the Efron-staring-into-the-infinitely-distant-future poster in the background is what all benevolent dictators aspire to have)

"So, like, I forgot to bring my mobile phone...." (thousands of hands go up)

"So, like, I forgot to bring my mobile phone...." (thousands of hands go up)

. and we have our first casualty needing to be evacuated. (wow)

. and we have our first casualty needing to be evacuated. (wow)

... and here we have our second.

... and here we have our second.

"Could you sign something... anything.... for my daughter... PLEASE? Here, sign my cameraman!!!"

"Could you sign something... anything.... for my daughter... PLEASE? Here, sign my cameraman!!!"

Channel 10's entertainment powerbroker Angela Bishop interviews The Efron (hopefully reminding him about my five dollars) while stablemate Richard Wilkins lounges coolly in the background.

Channel 10's entertainment powerbroker Angela Bishop interviews The Efron (hopefully reminding him about my five dollars) while stablemate Richard Wilkins lounges coolly in the background.

"That guy over there? Five dollars". Awww... thanks, Ms Bishop

"That guy over there? Five dollars". Awww... thanks, Ms Bishop

Dare I even speculate as to what question Ms Maxwell asked The Efron??

Dare I even speculate as to what question Ms Maxwell asked The Efron??

"... five dollars" (Why, yes, I canvassed everyone..) I sure do seem to be getting a lot of eye-contact from Zac Efron. I'm flattered, of course, but between him and the pre-teen/mid-teen girls and their indulgent presumably married mothers, I was kind of a lone island of Grown-Ass Masculinity in The House. (I say, proudly, at a Zac Efron movie premiere...)

"... five dollars" (Why, yes, I canvassed everyone..) I sure do seem to be getting a lot of eye-contact from Zac Efron. I'm flattered, of course, but between him and the pre-teen/mid-teen girls and their indulgent presumably married mothers, I was kind of a lone island of Grown-Ass Masculinity in The House. (I say, proudly, at a Zac Efron movie premiere...)

Ah, to be Zac Efron for just one day. (Although to be honest I'd take one of his quieter days... this one was nuts)

Ah, to be Zac Efron for just one day. (Although to be honest I'd take one of his quieter days... this one was nuts)

So.... finally I get my second Aussie premiere to add to the very London-centric "archive of stuff I've photographed" .

Actually, I note that I've photographed Mr Efron twice before, once for "17 Again" and once for "Me and Orson Welles".

Until next time! (and hopefully there is a next time!)

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