25 Feb - The 'Alice In Wonderland (2010)' World Premiere

February 25th, 2010.

After THE BAFTAs on Sunday, there was still one more BIG premiere to look forward to: the World Premiere for ‘Alice in Wonderland’, directed by Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp expected AND Royalty expected AND rain expected AND crowds expected AND the pressure of it being more or less my last big hurrah in Leicester Square, this was always going to be a tough ask.

In the end, it wasn’t the best of times… but I suppose I’ve had several worse. Fans of Johnny Depp and Fine Photography might need to seek consolation elsewhere, as the two do not really meet in this journal. There are two shots, though, that I'm calling 'recognisable'...

But here’s how it went down:

I’d dropped by at lunchtime to see how the crowd situation was shaping up, and it was about as you'd expect for a Royal World Premiere. Specifically not good for anyone still needing to do another three or four hours in the office before being able to try to find a place (eek!). And Yellow Cap Guy, sadly, was not there at all. Ominous.

I’d dropped by at lunchtime to see how the crowd situation was shaping up, and it was about as you'd expect for a Royal World Premiere. Specifically not good for anyone still needing to do another three or four hours in the office before being able to try to find a place (eek!). And Yellow Cap Guy, sadly, was not there at all. Ominous.

Helena Bonham Carter's rider was getting more and more ridiculous...

Helena Bonham Carter's rider was getting more and more ridiculous...

Tim Burton’s topiary suppliers score another win for sheer engineering bravado. (But what *IS* it? Mutant sea-turtle pelican hybrid?)

Tim Burton’s topiary suppliers score another win for sheer engineering bravado. (But what *IS* it? Mutant sea-turtle pelican hybrid?)

This being a Tim Burton film, you could literally have anything from a giant kettle to a table lamp and it would be just as plausibly relevant. Here? A llama. Outstanding! One of the few things I was able to see from my eventual spot about six back in line

This being a Tim Burton film, you could literally have anything from a giant kettle to a table lamp and it would be just as plausibly relevant. Here? A llama. Outstanding! One of the few things I was able to see from my eventual spot about six back in line

I like to think one of these two really IS Johnny Depp, here early to jam with the fans to pass the time before the event. (In fact, this theory is sufficiently compelling that I’m going to run with it. He’s the one on the right, I have decided)

I like to think one of these two really IS Johnny Depp, here early to jam with the fans to pass the time before the event. (In fact, this theory is sufficiently compelling that I’m going to run with it. He’s the one on the right, I have decided)

You've probably realised by now that I'm showing a lot more photos from before the premiere than usual. Yeah, there's a reason for that. Still you have to concede that this movie poster is prettier than the Johnny Depp one with the face paint and the orange and the contact lenses and the freakish grin. (Your taste may vary, of course)

You've probably realised by now that I'm showing a lot more photos from before the premiere than usual. Yeah, there's a reason for that. Still you have to concede that this movie poster is prettier than the Johnny Depp one with the face paint and the orange and the contact lenses and the freakish grin. (Your taste may vary, of course)

Several hours later, and we begin, with me about six rows back on a stool (since banned) that can clear heads and handheld cameras but not umbrellas.... the premiere begins..

 

Rain. Mist. Clouds. Crowds. Fog. Umbrellas. Is this how my London premiere career ends? (Answer : no... there's one more premiere after this but it's so small I originally didn't even give it a journal. Plus the premiere of Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps" was scheduled for the day I flew back from Stockholm over a month from now... but that never happened. But then... other things did)

Rain. Mist. Clouds. Crowds. Fog. Umbrellas. Is this how my London premiere career ends? (Answer : no... there's one more premiere after this but it's so small I originally didn't even give it a journal. Plus the premiere of Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps" was scheduled for the day I flew back from Stockholm over a month from now... but that never happened. But then... other things did)

.And here's Tim Burton, one of those directors where no matter how freaky the movie is, you really have nobody to blame but yourself if you don’t like it. For every Batman there’s a Mars Attacks, and for every Edward Scissorhands there’s a Planet of the Apes remake. Visually, though, you're guaranteed a quirky ol' time.

.And here's Tim Burton, one of those directors where no matter how freaky the movie is, you really have nobody to blame but yourself if you don’t like it. For every Batman there’s a Mars Attacks, and for every Edward Scissorhands there’s a Planet of the Apes remake. Visually, though, you're guaranteed a quirky ol' time.

I like to think that if you found somebody who’d watched the films of, but didn’t actually know what Tim Burton looked like, and you showed them this photo, they’d nod and say that’s pretty much exactly what they thought he’d look like

I like to think that if you found somebody who’d watched the films of, but didn’t actually know what Tim Burton looked like, and you showed them this photo, they’d nod and say that’s pretty much exactly what they thought he’d look like

Helena Bonham-Carter plays the Red Queen in the film. I just watched the trailer and … yeah… she really did shave off her eyebrows for the role! But I'm hoping the flamingoes she plays croquet with were suitably tranquilised. Otherwise that would just be cruel.

Helena Bonham-Carter plays the Red Queen in the film. I just watched the trailer and … yeah… she really did shave off her eyebrows for the role! But I'm hoping the flamingoes she plays croquet with were suitably tranquilised. Otherwise that would just be cruel.

Tim Burton, shot around overlapping fans, their mobile phones, their point-and-shoots, their umbrellas, their autograph books and the rain. (They don't give out medals or knighthoods for civilian premiere photography, sadly.)

Tim Burton, shot around overlapping fans, their mobile phones, their point-and-shoots, their umbrellas, their autograph books and the rain. (They don't give out medals or knighthoods for civilian premiere photography, sadly.)

Okay, Fine. Planet of the Apes wasn’t _that_ bad. (Good closing credits music, at any rate - Danny Elfman rocks!)

Okay, Fine. Planet of the Apes wasn’t _that_ bad. (Good closing credits music, at any rate - Danny Elfman rocks!)

Pentax autofocus? Fail = epic! Oh well, it’s not like Anne Hathaway pretty or anything.….

Pentax autofocus? Fail = epic! Oh well, it’s not like Anne Hathaway pretty or anything.….

…Oh wait. I’m thinking of Steve Hathaway, a truck driver from Norfolk. Yeah, Anne Hathaway is fairly pretty. Also... rain, huh?

…Oh wait. I’m thinking of Steve Hathaway, a truck driver from Norfolk. Yeah, Anne Hathaway is fairly pretty. Also... rain, huh?

And then Johnny Depp arrived, and my camera (which I’m now *certain* is female) got so excited that she/it totally forgot that she/it can shoot at three frames per second, instead settling for a more devastating… one per second.

And then Johnny Depp arrived, and my camera (which I’m now *certain* is female) got so excited that she/it totally forgot that she/it can shoot at three frames per second, instead settling for a more devastating… one per second.

And this is the other shot, after which Depp waved, bowed, then walked off to be *awesome* elsewhere. (He’s Johnny Depp. What can I do?) But feel free to console yourself with a couple of Johnny Depp photos taken last year's premiere of "Public Enemies"

And this is the other shot, after which Depp waved, bowed, then walked off to be *awesome* elsewhere. (He’s Johnny Depp. What can I do?)

But feel free to console yourself with a couple of Johnny Depp photos taken last year's premiere of "Public Enemies"

So anyway, back to Anne Hathaway, who is pretty, and starred in “The Devil Wears Prada”. (It’s a film that my sister convinced me to go see with her, and I didn’t object to quite as much as I might have had it not starred Anne Hathaway.)

So anyway, back to Anne Hathaway, who is pretty, and starred in “The Devil Wears Prada”. (It’s a film that my sister convinced me to go see with her, and I didn’t object to quite as much as I might have had it not starred Anne Hathaway.)

If you're a guy who hasn't seen The Devil Wears Prada, it bears a striking similarity to Star Wars in some ways... or from a certain point of view.

If you're a guy who hasn't seen The Devil Wears Prada, it bears a striking similarity to Star Wars in some ways... or from a certain point of view.

"Tim Burton also directed a Planet of the Apes film??"

"Tim Burton also directed a Planet of the Apes film??"

I promise you that if Tim Burton had lingered longer, and Helena Bonham Carter hadn't done her interviews blocked by aides and hangers on, and Mia Wasikowski hadn't arrived later and if Johnny Depp wasn't over there... like... _somewhere_ (points), I'd be posting at lot less photos of Anne Hathaway. (Well... maybe. Have you *SEEN* her recent(sh) GQ cover shot??).

I promise you that if Tim Burton had lingered longer, and Helena Bonham Carter hadn't done her interviews blocked by aides and hangers on, and Mia Wasikowski hadn't arrived later and if Johnny Depp wasn't over there... like... _somewhere_ (points), I'd be posting at lot less photos of Anne Hathaway. (Well... maybe. Have you *SEEN* her recent(sh) GQ cover shot??).

Comedian Matt Lucas plays either Tweedledee or Tweedledum in the film (or both, perhaps – it’s the digital age of cinema, did you know?). I know little about him, but since he did block (yet more!) views of Anne Hathaway, all I can say definitely is that he's not transparent.

Comedian Matt Lucas plays either Tweedledee or Tweedledum in the film (or both, perhaps – it’s the digital age of cinema, did you know?). I know little about him, but since he did block (yet more!) views of Anne Hathaway, all I can say definitely is that he's not transparent.

... and now he's conspiring to block off even more people? See... now this is just unlucky! (Helena Bonham-Carter and an umbrella handle...)

... and now he's conspiring to block off even more people? See... now this is just unlucky! (Helena Bonham-Carter and an umbrella handle...)

For no readily apparent reason, former teen singing-sensation and now twentysomething singer Avril Levigne showed up, standing exactly where you might have wanted Johnny Depp to stand earlier. (Come baaaack!).

For no readily apparent reason, former teen singing-sensation and now twentysomething singer Avril Levigne showed up, standing exactly where you might have wanted Johnny Depp to stand earlier. (Come baaaack!).

Actress Mia Wasikowska plays ‘Alice’ in the film. She’s Australian, and…. what, you couldn’t tell by the name?

Actress Mia Wasikowska plays ‘Alice’ in the film. She’s Australian, and…. what, you couldn’t tell by the name?

And now everyone’s posing in that same spot? sigh…

And now everyone’s posing in that same spot? sigh…

By this time, feeling both wet and despondent, I decided I didn't feel like staying for Prince Charles, so I headed off, but in shifting locations I missed some other stars (d'oh!) and had no way to recover.


So....

I’ll sign off with ‘until next time’ because there’s still theoretically one more premiere I could go to next week before I leave London- a small one with no major stars that I've heard know of. (But I’ll let you know how I go photographing the Picton Rodeo in January 2011, the first big event I’m pencilling in to cover once I’m back in Australia...)

It goes to the top of "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

And, until (one perhaps last) next time!

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