17 Apr - The 'Thor' World Premiere, Sydney

*** NOW WITH ADDED TOM HIDDLESTON CONTENT **

Back in 2011 (and arguably even 2012) I had no real idea of the cultural phenomenon of Tom Hiddleston. For that reason, the original journal for this premiere (published on my former Redbubble site under the name "BERNDT2") had only three (3) photos of Tom Hiddleston, which I understand to be unacceptable (!). They were nestled among a journal heavily weighted in favour of photos of Jaimie Alexander (which I will not apologise for) and Chris Hemsworth (which, now that I've been told the story of THOR is really the story of LOKI, probably looks a bit strange) and director Kenneth Brangh, plus local Aussie celbs. So... there's more Tom Hiddleston in this one.

April 17th, 2011.

So I used to do a lot of these premieres back in London back in the day (albeit purely as an amateur...). But this is (only) my third Premiere in Sydney over a twelve month period. And, at this world premiere, it lost me my favourite camera of all time. If it was ever going to go out the way it would have wanted - this would have been the time..... but if I had my way I'd never have discovered my *second* true love a short while later in the form of the mighty Pentax K5.

Here's how it went down, and how a Nokia N8 mobile phone briefly came to be the hero that I needed, even if not the one I deserved....

Welcome to Sydney's way of doing a world premiere... kickin' a red carpet down one of George Street's closed-off lanes. (hey, I can't get the grin off my face...)

Welcome to Sydney's way of doing a world premiere... kickin' a red carpet down one of George Street's closed-off lanes. (hey, I can't get the grin off my face...)

Woahwoahwoah.... don't get too hasty with the kicking. We've got hours yet. No need to rush.

Woahwoahwoah.... don't get too hasty with the kicking. We've got hours yet. No need to rush.

Sadly, Natalie Portman will not be attending, presumably as she is either about to give birth, giving birth, or has just given birth. (Now... what's Sir Anthony Hopkins' excuse?)

Sadly, Natalie Portman will not be attending, presumably as she is either about to give birth, giving birth, or has just given birth. (Now... what's Sir Anthony Hopkins' excuse?)

Well, there's no way THAT'S not getting signed at a world premiere... Thor's Squeezy-Hammer, well played, ma'am.

Well, there's no way THAT'S not getting signed at a world premiere... Thor's Squeezy-Hammer, well played, ma'am.

Queen of Celebrity Interviews Angela Bishop gets ready. I'm.. not going to comment on the dress or shoes. I myself am not similarly/flashily attired.

Queen of Celebrity Interviews Angela Bishop gets ready. I'm.. not going to comment on the dress or shoes. I myself am not similarly/flashily attired.

Interviewer Angela Bishop gets interviewed.It's a little meta for my taste but she' enough of a star that the lines are blurred at times, I guess.

Interviewer Angela Bishop gets interviewed.It's a little meta for my taste but she' enough of a star that the lines are blurred at times, I guess.

WOW. You know all of a sudden I'm not nearly as disappointed that Natalie Something-something can't attend this thing.

WOW. You know all of a sudden I'm not nearly as disappointed that Natalie Something-something can't attend this thing.

Jaimie Alexander was born in 1984, making her easily not quite young enough to be my daughter (woo... hoo?), and her first big break was playing the love interest in the movie 'Squirrel Trap', a movie I may now finally have a reason to watch (?)

Jaimie Alexander was born in 1984, making her easily not quite young enough to be my daughter (woo... hoo?), and her first big break was playing the love interest in the movie 'Squirrel Trap', a movie I may now finally have a reason to watch (?)

I ... really have nothing to add.

I ... really have nothing to add.

"Did I have to train and work out and put on muscle like Chris did for this film? Well, let's just say this metal monstrosity I'm wearing weighs twelve kilos and my neck muscles could stop a knife."

"Did I have to train and work out and put on muscle like Chris did for this film? Well, let's just say this metal monstrosity I'm wearing weighs twelve kilos and my neck muscles could stop a knife."

"You like the necklace? Here's the number of the jeweller, and here's a number for a chiropractor, and here's the number for an insurance company to handle your claim when it blinds you while driving..."

"You like the necklace? Here's the number of the jeweller, and here's a number for a chiropractor, and here's the number for an insurance company to handle your claim when it blinds you while driving..."

Check it out : it's ALF from Home and Away!! (check it out, I can recognise Alf from Home and Away even though I haven't watched an episode since about 1990...)

Check it out : it's ALF from Home and Away!! (check it out, I can recognise Alf from Home and Away even though I haven't watched an episode since about 1990...)

We have a second arrival from the movie : Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki the God of Mischief in the film. (as villain his two nemeses are on the posters right behind him)

We have a second arrival from the movie : Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki the God of Mischief in the film. (as villain his two nemeses are on the posters right behind him)

"He's the King of the Norse Gods, but he's only got ONE EYE!!! HAHAHA!!". Well... yeah, but he's got two ears and he's glaring right beside you. (Tom Hiddleston, clearly remaining in character, doesn't care)

"He's the King of the Norse Gods, but he's only got ONE EYE!!! HAHAHA!!". Well... yeah, but he's got two ears and he's glaring right beside you. (Tom Hiddleston, clearly remaining in character, doesn't care)

"Estonia? I hardly knew'er"

"Estonia? I hardly knew'er"

"I don't know what that means either..."

"I don't know what that means either..."

I think this guy was in Tomorrow When The War Began, the only other George Street Premiere I've been to in the past year.

I think this guy was in Tomorrow When The War Began, the only other George Street Premiere I've been to in the past year.

As previously hinted at and moaned about, the K10D died before it could complete this premiere. Given I got adequate shots of Jaimie Alexander already, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins weren't coming, and I got at least this one shot of Chris Hemsworth (plus a couple of director Kenneth Branagh to come), the loss is more or less purely personal.. (ie. the worst kind)

As previously hinted at and moaned about, the K10D died before it could complete this premiere. Given I got adequate shots of Jaimie Alexander already, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins weren't coming, and I got at least this one shot of Chris Hemsworth (plus a couple of director Kenneth Branagh to come), the loss is more or less purely personal.. (ie. the worst kind)

Kenneth Brannagh was in "Valkyrie" with Tom Cruise where he somehow snuck by me, and also "The Boat that Rocked" where he mostly did it again. He played Guilderoy Lockhart in the second Harry Potter film, has played (and directed) numerous Shakespearean productions and is the director of this film. Meanwhile....

Kenneth Brannagh was in "Valkyrie" with Tom Cruise where he somehow snuck by me, and also "The Boat that Rocked" where he mostly did it again. He played Guilderoy Lockhart in the second Harry Potter film, has played (and directed) numerous Shakespearean productions and is the director of this film. Meanwhile....

"and it was THIS big. However, that's not what you're asking about. The lights behind you look awesome by the way - very Tony Stark"

"and it was THIS big. However, that's not what you're asking about. The lights behind you look awesome by the way - very Tony Stark"

Oh, look. Jaime Alexander is standing right next to me. I do what I generally do when I have nothing to say that could improve The Moment ("That necklace looks... uh... awesome??")

Oh, look. Jaime Alexander is standing right next to me. I do what I generally do when I have nothing to say that could improve The Moment ("That necklace looks... uh... awesome??")

.. this haircut may have been the result of a freak tornado. No idea who its owner is

.. this haircut may have been the result of a freak tornado. No idea who its owner is

I don't know who this is. But I do know that much.

I don't know who this is. But I do know that much.

The director walks, and my camera has three shots left in it. I don't realise this, of course - so with retrospective knowledge of the upcoming event this is like the bit in Moulin Rouge where only the audience knows Satine is dying but nobody else does. Sadness....

The director walks, and my camera has three shots left in it. I don't realise this, of course - so with retrospective knowledge of the upcoming event this is like the bit in Moulin Rouge where only the audience knows Satine is dying but nobody else does. Sadness....

And this? Is Jamie Durie. It's also the last photo my K10D took before the shutter mechanism failed, locking my mirror in the 'off' position and rendering it unable to take any more photos. It may have been how the camera might have "wanted to go out", but I'm not so sure about the subject. (Then again, I've always suspected she might have been a 'She'...) Farewell, sweet K10D...

And this? Is Jamie Durie. It's also the last photo my K10D took before the shutter mechanism failed, locking my mirror in the 'off' position and rendering it unable to take any more photos. It may have been how the camera might have "wanted to go out", but I'm not so sure about the subject. (Then again, I've always suspected she might have been a 'She'...) Farewell, sweet K10D...

Kind of like Isildur taking up his father's blade (or that moment in zombie film where the machine gun runs out of ammo and the main character has to shoot with a revolver as the horde gets closer), I take out my Nokia N8 and keep shooting til the end. On its own merits it's a decent camera(phone), but dynamic-range-wise it's no SLR. This is recognisably Chris Hemsworth, though, so it's not a complete failure

Kind of like Isildur taking up his father's blade (or that moment in zombie film where the machine gun runs out of ammo and the main character has to shoot with a revolver as the horde gets closer), I take out my Nokia N8 and keep shooting til the end. On its own merits it's a decent camera(phone), but dynamic-range-wise it's no SLR. This is recognisably Chris Hemsworth, though, so it's not a complete failure

Better at close range. (Some Hero he is, though - can't see I'm in distress? Doesn't offer to help? What gives??)

Better at close range. (Some Hero he is, though - can't see I'm in distress? Doesn't offer to help? What gives??)

Do I have a K10D backup, I hear you ask? Yes, I have two, neither as good. But they're usable. But that's not the point, is it? That's like wanting Natalie Portman but getting Jaimie Alexand... wait...

So.. that's that, then. Time to get a new camera. And time to start keeping an eye out for more premieres...

Until next time!?

Oh... and here's  few more Tom Hiddleston Shots:

"Loki? Well... he pretty much does whatever he wants and looks pretty stylish while doing it. I certainly got a great wardrobe out of playing the role"

"Loki? Well... he pretty much does whatever he wants and looks pretty stylish while doing it. I certainly got a great wardrobe out of playing the role"

"Stand to the left so you can fit in my initials instead of the name of my beefcake buffoon of a half-brother? Sure, why not?"

"Stand to the left so you can fit in my initials instead of the name of my beefcake buffoon of a half-brother? Sure, why not?"

"Pentax K10D? I'd say it's probably got a couple of shots left on it"... Damn you Loki!!

"Pentax K10D? I'd say it's probably got a couple of shots left on it"... Damn you Loki!!

Tom Hiddleston will return in : Deep Blue Sea, War Horse, The Avengers, Thor : The Dark World, The 2012 Empire Awards, Only Lovers Left Alive, The BAFTAs (more than one), the British Independent Film Awards (more than one!)...  and The Oliviers (I forget which one!)

 

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