6 Sep - The 'A Lonely Place To Die' sort-of premiere

September 6th, 2011.

Dateline : sometime in early September.
Location : Leicester Square, London, England.
Premiere for : A Lonely Place To Die.....

...aAnd yet, with half an hour to go, no red carpet, no security, no Yellow Cap Guy, no barricades. The question had to be asked whether there was any reason to believe there IS a premiere? (Me and at most a dozen people kind of hope there is!)

While I'm waiting, here is what I'm calling The Flouncing Bat-Man, photo for the day contender if this event turns out not to take place. You have to remember, I photographed "Charlize Theron yesterday at the GQ Awards, so I'm kind of calm on whether this thing is on.)

While I'm waiting, here is what I'm calling The Flouncing Bat-Man, photo for the day contender if this event turns out not to take place. You have to remember, I photographed "Charlize Theron yesterday at the GQ Awards, so I'm kind of calm on whether this thing is on.)

Possible cause for optimism: somewhere inside this cinema, we spotted two (2) paparazzi looking slightly lost. I also recall at this point that the last time I saw Australian actress Melissa George (the girl on the poster) was about 15 years ago when she was a pretty 20-something on the cover of TV Week. Would we even recognise her if she walked past?

Possible cause for optimism: somewhere inside this cinema, we spotted two (2) paparazzi looking slightly lost. I also recall at this point that the last time I saw Australian actress Melissa George (the girl on the poster) was about 15 years ago when she was a pretty 20-something on the cover of TV Week. Would we even recognise her if she walked past?

For whatever reason, the possibility was raised that the entrance to the premiere might be BEHIND the cinema, next to a hotel and a laundry or something. And... you know, fine - I'm casual. And ff this was for Johnny Depp they probably WOULD sneak him in. But Melisssa George??

For whatever reason, the possibility was raised that the entrance to the premiere might be BEHIND the cinema, next to a hotel and a laundry or something. And... you know, fine - I'm casual. And ff this was for Johnny Depp they probably WOULD sneak him in. But Melisssa George??

"And now, here I am, by myself, talking to myself. THAT'S chaos theory". Also,.... I feel this is kind of not the kind of 'event' photography I want to be known for covering. It's not nearly sexy, dangerous nor illicit enough. Merely kind of .... icky.

"And now, here I am, by myself, talking to myself. THAT'S chaos theory". Also,.... I feel this is kind of not the kind of 'event' photography I want to be known for covering. It's not nearly sexy, dangerous nor illicit enough. Merely kind of .... icky.

A single security guard pops out of the back of the cinema about 25 minutes after the premiere was meant to start and tells an assembled crowd of maybe 15 people to step back and Melissa will try to sign one autograph per person. So there you go... rumours = true. Flouncing Batman will now have to FIGHT for Photo for the Day honours.

A single security guard pops out of the back of the cinema about 25 minutes after the premiere was meant to start and tells an assembled crowd of maybe 15 people to step back and Melissa will try to sign one autograph per person. So there you go... rumours = true. Flouncing Batman will now have to FIGHT for Photo for the Day honours.

... and can I just say that somewhat incredibly, Melissa George looks basically unchanged from what she looked like over a decate ago. She's 35! (I say that as somebody who might be aged around that age, and sure, I mean, I look like I'm just out of high school too!)

... and can I just say that somewhat incredibly, Melissa George looks basically unchanged from what she looked like over a decate ago. She's 35! (I say that as somebody who might be aged around that age, and sure, I mean, I look like I'm just out of high school too!)

"No, I am NOT sacrificing goats to Zuul to look like this" Hey, it's both a valid point AND a compliment, if you kind of think about it

"No, I am NOT sacrificing goats to Zuul to look like this" Hey, it's both a valid point AND a compliment, if you kind of think about it

I've since learned that you should never, EVER, frame a photo where the subject is looking out of frame and the crop is aggressively on that side of the picture. Sadly, the realities of somebody's head being in the way meant breaking that particular rule

I've since learned that you should never, EVER, frame a photo where the subject is looking out of frame and the crop is aggressively on that side of the picture. Sadly, the realities of somebody's head being in the way meant breaking that particular rule

Additionally worth it for the driver in the background breaking all the rules and taking a photograph.

Additionally worth it for the driver in the background breaking all the rules and taking a photograph.

And that? Apparently was a premiere. Oh, but in all the 'excitement', I totally forgot...

Following day establishing shot. Photo on poster? Does not even begin to do her justice.

Following day establishing shot. Photo on poster? Does not even begin to do her justice.

So... that was a premiere with one (1) more star in attendance than the premiere for Disney's UP which had security, red carpet and barriers but no stars. Does it count? Yeah, sure - I'll put it in the archive of movie premieres... why not?

Until next time!

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