28 Sep - The 'Melancholia' premiere

September 28th, 2011.

So the deal with this film is that on the one hand, Kirsten Dunst was named best actress in the Cannes Film festival for her role in this film, while the director Lars Von Trier was kicked out of the festival for professing some very unfortunate sympathies with dictatorial 20th Century German regimes.

I don't care about the second one of those, or technically even the first. For me, it was (a) there's a premiere so I'm going anyway, and (b) Kirsten Dunst? Pretty... and now with acclaimed talent!! (Me, 2014 : I worded that sentence strangely back in 2011... )

So.... movie poster. Wedding dress. Kirsten Dunst. Moving right along...

So.... movie poster. Wedding dress. Kirsten Dunst. Moving right along...

Cheer up guys, you're at the premiere of.... oh. Right.

Cheer up guys, you're at the premiere of.... oh. Right.

My camera semi-spontaneously switched to Black'n'white for no reason during the setup for this premiere. (True, if random, story!)

My camera semi-spontaneously switched to Black'n'white for no reason during the setup for this premiere. (True, if random, story!)

Vine on a pillar. So..... the budget for visual effects at this premiere looks to be through the roof. (My fear is that if we get into a second Global Financial crisis, this vine and one or two cardboard cutouts might be as good as ANY premiere gets!)

Vine on a pillar. So..... the budget for visual effects at this premiere looks to be through the roof. (My fear is that if we get into a second Global Financial crisis, this vine and one or two cardboard cutouts might be as good as ANY premiere gets!)

Fans of traffic cones, high visibility vests and personal assistants in low-cut semi-transulcent clothing are all well served at this premiere. (I'm filling space because this premiere has a list consisting of just seven (7) people, only one (1) of which I'm specifically interested in photographing.

Fans of traffic cones, high visibility vests and personal assistants in low-cut semi-transulcent clothing are all well served at this premiere. (I'm filling space because this premiere has a list consisting of just seven (7) people, only one (1) of which I'm specifically interested in photographing.

Wow. This doesn't happen at every premiere....

Wow. This doesn't happen at every premiere....

Under new BAFTA rules, actor John Hurt must attend 2 out of every 3 premieres in London during the months of September, October and November, regardless of whether he's actually in the movie or not. (Surprisingly, he actually IS in this film).

Under new BAFTA rules, actor John Hurt must attend 2 out of every 3 premieres in London during the months of September, October and November, regardless of whether he's actually in the movie or not. (Surprisingly, he actually IS in this film).

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, the execrable 'Hot Fuzz' and Scotty in Star Trek) drops by to steal a random kid. He's wearing a beret, people - he can totally do that! (He and Kirsten Dunst were co-stars in 'how to lose friends and alienate people')

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, the execrable 'Hot Fuzz' and Scotty in Star Trek) drops by to steal a random kid. He's wearing a beret, people - he can totally do that! (He and Kirsten Dunst were co-stars in 'how to lose friends and alienate people')

Kirsten Dunst has arrived, and she looks like a thinner Scarlett Johansson according to me. That said, I'm notoriously unreliable when I'm actually in the presence of anyone good looking. (This can be seen as both simultaneously a good and bad thing for me or Kirsten Dunst).

Kirsten Dunst has arrived, and she looks like a thinner Scarlett Johansson according to me. That said, I'm notoriously unreliable when I'm actually in the presence of anyone good looking. (This can be seen as both simultaneously a good and bad thing for me or Kirsten Dunst).

"Go on, John. Sign these photos of me with YOUR name. I'm sure the autograph dealers won't mind". Oh, they'd mind.

"Go on, John. Sign these photos of me with YOUR name. I'm sure the autograph dealers won't mind". Oh, they'd mind.

Besides "Interview with the Vampire" which was kind of her breakout role, Kirsten Dunst was in 'Jumanji'. (*REALLY?* yes, really). Kind of off-puttingly, every front-on shot I managed to take of Kirsten Dunst had her giving very strange expressions ... it's almost as if her eyes don't handle barrages of Paparazzi flashes too well

Besides "Interview with the Vampire" which was kind of her breakout role, Kirsten Dunst was in 'Jumanji'. (*REALLY?* yes, really). Kind of off-puttingly, every front-on shot I managed to take of Kirsten Dunst had her giving very strange expressions ... it's almost as if her eyes don't handle barrages of Paparazzi flashes too well

Indulgent practised smile. I do prefer candids to this.... pretty though Kirsten Dunst is (and you'll notice I'm taking these photos anyway...)

Indulgent practised smile. I do prefer candids to this.... pretty though Kirsten Dunst is (and you'll notice I'm taking these photos anyway...)

Yes, sure, she was Mary Jane in the Spiderman films that are due to be rebooted sometime next week or so, but Kirsten Dunst has moved on : she won the Best Actress award at the 2011 Cannes film festival for her role in this movie. Kudos.

Yes, sure, she was Mary Jane in the Spiderman films that are due to be rebooted sometime next week or so, but Kirsten Dunst has moved on : she won the Best Actress award at the 2011 Cannes film festival for her role in this movie. Kudos.

According to the ever-accurate Wikipedia, Kirsten Dunst is currently single and has never been attached to a long-term partner. Even more surprising is the fact that I always read up actors' and actresses' bios on wikipedia AFTER I've photographed them. Because I'm an idiot.

According to the ever-accurate Wikipedia, Kirsten Dunst is currently single and has never been attached to a long-term partner. Even more surprising is the fact that I always read up actors' and actresses' bios on wikipedia AFTER I've photographed them. Because I'm an idiot.

A big thank you to one of my friends (who only takes short-range portraits with flash) who pointed out that from his vantagepoint you could see inside the Curzon cinema and see Miss Dunst being interviewed - and, as is often the case, the lady in question looks even better when behaving naturally

A big thank you to one of my friends (who only takes short-range portraits with flash) who pointed out that from his vantagepoint you could see inside the Curzon cinema and see Miss Dunst being interviewed - and, as is often the case, the lady in question looks even better when behaving naturally

Now THAT'S a genuine smile to wait for.

Now THAT'S a genuine smile to wait for.

Overall, a nice premiere. And on the strength of the trailer, subject matter and me realising that the ratio of premieres I attend to movies I actually go see is getting RIDICULOUS, I might actually go see this film when it comes out.

And needless to say it goes into The Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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