25 Oct - The 'Anonymous' premiere

October 25th, 2011.

For the third time in *three* days, London has Premiere(s)! Tonight, if you weren't at the O2 for the weirdly-named Indian Sci-Fi (!?) movie "RA.one" (and believe me I would have been had time allowed it), it was for the Roland Emmerich-helmed movie "Anonymous". Crowds were light, spirits were high and... it was a good night.

.... actually, you know, I don't know how else to put it, it was a REALLY fun premiere. Overall I'm generally kind of confused when things work out well for me... unlike say yesterday's semi-disappointment in not better capturing the lovely Keira Knightley at the premiere for "A Dangerous Method", or the failure of director Steven Spielberg to attend the premiere of "Tintin the Secret of the Unictorn" the day before that).

But anyway, here's how "Anonymous" went down:

Tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters worldwide and their many sympathists might suggest some more contemporary frauds be charged before we get into investigating 450 year old cases?

Tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters worldwide and their many sympathists might suggest some more contemporary frauds be charged before we get into investigating 450 year old cases?

It had rained quite heavily before this premiere (I was having lunch where it was dry)...  but the carpet was laid and the crowd was out, and I was loving the possibility of interesting backlighting from the M&Ms store in the distance once the premiere got underway.

It had rained quite heavily before this premiere (I was having lunch where it was dry)...  but the carpet was laid and the crowd was out, and I was loving the possibility of interesting backlighting from the M&Ms store in the distance once the premiere got underway.

That LED-ring-thing looks like those sunflowers they put in VW's New Beetles? Either that or they're trying to hypnotise Roland Emmerich into revealing the secrets behind the "science" of such films of his as... well, all of them really. I think Godzilla (1998) and Independence Day were probably the most plausible.... ish of his works.

That LED-ring-thing looks like those sunflowers they put in VW's New Beetles? Either that or they're trying to hypnotise Roland Emmerich into revealing the secrets behind the "science" of such films of his as... well, all of them really. I think Godzilla (1998) and Independence Day were probably the most plausible.... ish of his works.

"OMG! OMG! What if he asks me what I really thought of 'Godzilla (1998)'? ". Tell him you at least liked the Puff Daddy song and the one from the Wallflowers.

"OMG! OMG! What if he asks me what I really thought of 'Godzilla (1998)'? ". Tell him you at least liked the Puff Daddy song and the one from the Wallflowers.

Actor Rhys Ifans signs for Awesomely Creepy Yellow Hooded Guy (no relation to the guy who used to wear the cap of the same colour). Meanwhile the colour of Tomato Red Security Guard Dude is provided courtesy of the fantastic lighting of the Leicester Square M&Ms Store

Actor Rhys Ifans signs for Awesomely Creepy Yellow Hooded Guy (no relation to the guy who used to wear the cap of the same colour). Meanwhile the colour of Tomato Red Security Guard Dude is provided courtesy of the fantastic lighting of the Leicester Square M&Ms Store

It's director Roland Emmerich!! He's actually a very cool guy, with considerable good humour for people who criticise his scientifically spurious brand of disaster film. And excitingly : this movie is about SHAKESPEARE! (I for one can't wait for the helicopter gunfights!!)

It's director Roland Emmerich!! He's actually a very cool guy, with considerable good humour for people who criticise his scientifically spurious brand of disaster film. And excitingly : this movie is about SHAKESPEARE! (I for one can't wait for the helicopter gunfights!!)

"No... I'm not blowing up the White House in this one". Based on the number of America's most famous and important landmarks his movies have destroyed, I'd be surprised if Roland Emmerich was allowed to even travel to the USA.

"No... I'm not blowing up the White House in this one". Based on the number of America's most famous and important landmarks his movies have destroyed, I'd be surprised if Roland Emmerich was allowed to even travel to the USA.

Actor David Thewlis is perhaps best known for playing the role of Professor Remus Lupin ('padfoot'?) in the Harry Potter films.

Actor David Thewlis is perhaps best known for playing the role of Professor Remus Lupin ('padfoot'?) in the Harry Potter films.

Actor Rhys Ifans plays the Earl of Oxford in this film. To continue the Harry Potter connections on this red carpet, he played Luna Lovegood's father in the last two films.

Actor Rhys Ifans plays the Earl of Oxford in this film. To continue the Harry Potter connections on this red carpet, he played Luna Lovegood's father in the last two films.

Actress Bonnie Wright is not in this movie, but is/was Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films - she's also married to actor Jamie Campbell-Bower, who IS in this film!

Actress Bonnie Wright is not in this movie, but is/was Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films - she's also married to actor Jamie Campbell-Bower, who IS in this film!

And finally, this is Jamie Campbell-Bower. Incredibly he's had roles in both 'Twilight' AND Harry Potter. But I'll be honest - surely they're pretty minor roles, otherwise the crowd volume and female concentration would have been fairly different to what we had.

And finally, this is Jamie Campbell-Bower. Incredibly he's had roles in both 'Twilight' AND Harry Potter. But I'll be honest - surely they're pretty minor roles, otherwise the crowd volume and female concentration would have been fairly different to what we had.

Actress Joely Richardson (remarkably) has not been in any of the Harry Potter movies, but per imdb has been in some 100 episodes of the TV show 'Nip/Tuck' and was also in 'The Patriot' with Mel Gibson and 'Event Horizon' with whoever was in that film.

Actress Joely Richardson (remarkably) has not been in any of the Harry Potter movies, but per imdb has been in some 100 episodes of the TV show 'Nip/Tuck' and was also in 'The Patriot' with Mel Gibson and 'Event Horizon' with whoever was in that film.

This is Rafe Spall, who plays William Shakespeare in the film. I have nothing to add. I mean, it's not like I can congratulate him on the enduring popularity of his plays, which (according to the film) he may or may not even have written

This is Rafe Spall, who plays William Shakespeare in the film. I have nothing to add. I mean, it's not like I can congratulate him on the enduring popularity of his plays, which (according to the film) he may or may not even have written

Sure she's pretty, and no doubt talented... but check out that LENS FLARE! It's glorious. (There's a reason why I'm still single, I suppose)

Sure she's pretty, and no doubt talented... but check out that LENS FLARE! It's glorious. (There's a reason why I'm still single, I suppose)

"It's quite cold actually, and if you were a gentleman you'd offer me that .... *hat?*.... you're wearing. However, my stylist would probably make me reject the offer immediately."

"It's quite cold actually, and if you were a gentleman you'd offer me that .... *hat?*.... you're wearing. However, my stylist would probably make me reject the offer immediately."

I actually don't know this actor's name. The Japanese ladies a few positions down from him were very excited to see him and he was likewise very happy to chat and pose.

I actually don't know this actor's name. The Japanese ladies a few positions down from him were very excited to see him and he was likewise very happy to chat and pose.

It's always strangely marvellous when actors themselves realise how cool it is that they're on a red carpet for a movie. I suspect Johnny Depp and Helen Mirren (say) have gotten over that kind of buzz.

It's always strangely marvellous when actors themselves realise how cool it is that they're on a red carpet for a movie. I suspect Johnny Depp and Helen Mirren (say) have gotten over that kind of buzz.

I'm so mesmerised by the lights and flames in the background that I almost miss Xavier Samuel and/or Sam Reid and/or Edward Hogg, any of whom this guy might be. In my defence, director Roland Emmerich cast a large number of young-ish, blonde-ish males in this film... and if you're not young and blonde and female there's every chance you'll slip beneath my notice. (Brunettes are fine, too, though)

I'm so mesmerised by the lights and flames in the background that I almost miss Xavier Samuel and/or Sam Reid and/or Edward Hogg, any of whom this guy might be. In my defence, director Roland Emmerich cast a large number of young-ish, blonde-ish males in this film... and if you're not young and blonde and female there's every chance you'll slip beneath my notice. (Brunettes are fine, too, though)

"This man is suffering from an acute appendectomy and I'm going to have to operate immediately. No, there's no time for that - I'll use this marker and one of those burning braziers to cauterise the wound".

"This man is suffering from an acute appendectomy and I'm going to have to operate immediately. No, there's no time for that - I'll use this marker and one of those burning braziers to cauterise the wound".

Wow. Somehow I managed to get a werewolf-eque shot out of a guy who played a werewolf in Harry Potter. The hair, though, needs a separate photo, agent, and mention in the credits all its own.

Wow. Somehow I managed to get a werewolf-eque shot out of a guy who played a werewolf in Harry Potter. The hair, though, needs a separate photo, agent, and mention in the credits all its own.

I haven't had a good 'crowd-reflected-in-the-glasses-of-the-star' shot for ages (Russell Crowe, State of Play, maybe?) . And it's *time* for one of those.

I haven't had a good 'crowd-reflected-in-the-glasses-of-the-star' shot for ages (Russell Crowe, State of Play, maybe?) . And it's *time* for one of those.

"I've made it through 95% of this premiere without anybody mentioning '10000BC'. If I can just avoid making eye-contact with anyone for the next three minutes I'll have won"

"I've made it through 95% of this premiere without anybody mentioning '10000BC'. If I can just avoid making eye-contact with anyone for the next three minutes I'll have won"

So that was that. It was possibly the nicest, most civilised premiere I've ever been to. But then something changed.... we walked out of the area to learn that there was a large crowd that had been prevented from entering, presumably by security due to the problems that occurred during Sunday's 'Madonna / W.E.' premiere. And though a repeat of that bloodbath were unlikely for a Roland Emmerich film, overreaction and late reaction are always the order of the day for people in a position of Authority.....

And that kind of made me think : I'd had the best premiere ever, and it was more or less as a result of decisions that turned me and the people I was with into elites who benefited from errors of judgement and sheer luck.

...It's just like the world economy people. Usually, I'm "The 99%" just like everyone else. But for one night, I *WAS* the 1%. And.. it's pretty freaking awesome....

And THAT'S why it's unfair and why it needs to be fought.

Until next time, where I'll no doubt slum it like I usually do!

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