11 Oct - the BFI LFF 'Blood' premiere

October 11th, 2012.

So after a two month period featuring just three premieres, it's London Film Festival so there are premieres almost every day! Yesterday it was the Opening Gala premiere of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and today there's a smaller one. But I'm not choosy. Here's how it went down:

London Film Festival Day 2. Today's premiere (there are actually several, but this is the one I chose) is for a film called 'Blood', and I am oddly surprised and pleased that it appears to not be a frikkin' vampire film!!!

London Film Festival Day 2. Today's premiere (there are actually several, but this is the one I chose) is for a film called 'Blood', and I am oddly surprised and pleased that it appears to not be a frikkin' vampire film!!!

A semi-legendary Blast From The Past - the guy on the left is the former Yellow Cap Guy, absolute mainstay of premieres up until a couple of years ago. He doesn't do them anymore. Others have taken up the mantle of obsession he typified in his absence, though.

A semi-legendary Blast From The Past - the guy on the left is the former Yellow Cap Guy, absolute mainstay of premieres up until a couple of years ago. He doesn't do them anymore. Others have taken up the mantle of obsession he typified in his absence, though.

Ah, yes. Rain and Red Carpets, and Sloping Pavements, and Negligible Drainage. It's all so very Hollywood-esque 8)

Ah, yes. Rain and Red Carpets, and Sloping Pavements, and Negligible Drainage. It's all so very Hollywood-esque 8)

It's Nick Murphy!!! (I have never previously heard of Nick Murphy)

It's Nick Murphy!!! (I have never previously heard of Nick Murphy)

Director Nick Murphy has a limited filmography consisting of two prior movies and some episodes of TV shows. But with a yellow vest like this one, sky's clearly the limit, no?

Director Nick Murphy has a limited filmography consisting of two prior movies and some episodes of TV shows. But with a yellow vest like this one, sky's clearly the limit, no?

Red Carpet hugs are the wamest and most genuine of *all* the hugs..

Red Carpet hugs are the wamest and most genuine of *all* the hugs..

This is actor Paul Bettany, and I was all set to list his accomplishments as (a) played the Albino Priest in The Da Vinci Code (b) starred with Kirsten Dunst in Wimbledon and (c ) is married to actress Jennifer Connelly. But I've since learned that he's also the voice of Jarvis in Iron Man!!

This is actor Paul Bettany, and I was all set to list his accomplishments as (a) played the Albino Priest in The Da Vinci Code (b) starred with Kirsten Dunst in Wimbledon and (c ) is married to actress Jennifer Connelly. But I've since learned that he's also the voice of Jarvis in Iron Man!!

Odds of Jennifer Connelly accompanying her husband on the red carpet of this premiere? Female Star : Optimistic. Director : Realistic. (Also, sadly, correct).

Odds of Jennifer Connelly accompanying her husband on the red carpet of this premiere?
Female Star : Optimistic.
Director : Realistic. (Also, sadly, correct).

Actress Zoe Tapper also has a limited filmography, but titles like "A Harlot's Progress" and "The Grind" hint at a greater future ahead.

Actress Zoe Tapper also has a limited filmography, but titles like "A Harlot's Progress" and "The Grind" hint at a greater future ahead.

It's that uncomfortable moment on red carpets when you're trying to figure out whether the short guy in front of you was actually in the movie you directed and/or starred with...

It's that uncomfortable moment on red carpets when you're trying to figure out whether the short guy in front of you was actually in the movie you directed and/or starred with...

"I'm gonna steal his credit card. You want anything from Amazon?"

"I'm gonna steal his credit card. You want anything from Amazon?"

In contrast to Zoe Tapper and Nick Murphy; actor Stephen Graham at left actually has a long and distinguished list of credits, like the fourth Pirates movie and Snatch. Well, when I say long and distinguished I mean Long.

In contrast to Zoe Tapper and Nick Murphy; actor Stephen Graham at left actually has a long and distinguished list of credits, like the fourth Pirates movie and Snatch. Well, when I say long and distinguished I mean Long.

"Say one more funny thing, funny man, and I'll gut you. Wait... probably not the best forum for threats, I guess" Stephen Graham, to give him credit, was also in Scorcese's Gangs of New York, the award-winning "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Michael Mann's "Public Enemies".

"Say one more funny thing, funny man, and I'll gut you. Wait... probably not the best forum for threats, I guess" Stephen Graham, to give him credit, was also in Scorcese's Gangs of New York, the award-winning "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Michael Mann's "Public Enemies".

"So, rain, huh?" "Yeah" "Jennifer Connelly definitely not showing up, huh?" "Seems not"

"So, rain, huh?"
"Yeah"
"Jennifer Connelly definitely not showing up, huh?"
"Seems not"

Zoe Tapper shows limited desire to avoid getting wet as the rain begins to intensify. I am impressed. And wearing three layers of clothes and wielding an umbrella, myself.

Zoe Tapper shows limited desire to avoid getting wet as the rain begins to intensify. I am impressed. And wearing three layers of clothes and wielding an umbrella, myself.

"hey, I WANTED to wear leather, but they wouldn't let me"

"hey, I WANTED to wear leather, but they wouldn't let me"

"Notice how I'm putting the dots above the letter "e" in my name". I'm sorry, Zoë...

"Notice how I'm putting the dots above the letter "e" in my name". I'm sorry, Zoë...

Possibly one of the nicest starbursts I've ever taken. It's pin sharp, but I *had* been focussing on the girl (obviously), and she is not quite as in-focus. Me'n'the Nikon might have to have words on priorities? The Pentax is usually much more in tune...

Possibly one of the nicest starbursts I've ever taken. It's pin sharp, but I *had* been focussing on the girl (obviously), and she is not quite as in-focus. Me'n'the Nikon might have to have words on priorities? The Pentax is usually much more in tune...

"Well, I feel refreshed. Who wants popcorn?" The VIP photographers look awestruck.

"Well, I feel refreshed. Who wants popcorn?" The VIP photographers look awestruck.

"Wait, you mean I'm going to watch the film I'm in and miss out on the Bollywood movie premiere across the square??" I'm missing it too.

"Wait, you mean I'm going to watch the film I'm in and miss out on the Bollywood movie premiere across the square??" I'm missing it too.

"It's the kind of weather that needs a supermuscle-y dude in a breathing mask to rip a cowl off a dude who quit crimefighting for eight years. But sure, I'll pose for ya". That's a reference to the trailer of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' on the off-chance you're reading this years later, in the future.

"It's the kind of weather that needs a supermuscle-y dude in a breathing mask to rip a cowl off a dude who quit crimefighting for eight years. But sure, I'll pose for ya". That's a reference to the trailer of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' on the off-chance you're reading this years later, in the future.

"Take your time. I've long since passed the point where they're going to allow me to sit in any of the chairs to see the movie"

"Take your time. I've long since passed the point where they're going to allow me to sit in any of the chairs to see the movie"

... so that was another premiere for London Film Festival. I don't think there are any premieres of note tomorrow, which probably means Johnny Depp will come to that documentary he's in and I'll find out about it when he's shown hugging autograph dealers in the papers tomorrow.

Needless to say, it joins the "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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