16 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Sessions' Premiere

October 16th 2012.

I'd just come from across 'The Square' from the premiere for the Bill Murray (woo! Bill Murray!) film "Hyde Park On Hudson", however as much as I wanted to go home, there was a reason to stay in town a little bit longer : a second premiere. This one for a movie called "The Sessions".

Here's how it went down:

I ... wasn't really aware of this movie at the time I shot this premiere. Or now, for that matter. Apparently it got an Oscar Nomination, per imdb.

I ... wasn't really aware of this movie at the time I shot this premiere. Or now, for that matter. Apparently it got an Oscar Nomination, per imdb.

Not random bystanders, but rather director Ben Lewin and not-director-Ben-Lewin.

Not random bystanders, but rather director Ben Lewin and not-director-Ben-Lewin.

Director Ben Lewin was born in Poland in 1946 but emigrated to Australia three years later, but under the rules of "Australian-ness" as I understand them, as long as you're famous and talented and award-winning in any field, you're pretty much Pure-Bred Aussie from the moment you clear customs.

Director Ben Lewin was born in Poland in 1946 but emigrated to Australia three years later, but under the rules of "Australian-ness" as I understand them, as long as you're famous and talented and award-winning in any field, you're pretty much Pure-Bred Aussie from the moment you clear customs.

The newly-arrived Helen Hunt is not Australian, but she has won an Oscar, which means that if she does ever decide to move to Australia, she will become "Australian Oscar-Winning Actress Helen Hunt". As my Australian residency is kind of up in the air from next year onwards, I kind of really need to win an Oscar some time in the next eight or nine months myself...

The newly-arrived Helen Hunt is not Australian, but she has won an Oscar, which means that if she does ever decide to move to Australia, she will become "Australian Oscar-Winning Actress Helen Hunt". As my Australian residency is kind of up in the air from next year onwards, I kind of really need to win an Oscar some time in the next eight or nine months myself...

Helen Hunt's yellow dress is lacy, and in an emergency can be used to signal for rescue craft if you're waiting for emergency crews to arrive.

Helen Hunt's yellow dress is lacy, and in an emergency can be used to signal for rescue craft if you're waiting for emergency crews to arrive.

"No, I can't lower my iPad. I'm watching a movie". I'm still surprised that nobody has grabbed an iPod off somebody at a premiere and heaved it into the gardens behind a Leicester Square cinema.

"No, I can't lower my iPad. I'm watching a movie". I'm still surprised that nobody has grabbed an iPod off somebody at a premiere and heaved it into the gardens behind a Leicester Square cinema.

"Yes, I was in 'Mad About You' and won 3 Golden Globes and 4 Emmies for it... but everyone still gets me to sign DVD covers of 'Twister'. I hear Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Paxton have the same issues"

"Yes, I was in 'Mad About You' and won 3 Golden Globes and 4 Emmies for it... but everyone still gets me to sign DVD covers of 'Twister'. I hear Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Paxton have the same issues"

Helen Hunt's Oscar for Best Actress was in 1998 for 'As Good As It Gets' where she did not wear a white tank-top and attempt to drive a pickup-truck filled with Pepsi-can propellered sensors into the path of oncoming tornadoes.

Helen Hunt's Oscar for Best Actress was in 1998 for 'As Good As It Gets' where she did not wear a white tank-top and attempt to drive a pickup-truck filled with Pepsi-can propellered sensors into the path of oncoming tornadoes.

"I got an Oscar Nomination for 'Winters Bone' and yet still everyone asks me if I'm Sean Penn". John Hawkes is not Sean Penn. But with the right moustache it's possible he could be.... although imdb informs me that his birthname was John Perkins, so it's all kind of vague.

"I got an Oscar Nomination for 'Winters Bone' and yet still everyone asks me if I'm Sean Penn". John Hawkes is not Sean Penn. But with the right moustache it's possible he could be.... although imdb informs me that his birthname was John Perkins, so it's all kind of vague.

"The Twister SOUNDTRACK? I don't even sing on that!" "What about that 'Oklahoma' cast medley?" "I stand corrected". And my memory of the Twister Soundtrack might be suspiciously accurate.

"The Twister SOUNDTRACK? I don't even sing on that!"
"What about that 'Oklahoma' cast medley?"
"I stand corrected".
And my memory of the Twister Soundtrack might be suspiciously accurate.

"She's coming, Pam. I won't have you spoil this moment. Not again"

"She's coming, Pam. I won't have you spoil this moment. Not again"

"No, I don't have your tickets.. .where did you last see them?"

"No, I don't have your tickets.. .where did you last see them?"

So.... weirdly, that was a premiere. I still haven't seen the movie (in fact... I'm not even sure I've seen the DVD for sale anywhere?)... but it now finally takes its place among the other momentous films in The Archive Of Movie Premieres.

Until next time!