17 Oct - The BFI LFF Premiere of 'Argo'

October 17th, 2012.

London Film Festival continues apace with its near-one-or-two-per-day schedule almost but not quite failing to wrap around my *actual* job, which is not photographic in nature. And even though facebook has once again nuked the majority of all my journal links meaning I'll have to reconstruct them *again*, I might as well enter a new journal so that Zuckerberg can nuke that at a later date.

(I'm keeping the anti-facebook thing even though this journal is now on my OWN website). But anyway...

Ben Affleck!! Woo!! Here's how it went down:

If I was Ben Affleck, I'd be pretty pi55ed off at the director insisting he grow a ridiculous long-haired bowl cut and grow ludicrously lush beard for this role... Oh, wait.

If I was Ben Affleck, I'd be pretty pi55ed off at the director insisting he grow a ridiculous long-haired bowl cut and grow ludicrously lush beard for this role... Oh, wait.

Hee! Who knew the Press Photographers had a sense of humour (and/or shot Sony?). Taken prior to the paparazzi draw for positions - my NSW Drivers License sadly does not entitle me to participate.

Hee! Who knew the Press Photographers had a sense of humour (and/or shot Sony?). Taken prior to the paparazzi draw for positions - my NSW Drivers License sadly does not entitle me to participate.

"I think I can just see Bruce Willis and Steve Buscemi saving us from the Asteroid from here"

"I think I can just see Bruce Willis and Steve Buscemi saving us from the Asteroid from here"

First arrival was John Goodman,  who played the Dad in Speed Racer, which to me is his most notable role to date. (That and his role in Kevin Smith's "Red State") (I never got the big deal about The Big Lebowski..).

First arrival was John Goodman,  who played the Dad in Speed Racer, which to me is his most notable role to date. (That and his role in Kevin Smith's "Red State") (I never got the big deal about The Big Lebowski..).

I don't know who this is or if he's famous, but he looks like the kind of person to whom you don't want to explain to why you didn't photograph him on the grounds of "you didn't look famous"

I don't know who this is or if he's famous, but he looks like the kind of person to whom you don't want to explain to why you didn't photograph him on the grounds of "you didn't look famous"

Would probably have seriously considered coming over to do some autograph signing, but like, somebody brought a copy of Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas. (Seriously!) (He did end up signing)

Would probably have seriously considered coming over to do some autograph signing, but like, somebody brought a copy of Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas. (Seriously!) (He did end up signing)

The director and lead actor arrive wearing the same suit; to cheers, camera flashes and sighs of relief that she shaved. (on another topic, looking at this photo now I can't tell whose hand is pointing... either of the two guys on the left seem equally implausible...)

The director and lead actor arrive wearing the same suit; to cheers, camera flashes and sighs of relief that she shaved. (on another topic, looking at this photo now I can't tell whose hand is pointing... either of the two guys on the left seem equally implausible...)

Ben Affleck arrives, but I am also oddly taken by the quirky grey-dude dude hanging around him like the Igor to a better looking Dr Frankenstein.

Ben Affleck arrives, but I am also oddly taken by the quirky grey-dude dude hanging around him like the Igor to a better looking Dr Frankenstein.

Note to self : must composit a large American Flag into the background of this picture

Note to self : must composit a large American Flag into the background of this picture

John Goodman was also in The Artist, which was a silent Black'n'White film. Hence, the photo.

John Goodman was also in The Artist, which was a silent Black'n'White film. Hence, the photo.

Bryan Cranston is best known for Breaking Bad, but was also in Drive, John Carter, the Total Recall remake and George Lucas' Red Tails. So... well done on the Breaking Bad and Drive, Mr Cranston!

Bryan Cranston is best known for Breaking Bad, but was also in Drive, John Carter, the Total Recall remake and George Lucas' Red Tails. So... well done on the Breaking Bad and Drive, Mr Cranston!

"Humans and dinosaurs, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been thrown back into the mix together. How can we have the slightest idea what to expect? Wait, what was your question again?"

"Humans and dinosaurs, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been thrown back into the mix together. How can we have the slightest idea what to expect? Wait, what was your question again?"

<I get the feeling if I'd watched Breaking Bad by now I'd have a really good comment lined up...>

<I get the feeling if I'd watched Breaking Bad by now I'd have a really good comment lined up...>

Art and Backlighting. (To counterbalance this pleasing portrait, I also took a whole 60-shot burst when Ben Affleck was being interviewed in front of me where basically not a single shot turned out due to through traffic, crowd heaving, subject movement and bad autofocus). I REALLY want to get this shot printed out and autographed... (call me please, Mr Affleck's people!!)

Art and Backlighting. (To counterbalance this pleasing portrait, I also took a whole 60-shot burst when Ben Affleck was being interviewed in front of me where basically not a single shot turned out due to through traffic, crowd heaving, subject movement and bad autofocus). I REALLY want to get this shot printed out and autographed... (call me please, Mr Affleck's people!!)

Ben Affleck and Igor head to our side of the crowd. I kinda want a photo with Igor... but how to do this without offending Ben Affleck? Ben Affleck saved the world in Armageddon, damnit!!

Ben Affleck and Igor head to our side of the crowd. I kinda want a photo with Igor... but how to do this without offending Ben Affleck? Ben Affleck saved the world in Armageddon, damnit!!

"That's certainly nice of you to say, ma'am. But in fact if you re-watch that movie, you'll find that it was Bruce Willis who saved the world in 'Armageddon'. I merely survived and ended up with the hot girl...." It's the ending we all want, really.

"That's certainly nice of you to say, ma'am. But in fact if you re-watch that movie, you'll find that it was Bruce Willis who saved the world in 'Armageddon'. I merely survived and ended up with the hot girl...." It's the ending we all want, really.

"Thank you for blocking my view of Ben Affleck"... oh, look. It's not just me who's inconvenienced.

"Thank you for blocking my view of Ben Affleck"... oh, look. It's not just me who's inconvenienced.

Goodman takes a nap, and Affleck is like "John, seriously? Not the time or place. We're like twenty meters from the cinema and the movie has a two hour runtime. That's the time and place"

Goodman takes a nap, and Affleck is like "John, seriously? Not the time or place. We're like twenty meters from the cinema and the movie has a two hour runtime. That's the time and place"

"Thanks, dude. Collarbone was creaking a bit"

"Thanks, dude. Collarbone was creaking a bit"

"Master want brains?" "Not now, thanks Igor"

"Master want brains?"
"Not now, thanks Igor"

"I might need to get my eyes checked. Suddenly lost all vision on my left. Playing racquetball tomorrow"

"I might need to get my eyes checked. Suddenly lost all vision on my left. Playing racquetball tomorrow"

"Master wants brains *now*?" "Not now, Igor"

"Master wants brains *now*?"
"Not now, Igor"

Is he a random passerby or mega-famous in the field of biogeophysics? He signed for the wheelchair section, so maybe they're fans of the high sciences. Stranger things have happened at premieres.

Is he a random passerby or mega-famous in the field of biogeophysics? He signed for the wheelchair section, so maybe they're fans of the high sciences. Stranger things have happened at premieres.

".Not....... 'not 'not now', Igor' ?" "Not now, Igor."

".Not....... 'not 'not now', Igor' ?"
"Not now, Igor."

"I loved Me in that role. No, seriously..."

"I loved Me in that role. No, seriously..."

So that was actually a pretty good one, despite the crowds and the fans and the people using IPADS to take photos with... And it joins several premieres photographed in the past week or so, including:

Frankenweenie with Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter
Blood with Paul Bettany
Ginger and Rosa with Elle Fanning
Rust and Bone with Mario Cotillard
Antiviral with Sarah Gadon
Quartet with Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith
Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray
The Sessions with Helen Hunt

In other words, it's Good Times for the growth of The Archive of Movie Premieres.

Until next time!