19 Oct - The BFI LFF 'Great Expectations (2012)' premiere

October 19th, 2012.

So, after 12 days and as many premieres, it's time for the Closing Gala of the event, which is with the premiere for a remake of Charles Dickens' lengthy "Great Expectations" (I say 'lengthy' rather than 'classic' because I read it in High School, and it was definitely lengthy).

The question is : would it involve a cavalcade of stars from all throughout the movies featured in the festival, would it rain almost incessantly, and would I (just one last time) get to sleep around midnight with a full work day to look forward to mere 5 hours after going to sleep? I think we all know the answer to several of those questions...

Here's how it went down.

It all starts with a guy in a Tux - David Walliams was in Little Britain and is wearing a tuxedo. His wristwatch is a Tag Heuer. (No. I don't know whether that's true). He plays the implausibly named "Uncle Pumblechook" in the film. Now, I read the book, but that character? I do not recall.

It all starts with a guy in a Tux - David Walliams was in Little Britain and is wearing a tuxedo. His wristwatch is a Tag Heuer. (No. I don't know whether that's true). He plays the implausibly named "Uncle Pumblechook" in the film. Now, I read the book, but that character? I do not recall.

"Put on a freaky face? Okay! But only because you're fans" (they were. They were wearing furry bear hats for some reason). Helena Bonham Carter plays the tragic/vile Miss Havisham in the film.

"Put on a freaky face? Okay! But only because you're fans" (they were. They were wearing furry bear hats for some reason). Helena Bonham Carter plays the tragic/vile Miss Havisham in the film.

Mike Newell directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Also the slightly disappointing 'Prince of Persia', after which I think it's appropriate to run back into Dickensian literature for your next feature, I would say.

Mike Newell directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Also the slightly disappointing 'Prince of Persia', after which I think it's appropriate to run back into Dickensian literature for your next feature, I would say.

I definitely had to go to wireimage and imdb for this one : Jessie Cave played Lavender Brown in no less than three (3) Harry Potter films.

I definitely had to go to wireimage and imdb for this one : Jessie Cave played Lavender Brown in no less than three (3) Harry Potter films.

Meanwhile, sister Bebe Cave plays the younger version of the character Jessie Cave plays in the movie ("Biddy") - and without wanting to spoil anything, that happens again among the cast in this film. Does David Walliams have a younger clone? Read on...

Meanwhile, sister Bebe Cave plays the younger version of the character Jessie Cave plays in the movie ("Biddy") - and without wanting to spoil anything, that happens again among the cast in this film. Does David Walliams have a younger clone? Read on...

The Harry Potter Reunion continues... and I don't care how obvious is sounds, but Ralph Fieness, who plays Magwitch in the film, has a very Ralph Fienessy way of moving. I last photographed him a few days ago at the Bill Murray-attended premiere of 'Hyde Park on the Hudson'

The Harry Potter Reunion continues... and I don't care how obvious is sounds, but Ralph Fieness, who plays Magwitch in the film, has a very Ralph Fienessy way of moving. I last photographed him a few days ago at the Bill Murray-attended premiere of 'Hyde Park on the Hudson'

Very conveniently, brothers Jeremy and Toby Irvine play the older and younger versions of the character Pip in the film. Jeremy Irvine played the lead non-equine human role in the movie "War Horse" back in ... earlier this year.

Very conveniently, brothers Jeremy and Toby Irvine play the older and younger versions of the character Pip in the film. Jeremy Irvine played the lead non-equine human role in the movie "War Horse" back in ... earlier this year.

"So you're saying it's like a home telephone, but MOBILE? Weird" Expression of the guy in the background suggests that he thinks a bit of industrial espionage could net him millions from companies wanting to get in on the ground floor of that technology.

"So you're saying it's like a home telephone, but MOBILE? Weird" Expression of the guy in the background suggests that he thinks a bit of industrial espionage could net him millions from companies wanting to get in on the ground floor of that technology.

Helena Bonham Carter is sad that London Film Festival is over. Me too, sort of. But only if I forget that getting decent sleep is important for a balanced lifestyle. I say that also realising that the next premiere after this one is for James Bond SKYFALL in just two days. But whatever...

Helena Bonham Carter is sad that London Film Festival is over. Me too, sort of. But only if I forget that getting decent sleep is important for a balanced lifestyle. I say that also realising that the next premiere after this one is for James Bond SKYFALL in just two days. But whatever...

My favourite shot of the night - Helena Bonham Carter lit up by flash in the light drizzle of the evening. Answering the question of "is it necessarily bad if it rains during a premiere?" -with  "No, not if you consider your camera and/or lenses as more or less disposable"

My favourite shot of the night - Helena Bonham Carter lit up by flash in the light drizzle of the evening. Answering the question of "is it necessarily bad if it rains during a premiere?" -with  "No, not if you consider your camera and/or lenses as more or less disposable"

Helena Barlow plays 'young Estella' in the film. And weirdly, she's not in any way related to...

Helena Barlow plays 'young Estella' in the film. And weirdly, she's not in any way related to...

... Holliday Grainger, who has been in many things I've heard of but none of which I've watched., and whose ponytail is so severe it could maim dozens in the crowd if the rubber band holding it ever got loose.

... Holliday Grainger, who has been in many things I've heard of but none of which I've watched., and whose ponytail is so severe it could maim dozens in the crowd if the rubber band holding it ever got loose.

It's director Tim Burton without thick-rimmed glasses! AND a leopard print umbrella! Two great style statements together at last. He's not involved in this film, but was there to provide support for wife Helena Bonham Carter, who is.

It's director Tim Burton without thick-rimmed glasses! AND a leopard print umbrella! Two great style statements together at last. He's not involved in this film, but was there to provide support for wife Helena Bonham Carter, who is.

"... so here's looking at you kid. Now go and bring Lazlo to the 'States so he can continue to fight the war and inspire millions" Helena Barlow : "Dude, what are you talking about old man??" Mike Newell : "Never mind..."

"... so here's looking at you kid. Now go and bring Lazlo to the 'States so he can continue to fight the war and inspire millions"
Helena Barlow : "Dude, what are you talking about old man??"
Mike Newell : "Never mind..."

Our fourth Harry Potter alumni of the evening is Robbie Coltrane, who has has a shave, shed about 200kg and is about 60cm shorter than he was in the films. Of course, it's also raining. That's what we love about London.

Our fourth Harry Potter alumni of the evening is Robbie Coltrane, who has has a shave, shed about 200kg and is about 60cm shorter than he was in the films. Of course, it's also raining. That's what we love about London.

This photo has far too much flash for my taste. And it's not mine (not my flash in other words). But at least now I've got a properly detailed front-on shot of Ralph Fieness in case I fail miserably at the upcoming Skyfall premiere.

This photo has far too much flash for my taste. And it's not mine (not my flash in other words). But at least now I've got a properly detailed front-on shot of Ralph Fieness in case I fail miserably at the upcoming Skyfall premiere.

"Well, I'd probably rush around you, and snap that guy's neck. Wait... what was the question again?" I wouldn't mess with Ralph Fieness.

"Well, I'd probably rush around you, and snap that guy's neck. Wait... what was the question again?" I wouldn't mess with Ralph Fieness.

"Which one of you bad-mouthed the Potter boy? No... I want to know who it was before I articulate my personal response..."

"Which one of you bad-mouthed the Potter boy? No... I want to know who it was before I articulate my personal response..."

Festival director Clare Stewart is Australian and wears reflective metallic dresses. I wear Lonsdale hoodies and choose to stay at cheap accommodation when I travel.

Festival director Clare Stewart is Australian and wears reflective metallic dresses. I wear Lonsdale hoodies and choose to stay at cheap accommodation when I travel.

I don't know who this is, but I can't look away nor delete the photo...

I don't know who this is, but I can't look away nor delete the photo...

And finally, I'm not sure what movie she's here for the premiere of, but I left at 7pm when the stars had all gone in. She didn't.

And finally, I'm not sure what movie she's here for the premiere of, but I left at 7pm when the stars had all gone in. She didn't.

The list of London Film Festival Premiere journals for 2012:

Frankenweenie with Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, Blood with Paul Bettany, Ginger and Rosa with Elle Fanning, Rust and Bone with Marion Cotillard, Antiviral with Sarah Gadon, Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray, The Sessions with Helen Hunt, Quartet with Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith, Argo with Ben Affleck Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, and Crossfire Hurricane with The Rolling Stones.

So that's that. I'm not getting an early mark for the James Bond premiere tomorrow, so let's see how that far gets me. I'm hoping at least to the nearest Tube Station, which is about 400m from the venue.

Until Next (then) Time!

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