25 Apr - The 'African Cats' Documentary Royal premiere

It's been one (1) day since my last premiere (still to be journalised), and less than a week since the behemoth that was "The Avengers"... but today's was a bit more unusual. A documentary getting a premiere? Okay.. and sure, it's a documentary narrated by Samuel L Jackson but he wasn't expected to attend (and didn't). And yet, it wasn't wasted by any means...

Here's how things went down:

Disney Documentaries don't generally get red carpet premieres. Still... there's a carpet. I have a camera. Match made.

Disney Documentaries don't generally get red carpet premieres. Still... there's a carpet. I have a camera. Match made.

Fortunately, I wasn't out in the rain - I was Under The Bridge, dry, , with only that damn Red Hot Chili Peppers song repeating in my brain as punishment.

Fortunately, I wasn't out in the rain - I was Under The Bridge, dry, , with only that damn Red Hot Chili Peppers song repeating in my brain as punishment.

Hats off and Big Thanks (Domo Arigato!!) to the two almost non-English speaking Japanese girls in our area : they correctly identified and called over Nicholas Hooper, which surprised even Nicholas Hooper HIMSELF. He composed the music for this film and also two films in the Harry Potter series : #5 and #6. Very cool.

Hats off and Big Thanks (Domo Arigato!!) to the two almost non-English speaking Japanese girls in our area : they correctly identified and called over Nicholas Hooper, which surprised even Nicholas Hooper HIMSELF. He composed the music for this film and also two films in the Harry Potter series : #5 and #6. Very cool.

Also randomly from the world of music : Mark Knopfler, singer of the band Dire Straits AND composer of the music for the movie The Princess Bride. Damn... I need more premieres like this, where random people who have almost nothing to do with the film show up! (I'd like to request Edward James Olmos from Battlestar Galactica, myself)

Also randomly from the world of music : Mark Knopfler, singer of the band Dire Straits AND composer of the music for the movie The Princess Bride. Damn... I need more premieres like this, where random people who have almost nothing to do with the film show up! (I'd like to request Edward James Olmos from Battlestar Galactica, myself)

"So Mum sent us to bed without dessert. Do you think that's fair" "By the standards of the African Savannah, I'd say you got off lightly, yeah". (Co)Director Keith Scholey provides some home truths to some irritatingly young kids with press passes and media credentials.

"So Mum sent us to bed without dessert. Do you think that's fair"
"By the standards of the African Savannah, I'd say you got off lightly, yeah".

(Co)Director Keith Scholey provides some home truths to some irritatingly young kids with press passes and media credentials.

I've never seen somebody writing in shorthand before. He was doing an interview right opposite, but I like to think he was just nodding politely while writing his shopping list...

I've never seen somebody writing in shorthand before. He was doing an interview right opposite, but I like to think he was just nodding politely while writing his shopping list...

"Sorry Mum, can't talk. Gotta look awesomely suspicious at a Royal Premiere and see if I can avoid getting crash tackled by security"

"Sorry Mum, can't talk. Gotta look awesomely suspicious at a Royal Premiere and see if I can avoid getting crash tackled by security"

Somebody from the Dragon's Den TV show. I don't watch TV, but I'm given to understand that means she's rich. ME : "Hi!!!!"

Somebody from the Dragon's Den TV show. I don't watch TV, but I'm given to understand that means she's rich.
ME : "Hi!!!!"

I've decided to call this pigeon Samuel L Jackson, just because.

I've decided to call this pigeon Samuel L Jackson, just because.

Hit-Men? Accountants? Tax Auditors? No... Alastair Fothergill (right) and Keith Scholey are wildlife documentary makers. But of course.

Hit-Men? Accountants? Tax Auditors? No... Alastair Fothergill (right) and Keith Scholey are wildlife documentary makers. But of course.

"My hairdresser charges me $300 to cut it like this, and my stylist $400 to tussle it like this. Money well spent, right!!!". Apparently she's a TV presenter

"My hairdresser charges me $300 to cut it like this, and my stylist $400 to tussle it like this. Money well spent, right!!!". Apparently she's a TV presenter

"I tell my hairdresser and stylist to keep their hair off my 'do, that's what I do". If these are Sophie Darlington and Simon Werry, then we got Cinematographers In Da House!!

"I tell my hairdresser and stylist to keep their hair off my 'do, that's what I do". If these are Sophie Darlington and Simon Werry, then we got Cinematographers In Da House!!

That awkward part where neither you nor the celebrity can figure out who owe whom five dollars. Two people around me knew his name, and the Paps to my right photographed him, but I have no idea...

That awkward part where neither you nor the celebrity can figure out who owe whom five dollars. Two people around me knew his name, and the Paps to my right photographed him, but I have no idea...

"I hear Nokia's got a 41-megapixel phone coming out. Anyone thinking of trading up to one of those?"

"I hear Nokia's got a 41-megapixel phone coming out. Anyone thinking of trading up to one of those?"

Second-to-last arrivals : director Guy Ritchie ( "Sherlock Holmes" and "Rock'n'Rolla") and whoever the girl on his arm is (I'm not judging, I'm just too lazy to check wikipedia)

Second-to-last arrivals : director Guy Ritchie ( "Sherlock Holmes" and "Rock'n'Rolla") and whoever the girl on his arm is (I'm not judging, I'm just too lazy to check wikipedia)

The reason why the entire paparazzi population of London is under a bridge in London has nothing to do with how awesome Cinematographers are (though they are), but rather because this is a Royal Premiere, and their Highnesses Kate and William showed up. I like this photo. Kind of a lot.

The reason why the entire paparazzi population of London is under a bridge in London has nothing to do with how awesome Cinematographers are (though they are), but rather because this is a Royal Premiere, and their Highnesses Kate and William showed up. I like this photo. Kind of a lot.

"What do you mean, Samuel L Jackson didn't show up???" You tell 'em, Duchess!! (alternatively, there was that one pigeon...)

"What do you mean, Samuel L Jackson didn't show up???" You tell 'em, Duchess!! (alternatively, there was that one pigeon...)

Lens flare. Royalty. 70-200mm f2.8. It's all good. Just don't ask me about how she and the Prince stood right opposite me for twenty seconds, blocked by a dude with puffy hair and a diagonal chrome bar. All I needed was to have had the spot about 50cm to my right...

Lens flare. Royalty. 70-200mm f2.8. It's all good. Just don't ask me about how she and the Prince stood right opposite me for twenty seconds, blocked by a dude with puffy hair and a diagonal chrome bar. All I needed was to have had the spot about 50cm to my right...

Meanwhile, It's not the look of horror and disdain I was looking for, but it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. Hey, this is what candid photography is all about.

Meanwhile, It's not the look of horror and disdain I was looking for, but it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. Hey, this is what candid photography is all about.

"In the future, I want the back of all the coins to look like this" "Yes, sir" "And in COLOUR" "Erm. Yes, sir"

"In the future, I want the back of all the coins to look like this"
"Yes, sir"
"And in COLOUR"
"Erm. Yes, sir"

... and there's really nowhere a journal can go after that.

Obviously, it goes into "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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