11 Jan 2013 - The 'Django Unchained' Premiere

January 11th, 2013.

I was back in Australia from early December to Christmas/New Year, and as a consequence of this things have been quiet the premieres front for me.

While I was away from the English capital, I missed three premieres, one of which hurt me to be absent from (The Hobbit). However, I was fortunate (if by 'fortunate' you believe that this was not deliberate) that I was back in London the night before the premiere of the new Quentin Tarantino movie, Django Unchained.

And I might have been rusty and tired, but I was there, not merely with two cameras but also a certain 12x18 inch photo of Mr Tarantino that I'd taken back in 2009 at the premiere of "Inglourious Basterds" that I really REALLY wanted to get signed by the man, if possible.... and at the expense of photography if need be

So...here's how it went down:

This reporter is no doubt hoping her boyfriend will take her to a nice romantic comedy... which this is assuredly not. (.... or is it??)

This reporter is no doubt hoping her boyfriend will take her to a nice romantic comedy... which this is assuredly not. (.... or is it??)

"Jamie, the sunglasses are meant for everyone else who has to look at your suit, not you when wearing it" It's Jamie Foxx! He's won Grammies AND an Oscar, whereas I once won a merit certificate in High School for punctuality / full attendance during a calendar year. We're all winners, is what I'm sayin'.

"Jamie, the sunglasses are meant for everyone else who has to look at your suit, not you when wearing it" It's Jamie Foxx! He's won Grammies AND an Oscar, whereas I once won a merit certificate in High School for punctuality / full attendance during a calendar year. We're all winners, is what I'm sayin'.

Disagrees with the veracity of your scurrilous assertions. But will accept belated congrats on the Oscar win. It was back in 2005 though, so really if your card is still in the mail it's probably not going to get delivered.

Disagrees with the veracity of your scurrilous assertions. But will accept belated congrats on the Oscar win. It was back in 2005 though, so really if your card is still in the mail it's probably not going to get delivered.

"And here's another guy in the crowd I owe five dollars to. Doesn't matter... he'll still pay to see my movie". Probably true. Also : even more likely to be true if you sign my photo, Mr Tarantino.

"And here's another guy in the crowd I owe five dollars to. Doesn't matter... he'll still pay to see my movie". Probably true. Also : even more likely to be true if you sign my photo, Mr Tarantino.

Kerry Washington arrived, but more or less eluded me at this premiere. It wasn't her fault : the dress was eye-catching enough. I was just kind of distracted dealing with other things. Not, like, paying bills or playing Angry Birds or anything, but sometimes the multitasking kind of gets a bit much!

Kerry Washington arrived, but more or less eluded me at this premiere. It wasn't her fault : the dress was eye-catching enough. I was just kind of distracted dealing with other things. Not, like, paying bills or playing Angry Birds or anything, but sometimes the multitasking kind of gets a bit much!

"Anyway, I ended my audition for the role of Django by threatening to kill Will Smith if Quentin hired him instead of me. I like to think it made all the difference. Ahahaha. I'm kidding of course : I threatened Quentin directly. Next question?"

"Anyway, I ended my audition for the role of Django by threatening to kill Will Smith if Quentin hired him instead of me. I like to think it made all the difference. Ahahaha. I'm kidding of course : I threatened Quentin directly. Next question?"

Oh, good. An even better view of Kerry Washington's dress!

Oh, good. An even better view of Kerry Washington's dress!

It's Samuel L Jackson!! After his failure to attend the premiere of both "The Avengers" (though Scarlett Johansson's presence made that one awesome) and (perhaps slightly less surprisingly) "African Cats" (but the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance made THAT one memorable) last year, it's great to finally be able to photograph The Man. And with a beanie nestled so artfully on his head and that sideflash providing some serendipitous lighting, I think we can all agree it was worth the wait.

It's Samuel L Jackson!! After his failure to attend the premiere of both "The Avengers" (though Scarlett Johansson's presence made that one awesome) and (perhaps slightly less surprisingly) "African Cats" (but the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance made THAT one memorable) last year, it's great to finally be able to photograph The Man. And with a beanie nestled so artfully on his head and that sideflash providing some serendipitous lighting, I think we can all agree it was worth the wait.

"Sure, acting opposite Jar Jar Binks was the highlight of my career. And yes, of course I'm lying"

"Sure, acting opposite Jar Jar Binks was the highlight of my career. And yes, of course I'm lying"

"Fine, steal my wallet if you want to. I don't care" Samuel L Jackson was introduced to the crowd as the highest-grossing actor in movie history. Which makes sense - all three Star Wars prequels, Jurassic Park, cameos in all the Avengers leadup films and Avengers itself, plus many other films. So he could probably stand to have his wallet stolen.

"Fine, steal my wallet if you want to. I don't care"
Samuel L Jackson was introduced to the crowd as the highest-grossing actor in movie history. Which makes sense - all three Star Wars prequels, Jurassic Park, cameos in all the Avengers leadup films and Avengers itself, plus many other films. So he could probably stand to have his wallet stolen.

"Well, yes. I would have auditioned for the role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, as a presence in that Trilogy AND the hobbit trilogy really would have cemented my all-time box office haul. But overall I'm glad Ian McKellen got the role"

"Well, yes. I would have auditioned for the role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, as a presence in that Trilogy AND the hobbit trilogy really would have cemented my all-time box office haul. But overall I'm glad Ian McKellen got the role"

I'm pretty sure if I dared him to say "what" just one more time, he'd cheerfully rip out my larynx. Which would be a shame. It would be hard to hold a camera if I was using my hands to staunch a heavy blood flow. AND I'd risk putting blood on the photo I want Quentin Tarantino to sign.... (on which subject.... where is Quentin Tarantino??)

I'm pretty sure if I dared him to say "what" just one more time, he'd cheerfully rip out my larynx. Which would be a shame. It would be hard to hold a camera if I was using my hands to staunch a heavy blood flow. AND I'd risk putting blood on the photo I want Quentin Tarantino to sign.... (on which subject.... where is Quentin Tarantino??)

Kerry Washington is being interviewed on stage, which ordinarily would be a great thing, except Quentin Tarantino is approaching our area and I really want that autograph. Sorry, Miss Washington!

Kerry Washington is being interviewed on stage, which ordinarily would be a great thing, except Quentin Tarantino is approaching our area and I really want that autograph. Sorry, Miss Washington!

And........

*YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!* ps. Thanks, Mr Tarantino! It's currently hanging, framed, on my wall.

*YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!* ps. Thanks, Mr Tarantino! It's currently hanging, framed, on my wall.

Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for Inglourious Basterds and starred in a little known Australian TV movie called 'The Alien Years' back in the late '1980s. Not important. Everyone starts (or continues) (or ends up) somewhere. That is all.

Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for Inglourious Basterds and starred in a little known Australian TV movie called 'The Alien Years' back in the late '1980s. Not important. Everyone starts (or continues) (or ends up) somewhere. That is all.

"I don't care if it's telekinesis, stop tickling me!"

"I don't care if it's telekinesis, stop tickling me!"

"With that I'd usually add some garlic butter and serve on quinoa. I'm sorry, I forgot what question you were asking"

"With that I'd usually add some garlic butter and serve on quinoa. I'm sorry, I forgot what question you were asking"

By this time Kerry Washington had gone into the cinema, and everything had (sadly) calmed down a bit. So... here's a lady in a red dress. A few frames later she gave a half-smile in my direction, but if I'm honest I don't mind the pout. No idea who she is.

By this time Kerry Washington had gone into the cinema, and everything had (sadly) calmed down a bit. So... here's a lady in a red dress. A few frames later she gave a half-smile in my direction, but if I'm honest I don't mind the pout. No idea who she is.

Also on the subject of 'no idea who this is'... I have no idea who this is.

Also on the subject of 'no idea who this is'... I have no idea who this is.

"So I guess you'd pronounce it 'Tshango' in German? Sorry, that's all I've got right now. Anybody else got any questions for Christoph?" Christoph Waltz won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Tarantino's own "Inglourious Basterds" and has been nominated once again for this film.

"So I guess you'd pronounce it 'Tshango' in German? Sorry, that's all I've got right now. Anybody else got any questions for Christoph?" Christoph Waltz won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Tarantino's own "Inglourious Basterds" and has been nominated once again for this film.

Christoph Waltz isn't going to trashtalk The Green Hornet. Why would he - unlike those who paid money to go see it, THEY paid HIM!

Christoph Waltz isn't going to trashtalk The Green Hornet. Why would he - unlike those who paid money to go see it, THEY paid HIM!

And finally, on the stage, Quentin, Tarantino had already signed my photo (!!!), and now he's waving at me too!? Good times, and I'm still jet-lagged enough to realise it

And finally, on the stage, Quentin, Tarantino had already signed my photo (!!!), and now he's waving at me too!? Good times, and I'm still jet-lagged enough to realise it

Not content to merely wave, he's now suggesting Peace is the answer. I'm not sure about that, iTunes' customer service is pretty shabby a lot of the time.

Not content to merely wave, he's now suggesting Peace is the answer. I'm not sure about that, iTunes' customer service is pretty shabby a lot of the time.

Okay, fine, I'll watch your movie. But only because the trailer looks great, and because it's a Tarantino film. Not merely because you signed my photo and seem like a really nice person too!

Okay, fine, I'll watch your movie. But only because the trailer looks great, and because it's a Tarantino film. Not merely because you signed my photo and seem like a really nice person too!

Quentin Tarantino presents a film by Quentin Tarantino that has already been nominated for a Best Picture academy award. In other words, Quentin Tarantino isn't exactly kicking cats over how bad his life has turned out. Nor me... just this once.  

Quentin Tarantino presents a film by Quentin Tarantino that has already been nominated for a Best Picture academy award. In other words, Quentin Tarantino isn't exactly kicking cats over how bad his life has turned out. Nor me... just this once.
 

So... that was pretty awesome, I would say. And a nice way to ease back into premieres. And all too soon, there's another one tomorrow that's a small horror film directed by Twin Sisters from Canada. I'm not sure if I should go! But regardless of that, it gets a slot in my still growing "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!!

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