12 Jan 2013 - The 'American Mary' premiere

January 12th, 2013.

I've only just gotten back to London after a month away, and a mere day after the premiere of "Django Unchained" (where Quentin Tarantino signed a photo I'd taken of him at the premiere of Inglourious Basterds!!) London was hosting another premiere - a very small one barely counting as a premiere owing to a lack of (i) red carpet, (ii) security staff, (iii) barriers.

Still.... I'm not so long back in the UK that I'm going to say no to a premiere just because I've never heard of the movie, stars or directors.

It's called "American Mary" and it appears to be a horror movie. That's all I know. Also, I'm tragically single (did you know?). Here's how it went down..

These people are blissfully unaware that a premiere is going to be going down in less than half an hour from now, just meters from where they're standing. I chose not to disturb their productivity.... this country needs productivity.

These people are blissfully unaware that a premiere is going to be going down in less than half an hour from now, just meters from where they're standing. I chose not to disturb their productivity.... this country needs productivity.

The giant marquee above the Prince Charles Cinema elects not to give away too much information on the event... like the fact that there IS an event, and that it's for a movie they're not mentioning on the marquee. They also chose not to put out any movie posters as part of the illicit, underground vibe they're clearly going for. I can't wait til Pepsi decides to rebrand itself like this.

The giant marquee above the Prince Charles Cinema elects not to give away too much information on the event... like the fact that there IS an event, and that it's for a movie they're not mentioning on the marquee. They also chose not to put out any movie posters as part of the illicit, underground vibe they're clearly going for. I can't wait til Pepsi decides to rebrand itself like this.

An orderly queue begins to form. I have to say - this is my kind of premiere in its civility and restraint.... even though it occurs to me that without media, I'm not really going to know what any of the actors or directors of this film will look like. And without a carpet for them to walk on, I won't even have warning! Great...

An orderly queue begins to form. I have to say - this is my kind of premiere in its civility and restraint.... even though it occurs to me that without media, I'm not really going to know what any of the actors or directors of this film will look like. And without a carpet for them to walk on, I won't even have warning! Great...

There's a guy with a lot of piercings taking photos who is clearly here for the premiere, but he's kind of scary so I'm choosing not to photograph him. This girl, however, merely has unnaturally coloured hair. I can handle that.

There's a guy with a lot of piercings taking photos who is clearly here for the premiere, but he's kind of scary so I'm choosing not to photograph him. This girl, however, merely has unnaturally coloured hair. I can handle that.

Somebody arrives! But again, how do I know if they're even relevant without dozens of dealers clamouring over each other to grab their autographs? ( "Excuse me Ma'am are you relevant?" is my new pickup line...)

Somebody arrives! But again, how do I know if they're even relevant without dozens of dealers clamouring over each other to grab their autographs? ( "Excuse me Ma'am are you relevant?" is my new pickup line...)

With that chiselled jawline and hat, we've finally found our first Official Arrival, no? (Answer : No -- it's the guy behind the pointing finger, Anotonio Cupo, that we're interested in.)

With that chiselled jawline and hat, we've finally found our first Official Arrival, no? (Answer : No -- it's the guy behind the pointing finger, Anotonio Cupo, that we're interested in.)

"I can hold this pose for six, maybe seven more minutes..." Anthonio Cupo's acting career encompasses roles stretching back to the year 2000, but it's 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie that has any resonance with me. Not because I've watched it or anything (obviously)

"I can hold this pose for six, maybe seven more minutes..." Anthonio Cupo's acting career encompasses roles stretching back to the year 2000, but it's 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie that has any resonance with me. Not because I've watched it or anything (obviously)

Two fairly similar-looking ladies show up, and this is important because American Mary is written directed by twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska. I play the odds and take a snap.

Two fairly similar-looking ladies show up, and this is important because American Mary is written directed by twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska. I play the odds and take a snap.

"You watched 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk'? That's awesome!! Well.... tragic for the hooker, obviously,..." The Soska sisters also wrote/directed that film. (They're from Canada, I say, without meaning for that sentence to follow on thematically from the one that came before it).

"You watched 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk'? That's awesome!! Well.... tragic for the hooker, obviously,..."
The Soska sisters also wrote/directed that film. (They're from Canada, I say, without meaning for that sentence to follow on thematically from the one that came before it).

"You know, you're right. The Dark Knight Rises is a lot less impressive on the small screen..." Needless to say, they couldn't stay to watch all of it. They had a premiere to go to.

"You know, you're right. The Dark Knight Rises is a lot less impressive on the small screen..."
Needless to say, they couldn't stay to watch all of it. They had a premiere to go to.

As the Paparazzi approached (there were three, and no I am NOT paparazzi!), the Soska sisters shed their winter clothing and proceeded to pose in their more tight-fitting custom one-pieces. I elect not to think worse of them for this.

As the Paparazzi approached (there were three, and no I am NOT paparazzi!), the Soska sisters shed their winter clothing and proceeded to pose in their more tight-fitting custom one-pieces. I elect not to think worse of them for this.

Our fourth and final arrival is the pretty Katharine Isabelle, born 1981 in Vancouver, BC. You might remember her from 2002's Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Or not.... because I barely recall that movie, let alone that Hilary Swank was also in it.

Our fourth and final arrival is the pretty Katharine Isabelle, born 1981 in Vancouver, BC. You might remember her from 2002's Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Or not.... because I barely recall that movie, let alone that Hilary Swank was also in it.

Probably my fave shot of the night (because disinterest and steadfastly not looking at me is a pose I like from all my premiere subjects, and pretty women in general). It was only afterwards that I noted the striking skull design t-shirt Miss Isabelle was wearing.

Probably my fave shot of the night (because disinterest and steadfastly not looking at me is a pose I like from all my premiere subjects, and pretty women in general). It was only afterwards that I noted the striking skull design t-shirt Miss Isabelle was wearing.

Please indulge me as I opine that the black'n'white version of the same photo posted above in colour is actually quite different in effect and impact. (It's been a strange premiere....)

Please indulge me as I opine that the black'n'white version of the same photo posted above in colour is actually quite different in effect and impact. (It's been a strange premiere....)

"Why yes, my scarf IS currently accepting compliments..."

"Why yes, my scarf IS currently accepting compliments..."

One last pose with her directors, and I'm done. And so, it turns out, are they.

One last pose with her directors, and I'm done. And so, it turns out, are they.

So.... what exactly was this? Does it really count as a premiere? I'm not sure. The analyst in me likes occasionally looking at whether journals of BIG events where there is lots of coverage from hundreds of attendees get looked at more than small niche events with fewer fans but a lot less coverage. Is it, in other words, generically better to be a small fish in a big pond, or a medium sized fish in a small pond?

 

All that aside, it's another for "The Archive of Movie Premieres" and that's no bad thing (right?)

Until next time!