5 Dec 2013 - The 'Mandela : Long Walk To Freedom' Royal Premiere

December 5th, 2013.

Just one day after the rant-filled diatribe against my execrable privatised Rail Company coincided with a premiere for "the new Colin Firth movie"  I was back in Leicester Square yet again! (Quick update on my Rail Company : the same swine ticket collector who has checked the same carriage on the same train at the same time for the last three days was back again for a FOURTH day. I don't understand what on earth the intention is there, and asked to pick between rank incompetence and harrassment I'm kind of torn).

Anyway, there was another premiere in London : this one a ROYAL premiere, for the Nelson Mandela biopic "Nelson Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom". Here's how it went down:

The Collective noun (?) for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is "TRH" - Their Royal Hignesses. I'm still working on one for me, my Pentax and Nikon. I suppose if i added my iPod we could be BINP. (I'd better go see if that website is still available).

The Collective noun (?) for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is "TRH" - Their Royal Hignesses. I'm still working on one for me, my Pentax and Nikon. I suppose if i added my iPod we could be BINP. (I'd better go see if that website is still available).

A red carpet is unrolled and one of the largest conclaves of Paparazzi I've ever seen begins to assemble. The fact of it being a Royal Premiere meant that along with the usual film-related press, a lot more freelance AND royal photographers all descended. In contrast to the usual, I had a front-row position at this one, right opposite them!

A red carpet is unrolled and one of the largest conclaves of Paparazzi I've ever seen begins to assemble. The fact of it being a Royal Premiere meant that along with the usual film-related press, a lot more freelance AND royal photographers all descended. In contrast to the usual, I had a front-row position at this one, right opposite them!

This being a royal premiere, security was much tighter than usual - police, high-viz security, discreet-tuxedoed security, actual agents, plus the royals' own retinue AND a sniffer dog. It's not like you can even attempt to get close to Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise at a regular premiere, but at a Royal premiere I guess it's probably best to avoid even making casual eye-contact with VIPs.

This being a royal premiere, security was much tighter than usual - police, high-viz security, discreet-tuxedoed security, actual agents, plus the royals' own retinue AND a sniffer dog. It's not like you can even attempt to get close to Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise at a regular premiere, but at a Royal premiere I guess it's probably best to avoid even making casual eye-contact with VIPs.

Our host for tonight is Alex Zane, who in contrast to me is taking off rather than ADDING layers.

Our host for tonight is Alex Zane, who in contrast to me is taking off rather than ADDING layers.

It's finally getting close to starting - so close that security and organisers are running surplus fabric to the waiting truck to clear the Red Carpet so that the experts can make last minute carpet adjustments and proceedings can begin.

It's finally getting close to starting - so close that security and organisers are running surplus fabric to the waiting truck to clear the Red Carpet so that the experts can make last minute carpet adjustments and proceedings can begin.

Naomie Harris storms up the red carpet to pose for Paparazzi before returning to interview duties and autograph signings. She was most recently Miss Moneypenny in the latest Bond film "Skyfall" whose premiere remains one of my favourites, even though it got many fewer views than any event Tom Hiddleston has ever been in.

Naomie Harris storms up the red carpet to pose for Paparazzi before returning to interview duties and autograph signings. She was most recently Miss Moneypenny in the latest Bond film "Skyfall" whose premiere remains one of my favourites, even though it got many fewer views than any event Tom Hiddleston has ever been in.

Along with Miss Moneypenny in 'Skyfall', Naomie Harris (and her impenetrable character-specific accent) was in two Pirates of the Caribbean films as the character Tia Dalma.

Along with Miss Moneypenny in 'Skyfall', Naomie Harris (and her impenetrable character-specific accent) was in two Pirates of the Caribbean films as the character Tia Dalma.

Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in the film, and is a pretty great actor. It's not everyone who can make the line "Today we are canceling the apocalypse" sound plausible and inspiring (as said by director Guillermo Del Toro of his performance in "Pacific Rim". Sadly, I can't listen to the Australian accents in the movie without shuddering, so I tend to watch the film dubbed into German. And German Idris Elba doesn't sound as good as Real Idris Elba) (yes... First World Problem)

Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in the film, and is a pretty great actor. It's not everyone who can make the line "Today we are canceling the apocalypse" sound plausible and inspiring (as said by director Guillermo Del Toro of his performance in "Pacific Rim". Sadly, I can't listen to the Australian accents in the movie without shuddering, so I tend to watch the film dubbed into German. And German Idris Elba doesn't sound as good as Real Idris Elba) (yes... First World Problem)

Justin Chadwick directed the movie, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl (starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman). That movie hangs like a cloud over me as I didn't know about premieres back then when I was in London, and it took me four years to finally photograph Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of "The Avengers" and another year an a half after THAT to finally photograph Natalie Portman at the premiere of "Thor The Dark World" a few weeks ago.

Justin Chadwick directed the movie, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl (starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman). That movie hangs like a cloud over me as I didn't know about premieres back then when I was in London, and it took me four years to finally photograph Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of "The Avengers" and another year an a half after THAT to finally photograph Natalie Portman at the premiere of "Thor The Dark World" a few weeks ago.

Tony Kgoroge was also in "Invictus" (2009), Blood Diamond (2006) and Hotel Rwanda (2004). I've watched only one of these films, but he seems okay with that. I'll try to get onto one of the other two at some point, but at the moment my Pile of Unwatched DVDs is over 10 in height again, and I kind of promised myself I'd get it down to zero by the end of the year...

Tony Kgoroge was also in "Invictus" (2009), Blood Diamond (2006) and Hotel Rwanda (2004). I've watched only one of these films, but he seems okay with that. I'll try to get onto one of the other two at some point, but at the moment my Pile of Unwatched DVDs is over 10 in height again, and I kind of promised myself I'd get it down to zero by the end of the year...

"And despite hating the first film, I bought 'Conan the Destroyer' to add to the pile which already contains movies like 'Elf', 'Laura (1944)', 'Finding Neverland', 'The Machinist' and a weird French live-action movie adaptation of the comic 'Lucky Luke' ". Wow. That sounds exactly like a problem I'm dealing with myself.

"And despite hating the first film, I bought 'Conan the Destroyer' to add to the pile which already contains movies like 'Elf', 'Laura (1944)', 'Finding Neverland', 'The Machinist' and a weird French live-action movie adaptation of the comic 'Lucky Luke' ". Wow. That sounds exactly like a problem I'm dealing with myself.

I had originally written that sadly Nelson Mandela is far too ill to travel these days -- but he sadly died age 95 just hours after this premiere began. His daughter Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere, saying that her father was impressed at the resemblance between him and Idris Elba. Well..  if pushed to having to choose somebody to play me in MY biopic, and I had the option of Idris Elba I would ALSO claim he bears an uncanny resemblance to me. Yes, I might just be a skinny balding white guy... but don't tell me Idris Elba can't portray me in my biopic, people!

I had originally written that sadly Nelson Mandela is far too ill to travel these days -- but he sadly died age 95 just hours after this premiere began. His daughter Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere, saying that her father was impressed at the resemblance between him and Idris Elba. Well..  if pushed to having to choose somebody to play me in MY biopic, and I had the option of Idris Elba I would ALSO claim he bears an uncanny resemblance to me. Yes, I might just be a skinny balding white guy... but don't tell me Idris Elba can't portray me in my biopic, people!

"The series had nothing to do with it, but yes, if asked if I wanted to be Lex Luthor in the next Man of Steel film, I'd totally say yes" It'd probably be the first casting decision for that sequel I'd overwhelmingly support. (In contrast to the woman on the right)

"The series had nothing to do with it, but yes, if asked if I wanted to be Lex Luthor in the next Man of Steel film, I'd totally say yes" It'd probably be the first casting decision for that sequel I'd overwhelmingly support. (In contrast to the woman on the right)

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the film - the screenwriter and producer actually said that they were casting for 'character' more than look for the film, actors who'd portray the characters not merely look like them. I think that's a fantastic philosophy, and that's why I think First Capital Connect is an abysmal rail company. Just because they have a soothing corporate pink and purple logo/design that makes them look competent, doesn't mean they are.

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the film - the screenwriter and producer actually said that they were casting for 'character' more than look for the film, actors who'd portray the characters not merely look like them. I think that's a fantastic philosophy, and that's why I think First Capital Connect is an abysmal rail company. Just because they have a soothing corporate pink and purple logo/design that makes them look competent, doesn't mean they are.

"Hell yeah, I think David S Goyer is a screenwriting Hack!!" William Nicholson has two Oscar Nominations for screenwriting Gladiator (2000) and Shadowlands (1994) and also screenwrote Les Miserables (2012). David S Goyer, meanwhile (Man of Steel and all three Nolan Batman films) currently sits at zero Oscar Nominations. So even if I made up that comment, it's got validity.

"Hell yeah, I think David S Goyer is a screenwriting Hack!!" William Nicholson has two Oscar Nominations for screenwriting Gladiator (2000) and Shadowlands (1994) and also screenwrote Les Miserables (2012). David S Goyer, meanwhile (Man of Steel and all three Nolan Batman films) currently sits at zero Oscar Nominations. So even if I made up that comment, it's got validity.

Now that I have the photo, I just need to get Idris Elba's people to agree to let me use it to associate my anger with the disgraceful incompetence of First Capital Connect.

Now that I have the photo, I just need to get Idris Elba's people to agree to let me use it to associate my anger with the disgraceful incompetence of First Capital Connect.

You might be wondering what's going on, but honestly, when I think of Nelson Mandela I always think of feathers and fashion on red carpet runways. (you don't?)

You might be wondering what's going on, but honestly, when I think of Nelson Mandela I always think of feathers and fashion on red carpet runways. (you don't?)

When I think of Nelson Mandela, my thoughts also invariably turn to shell-design ballgowns...

When I think of Nelson Mandela, my thoughts also invariably turn to shell-design ballgowns...

When I think of Nelson Mandela, I obviously ... wait. No I don't.

When I think of Nelson Mandela, I obviously ... wait. No I don't.

For whatever reason, I don't remember the name of this producer and none of the names on the imdb credits page ring a bell. They're all guys, too, so I can't even use deduction to remove the women..

For whatever reason, I don't remember the name of this producer and none of the names on the imdb credits page ring a bell. They're all guys, too, so I can't even use deduction to remove the women..

This is producer Anant Singh, waiting for host Alex Zane to run down the list of producers much like I just did and start to eliminate improbables, I guess.

This is producer Anant Singh, waiting for host Alex Zane to run down the list of producers much like I just did and start to eliminate improbables, I guess.

"Check it out! New high score on Fruit Ninja" "I'm very impressed. Want me to sign anything?" "Nah, just high-five me for a job well done"

"Check it out! New high score on Fruit Ninja"
"I'm very impressed. Want me to sign anything?"
"Nah, just high-five me for a job well done"

"I can sign it... but i can't write a full review on the back of the DVD..." Naomie Harris. Again.

"I can sign it... but i can't write a full review on the back of the DVD..." Naomie Harris. Again.

TWC Studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awash in a sea of commoners (poor guy).

TWC Studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awash in a sea of commoners (poor guy).

A newly extricated Harvey Weinstein regards The Little People all around him. From where he stands I take it they look much like ants.

A newly extricated Harvey Weinstein regards The Little People all around him. From where he stands I take it they look much like ants.

Richard E Grant looks incredibly familiar and his filmography is insanely long, but I can't picture him in any of the roles attributed to him. I genuinely believe IMDB when it says he's been in all these films and TV series, though.

Richard E Grant looks incredibly familiar and his filmography is insanely long, but I can't picture him in any of the roles attributed to him. I genuinely believe IMDB when it says he's been in all these films and TV series, though.

Naomie Harris and Idris Elba give this rather detailed interview question a lot of consideration (I believe it was whether First Capital Connect should be stripped of their rail franchise. Frankly, I'm surprised they needed any time to consider it. There are corrupt African regimes who could use hard British currency and could probably do no worse a job running it as a military junta cash cow)

Naomie Harris and Idris Elba give this rather detailed interview question a lot of consideration (I believe it was whether First Capital Connect should be stripped of their rail franchise. Frankly, I'm surprised they needed any time to consider it. There are corrupt African regimes who could use hard British currency and could probably do no worse a job running it as a military junta cash cow)

One of the two producers of the film chats to Harvey Weinstein. Hopefully with interest in Kevin Smith's new 'Tusk' movie. It sounds.... strangely awesome.

One of the two producers of the film chats to Harvey Weinstein. Hopefully with interest in Kevin Smith's new 'Tusk' movie. It sounds.... strangely awesome.

.... and then everyone waited about ten minutes....

... and then a silver bentley showed up....

THR take a stroll on a carpet cleared of riff-raff, and a crowd that went silent except for the motordrives on a hundred DSLRs in the press area and crowd.

THR take a stroll on a carpet cleared of riff-raff, and a crowd that went silent except for the motordrives on a hundred DSLRs in the press area and crowd.

"Hi guys! No, I don't need a loan to buy popcorn - I'm using taxpayer dollars anyway" Yeah, but I think last time somebody calculated, the Royal Family are actually a net-positive benefit to the British taxpayer.

"Hi guys! No, I don't need a loan to buy popcorn - I'm using taxpayer dollars anyway" Yeah, but I think last time somebody calculated, the Royal Family are actually a net-positive benefit to the British taxpayer.

"One decided it was worth paying extra online and securing ones tickets immediately rather than risk being stuck without tickets. Also, one will not be taking the train home. One hears FCC is fairly horrid" I think that's what he said - I'm not as proficient at lip reading as I'd hoped.

"One decided it was worth paying extra online and securing ones tickets immediately rather than risk being stuck without tickets. Also, one will not be taking the train home. One hears FCC is fairly horrid" I think that's what he said - I'm not as proficient at lip reading as I'd hoped.

Still… that was another one and the year is drawing to a close with perhaps one more to look forward to next week. But for now it's one more for the "Archive of Movie Premieres"

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... and sadly RIP Nelson Mandela. (Parliament Square, London, next day)