19 Oct -the (newly discovered) 'Half of a Yellow Sun' BFI LFF Premiere

October 19th, 2013 / May 30th, 2017.

Rather impossibly, while trawling through my own photo archive as part of a separate 'One Photo Per Day' project I've been doing since 2008, I reacquainted myself with the fact that on 19th October, 2013, I was in London for the BFI London Film Festival premiere of Tom Hiddleston in "Only Lovers Left Alive". However, having arrived somewhat early, there was already a premiere in progress at the same venue.

I took some photos, and saved those photos, and at some stage some unknown d1ckhe4d (almost certainly me) even deleted about half the photos in order to save on space. But at the time, I never posted that journal.

This is that journal.

The year is 2013. And it seems like we're making movies about half of the sun here. I guess it's one solution for Gobal Warming: turn down the heat.

The year is 2013. And it seems like we're making movies about half of the sun here. I guess it's one solution for Gobal Warming: turn down the heat.

It is also raining. So far, the dim dark past of 2013 in London isn't looking too dissimilar to the dim dark present of London of today. Sidenote : the number of photos I'm drawing from to create this journal is 125, which represents proabaly 1/3 to 1/4 of the photos originally taken (and about 1/12th of the number I typically take).

It is also raining. So far, the dim dark past of 2013 in London isn't looking too dissimilar to the dim dark present of London of today. Sidenote : the number of photos I'm drawing from to create this journal is 125, which represents proabaly 1/3 to 1/4 of the photos originally taken (and about 1/12th of the number I typically take).

"You say you're from the future and one of the cast of this film is DEFINITELY going to be in a fully authorised Star Wars sequel from DISNEY?? Assuming I believe you, that's got to be me, right?" - sadly, that would be John Boyega (who did not attend this premiere), and not Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"You say you're from the future and one of the cast of this film is DEFINITELY going to be in a fully authorised Star Wars sequel from DISNEY?? Assuming I believe you, that's got to be me, right?" - sadly, that would be John Boyega (who did not attend this premiere), and not Chiwetel Ejiofor.

At the time of the premiere, John Boyega was such an unknown that the organisers chose to refer to him as "Josepg Boyega", something I'm sure they in no way regret doing. (I note that the man himself was on The List to attend the event, but the dusty archives of Wireimage do not substantiate this)

At the time of the premiere, John Boyega was such an unknown that the organisers chose to refer to him as "Josepg Boyega", something I'm sure they in no way regret doing. (I note that the man himself was on The List to attend the event, but the dusty archives of Wireimage do not substantiate this)

"Well, if it's not me that ends up in Star Wars Episode VII, it's gotta be Thandie, no?" - actually, no. Thandie Newton ended up not being in Star Wars, or at this movie's premiere. Still, Chiwetel Ejiofor got an Oscar nomination (and Bafta Award) for his portrayal as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave', whose premiere was a mere few days earlier.

"Well, if it's not me that ends up in Star Wars Episode VII, it's gotta be Thandie, no?" - actually, no. Thandie Newton ended up not being in Star Wars, or at this movie's premiere. Still, Chiwetel Ejiofor got an Oscar nomination (and Bafta Award) for his portrayal as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave', whose premiere was a mere few days earlier.

"What does a man have to do to get a role in an as yet unannounced Star Wars movie??". On the plus side, Chiwetel Ejiofor did go on to play a role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, and Marvel is also owned by Disney. Funny how it all works out.

"What does a man have to do to get a role in an as yet unannounced Star Wars movie??". On the plus side, Chiwetel Ejiofor did go on to play a role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, and Marvel is also owned by Disney. Funny how it all works out.

"Does it involve a spoiler if I ask what happened to the other half of the yellow sun?"

"Does it involve a spoiler if I ask what happened to the other half of the yellow sun?"

"No it wouldn't bother me to find out four years later that wireimage.com never featured my photo in their upoad for this event, but I'd certainly be pleased if a small independent website, perhaps one that writes journal-style commentary, correctly identified me" - I believe the agency doing the handout sheets (above) mis-spelled her first name, which is "Onyeka". (Onyeka Onwenu)

"No it wouldn't bother me to find out four years later that wireimage.com never featured my photo in their upoad for this event, but I'd certainly be pleased if a small independent website, perhaps one that writes journal-style commentary, correctly identified me" - I believe the agency doing the handout sheets (above) mis-spelled her first name, which is "Onyeka". (Onyeka Onwenu)

"If you're going to mis-spell my name, why not give it a silent 'x' at the end of my first name, for a nice continental feel?" - this is Babou Ceesay, who is in this film.

"If you're going to mis-spell my name, why not give it a silent 'x' at the end of my first name, for a nice continental feel?" - this is Babou Ceesay, who is in this film.

"Guess which one of us won that on-set wager." - the lady at right is Andrea Calderwood, producer of such films (in the future) as the Alan Rickman-directed "A Little Chaos", and the John LeCarre adaptation "Our Kind of Traitor".  (edited to add: it's not Andrea Calderwood) (but other than the words "the lady at right is", every other word in that comment is correct, to my knowledge)

"Guess which one of us won that on-set wager." - the lady at right is Andrea Calderwood, producer of such films (in the future) as the Alan Rickman-directed "A Little Chaos", and the John LeCarre adaptation "Our Kind of Traitor".
 (edited to add: it's not Andrea Calderwood) (but other than the words "the lady at right is", every other word in that comment is correct, to my knowledge)

"This is Biyi Bandele, the Director of this film. And don't be mistaking him or any other person here except me for Andrea Calderwood. Who is me."

"This is Biyi Bandele, the Director of this film. And don't be mistaking him or any other person here except me for Andrea Calderwood. Who is me."

"Are you trying to hypnotise me? I'm still not telling you who my hairstylist is"

"Are you trying to hypnotise me? I'm still not telling you who my hairstylist is"

"Wait... I'm not even sure this phone takes film. Can you keep posing while I figure this out?"

"Wait... I'm not even sure this phone takes film. Can you keep posing while I figure this out?"

"When he gets to be as good as me, you'll know it by his hairstyle changing to be more like mine...."

"When he gets to be as good as me, you'll know it by his hairstyle changing to be more like mine...."

"No, you don't get it. Our organisation, as is written on this microphone, is "Flicks in the City". FLICKS". Don't squint too hard....okay?"

"No, you don't get it. Our organisation, as is written on this microphone, is "Flicks in the City". FLICKS". Don't squint too hard....okay?"

"I've just had a quick glance at the company interviewing me next, and I'm a bit concerned...."

"I've just had a quick glance at the company interviewing me next, and I'm a bit concerned...."

So... that, for want of something better, was a premiere?

On the plus side, it's another one for The Archive of Premieres, and another "movie from a premiere I went to that I should try to track down one of these days..."

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Until next time!