28 May - Edge of Tomorrow premiere

Way back in 2010 I was in Japan when I picked up the book "All You Need Is Kill" from a local Kinokuniya bookstore. It was AWESOME. And then, weirdly, a few years later I heard that it would be turned into a movie starring Tom Cruise. That's such a weird thing! And here I am, some four years later, in London, at the premiere of the film, now called "Edge of Tomorrow".

(btw : I missed the premieres of Godzilla (2014), XMen Days of Future Past and Two Faces of January as I was out of the country, not because I don't care!)

So... Edge of Tomorrow. Here's how it went down.

Incredibly, the time is 6 IN THE MORNING. That's right - a MORNING premiere. Why? Because in keeping with the 'time loop' premise, there will be two more premieres today - the first in London, the second in Paris, France (early afternoon) and the third in New York just before midnight. I assume Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will not be flying Economy Class and attempting to look refreshed at each location!

Incredibly, the time is 6 IN THE MORNING. That's right - a MORNING premiere. Why? Because in keeping with the 'time loop' premise, there will be two more premieres today - the first in London, the second in Paris, France (early afternoon) and the third in New York just before midnight. I assume Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will not be flying Economy Class and attempting to look refreshed at each location!

The location : BFI Imax. The crowd : HEAVING at that time of day. Honestly, I thought it would be deserted, but people had been camping overnight and/or gotten there as early as 5am to get a good spot. I'd set a 4:00am alarm and taken a 5:00am train and only got into the second row!

The location : BFI Imax. The crowd : HEAVING at that time of day. Honestly, I thought it would be deserted, but people had been camping overnight and/or gotten there as early as 5am to get a good spot. I'd set a 4:00am alarm and taken a 5:00am train and only got into the second row!

AND it was raining. Nobody ever said doing premieres is effortlessly cool and sexy (although when trying to impress people I might occasionally imply that)

AND it was raining. Nobody ever said doing premieres is effortlessly cool and sexy (although when trying to impress people I might occasionally imply that)

However, in a development so unusual that the word "UNPRECEDENTED" doesn't even begin to do it justice, they had people handing out FREE coffee, tea, juices, water and even MINI-MUFFINS to the fans who'd gotten there. That's got to be a Tom Cruise directive, if only because no premieres treat fans as well as Tom Cruise premieres. (I even scored a free T-Shirt for saying I was from Australia!) (Thanks!!)

However, in a development so unusual that the word "UNPRECEDENTED" doesn't even begin to do it justice, they had people handing out FREE coffee, tea, juices, water and even MINI-MUFFINS to the fans who'd gotten there. That's got to be a Tom Cruise directive, if only because no premieres treat fans as well as Tom Cruise premieres. (I even scored a free T-Shirt for saying I was from Australia!) (Thanks!!)

Can't wait to interview director Doug Liman. Also, hampered by the fact that he has no idea what Director Doug Liman looks like.

Can't wait to interview director Doug Liman. Also, hampered by the fact that he has no idea what Director Doug Liman looks like.

Can't wait to photograph director Doug Liman. Also, hampered by the fact that he has no idea what Director Doug Liman looks like.

Can't wait to photograph director Doug Liman. Also, hampered by the fact that he has no idea what Director Doug Liman looks like.

"Doug? Well,...he doesn't look like me, for starters" It goes without saying that the first star to arrive at the premiere was Tom Cruise, about half an hour early, to start doing interviews and sign for fans.

"Doug? Well,...he doesn't look like me, for starters"

It goes without saying that the first star to arrive at the premiere was Tom Cruise, about half an hour early, to start doing interviews and sign for fans.

Actress Charlotte Riley was arguably previously best known as "Actor Tom Hardy's Girlfriend" at the premiere of Locke, last year. (Mainly because I don't watch TV, where she's been in any number of things I haven't seen or heard of, including but not limited to 'The Take', 'The Town' and 'World Without End')

Actress Charlotte Riley was arguably previously best known as "Actor Tom Hardy's Girlfriend" at the premiere of Locke, last year. (Mainly because I don't watch TV, where she's been in any number of things I haven't seen or heard of, including but not limited to 'The Take', 'The Town' and 'World Without End')

OMG it's Director Doug Liman!! Before you're all, like, "Who's Doug Liman??" he directed no less than The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, Mr & Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the underrated Fair Game with Noamie Watts and Sean Penn... and, okay, Jumper starring Hayden Christensen. That was pretty diabolical. But still, Doug Liman is still very net positive in terms of output. (Also : I was plied with free juice and tea at this premiere - my loyalty is very easily purchased)

OMG it's Director Doug Liman!! Before you're all, like, "Who's Doug Liman??" he directed no less than The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, Mr & Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the underrated Fair Game with Noamie Watts and Sean Penn... and, okay, Jumper starring Hayden Christensen. That was pretty diabolical. But still, Doug Liman is still very net positive in terms of output. (Also : I was plied with free juice and tea at this premiere - my loyalty is very easily purchased)

Tony Way set off numerous "He's the guy from.... (draws total blank)" in my mind, so thanks to IMDB.com, which informs me that I've seen him in _Finding Neverland, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Anonymous, London Boulevard and Ali G Indahouse_ (my taste in movies is not up for discussion at this time). Also he's in Game of Thrones.

Tony Way set off numerous "He's the guy from.... (draws total blank)" in my mind, so thanks to IMDB.com, which informs me that I've seen him in _Finding Neverland, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Anonymous, London Boulevard and Ali G Indahouse_ (my taste in movies is not up for discussion at this time). Also he's in Game of Thrones.

"Hayden Christensen? Now there's a name I haven't heard since...." Indeed. Few of us have

"Hayden Christensen? Now there's a name I haven't heard since...." Indeed. Few of us have

I don't know who this is. Which is doubly odd since he seems to think we met in a dark alleyway and I might have mugged him at some stage. Which is unlikely, as I make it a rule to stay clear of alleyways dark or otherwise.

I don't know who this is. Which is doubly odd since he seems to think we met in a dark alleyway and I might have mugged him at some stage. Which is unlikely, as I make it a rule to stay clear of alleyways dark or otherwise.

"Hi, is this Radio1? I'd like to win a pair of tickets to the premiere of a movie I'm starring in. And yes, I'm doing this for a dare"

"Hi, is this Radio1? I'd like to win a pair of tickets to the premiere of a movie I'm starring in. And yes, I'm doing this for a dare"

I don't care if I'm wrong ... I'm declaring the guy on the left Hiroshi Sakurazaka, author of "All You Need Is Kill", the novella this movie is adapted from. It's pretty awesome, albeit slightly different to the movie (the book is a bit more war/sci-fi/cross-cultural). Oh, I'm sorry... you were probably looking at the lady in the Red Dress. I don't know who she is.

I don't care if I'm wrong ... I'm declaring the guy on the left Hiroshi Sakurazaka, author of "All You Need Is Kill", the novella this movie is adapted from. It's pretty awesome, albeit slightly different to the movie (the book is a bit more war/sci-fi/cross-cultural). Oh, I'm sorry... you were probably looking at the lady in the Red Dress. I don't know who she is.

Merely showing up punctually (which almost counts as 'conspicuously late' at a Tom Cruise premiere!) is the lovely Emily Blunt, whom I haven't photographed since the premiere of The Young Victoria   all those years ago.

Merely showing up punctually (which almost counts as 'conspicuously late' at a Tom Cruise premiere!) is the lovely Emily Blunt, whom I haven't photographed since the premiere of The Young Victoria   all those years ago.

"Hello, and you're our lucky third caller. If you can tell us the name of the female lead in the new Tom Cruise movie, you can win a double pass to the premiere in New York" Good luck with that.

"Hello, and you're our lucky third caller. If you can tell us the name of the female lead in the new Tom Cruise movie, you can win a double pass to the premiere in New York" Good luck with that.

"Hell yeah I won those tickets. I hear the movie is awesome and I'd like to see it. Plus you get to meet Tom Cruise!" Emily Blunt was also in Looper and The Adjustment Bureau, as well as playing Miss Piggy's Assistant in The Muppets (2011).

"Hell yeah I won those tickets. I hear the movie is awesome and I'd like to see it. Plus you get to meet Tom Cruise!" Emily Blunt was also in Looper and The Adjustment Bureau, as well as playing Miss Piggy's Assistant in The Muppets (2011).

"What do you mean 'we're out of mini-muffins' - somebody get on that! RIGHT NOW PLEASE!!" Tom Cruise is... Tom Cruise. You've heard of him, surely. I last photographed him at the premieres of Oblivion , Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol  and Valkyrie.

"What do you mean 'we're out of mini-muffins' - somebody get on that! RIGHT NOW PLEASE!!" Tom Cruise is... Tom Cruise. You've heard of him, surely. I last photographed him at the premieres of Oblivion , Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol  and Valkyrie.

We made a connection. Somebody with blurry red hair came between us. (And if I had a dollar for every time that happened, I could afford an umbrella too).

We made a connection. Somebody with blurry red hair came between us. (And if I had a dollar for every time that happened, I could afford an umbrella too).

"You realise that this many cameras kind of makes a mockery of the importance of this cool but not earthshaking anecdote" Maybe, but I would have like to have heard it.

"You realise that this many cameras kind of makes a mockery of the importance of this cool but not earthshaking anecdote" Maybe, but I would have like to have heard it.

We made another connection, but a lady with a piece of paper and a Padded Bicep jacket came between us. That's... a first for me.

We made another connection, but a lady with a piece of paper and a Padded Bicep jacket came between us. That's... a first for me.

"Wait. I know this song - it's 'Everything is Awesome' from The Lego Movie, which totally rocked. Also this movie. You should see the movie I'm in. No, I'm not giving you back the headphones... I'm listening to the rest of the song"

"Wait. I know this song - it's 'Everything is Awesome' from The Lego Movie, which totally rocked. Also this movie. You should see the movie I'm in. No, I'm not giving you back the headphones... I'm listening to the rest of the song"

Staring into the Infinite Distance, Looking Enigmatic is an important look for every dictator and despot who wants their photo draped over columns and hanging framed in airports and hospitals. Usually not wearing a floral dress, though.

Staring into the Infinite Distance, Looking Enigmatic is an important look for every dictator and despot who wants their photo draped over columns and hanging framed in airports and hospitals. Usually not wearing a floral dress, though.

We made a connection and... and... damnit. Why am I the one holding the Nikon that's all that's coming between us?

We made a connection and... and... damnit. Why am I the one holding the Nikon that's all that's coming between us?

"Please tell me you're not still practising for that cat-burglar role you're auditioning for because I can feel you reaching for my wallet. Although, go ahead, my assistant's holding it for me and she's five meters away"

"Please tell me you're not still practising for that cat-burglar role you're auditioning for because I can feel you reaching for my wallet. Although, go ahead, my assistant's holding it for me and she's five meters away"

"Guys, I don't want to start a panic but we really are out of Mini Muffins. Y'all are going to have to fend for yourselves, miniature-snack-wise. I wish it would be otherwise, but somebody's just stolen my Assistant's wallet"

"Guys, I don't want to start a panic but we really are out of Mini Muffins. Y'all are going to have to fend for yourselves, miniature-snack-wise. I wish it would be otherwise, but somebody's just stolen my Assistant's wallet"

"And no, I have no idea who it could possibly have been."

"And no, I have no idea who it could possibly have been."

"You're great" "No, YOU'RE great" "NO... *YOU'RE* great!!" .... "Okay, but you're great for the way you said that"


"You're great"
"No, YOU'RE great"
"NO... *YOU'RE* great!!"

....
"Okay, but you're great for the way you said that"

"Go see the movie. I'll be in Paris and New York"

"Go see the movie. I'll be in Paris and New York"

So.. that was that.....

....except it wasn't!! By sheer coincidence, I had accidentally been bundled into the Competition Winners Pen, and even though I wasn't a competition winner, the three people near me who WERE actually had a fourth pass.... so I got to watch THE MOVIE with them! That's never happened before - on the rare occasion I've had access to go see a movie, I've always had to decline due to work commitments the next day. But this was a MORNING premiere and I had the day off.

The movie is good. You should totally see it - also read the book if you're into something different. The two share common threads and the same premise, but the characterisation (especially Cruise's character) is very different, as is the tone and approach and set pieces... indeed they're quite different, and both good.

So... after an absence, I'm back doing these things, and (finally) have a new entry into The Archive of Movie Premieres

until next time!