11 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'Black Mass' premiere

October 11th, 2015

We're up to day... uh... five? six? of BFI London Film Festival now, and today is Sunday which ordinarily might have seen me disinclined to make the trip into London for a mere second weekend premiere in two days. However this was a Johnny Depp + Benedict Cumberbatch premiere... surely something worth attending. Even if the realities of webite hits suggest 1x Hiddleston premiere is much greater than probably 8x (Depp + Cumberbatch) for some reason.

Here's how it went down:

Or, as one friend on facebook summarised the essence of this premiere : "Deppheads vs Cumberbitches.  Bring it on!". And here Depp gets an early point : it's his face AND body on the movie poster.

Or, as one friend on facebook summarised the essence of this premiere : "Deppheads vs Cumberbitches.  Bring it on!". And here Depp gets an early point : it's his face AND body on the movie poster.

I usually hand-sketch a map of each premiere for later memory assistance, but this time I was able to take a photo of it. Covenient! I meanwhile, had parlayed a 7:30am arrival into wristband #55 for the event, which put me into a front-row spot. Then again, the father-and-son to my left were also in the front row with #152 and #153. I guess sometimes luck is also a factor.

I usually hand-sketch a map of each premiere for later memory assistance, but this time I was able to take a photo of it. Covenient! I meanwhile, had parlayed a 7:30am arrival into wristband #55 for the event, which put me into a front-row spot. Then again, the father-and-son to my left were also in the front row with #152 and #153. I guess sometimes luck is also a factor.

"I can't take any of your cases right now. Terribly busy. You understand." First to arrive, to screams of adulation, is actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the rather excellent TV series 'Sherlock'.

"I can't take any of your cases right now. Terribly busy. You understand." First to arrive, to screams of adulation, is actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the rather excellent TV series 'Sherlock'.

Before going off to sign autographs in the less civilised parts of the crowd inhabited by newts, fungii and autograph dealers, Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter pose for a barrage of camera flashes.

Before going off to sign autographs in the less civilised parts of the crowd inhabited by newts, fungii and autograph dealers, Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter pose for a barrage of camera flashes.

"You are all of you beneath me!! But sure, fine... I'll pose for selfies"

"You are all of you beneath me!! But sure, fine... I'll pose for selfies"

Meanwhile, tonight's other big attendee has arrived. It's the lovely Amber Heard, whose husband Johnny Depp is the lead in this movie. She and I made a connection (I think?) at both the premieres of Mortdecai and Magic Mike XXL this year and it seems she might want to reconnect.

Meanwhile, tonight's other big attendee has arrived. It's the lovely Amber Heard, whose husband Johnny Depp is the lead in this movie. She and I made a connection (I think?) at both the premieres of Mortdecai and Magic Mike XXL this year and it seems she might want to reconnect.

Johnny Depp appears (in my over-active and out-of-context imagination) to have sensed the (re)connection between myslf and Amber Heard. This may compromise my desire to secure an autograph later.... but I'm holding off on apologising just for now.

Johnny Depp appears (in my over-active and out-of-context imagination) to have sensed the (re)connection between myslf and Amber Heard. This may compromise my desire to secure an autograph later.... but I'm holding off on apologising just for now.

I'm puzzled.... I thought I'd established a mere two photos ago that if Amber Heard wanted anybody who was not her husband to accompany her down the red carpet, it would be me (no?) - well... sadly this person she's hanging on the arm of is not even remotely me.

I'm puzzled.... I thought I'd established a mere two photos ago that if Amber Heard wanted anybody who was not her husband to accompany her down the red carpet, it would be me (no?) - well... sadly this person she's hanging on the arm of is not even remotely me.

It's at this point that I think my brain hadn't yet realised I was holding a GoPro that could have simultaneously photographed more of Amber Heard along with the Nikon I was using. It's frustrating to realise that I'm not fully functional even when I'm partially functional .

It's at this point that I think my brain hadn't yet realised I was holding a GoPro that could have simultaneously photographed more of Amber Heard along with the Nikon I was using. It's frustrating to realise that I'm not fully functional even when I'm partially functional .

Me : Next time, right? You have my number right? I think I might have blurted out my number at Amber Heard, but I suspect it might have been, like '12' or something useless like that.

Me : Next time, right? You have my number right?
I think I might have blurted out my number at Amber Heard, but I suspect it might have been, like '12' or something useless like that.

"I've got your number!!" I'm kind of unintelligible at the moment, though I'm pleased to note that in the face of all this unlikelihood, the camera-handling skillz are holding up fine.

"I've got your number!!"
I'm kind of unintelligible at the moment, though I'm pleased to note that in the face of all this unlikelihood, the camera-handling skillz are holding up fine.

Anyway, with all (ie. one major) distractions off the red carpet.. probably time to photograph the people from the movie itself. (While (obviously) keeping a weather eye on the Odeon Leicester Square entrance to see if Amber Heard fancied rejoining festivities)

Scott Cooper arrives, not wielding a supermodel wife to distract me from photographing him. He directed this film, as well as the very good Jeff Bridges country'n'western film 'Crazy Heart' which kind of changed my mind on the acting (and singing) skillz of both Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhall.

Scott Cooper arrives, not wielding a supermodel wife to distract me from photographing him. He directed this film, as well as the very good Jeff Bridges country'n'western film 'Crazy Heart' which kind of changed my mind on the acting (and singing) skillz of both Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhall.

Scott Cooper's filmography also lists several acting roles before becoming a director, the most intringuing being a small role in Austin Powers : The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Scott Cooper's filmography also lists several acting roles before becoming a director, the most intringuing being a small role in Austin Powers : The Spy Who Shagged Me.

"No, I'm doing this interview RIGHT NOW, and not waiting to have to follow either Johnny or Benedict"

"No, I'm doing this interview RIGHT NOW, and not waiting to have to follow either Johnny or Benedict"

"That perfume smells lovely" "My security dude wants your teeth away from my neck, mate"

"That perfume smells lovely"
"My security dude wants your teeth away from my neck, mate"

"Look, I don't have time to solve all your missing pet, missing key, and missing potplant cases. Also, yes, I'm still looking to take down Starfleet as soon as they re-thaw me; and that last arrow didn't really hit anything vital on Smaug". Just keep stacking those franchises, I say. (Plus Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Dr Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

"Look, I don't have time to solve all your missing pet, missing key, and missing potplant cases. Also, yes, I'm still looking to take down Starfleet as soon as they re-thaw me; and that last arrow didn't really hit anything vital on Smaug". Just keep stacking those franchises, I say. (Plus Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Dr Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

"So, so many people and their numerous small, petty problems, Janine. I don't know what to tell you...."

"So, so many people and their numerous small, petty problems, Janine. I don't know what to tell you...."

"Can you upload that video onto the net? I want to know whether every one of these hairs that are framing my face is perfectly arranged. It's important"

"Can you upload that video onto the net? I want to know whether every one of these hairs that are framing my face is perfectly arranged. It's important"

My little GoPro catches Johnny Depp at half a metre distance (woohoo!) - also, I don't think I've seen this many lens flares since I last photographed JJ Abrams at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere, also featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.

My little GoPro catches Johnny Depp at half a metre distance (woohoo!) - also, I don't think I've seen this many lens flares since I last photographed JJ Abrams at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere, also featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.

"And you've got that spec script for a sequel to The Astronaut's Wife on you RIGHT NOW? Bring it out!"

"And you've got that spec script for a sequel to The Astronaut's Wife on you RIGHT NOW? Bring it out!"

"Gerry, you already know for a fact that every one of the three earrings I have on my left ear has a special significance. This isn't the time nor place, mate"

"Gerry, you already know for a fact that every one of the three earrings I have on my left ear has a special significance. This isn't the time nor place, mate"

"That man over there is the most dangerous person at this event" Correction - I'm only dangerous AFTER this event, when I get back to St Pancras to find my reprehensibly incompetent train operator has cancelled yet more trains for reasons seeming to aproximate to "yeah... trains are running late because trains are running late". (A55holes). And if you're in the business of selling catapults or trebuchets which I could use to lay siege to their corporate HQ, contact me. I am an interested and motivated buyer..

"That man over there is the most dangerous person at this event"
Correction - I'm only dangerous AFTER this event, when I get back to St Pancras to find my reprehensibly incompetent train operator has cancelled yet more trains for reasons seeming to aproximate to "yeah... trains are running late because trains are running late". (A55holes). And if you're in the business of selling catapults or trebuchets which I could use to lay siege to their corporate HQ, contact me. I am an interested and motivated buyer..

"If you walk quickly past these screaming fans without making eye-contact, you can pretty much do this interview without interacting with anyone"

"If you walk quickly past these screaming fans without making eye-contact, you can pretty much do this interview without interacting with anyone"

"Excellent call, Janine. I may yet have further use for you"

"Excellent call, Janine. I may yet have further use for you"

"Time is of the essence. By which I mean Mine. Clearly not yours. You've been here for hours". The deduction is (sadly) sound, as Benedict Cumberbatch takes his leave of us.

"Time is of the essence. By which I mean Mine. Clearly not yours. You've been here for hours". The deduction is (sadly) sound, as Benedict Cumberbatch takes his leave of us.

"Of course I'm aware that in the time I spent gesturing my lack of time to come over and sign autographs, I could have come over and signed autographs. That's what makes it so amusing for me" (Actually, Benedict Cumberbatch did sign some autographs as he exited the cinema 15mins later... just sadly not for me)

"Of course I'm aware that in the time I spent gesturing my lack of time to come over and sign autographs, I could have come over and signed autographs. That's what makes it so amusing for me" (Actually, Benedict Cumberbatch did sign some autographs as he exited the cinema 15mins later... just sadly not for me)

"Guys? Have you seen how hot Amber Heard is? That's why I'm getting into this Mercedes and not signing autographs anymore. Hope you understand". I'd do the same.

"Guys? Have you seen how hot Amber Heard is? That's why I'm getting into this Mercedes and not signing autographs anymore. Hope you understand". I'd do the same.

"Heaven help me, I appear to have taken leave of my senses" And lo, to the confusion of me, certainly, Johnny Depp stepped away from the Mercedes and signed a little more.

"Heaven help me, I appear to have taken leave of my senses" And lo, to the confusion of me, certainly, Johnny Depp stepped away from the Mercedes and signed a little more.

"You listed all of the journals you'd written featuring Tom Hiddleston for the High-Rise premiere... what about MY premieres??". Fine... I've photographed Benedict Cumberbatch at events as dispirate and unique as The Creation Premiere (in 2009), War Horse , Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation Game,  The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies,  The 2014 BIFAs, the 2014 GQ Awards, the 2015 Baftas, and even the fortuitous shooting of scenes for the upcoming Sherlock Christmas Special north of the street where I work (you're welcome)

"You listed all of the journals you'd written featuring Tom Hiddleston for the High-Rise premiere... what about MY premieres??". Fine... I've photographed Benedict Cumberbatch at events as dispirate and unique as The Creation Premiere (in 2009), War Horse , Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation GameThe Hobbit : Battle of the Five ArmiesThe 2014 BIFAs, the 2014 GQ Awards, the 2015 Baftas, and even the fortuitous shooting of scenes for the upcoming Sherlock Christmas Special north of the street where I work (you're welcome)

So... that's a fourth premiere in as many days, starting with Trumbo (with Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and John Goodman), then the insanity of High-Rise (with Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Sienna Guillory and the lovely Elisabeth Moss), and yesterday's low-key 'The Program' (with Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd and director Stephen Frears and his tie). And there's still a week to go!

Until next time!

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