October 18th, 2015.
And so for the last time this year, it's London Film Festival, with the closing premiere of 'Steve Jobs' bringing to an end approximately two weeks of lack of sleep, high-stress on my camera shutter mechanisms and autofocii, impromptu battery recharging at odd hours and locations, actively avoiding autograph dealers, overhearing ladies (?) proposition people into photographing Colin Farrell on their cameras, and people screaming at Tom Hiddleston (twice)... as well as (weirdly) pretty much having slightly MORE of a social life than I usually do.
Will I miss it? Well.. the first premiere scheduled for post-BFI LFF is tomorrow, so probably not immediately. But first, Steve Jobs.
Here's how it went down:
So... that was more or less it. But I'll be honest, I was pre-emptively disappointed enough with how I thought I'd gone photographically, that I decided to stay behind 15-20mins and wait to see if the actors would return to their waiting limos... I mean, it's not like I can't function on as little as 5 hours sleep tomorrow.... right?
So... that premiere was a bit like Apple itself. A lot of hype, a lot of waiting, a lot of excitement and buildup, and then a bit of a disappointment. .... But then in the end you realise that the other options (to continue the analogy) are probably something shitty and incomplete... or worse even if cheaper. And when those are your choices, it's Apple all the way, unless you can find me a wristwatch with a battery life that's longer than 24 hours, and who ever heard of such a thing....?
And that's the end of BFI London Film Festival for 2015... starting with BFI 'Luminous' some two Tuesdays ago (feat. Tom Hiddleston and Joan Collins among others), to the missed premiere for Suffragettes (I was at a film composer event for the fantastic Craig Armstrong), to a sequence of eight premieres in eight days that encompassed Trumbo (Cranston, Mirren and Goodman), High-Rise (Hiddleston and Miller and Moss), The Program (Ben Foster), Black Mass (Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch), Brooklyn (Saoirse Ronan), The Lobster (Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz), Carol (Cate Winslet and Rooney Mara) and Youth (Rachel Weisz again, plus Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel)... and then a one day break (with an album signing) before 'Truth' (with Cate Winslet and Topher Grace) yesterday.... all fodder for the ever-growing Archive of Movie Premieres.
And tomorrow? A few hours sleep until the start of the working week.
And another premiere.
Until next time!