October 22nd, 2015.
After literally a one (1) day break from 15 consecutive days of events, there's another two in two days scheduled... and both of them for the same thing, a quirky-sounding film with the evocative title 'Kill Your Friends'. The first is a premiere, and the second an Apple Store event.
Here's how it went down:
So... that was a premiere. And it started so late that I could probably have gone to the Ed Sheeran premiere beforehand and gotten back here on time. Except (alleged) p0p-scr0tum Justin Bieber showed up at that premiere and if I'd sung or led the crowd in the Hollywood Babble-On 'Justin Bieber Song' I probably would have been back at the Central Picturehouse even sooner.
... and then one day later, I was at the Apple Store in Covent Garden for the follow-up, a 'Meet The Filmmakers' talk with all three of the actors, the director AND the writer, which is very cool. Not quite as cool : I was basically 'racially' profiled by my BACKPACK (it's a lowepro which holds my work laptop) and was told that I was not allowed to use a DSLR at the event. And to clarify : if I had a decent mirrorless camera, or (presumably) didn't have a decent laptop bag, I WOULD be allowed?
Anyway, screw that... the dude next to me had a FULL NIKON camera with standard zoom lens openly pointed at proceedings at full shutter noise ON, another guy two to my right had a more than decent Olympus Mirrorless with large zoom.... while I had a Pentax with a 40mm mostly plastic pancake lens and the shutter set to near-silent. But I was the monster here, clearly. OH, and I was there to listen to the actors and creators TALK ABOUT THEIR MOVIE.
Whatever, Apple. If it makes you feel better I'll bring my crappy laptop bag next time... and I'll bring my iPhone.