22 Oct - The 'Kill Your Friends' premiere

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:

This is not the premiere for 'Kill Your Friends', although if you're not a fan of Ed Sheeran, his music, or his newly released film premiering at the same time.... maybe you would want to.

This is not the premiere for 'Kill Your Friends', although if you're not a fan of Ed Sheeran, his music, or his newly released film premiering at the same time.... maybe you would want to.

This is what the Picturehouse Central Cinema looked like at about the same time. The carpet, the backing boards and the neat comfort and nice cafe is inside, for paying customers and honoured guests. The rest of us will be stuck outside. Well... I say 'the rest of us' like there's anyone else here.

This is what the Picturehouse Central Cinema looked like at about the same time. The carpet, the backing boards and the neat comfort and nice cafe is inside, for paying customers and honoured guests. The rest of us will be stuck outside. Well... I say 'the rest of us' like there's anyone else here.

I return about an hour later, about 2hrs before the event is meant to start, and a pen big enough to fit about 18 people is currently filled with 17 people. I figure I might as well join them.

I return about an hour later, about 2hrs before the event is meant to start, and a pen big enough to fit about 18 people is currently filled with 17 people. I figure I might as well join them.

Representative sample of the kind of people I'm reluctantly spending my time with (another one of them is chainsmoking next to a sign reading 'no smoking in this area'). Meanwhile, if this is a photo of Ed Skrein then I clearly misremember who it is that I photographed at the premiere of "Ill Manors" back in the day.

Representative sample of the kind of people I'm reluctantly spending my time with (another one of them is chainsmoking next to a sign reading 'no smoking in this area'). Meanwhile, if this is a photo of Ed Skrein then I clearly misremember who it is that I photographed at the premiere of "Ill Manors" back in the day.

This is the amount of free space in the pen. I'm literally backed against a wall, and the autograph dealer nearest me is not just invading my personal space, but rocking his whole body from side to side, presumably trying to induce claustraphobia in me. It's times like this I wish I had a girlfriend. She'd probably punch the guy in the face for me.

This is the amount of free space in the pen. I'm literally backed against a wall, and the autograph dealer nearest me is not just invading my personal space, but rocking his whole body from side to side, presumably trying to induce claustraphobia in me. It's times like this I wish I had a girlfriend. She'd probably punch the guy in the face for me.

Our first arrival takes us all by surprise, signs two autographs and then wanders into the cinema : it's the director Owen Harris.

Our first arrival takes us all by surprise, signs two autographs and then wanders into the cinema : it's the director Owen Harris.

Our first of three cast arrivals is Craig Roberts, who was very good as the lead actor in the movie 'Submarine (2010)' and also had a role in the more recent '22 Jump Street' that I can't recall him having. In other news : I've got a wide-angle lens on the Nikon and it's currently having all sorts of trouble balancing the brightness, darkness, movement, and possibly even smells emanating from the Dealers.

Our first of three cast arrivals is Craig Roberts, who was very good as the lead actor in the movie 'Submarine (2010)' and also had a role in the more recent '22 Jump Street' that I can't recall him having. In other news : I've got a wide-angle lens on the Nikon and it's currently having all sorts of trouble balancing the brightness, darkness, movement, and possibly even smells emanating from the Dealers.

"Please don't light cigarettes around me. You have no idea how much oil and gel is in my hair right now"

"Please don't light cigarettes around me. You have no idea how much oil and gel is in my hair right now"

Ed Skrein is (currently) (arguably) best known for being in the reboot (?) sidequel (?) homage (?) to Jason Statham's 'Transporter' series..... or that photo that dude was holding earlier, perhaps.

Ed Skrein is (currently) (arguably) best known for being in the reboot (?) sidequel (?) homage (?) to Jason Statham's 'Transporter' series..... or that photo that dude was holding earlier, perhaps.

"That's definitely not a picture of me. That dress colour would clash with my eyes. But sure, I'll still sign it if you want"

"That's definitely not a picture of me. That dress colour would clash with my eyes. But sure, I'll still sign it if you want"

"I've been in, like 3 movies. How can you possibly have this many photos of me?". I photographed Ed Skrein at "Ill Manors"s premiere back in 2012, and/but apparently he was also in the movie 'The Sweeney' released later that same year.

"I've been in, like 3 movies. How can you possibly have this many photos of me?". I photographed Ed Skrein at "Ill Manors"s premiere back in 2012, and/but apparently he was also in the movie 'The Sweeney' released later that same year.

"OMG, I used to have glasses just like that! You know... when I was shorter.... less good looking.... not as well-known....didn't dress as well as I do now....earned less money than I do now...." awkward silence set to ensue.

"OMG, I used to have glasses just like that! You know... when I was shorter.... less good looking.... not as well-known....didn't dress as well as I do now....earned less money than I do now...." awkward silence set to ensue.

"Thank you! And I won't forget you when I'm even more famous than I am now, people whose names I don't know!!"

"Thank you! And I won't forget you when I'm even more famous than I am now, people whose names I don't know!!"

Nicholas Hoult is the last major arrival, and before being in this year's BEST MOVIE (Mad Max Fury Road - unforgivably there was no premiere for it in London), he was probably best known for being The Boy opposite Hugh Grant in the movie 'About a Boy'....

Nicholas Hoult is the last major arrival, and before being in this year's BEST MOVIE (Mad Max Fury Road - unforgivably there was no premiere for it in London), he was probably best known for being The Boy opposite Hugh Grant in the movie 'About a Boy'....

Wearing considerably less white warboy paint and weird scarring tattoos, Nicholas Hoult scrubs up well in a suit. Notwithstanding the fact that I photographed him at the premiere of the fantastic "A Single Man" years ago,  he's also portrayed 'Beast' in the X-Men First Class movies, and was the zombie 'R' in the rather sweet Zombie Love Story 'Warm Bodies'

Wearing considerably less white warboy paint and weird scarring tattoos, Nicholas Hoult scrubs up well in a suit. Notwithstanding the fact that I photographed him at the premiere of the fantastic "A Single Man" years ago,  he's also portrayed 'Beast' in the X-Men First Class movies, and was the zombie 'R' in the rather sweet Zombie Love Story 'Warm Bodies'

"I'd happily be in any future Mad Max sequels. Except... you know... uh..." (oh, forget it. If you haven't watched Mad Max Fury Road, stop whatever heart surgery you're doing or court case you're presiding over or peace treaty you're negotiating and just watch the movie on the biggest screen you can find, and as loud as you can)

"I'd happily be in any future Mad Max sequels. Except... you know... uh..." (oh, forget it. If you haven't watched Mad Max Fury Road, stop whatever heart surgery you're doing or court case you're presiding over or peace treaty you're negotiating and just watch the movie on the biggest screen you can find, and as loud as you can)

"No, I can't stop to repair your faulty camera right now. However, being a trained actor I can convincingly pretend to do so"

"No, I can't stop to repair your faulty camera right now. However, being a trained actor I can convincingly pretend to do so"

It's a selfie with Nicholas Hoult. There's no need to look dignified.

It's a selfie with Nicholas Hoult. There's no need to look dignified.

"I can't sign this petition... but I can autograph it if you like. It's a completely different signature"

"I can't sign this petition... but I can autograph it if you like. It's a completely different signature"

Mother in background : "It's that one stray hair sticking down. I keep telling you : THAT'S why he's a star and you, with your dumb messy hairstyle, are not" Son in background : "Thanks, Mom"

Mother in background : "It's that one stray hair sticking down. I keep telling you : THAT'S why he's a star and you, with your dumb messy hairstyle, are not"
Son in background : "Thanks, Mom"

Nicholas Hoult looks as cheerful as somebody who's apparently learned that Charlize Theron is insisting he be in all movies she does from now on. I also tried to insist upon a similar clause at premieres where either she and Scarlett Johansson attend but that paperwork is still being processed, I believe.

Nicholas Hoult looks as cheerful as somebody who's apparently learned that Charlize Theron is insisting he be in all movies she does from now on. I also tried to insist upon a similar clause at premieres where either she and Scarlett Johansson attend but that paperwork is still being processed, I believe.

"Anyway, kids. Always follow your dreams. Unless they're stupid, destructive, trivial, hurtful or largely ill-advised dreams. Don't follow those..."

"Anyway, kids. Always follow your dreams. Unless they're stupid, destructive, trivial, hurtful or largely ill-advised dreams. Don't follow those..."

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.

"Hey don't I know you from that awesome movie you were in?" "You mean Fury Road?" "No... the movie you're here to promote, DUDE!" Writer John Niven also wrote the screenplay upon which the movie is based.

"Hey don't I know you from that awesome movie you were in?"
"You mean Fury Road?"
"No... the movie you're here to promote, DUDE!"

Writer John Niven also wrote the screenplay upon which the movie is based.

I'm not sure what was happening here. I'm pretty certain I was holding my camera straight...

I'm not sure what was happening here. I'm pretty certain I was holding my camera straight...

"So when I heard that this book contained sex, nudity, swearing, drug use and scurrilous yet accurate depictions of the music industry, I realised THAT'S what the new Star Wars movie will almost certainly be missing..." - Owen Harris directed this movie. Meanwhile actor Ed Skrein looks enigmatically into the distant future.

"So when I heard that this book contained sex, nudity, swearing, drug use and scurrilous yet accurate depictions of the music industry, I realised THAT'S what the new Star Wars movie will almost certainly be missing..." - Owen Harris directed this movie. Meanwhile actor Ed Skrein looks enigmatically into the distant future.

"Yes, I would certainly describe my blue eyes as 'piercing'. Next question?" Well... that was easy.

"Yes, I would certainly describe my blue eyes as 'piercing'. Next question?" Well... that was easy.

"I don't usually hit karaoke til after 9pm, but sure I can hum a few bars" - Nicholas Hoult takes on more pressing questions.

"I don't usually hit karaoke til after 9pm, but sure I can hum a few bars" - Nicholas Hoult takes on more pressing questions.

"More sex scenes than 'The Force Awakens' - we're totally putting that on the movie poster. Seriously... watch our movie..."

"More sex scenes than 'The Force Awakens' - we're totally putting that on the movie poster. Seriously... watch our movie..."

So... that's it then... and good news, it's another entry into my "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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