28th Oct - The 'Burnt' Premiere

October 28th, 2015.

Just two days ago, it was the gargantuan behemoth of the JAMES BOND 'SPECTRE' World (and Royal) Premiere... a spectacle (and a journal) that was days in the making. This time : a considerably smaller event in Good Ol' Leicester Square for some kind of cooking movie starring Bradley Cooper.

I feel pretty safe in saying that, no matter how good it might be, nobody camped out for this one. But that doesn't mean nobody cared. Here's how it went down:

Leave on low heat. Braise for three or four hours. Nighttime premieres are back in London, courtesy of Daylight Savings having ended last weekend.

Leave on low heat. Braise for three or four hours. Nighttime premieres are back in London, courtesy of Daylight Savings having ended last weekend.

Noel Gallagher regards me with the same disdain I'm entitled to for not knowing which post-Oasis band he moved to after the band split exactly one (1) day before I was set to watch them play V Festival back in 2009 or whatever. Thanks for letting me down, man.

Noel Gallagher regards me with the same disdain I'm entitled to for not knowing which post-Oasis band he moved to after the band split exactly one (1) day before I was set to watch them play V Festival back in 2009 or whatever. Thanks for letting me down, man.

"The moustache is new, yes. But it was always there, hiding in the background, waiting to strike". Daniel Brühl was in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but I last photographed him in 2013 at the premiere of Ron Howard's 'Rush'

"The moustache is new, yes. But it was always there, hiding in the background, waiting to strike". Daniel Brühl was in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but I last photographed him in 2013 at the premiere of Ron Howard's 'Rush'

"I can sing all of the first verse, and hum most of the second". Sam Keeley is in this film.

"I can sing all of the first verse, and hum most of the second". Sam Keeley is in this film.

"I agree this movie needed zombies. That's something I intend to address in the next thing I do" - although Steven Knight wrote the screenplay to this movie, he actually wrote AND directed (and was at the premiere of) the excellent Tom Hardy movie 'Locke' in 2013

"I agree this movie needed zombies. That's something I intend to address in the next thing I do" - although Steven Knight wrote the screenplay to this movie, he actually wrote AND directed (and was at the premiere of) the excellent Tom Hardy movie 'Locke' in 2013

I don't know who this is, but anyone who can wear a 17th Century tudor nightgown with this level of confidence is truly a force to be reckoned with.

I don't know who this is, but anyone who can wear a 17th Century tudor nightgown with this level of confidence is truly a force to be reckoned with.

"Why does everybody keep talking about the moustache???... it's like four days til the month everyone will be wearing one..."

"Why does everybody keep talking about the moustache???... it's like four days til the month everyone will be wearing one..."

The sound that alien astronomers will be hearing bouncing around the corners of the cosmos in radio telescopes decades from now will be the aftershocks of the screams of hundreds of girls in Leicester Square at the instant actor Bradley Cooper arrived.

The sound that alien astronomers will be hearing bouncing around the corners of the cosmos in radio telescopes decades from now will be the aftershocks of the screams of hundreds of girls in Leicester Square at the instant actor Bradley Cooper arrived.

"Let me give you a baritone version of the intensity of that scream you just heard..." Bradley Cooper might possibly be best known for being in the Hangover films (including the first and the third film, both of whose premieres I photographed)

"Let me give you a baritone version of the intensity of that scream you just heard..." Bradley Cooper might possibly be best known for being in the Hangover films (including the first and the third film, both of whose premieres I photographed)

Despite the lack of incredulity in his face being more than mine, Bradley Cooper has actually had four Academy Award nominations, including three for acting. (Although none for any of the films in the 'Hangover' trilogy)

Despite the lack of incredulity in his face being more than mine, Bradley Cooper has actually had four Academy Award nominations, including three for acting. (Although none for any of the films in the 'Hangover' trilogy)

John Wells is the Director of this film, and presumably also the cinematic universe of cooking-related movies it may possibly spawn.

John Wells is the Director of this film, and presumably also the cinematic universe of cooking-related movies it may possibly spawn.

Bradley Cooper heads to sign in the far reaches, and it's a near-riot in the autograph dealer/ hunter/ collector/ mercenary pen. I now look at this photo and mostly see small kids perched on the shoulders of indulgent parents, or possibly confused total strangers.

Bradley Cooper heads to sign in the far reaches, and it's a near-riot in the autograph dealer/ hunter/ collector/ mercenary pen. I now look at this photo and mostly see small kids perched on the shoulders of indulgent parents, or possibly confused total strangers.

Girl : 'Please don't drop that phone. I need it to photograph Bradley Cooper...'

Girl : 'Please don't drop that phone. I need it to photograph Bradley Cooper...'

"That guy over there claims you owe him five dollars, but the tears of the girls behind you who desperately want selfies could leave us open to lawsuits". Well... damnit.

"That guy over there claims you owe him five dollars, but the tears of the girls behind you who desperately want selfies could leave us open to lawsuits". Well... damnit.

"There's only about another six or seven thousand girls who want selfies, hugs, and to dedicate improbable fanfiction to you... can you dig it?"

"There's only about another six or seven thousand girls who want selfies, hugs, and to dedicate improbable fanfiction to you... can you dig it?"

Just another ordinary night of desperation on the streets of Leicester Square, London. And to think... there might be empty seats at Comedy Clubs all around the capital right now.

Just another ordinary night of desperation on the streets of Leicester Square, London. And to think... there might be empty seats at Comedy Clubs all around the capital right now.

"Wait... there's another six or seven thousand over there too??" Excitingly, most of my public pen seems to consist of French tourists waiting for actor Omar Sy to arrive.

"Wait... there's another six or seven thousand over there too??" Excitingly, most of my public pen seems to consist of French tourists waiting for actor Omar Sy to arrive.

"OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.... do you know Omar Sy??" It's only because I watched Jurassic World that I do.

"OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.... do you know Omar Sy??" It's only because I watched Jurassic World that I do.

Legendary producer Harvey Weinstein has an Oscar, a Film Studio and (as at right now) 307 producing credits on imdb. Although I lack an Oscar, a Film Studio and even a tie that colour, I am slightly cheered by the fact that as at right now, my 'Archive of Movie Premieres' contains (sightly) more entries than movies Harvey Weinstein has produced. Only just.

Legendary producer Harvey Weinstein has an Oscar, a Film Studio and (as at right now) 307 producing credits on imdb. Although I lack an Oscar, a Film Studio and even a tie that colour, I am slightly cheered by the fact that as at right now, my 'Archive of Movie Premieres' contains (sightly) more entries than movies Harvey Weinstein has produced. Only just.

Finally... and excitingly, the movie's female lead Sienna Miller arrives, wearing what can only be described as a dress (?). I last photographed her at the Tom Hiddleston-dominated premiere of "High-Rise" a few weeks ago during London Film Festival. And 'Foxcatcher' at the BFI LFF the year before that.

Finally... and excitingly, the movie's female lead Sienna Miller arrives, wearing what can only be described as a dress (?). I last photographed her at the Tom Hiddleston-dominated premiere of "High-Rise" a few weeks ago during London Film Festival. And 'Foxcatcher' at the BFI LFF the year before that.

"Every side is my good side, no?".

"Every side is my good side, no?".

PA : "Hurry! You're running late!" Sienna Miller : "The person wearing the nicest dress on the red carpet is never late"

PA : "Hurry! You're running late!"
Sienna Miller : "The person wearing the nicest dress on the red carpet is never late"

"This grimace is my smile whenever I'm being blinded". Sienna Miller takes on the paparazzi cordon.

"This grimace is my smile whenever I'm being blinded". Sienna Miller takes on the paparazzi cordon.

"Dude... why is everyone screaming in French at you??" - Omar Sy is arguably best known for being Chris Pratt's motorbike riding, raptor-training buddy in this year's Jurassic World... although I'm much more intrigued that about 1/3 of the fans in the area I am in appear to be speaking French and here just to see him.

"Dude... why is everyone screaming in French at you??" - Omar Sy is arguably best known for being Chris Pratt's motorbike riding, raptor-training buddy in this year's Jurassic World... although I'm much more intrigued that about 1/3 of the fans in the area I am in appear to be speaking French and here just to see him.

"Everyone keeps talking about how excellent the low-light capabilities of modern cameras is... so why am I still being blinded by press photographers and their damn flashes at every premiere??" Sienna Miller, Bradley Cooper and Daniel Bruhl grab a brief respite from the onslaught.

"Everyone keeps talking about how excellent the low-light capabilities of modern cameras is... so why am I still being blinded by press photographers and their damn flashes at every premiere??" Sienna Miller, Bradley Cooper and Daniel Bruhl grab a brief respite from the onslaught.

In a pretty awesome and random move, the entire cast attending eventually turned AWAY from the paparazzi and posed for the fans in my pen! Perhaps it was the people screaming in pens, or maybe it was the sweet blessed relief of not being blinded by a light-barrage for half a minute.

In a pretty awesome and random move, the entire cast attending eventually turned AWAY from the paparazzi and posed for the fans in my pen! Perhaps it was the people screaming in pens, or maybe it was the sweet blessed relief of not being blinded by a light-barrage for half a minute.

"Would you say you're the French Idris Elba?...." (lengthy pause) "..... or is maybe Idris Elba the English you" (lengthy pause) "I guessing he's the English you...."

"Would you say you're the French Idris Elba?...."
(lengthy pause)
"..... or is maybe Idris Elba the English you"
(lengthy pause)
"I guessing he's the English you...."

A personal assistant has run out to tell Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller that they have about four (4) minutes to complete about six interviews. Time to hope nobody asks anything complicated requiring more than a few syllables.

A personal assistant has run out to tell Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller that they have about four (4) minutes to complete about six interviews. Time to hope nobody asks anything complicated requiring more than a few syllables.

"Yes, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, no and yes, respectively. Also, it's been great talking with you!!"

"Yes, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, no and yes, respectively. Also, it's been great talking with you!!"

So... that was a premiere. And it wasn't bad at all. It's late October, so from here on in all premieres will be Darkness Premieres, with all the attendant autofocus issues that entails. That and the cold, the rain, the possibility of sleet.... and a chance to do a few more before Christmas and add to the Archive of Movie premieres.

What's next? Interesting you should ask. Could be a unique one...

Until next time!

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