08 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'Trumbo' Premiere

October 8th, 2015.

Sadly (?) I missed the mayhem at yesterday's BFI Opening premiere for 'Suffragettes' because every now and then an offer good enough to not refuse came along (sadly not involving Charlize Theron, but here's hoping for the future).

Instead, I had to make do with Day 2's premiere for the movie 'Trumbo'. Here's how it went down:

Two thirds of the people on the poster (and John Goodman) showed up for this premiere, which all things considered was slightly under-attended. Who knew 1940s communist witch-hunts were't big with today's teenagers... with their apps and their rnb music?

Two thirds of the people on the poster (and John Goodman) showed up for this premiere, which all things considered was slightly under-attended. Who knew 1940s communist witch-hunts were't big with today's teenagers... with their apps and their rnb music?

A few hours earlier, and the queue for the premiere was livened up briefly by the discovery that this not-actually-homeless guy was actor Timothy Omundson. Probably best known for being in 'Starship Troopers (1997)' and 120 episodes of the TV series 'Psych'.. which I've never heard of.

A few hours earlier, and the queue for the premiere was livened up briefly by the discovery that this not-actually-homeless guy was actor Timothy Omundson. Probably best known for being in 'Starship Troopers (1997)' and 120 episodes of the TV series 'Psych'.. which I've never heard of.

"Don't bother with the instructions... it's all totally intuitive" "But I literally don't know what this used for" They've let us into the public pens, and things are currently hilarious.

"Don't bother with the instructions... it's all totally intuitive"
"But I literally don't know what this used for"

They've let us into the public pens, and things are currently hilarious.

When tonight's dinner is riding on this one photograph...

When tonight's dinner is riding on this one photograph...

"Why yes, I'm feeling much better now" - Bryan Cranston is best known for being in (and winning 4 prime time Emmy Awards for best actor for) the TV series 'Breaking Bad'. And an unfortunately brief role in 2014's 'Godzilla'.

"Why yes, I'm feeling much better now" - Bryan Cranston is best known for being in (and winning 4 prime time Emmy Awards for best actor for) the TV series 'Breaking Bad'. And an unfortunately brief role in 2014's 'Godzilla'.

"Cranston played a drug-dealer? Baby, I was in *Caligula* ". Helen Mirren is more hardcore than most.

"Cranston played a drug-dealer? Baby, I was in *Caligula* ". Helen Mirren is more hardcore than most.

"Wait... your camera can shoot through two people's heads... and this is LEGAL?". John Goodman is the third and final member of the cast to attend this premiere. His beard hasn't been in quite as movies as he has.

"Wait... your camera can shoot through two people's heads... and this is LEGAL?". John Goodman is the third and final member of the cast to attend this premiere. His beard hasn't been in quite as movies as he has.

"I wasn't actually in that movie, but in Ellie Fanning's absence I'll sign this copy of the film 'Super 8' for you..."

"I wasn't actually in that movie, but in Ellie Fanning's absence I'll sign this copy of the film 'Super 8' for you..."

"That guy over there wants a high-five, that lady wants a low-five, and the little kid wants something called a "Fist-Bump".."

"That guy over there wants a high-five, that lady wants a low-five, and the little kid wants something called a "Fist-Bump".."

"It has nothing to do with the movie, but yes I would kind of like to know what it is that's opening here in November 2015 on a Friday". I hope it's another '5 Guys Burgers and Fries' (unpaid endorsement by me)

"It has nothing to do with the movie, but yes I would kind of like to know what it is that's opening here in November 2015 on a Friday". I hope it's another '5 Guys Burgers and Fries' (unpaid endorsement by me)

In principle, I think I'd like this photo slightly more if it turns out that's not actually John Goodman's hand that's stroking his beard..

In principle, I think I'd like this photo slightly more if it turns out that's not actually John Goodman's hand that's stroking his beard..

"Janine? Get my knuckle-dusters". Dame Helen Mirren has won an Oscar and been nominated for three more, but I think she's actually one of the cooler 70-year olds I've photographed. (This should not be construed as meaning I want to be photographing fewer 25-year old supermodels, by the way)

"Janine? Get my knuckle-dusters". Dame Helen Mirren has won an Oscar and been nominated for three more, but I think she's actually one of the cooler 70-year olds I've photographed. (This should not be construed as meaning I want to be photographing fewer 25-year old supermodels, by the way)

"Arm-wrestle. Any time. Any place". I get the feeling Dame Helen Mirren would probably cheat and win. And show off her tattoos afterwards.

"Arm-wrestle. Any time. Any place". I get the feeling Dame Helen Mirren would probably cheat and win. And show off her tattoos afterwards.

Just remembers he still owes me five dollars. Plus the interest on those five dollars.

Just remembers he still owes me five dollars. Plus the interest on those five dollars.

"I'm still not sure what this does, but I think I'm instructing a satellite to target a lamb paddock in New Zealand". Well, I haven't been having much luck photographing Bryan Cranston either.

"I'm still not sure what this does, but I think I'm instructing a satellite to target a lamb paddock in New Zealand". Well, I haven't been having much luck photographing Bryan Cranston either.

If this journal lacks Bryan Cranston photos, it's mainly because he's surrounded by a half-dozen entourage orbiting around him, and a constant stream of people flowing past him, and his decision to not sign autographs or even acknowledge our area.

If this journal lacks Bryan Cranston photos, it's mainly because he's surrounded by a half-dozen entourage orbiting around him, and a constant stream of people flowing past him, and his decision to not sign autographs or even acknowledge our area.

"Hi Guys / Bye Guys". I suppose you still want me to see your movie, though? Okay. I think it's called 'The Bus That Wouldn't Slow Down' "

"Hi Guys / Bye Guys".
I suppose you still want me to see your movie, though? Okay. I think it's called 'The Bus That Wouldn't Slow Down' "

Ordinarily I'd head on home early disappointed after a premiere like this... but with the band playing Jazz Classics on the roof I.... would probably have left even earlier.

Ordinarily I'd head on home early disappointed after a premiere like this... but with the band playing Jazz Classics on the roof I.... would probably have left even earlier.

"Catch ya l8tr, beyotches" - Dame Helen Mirren didn't say that... but I think that's the gist of her gang sign farewell as the stars exit the cinema about 15mins after entering.

"Catch ya l8tr, beyotches" - Dame Helen Mirren didn't say that... but I think that's the gist of her gang sign farewell as the stars exit the cinema about 15mins after entering.

".... what she said".   ... fortunately I've photographed Bryan Cranston before, in this case at the premiere of "Argo" two BFI LFF's ago...

".... what she said".   ... fortunately I've photographed Bryan Cranston before, in this case at the premiere of "Argo" two BFI LFF's ago...

So.. that was that. No controversy, a fairly small crowd, far too many people on the red carpet and 2/3 of the stars not really getting particularly close. If I was the vindictive type, I'd say that this premiere was badly enough organised that I actually want the movie it's for to do badly. And that's kind of where I'm at. But you should totally watch Ridley Scott's "The Martian" - it's pretty awesome.

Until next time! (it's London Film Festival, so in this context that means (hopefully) tomorrow)

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....and of course it's another entry into my Archive of Movie Premieres