18th/19th May, 2005.
When asked (I'm not sure by who) about when I started photographing premieres, I tend to cite 2008's 'Hancock' as my first premiere. Which is true, from a certain point of view. However there were actually two premieres before that. One I stumbled across when I was on holiday in Europe once, and the other was the 'we're calling it a premiere even though nobody 's really showing up' premiere of the third Star Wars prequel in my hometown of Sydney, for which, geek that I was at the time, I had midnight tickets.
So let's travel back to a time when I was younger, less jaded... and only about to be disappointed by a Star Wars film for the third time in a row!
So... that was a thing, even though I didn't know it at the time, that I'd be doing a lot more of. And why commemorate the event with a journal after all this time? Well... because I'm missing the premiere for Star Wars : The Force Awakens in London this year, primarily because I have better things to do.
Plus I don't really give a crap about this reboot of a movie series a decade after they failed to be relevant, just because one of the largest entertainment companies in the world is throwing oil tankers of cash into an accountant's wet dream of a planned ongoing revenue stream of more movies, more merchandise, and more toys forever and ever amen. Toys and merchandise which were available for a quarter of a year prior to the release of The Force Awakens.
I'll try to make time to watch your NEXT film, Mr Abrams.
Until next time?