08 Dec - 'The Danish Girl' premiere

December 8th, 2015

After Sunday's more-than-a-little-disappointing BIFA2015 event, I was pleased that I'd be given not one but possibly three chances this week to make amends, photographically. This was the first, and .... it's something about pastry?

Here's how The Danish Girl premiere went down:

Eddie Redmayne's last two roles have seen him (a) receive an Academy Award, (b) be involved in one of the most daft blockbuster bombs in many a year.. and his next two involve him (a) playing a transgender girl, (b) starring in a Harry Potter franchise prequel. In other words... you never know what he'll do next. Fully-fledged Rap career would be my guess.

Eddie Redmayne's last two roles have seen him (a) receive an Academy Award, (b) be involved in one of the most daft blockbuster bombs in many a year.. and his next two involve him (a) playing a transgender girl, (b) starring in a Harry Potter franchise prequel. In other words... you never know what he'll do next. Fully-fledged Rap career would be my guess.

The carpet is red, the wristbands are green, and the temperatures on a cold London evening are steadily falling. But there aren't many premieres left in London this year, and I'm missing the Product Launch for the latest full-length Star Wars merchandise advertisement next week...

The carpet is red, the wristbands are green, and the temperatures on a cold London evening are steadily falling. But there aren't many premieres left in London this year, and I'm missing the Product Launch for the latest full-length Star Wars merchandise advertisement next week...

The red carpet is set, I've declined the opportunity to watch the film, and apparently Mr Impact and DJ Pain Au Chocolat will not be warming up the crowd so it'll start slightly earlier, with slightly less making-of-noise than usual.

The red carpet is set, I've declined the opportunity to watch the film, and apparently Mr Impact and DJ Pain Au Chocolat will not be warming up the crowd so it'll start slightly earlier, with slightly less making-of-noise than usual.

I seem to have found my female equivalent at one of these premieres... and she apears to be blocking my view.

I seem to have found my female equivalent at one of these premieres... and she apears to be blocking my view.

"When you were writing 'The Danish Girl' and coming up the title....?" "I was eating a croissant actually. But Lili Elba was from Denmark so...." David Ebershoff wrote the novel based on the life of the transgender pioneer Lili Elba.

"When you were writing 'The Danish Girl' and coming up the title....?"
"I was eating a croissant actually. But Lili Elba was from Denmark so...."

David Ebershoff wrote the novel based on the life of the transgender pioneer Lili Elba.

"If you'd been having, say porridge for breakfast, would you have changed the title of the movie?" - Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay for this movie.

"If you'd been having, say porridge for breakfast, would you have changed the title of the movie?" - Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay for this movie.

After failing to photograph Alicia Vikander because (a) she wasn't at last year's 'Testament of Youth' premiere, (b) neither she nor I was at ths year's 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E' prmiere, and (c) she and I were separated by cruel event design of Sunday's British Independent Film Awards... I've finally photographed her. Eddie Redmayne on the movie poster seems a lot less happy about this than I am.

After failing to photograph Alicia Vikander because (a) she wasn't at last year's 'Testament of Youth' premiere, (b) neither she nor I was at ths year's 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E' prmiere, and (c) she and I were separated by cruel event design of Sunday's British Independent Film Awards... I've finally photographed her. Eddie Redmayne on the movie poster seems a lot less happy about this than I am.

Hugging one's invisible friend on a Red Carpet.... not as frequent an occurrence as you'd imagine

Hugging one's invisible friend on a Red Carpet.... not as frequent an occurrence as you'd imagine

"My dress isn't a magic eye picture... please answer the question" -

"My dress isn't a magic eye picture... please answer the question" -

"I haven't done The Macarena since I was a little girl, but I think this is how it went..."

"I haven't done The Macarena since I was a little girl, but I think this is how it went..."

"I like how we can have these intimate red carpet chats, Edith...."

"I like how we can have these intimate red carpet chats, Edith...."

"Of course, when we made 'Das Leben der Anderen' back in 2006, the idea of the state engaged in wholesale spying and profiling of its inhabitants seemed difficult, not to mention implausible and entirely evil. Nowadays, of course, Facebook earns money from it." On a less-highly regarded front, Sebastian Koch was also in 'A Good Day to Die Hard' in 2013.

"Of course, when we made 'Das Leben der Anderen' back in 2006, the idea of the state engaged in wholesale spying and profiling of its inhabitants seemed difficult, not to mention implausible and entirely evil. Nowadays, of course, Facebook earns money from it." On a less-highly regarded front, Sebastian Koch was also in 'A Good Day to Die Hard' in 2013.

"I see a world where the sexuality of Danishes, Croissants and Bagels is no longer questioned, Edith"

"I see a world where the sexuality of Danishes, Croissants and Bagels is no longer questioned, Edith"

"Hold on... I'll see if I can match your expression, ma'am" Tom Hooper directed this film, and is probably best known for winning a Best Director Oscar for 'The King's Speech' as well as directing the movie version of 'Les Miserables' back in 2012

"Hold on... I'll see if I can match your expression, ma'am" Tom Hooper directed this film, and is probably best known for winning a Best Director Oscar for 'The King's Speech' as well as directing the movie version of 'Les Miserables' back in 2012

"Well... time to do this interview and pretend I didn't also see Eddie in 'Jupiter Ascending' and never teased him about it on-set"

"Well... time to do this interview and pretend I didn't also see Eddie in 'Jupiter Ascending' and never teased him about it on-set"

"Please refrain from calling me 'pretty'. Honestly, 'handsome' is a lot more appreciated.". Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar (and Bafta) for Best Actor this year for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

"Please refrain from calling me 'pretty'. Honestly, 'handsome' is a lot more appreciated.". Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar (and Bafta) for Best Actor this year for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

"I WEAR RED!!!!! .... and I can carry it off effectively.." Much as 'Jupiter Ascending' was an awful movie (and it was... it really was), Eddie Redmayne's bafflngly strange choices in playing the main antagonist in that film are, when you're sufficiently drunk... kind of awesome (refer below for 9sec clip).

"I WEAR RED!!!!! .... and I can carry it off effectively.." Much as 'Jupiter Ascending' was an awful movie (and it was... it really was), Eddie Redmayne's bafflngly strange choices in playing the main antagonist in that film are, when you're sufficiently drunk... kind of awesome (refer below for 9sec clip).

Am I using the above clip with the permission of Universal Pictures? Umm... no. But I feel the world needs to see this kind of thing.... so that appropriate lessons can be either learned or not learned.

Eddie Redmayne endorses the use of Jupiter Ascending clips so they may be studied by future generations.

Eddie Redmayne endorses the use of Jupiter Ascending clips so they may be studied by future generations.

"That man over there says he owns a legitimately purchased copy of the 'Jupiter Ascending' DVD" Sadly I elected not to bring it along and see if Eddie Redmayne would sign it or disavow any knowledge of having acted in it.

"That man over there says he owns a legitimately purchased copy of the 'Jupiter Ascending' DVD" Sadly I elected not to bring it along and see if Eddie Redmayne would sign it or disavow any knowledge of having acted in it.

"All the other guys are wearing ties tonight? Okay... but none of them are as good looking as I am" Matthias Schoenaerts is perhaps best known for being in the movie 'Rust and Bone' with Marion Cotillard, although I also photographed him early this year at the premiere of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

"All the other guys are wearing ties tonight? Okay... but none of them are as good looking as I am" Matthias Schoenaerts is perhaps best known for being in the movie 'Rust and Bone' with Marion Cotillard, although I also photographed him early this year at the premiere of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

"So in that movie, were you the 'Rust' or the 'Bone'?" "...." "Sorry if that came out excessively flirty" "....." ".... is the flirting working, by the way?"

"So in that movie, were you the 'Rust' or the 'Bone'?"
"...."
"Sorry if that came out excessively flirty"
"....."
".... is the flirting working, by the way?"

"If I give you my phone number, can you steal Matthias Schoenaerts' phone and enter my number into his Contacts?" "....."

"If I give you my phone number, can you steal Matthias Schoenaerts' phone and enter my number into his Contacts?"
"....."

'Well.... after playing a wheelchair bound physicist and a megalomaniacal intergalactic psychopath..... and now a transgender pioneer, I was kind of hoping maybe I could do something different again, like maybe being a superannuation fund auditor."

'Well.... after playing a wheelchair bound physicist and a megalomaniacal intergalactic psychopath..... and now a transgender pioneer, I was kind of hoping maybe I could do something different again, like maybe being a superannuation fund auditor."

"This is a photo of me and Eddie Redmayne. Of course I haven't taken that photo yet, I just mocked it up in photoshop"

"This is a photo of me and Eddie Redmayne. Of course I haven't taken that photo yet, I just mocked it up in photoshop"

"you want me to say something about increasing random security deployments and then scream at the camera. Okay, but why....? .... oh."

"you want me to say something about increasing random security deployments and then scream at the camera. Okay, but why....? .... oh."

So... that was a pretty fun premiere. I feel kind of annoyed at myself that I didn't take the opportunity to see the movie - it looks interesting and the acting is supposed to be great. But it was late and dark and cold and I was hungrier for more than free popcorn. For now I'll be content with reheated leftovers, a slightly earlier bedtime, and another addition to 'The Archive of Movie Premieres'.

Until next time (hopefully tomorrow!)

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