13 Apr 2015 - The 'A Little Chaos' Premiere

April 13th, 2015.

One day after the 2015 Oliver Awards, London paid host to its 2nd of 3 events in 4 days... and moreover this was a particularly unique one. Not only was it at the relatively infrequently-used Odeon in Kensington, but it was for a movie that already HAD a premiere, albeit small (and attended only by its director and the star of an entirely different movie simultaneously) during last year's London Film Festival So here's how a rare SECOND PREMIERE went down:

Summertime has started in England, which means effectively all premieres are now daylight premieres. This is both a good thing (more light = good), and comes with its own problems in the form of sunglare. I'm kind of stuck for anything more exciting to say. Actress Helen McCrory has arrived.

Summertime has started in England, which means effectively all premieres are now daylight premieres. This is both a good thing (more light = good), and comes with its own problems in the form of sunglare. I'm kind of stuck for anything more exciting to say. Actress Helen McCrory has arrived.

Helen McCrory is best known for playing an MP who grills Judi Dench's M in the James Bond film 'Skyfall', but I think imdb.com is wrong as to me she'll always be best known for playing Draco's Mum Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. Her husband Damian Lewis is also an actor, best known for sly sideways glances and being in the series "Homeland"

Helen McCrory is best known for playing an MP who grills Judi Dench's M in the James Bond film 'Skyfall', but I think imdb.com is wrong as to me she'll always be best known for playing Draco's Mum Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. Her husband Damian Lewis is also an actor, best known for sly sideways glances and being in the series "Homeland"

"And these people who I didn't personally invite are allowed on the red carpet for MY premiere of MY movie which I star in and direct??" Our third main arrival (and second Harry Potter alumni) is director and star Alan Rickman.

"And these people who I didn't personally invite are allowed on the red carpet for MY premiere of MY movie which I star in and direct??" Our third main arrival (and second Harry Potter alumni) is director and star Alan Rickman.

The movie "A Little Chaos" is also shown in collaboration with some kind of flower festival, which is interesting but based on the fact that this movie is set in the late 1600s/early 1700s, the rap/rnb music they were playing in the leadup is even more likely to make me want to watch it.

The movie "A Little Chaos" is also shown in collaboration with some kind of flower festival, which is interesting but based on the fact that this movie is set in the late 1600s/early 1700s, the rap/rnb music they were playing in the leadup is even more likely to make me want to watch it.

I'd like to think that based on his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, this is as close as Alan Rickman can ever come to smiling.

I'd like to think that based on his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, this is as close as Alan Rickman can ever come to smiling.

Alan Rickman, smiling!! I mean, he's not actually giving people high-fives and hugging strangers, but it's pretty raucous as far as I'm concerned.

Alan Rickman, smiling!! I mean, he's not actually giving people high-fives and hugging strangers, but it's pretty raucous as far as I'm concerned.

Much as I'm honoured to apparently get personal eye-contact from the director of this film and stars of such films as the first Die Hard (and I am), I will concede that I'm hoping for as good an eye-contact from the as-yet-to-arrive Kate Winslet, who is the lead actress in this film.

Much as I'm honoured to apparently get personal eye-contact from the director of this film and stars of such films as the first Die Hard (and I am), I will concede that I'm hoping for as good an eye-contact from the as-yet-to-arrive Kate Winslet, who is the lead actress in this film.

I don't know who this is, but I'm happy enough to have photographed her, whether she's in this movie, any movie, or works in the popcorn concession at the Kensington Odeon.

I don't know who this is, but I'm happy enough to have photographed her, whether she's in this movie, any movie, or works in the popcorn concession at the Kensington Odeon.

Richard Wilson, I'm informed, is best known for his role in the TV series "One Foot In The Grave", for which he won two Television Baftas. I think he was also at yesterday's Olivier Awards, where he looked kind of lost and disoriented.

Richard Wilson, I'm informed, is best known for his role in the TV series "One Foot In The Grave", for which he won two Television Baftas. I think he was also at yesterday's Olivier Awards, where he looked kind of lost and disoriented.

"I think I'm going to try the "lost and disoriented" thing at next week's Age of Ultron premiere and see if I can get a hug from Scarlet Johansson". Damnit... that's basically my plan, but Richard Wilson might have enough Baftas-cred to pull it off whereas at best I have a High School medal and a punctuality award...

"I think I'm going to try the "lost and disoriented" thing at next week's Age of Ultron premiere and see if I can get a hug from Scarlet Johansson". Damnit... that's basically my plan, but Richard Wilson might have enough Baftas-cred to pull it off whereas at best I have a High School medal and a punctuality award...

"Meanwhile, I'm just going to stand her and admire these flowers. They're very pretty flowers". And they are.

"Meanwhile, I'm just going to stand her and admire these flowers. They're very pretty flowers". And they are.

Meanwhile, my life has improved greatly by the arrival of Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet. I like her. A lot. I mean... sure if pressed I'll concede I like Charlize Theron more, but she's in the vile clutches of Sean Penn whereas Kate Winslet is merely married to a guy with the surname 'Rocknrolla', so I suspect all told my chances are slightly higher with Ms Winslet.

Meanwhile, my life has improved greatly by the arrival of Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet. I like her. A lot. I mean... sure if pressed I'll concede I like Charlize Theron more, but she's in the vile clutches of Sean Penn whereas Kate Winslet is merely married to a guy with the surname 'Rocknrolla', so I suspect all told my chances are slightly higher with Ms Winslet.

In both my fevered and over-optimistic imagination and with some photographic evidence to back my dubious claim, Kate Winslet and I have had "A Thing" for several years now, which covers a magical moment at the Premiere of Revolutionary Road, her objectifying me (with consent) at the2010  Baftas, us reconciling after a long absence at the world premiere of Titanic in 3D, in 2012, and reconnecting at last year's Divergent premiere. I think I'm going to have to make A Move one of these days... patience seems overrated in the face of all this evidence.

In both my fevered and over-optimistic imagination and with some photographic evidence to back my dubious claim, Kate Winslet and I have had "A Thing" for several years now, which covers a magical moment at the Premiere of Revolutionary Road, her objectifying me (with consent) at the2010  Baftas, us reconciling after a long absence at the world premiere of Titanic in 3D, in 2012, and reconnecting at last year's Divergent premiere. I think I'm going to have to make A Move one of these days... patience seems overrated in the face of all this evidence.

In case you're wondering, that's not my arm reaching out to get something signed by Kate Winslet. I'm not that multi-skilled.

In case you're wondering, that's not my arm reaching out to get something signed by Kate Winslet. I'm not that multi-skilled.

"Hey! Are you that guy who I've had a thing with all these years?". No.. .that's one of two large flower arrangements at this premiere.

"Hey! Are you that guy who I've had a thing with all these years?". No.. .that's one of two large flower arrangements at this premiere.

Hard to see how this could result in any kind of unique photos of an event. Less, blurry, sure. But also less unique.

Hard to see how this could result in any kind of unique photos of an event. Less, blurry, sure. But also less unique.

Apologies on the less-amusing-than-perhaps-usual commentary. I'd been deprived of my step-stool at ths premiere, potentially because this country feels that a 30cm elevation at the fifth from of an event presents an unacceptable Health and Safety Risk. To which I can only say  that it doesn't matter who wins the upcoming British Elections, this country has already lost. That aside, I kinda like the 'Last Supper' type feel of this photo.

Apologies on the less-amusing-than-perhaps-usual commentary. I'd been deprived of my step-stool at ths premiere, potentially because this country feels that a 30cm elevation at the fifth from of an event presents an unacceptable Health and Safety Risk. To which I can only say  that it doesn't matter who wins the upcoming British Elections, this country has already lost. That aside, I kinda like the 'Last Supper' type feel of this photo.

"Have you seen Kate Winlset lately? She's looking fantastic. Of course, you've only seen her for the past twenty minutes, but I got to work with her for much longer during the filming of this movie". Yes... I probably should have gone into film directing too.

"Have you seen Kate Winlset lately? She's looking fantastic. Of course, you've only seen her for the past twenty minutes, but I got to work with her for much longer during the filming of this movie". Yes... I probably should have gone into film directing too.

"Thank heavens everyone's stopped asking for that sequel to Titanic. That joke got pretty tiresome after about 1998"

"Thank heavens everyone's stopped asking for that sequel to Titanic. That joke got pretty tiresome after about 1998"

Kate Winslet.... her glare could cut glass at ten paces, which should give me pause as I'm pointing several lenses in her direction. But I'm willing to accept some losses

Kate Winslet.... her glare could cut glass at ten paces, which should give me pause as I'm pointing several lenses in her direction. But I'm willing to accept some losses

This is not Kate Winslet. It's a photo of a man looking at a photo of Kate Winslet. Which in this context, since I'm doing much the same thing, is suitably meta

This is not Kate Winslet. It's a photo of a man looking at a photo of Kate Winslet. Which in this context, since I'm doing much the same thing, is suitably meta

"You want me to sign a picture of Snape from Harry Potter? Uh... sure"

"You want me to sign a picture of Snape from Harry Potter? Uh... sure"

"If she signs that Snape poster, I'm signing every Divergent poster I come across"

"If she signs that Snape poster, I'm signing every Divergent poster I come across"

So... that was a quick premiere, and a crowded premiere, and an over-all-too-soon premiere. By historical precedent, if I'm lucky I'll see Kate Winslet again sometime in 2017.

No rush...

Until next premiere (Wednesday, two days from now) at least it's another one for The Archive Of Movie Premieres, where it will join the other premiere for a movie with the same name, attended by Alan Rickan... and James McAvoy promoting a separate movie...