15 Apr 2015 - The "Far From The Madding Crowd" Premiere

Good evening wherever you are (even if it's morning). Today was the world premiere of the movie 'Far From The Madding Crowd', the third event in four days after The Olivier Awards on Sunday, the Premiere of A Little Chaos on Monday.

For this one, the sky was blue, and the weather was so warm that Nationail Rail claimed 'the wrong kind of heat' was to blame for numerous train delays. Which if this was Australia or Egypt might have sounded harrowing, but it was f--king 26 degrees Celsius. Some moron at National Rail literally explained that rails that are left exposed to the elements (all year round?) can legitimately be affected by 'the wrong kind of heat' at 26 degrees and sunshine. 21st Century, huh? Yeah... my horse refuses to leave its stable once it gets above twenty degrees in London, and my chamberpot hasn't been emptied in weeks.

Anyway, a premiere you say? Here's how it went down:

This premiere was held away from the comforts of Leicester Square and instead at the BFI Southbank. It's not a bad place to hold a premiere, and the weather was great. You should totally visit London. It's not half bad. But don't take a train. It's the wrong kind of heat for that.

This premiere was held away from the comforts of Leicester Square and instead at the BFI Southbank. It's not a bad place to hold a premiere, and the weather was great. You should totally visit London. It's not half bad. But don't take a train. It's the wrong kind of heat for that.

"Far From The Madding Crowd" is a movie based on a novel written in the late 1800s by Thomas Hardy (no, not Tom Hardy, who was Bane in The Dark Knight... though the author might have been called that by his friends, I don't know)

"Far From The Madding Crowd" is a movie based on a novel written in the late 1800s by Thomas Hardy (no, not Tom Hardy, who was Bane in The Dark Knight... though the author might have been called that by his friends, I don't know)

Behind-the-scenes shot : somebody has written out questions to ask actor Matthias Shoenaerts. The questions are written on paper, kids : that's like an iPod but individual pages are made of tree pulp products and are both disposable and recyclable.

Behind-the-scenes shot : somebody has written out questions to ask actor Matthias Shoenaerts. The questions are written on paper, kids : that's like an iPod but individual pages are made of tree pulp products and are both disposable and recyclable.

The List of Attendees runs for several pages, but of the movie's cast several names are missing. Fortunately, the biggest name (outside the world of diehard Twilight fans) from the cast is actres Carey Mulligan

The List of Attendees runs for several pages, but of the movie's cast several names are missing. Fortunately, the biggest name (outside the world of diehard Twilight fans) from the cast is actres Carey Mulligan

Our first arrival is somebody I can't identify, and wireimage has not deigned to ID either. Still... the camera I'm going to be using at next week's premiere of The Avengers : Age of Ultron works for now. That's good to know.

Our first arrival is somebody I can't identify, and wireimage has not deigned to ID either. Still... the camera I'm going to be using at next week's premiere of The Avengers : Age of Ultron works for now. That's good to know.

Jessica Barden is currently best known for having played the non-title role in the 2011 movie "Hannah", which was okay as I recall, but kind of lost its way by the end. I say : wait for it to come on TV, don't buy it on VHS. (This recommendation comes to you via time travel)

Jessica Barden is currently best known for having played the non-title role in the 2011 movie "Hannah", which was okay as I recall, but kind of lost its way by the end. I say : wait for it to come on TV, don't buy it on VHS. (This recommendation comes to you via time travel)

This is the movie's screenwriter David Nicholls. However I also heard that the composer Craig Armstrong was in attendance and I didn't manage to photograph him, which irritates me.

This is the movie's screenwriter David Nicholls. However I also heard that the composer Craig Armstrong was in attendance and I didn't manage to photograph him, which irritates me.

Carey Mulligan got a very deserved Oscar nomination for 'An Education' and was also excellent in 'Drive' with Ryan Gosling, 'Inside Llewyn Davis', and .... uh... was certainly not the worst part of Baz Luhrman's 'The Great Gatsby'. As for the dress she's wearing? It's kind of like camouflage in that it totally hides her body shape, much like a zebra's stripes do.

Carey Mulligan got a very deserved Oscar nomination for 'An Education' and was also excellent in 'Drive' with Ryan Gosling, 'Inside Llewyn Davis', and .... uh... was certainly not the worst part of Baz Luhrman's 'The Great Gatsby'. As for the dress she's wearing? It's kind of like camouflage in that it totally hides her body shape, much like a zebra's stripes do.

"I think that person thought I was Mia Wasikowska. Who's Mia Wasikowska?" It's not important. More importantly perhaps : The Great Gatsby did very little for me.

"I think that person thought I was Mia Wasikowska. Who's Mia Wasikowska?" It's not important. More importantly perhaps : The Great Gatsby did very little for me.

"If I do this right, I'm pretty sure I can get this movie onto the front pages tomorrow". With the amount of sparkly sequins on that dress, it's probably still not likely to work.

"If I do this right, I'm pretty sure I can get this movie onto the front pages tomorrow". With the amount of sparkly sequins on that dress, it's probably still not likely to work.

"This is my screensaver of Ryan Gosling from 'Drive'. Isn't he dreamy?" "You came all the way to this premiere to show me that?" "Yes.Is that wrong?" "No... "

"This is my screensaver of Ryan Gosling from 'Drive'. Isn't he dreamy?"
"You came all the way to this premiere to show me that?"
"Yes.Is that wrong?"
"No... "

All I can think is : Please let this be composer Craig Armstrong, because composers rarely attend premieres, and I'm a big fan of his work although no, I don't know what he looks like.)

All I can think is : Please let this be composer Craig Armstrong, because composers rarely attend premieres, and I'm a big fan of his work although no, I don't know what he looks like.)

Probably not Craig Armstrong.... but you never know. I'm not going to judge.

Probably not Craig Armstrong.... but you never know. I'm not going to judge.

Matthias Schoenaerts plays the male lead in the film. I last photographed him at the premiere of 'Rust and Bone' back in 2012. He was very good in that, as was Marion Cotillard. And the weather is just getting warm enough to get away with the jacket/black-t-shirt look I've been preparing to unveil for over half a year now.

Matthias Schoenaerts plays the male lead in the film. I last photographed him at the premiere of 'Rust and Bone' back in 2012. He was very good in that, as was Marion Cotillard. And the weather is just getting warm enough to get away with the jacket/black-t-shirt look I've been preparing to unveil for over half a year now.

I'm not sure what the etiquette is for two guys wearing the same thing to a premiere, but fortuntely it didn't happen at this premiere. I assume if there's a girl in the crowd wearing a hyper-spangled sequined dress in silver with red at this premiere who isn't Carey Mulligan, she's in tears right now.

I'm not sure what the etiquette is for two guys wearing the same thing to a premiere, but fortuntely it didn't happen at this premiere. I assume if there's a girl in the crowd wearing a hyper-spangled sequined dress in silver with red at this premiere who isn't Carey Mulligan, she's in tears right now.

Whereas I might have seemed like a legitimately uncultured swine at Sunday's Olivier Awards where I recognised almost nobody unless they were from the world of British/US films, I actually am aware of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg - I watched his movie "Hunted" ("Jagten"), and it was very good. His choice of tie at this premiere, however, deserves some kind of puzzled pause....

Whereas I might have seemed like a legitimately uncultured swine at Sunday's Olivier Awards where I recognised almost nobody unless they were from the world of British/US films, I actually am aware of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg - I watched his movie "Hunted" ("Jagten"), and it was very good. His choice of tie at this premiere, however, deserves some kind of puzzled pause....

"This is how many fingers I'm holding up. In Danish. And coincidentally English."

"This is how many fingers I'm holding up. In Danish. And coincidentally English."

Thomas Vinterberg has a vaguely Tom Cruise-ian demeanour as he strides, determined to sign every autograph he's asked to provide. The interviews can wait... besides, the bright lights bouncing off Carey Mulligan's dress are causing cataracts among bystanders.

Thomas Vinterberg has a vaguely Tom Cruise-ian demeanour as he strides, determined to sign every autograph he's asked to provide. The interviews can wait... besides, the bright lights bouncing off Carey Mulligan's dress are causing cataracts among bystanders.

"The dress didn't come with a medical warning. That I know of. But despite its brightness it's actually very resistant to Radar"

"The dress didn't come with a medical warning. That I know of. But despite its brightness it's actually very resistant to Radar"

Jessica Barden has been in no less than 72 episodes of the show "Coronation Street" but as it's been going since 1960 and I still haven't finished watching Breaking Bad, I'm very unlikely to get around to it anytime soon.

Jessica Barden has been in no less than 72 episodes of the show "Coronation Street" but as it's been going since 1960 and I still haven't finished watching Breaking Bad, I'm very unlikely to get around to it anytime soon.

"This dress weighs more than I do... so I'll thank you not to make fun of it. I'm getting a great workout as well". I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. Is it alfoil? tinsel? hypothermia blanket-inspired?

"This dress weighs more than I do... so I'll thank you not to make fun of it. I'm getting a great workout as well". I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. Is it alfoil? tinsel? hypothermia blanket-inspired?

"This dress is fabulous. When I'm not wearing it, it's also a curtain... which is also fabulous"

"This dress is fabulous. When I'm not wearing it, it's also a curtain... which is also fabulous"

Awesomely, I shifted position about the same time as Carey Mulligan did an interview in front of the VIP Photographers' backing board. (My threshold for things qualifying as awesome has plummeted recently)

Awesomely, I shifted position about the same time as Carey Mulligan did an interview in front of the VIP Photographers' backing board. (My threshold for things qualifying as awesome has plummeted recently)

"You're really not going to take any more photos of Matthias at this premier, are you?". Probably not. He's wearing a black t-shirt and there's not so much I can write about that.

"You're really not going to take any more photos of Matthias at this premier, are you?". Probably not. He's wearing a black t-shirt and there's not so much I can write about that.

So... that was another London event. There's two tomorrow, and a BIG one next week, and then my regularly scheduled programme of abject boredom will continue, until I can finally decide that I want to write that self-help book I've been sitting on for much of the past 18mths. But until I get around to that, it's at least another entry for my "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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