8 Nov - The '100 Streets' UK Premiere

November 8th, 2016.

It's November Eight, and across the Atlantic one of the world's superpowers has gone to the polls. If I recall correctly "Death By Meteor" was the preferred candidate in last minute polling . Anyway, if this is the last premiere journal you're reading, you have my apologies. Even though I quite enjoyed this one.

Here's how it went down.

BFI Southbank usually hosts its premieres at the "Under The Bridge" location which is to the right and down from this location. Rut rather than join the small throng on the carpet, I'm shooting from an overhang where National Theatre security can cast a suspicious eye on me until I inform them that possibly Idris Elba might show up. They seem to recognise this as a worthy resason.

BFI Southbank usually hosts its premieres at the "Under The Bridge" location which is to the right and down from this location. Rut rather than join the small throng on the carpet, I'm shooting from an overhang where National Theatre security can cast a suspicious eye on me until I inform them that possibly Idris Elba might show up. They seem to recognise this as a worthy resason.

I hadn't been aware of this movie prior to the announcement of its premiere about a week and a half ago. In my defence, I've been handing out 'How to vote for Death By Meteor in US Election 2016' buttons and forms for much of the last 72 hours.

I hadn't been aware of this movie prior to the announcement of its premiere about a week and a half ago. In my defence, I've been handing out 'How to vote for Death By Meteor in US Election 2016' buttons and forms for much of the last 72 hours.

"Are you following me on twitter?" "No.... are you?" At this distance I can't quite make out the names or photos on the list of attendees, but I belive we've long since established that Names On A List have nothing to do with why I photograph premieres.

"Are you following me on twitter?"
"No.... are you?"

At this distance I can't quite make out the names or photos on the list of attendees, but I belive we've long since established that Names On A List have nothing to do with why I photograph premieres.

"It's 5:26pm and my hat looks fabulous. What have YOU done all day?"

"It's 5:26pm and my hat looks fabulous. What have YOU done all day?"

Our first arrival is wearing what appears to be a black jacket and a neat hairstyle .... and at this distance I can't make out much else.

Our first arrival is wearing what appears to be a black jacket and a neat hairstyle .... and at this distance I can't make out much else.

If this is Jim O'Hanlon, the director of this movie, then I'm already one ahead of imdb.com who doesn't have a photo of him at all. If it's not, then at least credit me with the bravery of being able to see a man I don't recognise and take a guess as to who he might be.

If this is Jim O'Hanlon, the director of this movie, then I'm already one ahead of imdb.com who doesn't have a photo of him at all. If it's not, then at least credit me with the bravery of being able to see a man I don't recognise and take a guess as to who he might be.

"Hey, I saw her first. By which I mean her fur coat. It looks warm" - today was pretty much the first premiere since March that I was glad I was wearing a warm beanie and windproof jacket.

"Hey, I saw her first. By which I mean her fur coat. It looks warm" - today was pretty much the first premiere since March that I was glad I was wearing a warm beanie and windproof jacket.

"I'm moving but the shadow is standing still. Ask me how." I also don't know who this is, and in an ominous turn, what little I saw of the list did not appear particularly optimistic about the film's two big stars showing up.

"I'm moving but the shadow is standing still. Ask me how." I also don't know who this is, and in an ominous turn, what little I saw of the list did not appear particularly optimistic about the film's two big stars showing up.

"Was I in this movie? Well let me ask you this.... were YOU in this movie to say I'm not?"

"Was I in this movie? Well let me ask you this.... were YOU in this movie to say I'm not?"

"Either you're in the movie and entitled to pose in front of this board, or if you're not and you don't have a fabulous scarf like this guy, I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

"Either you're in the movie and entitled to pose in front of this board, or if you're not and you don't have a fabulous scarf like this guy, I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

"If you're not using those sleeves in this weather, do you mind if I borrow them?" - just like everyone else I've photographed for the past fifteen minutes I have no idea who this is. In about half an hour I might be cold enough not to worry about this.

"If you're not using those sleeves in this weather, do you mind if I borrow them?" - just like everyone else I've photographed for the past fifteen minutes I have no idea who this is. In about half an hour I might be cold enough not to worry about this.

"Do any of you handsome gentlemen wanna offer me a coat or jacket I could wear off my shoulders just like I'm doing with this inadequately thin top?"

"Do any of you handsome gentlemen wanna offer me a coat or jacket I could wear off my shoulders just like I'm doing with this inadequately thin top?"

"Who do I think is going to win in the election? As if I care -- I'm still reeling about how they changed the layout of Toblerones" - it's true. Looks hideous if you ask me, which you didn't, and also I'm not a key demographic so it doesn't matter.

"Who do I think is going to win in the election? As if I care -- I'm still reeling about how they changed the layout of Toblerones" - it's true. Looks hideous if you ask me, which you didn't, and also I'm not a key demographic so it doesn't matter.

Amazingly I know who this is, because I remember people were shouting out "Tom" and there's a "Tom Cullen" in the cast listing. The amazingly neat beard would have ensured I'd photograph him and put him into this journal anyway.

Amazingly I know who this is, because I remember people were shouting out "Tom" and there's a "Tom Cullen" in the cast listing. The amazingly neat beard would have ensured I'd photograph him and put him into this journal anyway.

"A. J. Z. I. J. L. O. B. Now can I get my drivers license back please?" - similar to most attendees of this premiere, I don't yet know who this is. Feel free to come back tomorrow sometime if this is of crucial importance to you.

"A. J. Z. I. J. L. O. B. Now can I get my drivers license back please?" - similar to most attendees of this premiere, I don't yet know who this is. Feel free to come back tomorrow sometime if this is of crucial importance to you.

I don't know who any of these people are either. It's like I'm surrounded by strangers in this city.

I don't know who any of these people are either. It's like I'm surrounded by strangers in this city.

Could be in the movie... or could be random passerby taking the wrong shortcut to Blackfriars Train Station. (But don't worry : due to downed powerlines most trains on that line were delayed or cancelled, and in my case took it over an hour longer to get home than usual. Britain : Totally Still A First World Country)

Could be in the movie... or could be random passerby taking the wrong shortcut to Blackfriars Train Station. (But don't worry : due to downed powerlines most trains on that line were delayed or cancelled, and in my case took it over an hour longer to get home than usual. Britain : Totally Still A First World Country)

In these days of uncertainty, a man who gets up and decisively chooses not to wear socks with shoes in November is a man to be respected.

In these days of uncertainty, a man who gets up and decisively chooses not to wear socks with shoes in November is a man to be respected.

It's Gemma Arterton!! Not only do I like her (and not only did I last photograph her during the BFI London Film Festival premiere of 'Their Finest') but her presence means I can now actually identify one (1) person at this premiere who is in this movie at the premiere of it!

It's Gemma Arterton!! Not only do I like her (and not only did I last photograph her during the BFI London Film Festival premiere of 'Their Finest') but her presence means I can now actually identify one (1) person at this premiere who is in this movie at the premiere of it!

"I notice none of you are falling over yourselves to offer me a jacket to keep warm". But... but.. I'm really far away, shooting this premiere from across state borders....

"I notice none of you are falling over yourselves to offer me a jacket to keep warm". But... but.. I'm really far away, shooting this premiere from across state borders....

"Stop blinding the lady : I'm here, I'm well-dressed and I'm famous : I'm already doing this" - the movie's other Major Star, Idris Elba has arrived. I last photographed him at the premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond'.

"Stop blinding the lady : I'm here, I'm well-dressed and I'm famous : I'm already doing this" - the movie's other Major Star, Idris Elba has arrived. I last photographed him at the premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond'.

"And none of your flashes emit heat? Well what's the point of that??"

"And none of your flashes emit heat? Well what's the point of that??"

All of a sudden the guy inside the BFI Film Forever Cafe is photographing Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba being interviewed directly from front on and warm, and I'm wondering why I didn't think of that first.

All of a sudden the guy inside the BFI Film Forever Cafe is photographing Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba being interviewed directly from front on and warm, and I'm wondering why I didn't think of that first.

"Fine... I'll come over and make this group photo look cooler...."

"Fine... I'll come over and make this group photo look cooler...."

"Fine... I'll even stay and make this backing board look cooler.."

"Fine... I'll even stay and make this backing board look cooler.."

"My jacket is fantastic. Also it's like one of those finger-print-locked handguns from the James Bond films. That's why I can't just loan it out to people...."

"My jacket is fantastic. Also it's like one of those finger-print-locked handguns from the James Bond films. That's why I can't just loan it out to people...."

"That's a really difficult question to answer. Also I wasn't listening." - Perhaps more importantly, Gemma Arterton has fortunately acquired a jacket to wear.

"That's a really difficult question to answer. Also I wasn't listening." - Perhaps more importantly, Gemma Arterton has fortunately acquired a jacket to wear.

I feel like after all the hundreds of premieres I've photographed I should know who at least one of these people is by name... but right now I feel more inclined to guess that the lady on the far right with the beanie in the shadows is called "Carol". She sort of looks like a Carol.

I feel like after all the hundreds of premieres I've photographed I should know who at least one of these people is by name... but right now I feel more inclined to guess that the lady on the far right with the beanie in the shadows is called "Carol". She sort of looks like a Carol.

Late(ish) arrival : actress Kierston Wareing and also the sparkly dress Kierston's Wareing. (Honestly.... I gave that comment some thought before writing it.).

Late(ish) arrival : actress Kierston Wareing and also the sparkly dress Kierston's Wareing. (Honestly.... I gave that comment some thought before writing it.).

"Fine, one last chance to tell me how pretty I am. Or for the autograph dealers to show they remember my first name and feel comfortable calling me by it"

"Fine, one last chance to tell me how pretty I am. Or for the autograph dealers to show they remember my first name and feel comfortable calling me by it"

So... that was that. A premiere shot from a distance many would consider strange or mad - and afterwards I'd be inclined to agree. But at least it provided an interesting view, and an easier-to-exit event than usual, allowing me to zip to Blackfriars and get home sooner.... until a downed power line (or an ox on the rails) (or somebody learning that cardboard rails are water-soluble) (or somebody seeing a snowflake once) rendered all trains heading north delayed or cancelled. Damnit... we haven't even officially LEFT Europe yet and this country's falling apart.

But then I'm an Australian resident until proven otherwise, and I will appeal if I'm declined. Until next time, Mates!

ps. If you ever want to know when I publish a premiere journal (and looking at the above.... perhaps look at a couple more on this site first.... via the archive of movie premieres) feel free to follow me on facebook at premieresdotco, or on twitter at @berndt2_photo . Of if there's a giant deadly meteor hurtling towards the planet, tell somebody who you love that you love them : the negative consequences might not even last that long!