March 17th, 2016.
It's only been one day since London had its last premiere - yesterday evening for the BFI Flare Opening 'The Pass' premiere. Unlike that one, this one was colder, larger, and seemingly mostly involved me photographing the backs of the head of every security person, personal assistant, publicist, hairdresser, media attache, guest, passerby, sous chef, legal aid, street juggler or possibly life-sized statue of Gary Barlow that London could muster at short notice on a cold spring night.
Speaking of Mr Barlow : although he's not in the movie, he's featured on the sountrack and his attendance (surprisingly) garnered more excitement among the crowd than either of Australia's own Hugh Jackman, or the younger up-and-coming lead Taron Egerton. Weird.
Here's how it went down:
So... that was that. I quite enjoyed the event insofar as I was around a nice group of people, although the frustration level of having a huge failure rate due to the constant presence of PAs, assistants, advisors, attaches, hangers-on, groupies, and possibly even homeless people enjoying the feel of soft blue carpet was a constant annoyance. I found out later that I'd missed both Billy Zane (he was THE PHANTOM!) and Jamie Oliver (chef) - which given I was across from the Paparazzi pen should have been impossible.
Still.... no reason not to put it into The Archive of Movie premieres, where hopefully it will be joined by a less stressful 'Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice' premiere next week. Somehow. I... can't wait.
Until next time!