07 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'American Honey' premiere

October 7th, 2016.

If it felt like merely hours ago that I did a BFI LFF event, that's because it was - for the 'thing' they did for La La Land that featured the director and two stars (sadly not the two on the poster).

But after a short takeaway dinner and a toilet break (note to self : find a way to make life seem more glamorous) I was back, and it was darker, and later, and only marginally less crowded, for 'American Honey'.

Here's how it went down:

It's colder than earlier, it's darker than earlier, and I don't want to disappoint anyone but Shia Labeouf, who is in this movie, is not expected to attend. He's probably working on his latest bit of performance art serving burgers at mcdonalds to for two years to make a point about something.

It's colder than earlier, it's darker than earlier, and I don't want to disappoint anyone but Shia Labeouf, who is in this movie, is not expected to attend. He's probably working on his latest bit of performance art serving burgers at mcdonalds to for two years to make a point about something.

Our first notable 'arrival' is actually a departee - the winner of that epic staredown contest two hours ago who either finished watching 'La La Land', or celebrated the destruction of her opponent at the bar inside.

Our first notable 'arrival' is actually a departee - the winner of that epic staredown contest two hours ago who either finished watching 'La La Land', or celebrated the destruction of her opponent at the bar inside.

I'm not sure I'd like London Film Festival as much if it was held in New York.

I'm not sure I'd like London Film Festival as much if it was held in New York.

I don't know who these people are, but from what I can tell this premiere has exactly two (2) people expected from the cast and crew. Hence, I'm willing to take this risk to increase my coverage of the event.

I don't know who these people are, but from what I can tell this premiere has exactly two (2) people expected from the cast and crew. Hence, I'm willing to take this risk to increase my coverage of the event.

It's Andrea Arnold! She won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Short film, but has two BAFTAs for movies she wrote and directed: the very good 'Red Road' and the excellent 'Fish Tank' (and I can't believe I can actually say I've watched those films.. it's like I'm a regular cinephile!)

It's Andrea Arnold! She won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Short film, but has two BAFTAs for movies she wrote and directed: the very good 'Red Road' and the excellent 'Fish Tank' (and I can't believe I can actually say I've watched those films.. it's like I'm a regular cinephile!)

"Wassup fo' shizzle!" - not only is Andrea Arnold more accomplished and respected than you and I, she's also almost certainly more street.

"Wassup fo' shizzle!" - not only is Andrea Arnold more accomplished and respected than you and I, she's also almost certainly more street.

"Yo! |Security dude! I'm not 100% sure these people I'm posing with are actually my family - can you get the pepper spray out of my handbag for me?"

"Yo! |Security dude! I'm not 100% sure these people I'm posing with are actually my family - can you get the pepper spray out of my handbag for me?"

"The premiere is that way where the noise and the lights are. Beyond that is where the buskers are making even more noise, but it's not as well lit" - Sasha Lane is the lead actress in this film.

"The premiere is that way where the noise and the lights are. Beyond that is where the buskers are making even more noise, but it's not as well lit" - Sasha Lane is the lead actress in this film.

"I hope you saved my Pokemon Go progress before you started taking photos, fool!"

"I hope you saved my Pokemon Go progress before you started taking photos, fool!"

"I know American Honey is probably imported from China from materials typically assembled in Mexico, but do try to be a little patriotic"

"I know American Honey is probably imported from China from materials typically assembled in Mexico, but do try to be a little patriotic"

"So... Shia definitely isn't coming?". "No".

"So... Shia definitely isn't coming?". "No".

"That dude over there challenged you to a dance-off, but I strongly suspect he's drunk and has no idea who you are, so I wouldn't bother."

"That dude over there challenged you to a dance-off, but I strongly suspect he's drunk and has no idea who you are, so I wouldn't bother."

"Go on, tell me how pretty I am. And at a slightly higher level of difficulty, comment on my dress"

"Go on, tell me how pretty I am. And at a slightly higher level of difficulty, comment on my dress"

"my dress got shot up during a robbery and I had to take it to a vet instead of going to the hospital where they'd ask too many questions"

"my dress got shot up during a robbery and I had to take it to a vet instead of going to the hospital where they'd ask too many questions"

" 'Is this what the kids call crunking??' - no, it's what the chiropractors call 'back spasm', but thanks for noticing"

" 'Is this what the kids call crunking??' - no, it's what the chiropractors call 'back spasm', but thanks for noticing"

So... that was that. Not just two in one day, but two in four hours. And I'm going to try the same again tomorrow, and probably would have done it again on Sunday except I was informed by my landlord that they mean to have an apartment inspection of my place on Tuesday morning. And I'm out of town for most of Monday as well. Which is a bit like asking Africa to cure malaria by next Tuesday, except with the threat of possible eviction if I/they fail. Worst case I leave the front door unlocked and put a sign out pleading to be robbed clean, I suppose.

Anyway, one way or another it's another entry for my 'Archive of Movie Premieres', with (hopefully) more to come.

Until next time!

ps. if you want to know whenever I post a new premiere journal, feel free to follow me on twitter @berndt2_photo or on facebook by clicking here (or demand that I add you to my mailing list by emailing me at bernd.talasch@optusnet.com.au). You can also share this journal, comment on it below, or recommend a short-notice gang of rogue cleaners looking for a real challenge.