05 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'A United Kingdom' premiere

October 5th, 2016.

It's BFI London Film Festival again!! I look forward to it every year, and then after about halfway through it I start complaining about what an ordeal it is. (Because I'm ungrateful like that). Last year I managed to make it to events on all but one (1) day. This year? We'll see. It's only day 1, and today was the opening gala.

Here's how it went down:

BFI LFF is back, and it's like in never left! And after a heady 12 days of the festival they've already announced the first post-LFF premiere for London. Appropriately, like last year, there's a premiere the first day after it finishes.

BFI LFF is back, and it's like in never left! And after a heady 12 days of the festival they've already announced the first post-LFF premiere for London. Appropriately, like last year, there's a premiere the first day after it finishes.

"Are any of these people important? Because I don't recognise any of them"

"Are any of these people important? Because I don't recognise any of them"

"What's taking you so long, Steve? They're frikkin' VELCRO shoelaces, man!"

"What's taking you so long, Steve? They're frikkin' VELCRO shoelaces, man!"

Man at top left : "You ruined my childhood, McCallum!!!!" Our first arrival is one of the film's 10 producers, Rick McCallum, possibly best known for being producer ofthe three Star Wars Prequels (and the original trilogy Special Editions).  

Man at top left : "You ruined my childhood, McCallum!!!!"

Our first arrival is one of the film's 10 producers, Rick McCallum, possibly best known for being producer ofthe three Star Wars Prequels (and the original trilogy Special Editions).
 

"If your childhood was so retrospectively fragile, you probably shouldn't be outside after about 2pm". Rick McCallum's association with the Star Wars prequels didn't actually ruin MY childhood. Only my adulthood.

"If your childhood was so retrospectively fragile, you probably shouldn't be outside after about 2pm". Rick McCallum's association with the Star Wars prequels didn't actually ruin MY childhood. Only my adulthood.

"David Oye-- Oyelo -- Oyelow.... oh, and he's the lead actor AND a producer, so it's probably important that I say his name right... right?"

"David Oye-- Oyelo -- Oyelow.... oh, and he's the lead actor AND a producer, so it's probably important that I say his name right... right?"

Laura Carmichael is best known for being in Downton Abbey, a show I swore I'd watch after I finished watching all of The Walking Dead, which I haven't started because I promised I'd watch Breaking Bad first. And I haven't finished that, even though it wrapped 3 years ago.

Laura Carmichael is best known for being in Downton Abbey, a show I swore I'd watch after I finished watching all of The Walking Dead, which I haven't started because I promised I'd watch Breaking Bad first. And I haven't finished that, even though it wrapped 3 years ago.

(more or less actual interview response) : "It's just nice to be wearing modern clothes in a movie for once, after Downton Abbey. Although being set in the 1950s it's not jeans and a t-shirt, yet"

(more or less actual interview response) : "It's just nice to be wearing modern clothes in a movie for once, after Downton Abbey. Although being set in the 1950s it's not jeans and a t-shirt, yet"

Jack Davenport meanwhile is probably best known for pining after Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Swan across three Pirates of the Carribean movies as Commander Norrington... and wearing pretty great matching ties to go with his suits, and/or spiffing white wigs.

Jack Davenport meanwhile is probably best known for pining after Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Swan across three Pirates of the Carribean movies as Commander Norrington... and wearing pretty great matching ties to go with his suits, and/or spiffing white wigs.

(more or less actual interview response) : "was it difficult playing a stuffy, snobbish, elitist English prick? Uh... no, not really"

(more or less actual interview response) : "was it difficult playing a stuffy, snobbish, elitist English prick? Uh... no, not really"

"What was it like working with Christopher Nolan? Uh... I'm pretty sure that still constitutes a spoiler" - Jack Lowden is in this film, and also the upcoming in-post-production Nolan film "Dunkirk"

"What was it like working with Christopher Nolan? Uh... I'm pretty sure that still constitutes a spoiler" - Jack Lowden is in this film, and also the upcoming in-post-production Nolan film "Dunkirk"

"Yeah, I've been in 8 episodes of Game of Thrones... you probably don't recognise me because I'm not wearing filthy rags to this premiere, or hanging around smelly hovels with Reek or that bastard Ramsay Bolton"

"Yeah, I've been in 8 episodes of Game of Thrones... you probably don't recognise me because I'm not wearing filthy rags to this premiere, or hanging around smelly hovels with Reek or that bastard Ramsay Bolton"

"Ramsay Bolton? He was okay. Kind of misunderstood. Oh, you mean the actor who played him?" Charlotte Hope also had an uncredited part in "Testament of Youth" which was in last year's BFI London Film Festival

"Ramsay Bolton? He was okay. Kind of misunderstood. Oh, you mean the actor who played him?" Charlotte Hope also had an uncredited part in "Testament of Youth" which was in last year's BFI London Film Festival

"What was Amma Asante like to work with? I'm not nearly drunk enough to stupidly say she was anything less than awesome. And if I WAS drunk, I'd burst into tears, hug you, drop my purse, and still say she was awesome. Which is to say... she's awesome"

"What was Amma Asante like to work with? I'm not nearly drunk enough to stupidly say she was anything less than awesome. And if I WAS drunk, I'd burst into tears, hug you, drop my purse, and still say she was awesome. Which is to say... she's awesome"

"Of all the BFI London Film Festivals that could have had Mr Impact present, I'd have thought it was this one". Sadly your friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Brexit were not at the 'A United Kingdom' premiere.

"Of all the BFI London Film Festivals that could have had Mr Impact present, I'd have thought it was this one". Sadly your friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Brexit were not at the 'A United Kingdom' premiere.

"Let's have a moment of silence for the movie "4,3,2,1" which despite moderate success never got a sequel, mainly because nobody could figure out what to call it" - Arnold Oceng played the character 'Dark Chocolate' in that film, and I did not make that up just now.

"Let's have a moment of silence for the movie "4,3,2,1" which despite moderate success never got a sequel, mainly because nobody could figure out what to call it" - Arnold Oceng played the character 'Dark Chocolate' in that film, and I did not make that up just now.

"What do you mean 'shoulder pads aren't back yet'? I just brought them back. RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW. ON MY OWN" - Terry Pheto is in this film, and among other films was also in 'Mandela Long Walk to Freedom' although sadly I beilve she missed the premiere.

"What do you mean 'shoulder pads aren't back yet'? I just brought them back. RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW. ON MY OWN" - Terry Pheto is in this film, and among other films was also in 'Mandela Long Walk to Freedom' although sadly I beilve she missed the premiere.

"This dress? Funny story - it's actually missing just four colours. But you need expensive spectral centrifuge equipment to prove that"

"This dress? Funny story - it's actually missing just four colours. But you need expensive spectral centrifuge equipment to prove that"

Not only is Tom Felton possibly avoiding eye-contact to avoid paying me the five dollars he owes me, but he was in Amma Asante's prior film (the excellent and highly recommended "Belle" - and its premiere) AND in this film as well.

Not only is Tom Felton possibly avoiding eye-contact to avoid paying me the five dollars he owes me, but he was in Amma Asante's prior film (the excellent and highly recommended "Belle" - and its premiere) AND in this film as well.

"Harry Potter? Nobody remembers those movies, let alone the minor role I had in it. By which I mean all the movies. Every last one of them." - Tom Felton played the villainous-but-ultimately redeemed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies (including the last one).

"Harry Potter? Nobody remembers those movies, let alone the minor role I had in it. By which I mean all the movies. Every last one of them." - Tom Felton played the villainous-but-ultimately redeemed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies (including the last one).

Jessica Oyelowo, possibly still kind of equally annoyed and awed by the fact that her credited role in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" was as "Woman with Large Poitrine in Red Queen Court"

Jessica Oyelowo, possibly still kind of equally annoyed and awed by the fact that her credited role in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" was as "Woman with Large Poitrine in Red Queen Court"

"What was it like not just playing opposite my husband but as a character actively opposing him in every way in this movie? Probably like most days when we argue over what we're watching on TV over dinner"

"What was it like not just playing opposite my husband but as a character actively opposing him in every way in this movie? Probably like most days when we argue over what we're watching on TV over dinner"

"His surname's pronounced 'o-YELLOW-o' but I'm going to try to annoy him by pronouncing his first name 'duv-EETH' and see what happens!" I've only photographed David Oyelowo once before - at the premiere of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar", but I've since seen the movie "Selma" which was excellent and he was excellent in it.

"His surname's pronounced 'o-YELLOW-o' but I'm going to try to annoy him by pronouncing his first name 'duv-EETH' and see what happens!" I've only photographed David Oyelowo once before - at the premiere of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar", but I've since seen the movie "Selma" which was excellent and he was excellent in it.

"What was it like not just playing opposite my wife but as a character actively opposing her in every way in this movie? Uh..."

"What was it like not just playing opposite my wife but as a character actively opposing her in every way in this movie? Uh..."

"It's probably really important that I know how she answered that question when you asked her first, before I respond....."

"It's probably really important that I know how she answered that question when you asked her first, before I respond....."

"Would I have worn this is I knew the premiere was going to be on a red carpet? Probably...." - Amma Asante directed this film, as well as the movie "Belle", which I thought was outstanding.

"Would I have worn this is I knew the premiere was going to be on a red carpet? Probably...." - Amma Asante directed this film, as well as the movie "Belle", which I thought was outstanding.

"Would I return to the TV series Grange Hill if they revived it? Can I be honest and say it's unlikely?" - Amma Asante was an actress in 32 episodes of the show from 1986-87 (imdb.com informs me) which ran from 1978 to 2008. I'd never heard of it prior to today. Thanks, The Internet!

"Would I return to the TV series Grange Hill if they revived it? Can I be honest and say it's unlikely?" - Amma Asante was an actress in 32 episodes of the show from 1986-87 (imdb.com informs me) which ran from 1978 to 2008. I'd never heard of it prior to today. Thanks, The Internet!

I've now photographed Rosamund Pike at premieres as diverse as 'The World's End' and 'What We Did On Our Holiday', while not photographing her at premieres as diverse as Gone Girl, Johnny English Reborn, Wrath of the Titans and Tomorrow Never Dies.

I've now photographed Rosamund Pike at premieres as diverse as 'The World's End' and 'What We Did On Our Holiday', while not photographing her at premieres as diverse as Gone Girl, Johnny English Reborn, Wrath of the Titans and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Somebody owes somebody five dollars, but I'm no longer sure who.

Somebody owes somebody five dollars, but I'm no longer sure who.

Rosamund Pike 2
"Yo... we outta here. Word to your Mother". And that's what happens when you don't get a rap star to warm up the crowd for your 1950s Real Life historical romance.

"Yo... we outta here. Word to your Mother". And that's what happens when you don't get a rap star to warm up the crowd for your 1950s Real Life historical romance.

So... that was that, and BFI LFF is underway. There's pretty much an event every day for the next two and a half weeks, and I'll see how I go about going to one every day during that period. Needless to say, there's one tomorrow (as well as a 4:30am phone conference I'm even money odds of sleeping through by the time I upload this, and inform twitter, facebook and my own 'archive of movie premieres'.

Until next time!

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