2 Jun - The 'Learning to Drive' Gala Screening

June 2nd, 2016.

So for the third time in three days (after 'The Neon Demon' on Tuesday and 'Tale of Tales' yesterday) London had a premiere I could attend. In theory, there were two, with London paying host to the International premiere of "Tallulah" at the Sundance Film Festival in one part of town, and Curzon Mayfair hosting "Learning to Drive" at another.

I ended up heading to one, before going on to the other.... and then learning later that there was a third. Here's how it went down:

The coffee and matcha/apricot/pistachio bake I had at Picturehouse Central constituted a very nice way to pass the time while waiting to see what was what at London's Sundance Film Festival which started today. Sadly, what was what didn't involve Ellen Page showing up for the International premiere of "Tallulah"

The coffee and matcha/apricot/pistachio bake I had at Picturehouse Central constituted a very nice way to pass the time while waiting to see what was what at London's Sundance Film Festival which started today. Sadly, what was what didn't involve Ellen Page showing up for the International premiere of "Tallulah"

So off I headed to the Good Ol' Curzon Mayfair....

My keen premiere instincts note the absence of metal barriers and security, and realistically this can only happen when an event is expected to have Zero Dealer Presence. Which raises the question : where else (other than the dank, dark subterranean hives and coccoons they otherwise occupy) would Dealers be when there's a premiere on?

My keen premiere instincts note the absence of metal barriers and security, and realistically this can only happen when an event is expected to have Zero Dealer Presence. Which raises the question : where else (other than the dank, dark subterranean hives and coccoons they otherwise occupy) would Dealers be when there's a premiere on?

The word "Gala" can strike fear into the heart of anyone wanting to photograph a premiere... because a gala offers no guarantee that ANYONE from the movie in question will show up. This may explain the lack of dealers...

The word "Gala" can strike fear into the heart of anyone wanting to photograph a premiere... because a gala offers no guarantee that ANYONE from the movie in question will show up. This may explain the lack of dealers...

Coming Soon can't come soon enough. I got leftovers to heat....

Coming Soon can't come soon enough. I got leftovers to heat....

"Isn't it meant to be summer over here?? I lost my tan within minutes of landing in this city." Our first arrival is one of two people on the poster : Patricia Clarkson. And I'm actually wearing a beanie and full winter jacket at this supposely summer afternoon event.

"Isn't it meant to be summer over here?? I lost my tan within minutes of landing in this city." Our first arrival is one of two people on the poster : Patricia Clarkson. And I'm actually wearing a beanie and full winter jacket at this supposely summer afternoon event.

"Yes, I was in 'Shutter Island. And no, I'm not telling you what parts were real and which were not"

"Yes, I was in 'Shutter Island. And no, I'm not telling you what parts were real and which were not"

"Jumanji was fun.... but the 70 times I played myself (per imdb) were much more challenging...."

"Jumanji was fun.... but the 70 times I played myself (per imdb) were much more challenging...."

"Are you thinking of not calling me "Sir"?" - (Sir) Ben Kingsley has arrived, and exits his car, (Sir) Mercedes.

"Are you thinking of not calling me "Sir"?" - (Sir) Ben Kingsley has arrived, and exits his car, (Sir) Mercedes.

"This is my better side. Plus the green didn't match my lipstick. This is much better, so don't be photographing the movie poster and using that in the newspapers"

"This is my better side. Plus the green didn't match my lipstick. This is much better, so don't be photographing the movie poster and using that in the newspapers"

"Ties? Where I'm going, I don't need a tie, and they still call me 'Sir' ". (Sir) Ben Kingsley won an Oscar for 'Gandhi' back in 1982, but more recently played 'Apparently Not The Mandarin' in Shane Black's "Iron Man 3"

"Ties? Where I'm going, I don't need a tie, and they still call me 'Sir' ". (Sir) Ben Kingsley won an Oscar for 'Gandhi' back in 1982, but more recently played 'Apparently Not The Mandarin' in Shane Black's "Iron Man 3"

"I don't really do selfies, but if you can draw a quick sketch of me and you I can sign it... and stick figures don't count"

"I don't really do selfies, but if you can draw a quick sketch of me and you I can sign it... and stick figures don't count"

"This is my good side. And that beard in the poster was a real pain to work with." I hear it demanded its own separate trailer, masseuse and sous chef

"This is my good side. And that beard in the poster was a real pain to work with." I hear it demanded its own separate trailer, masseuse and sous chef

Director Isabel Coixet poses with her two stars, and surprisingly the lack of security presence proves to have no disastrous consequences... for anyone who mistakenly forgets to call Ben Kingsley 'Sir'.

Director Isabel Coixet poses with her two stars, and surprisingly the lack of security presence proves to have no disastrous consequences... for anyone who mistakenly forgets to call Ben Kingsley 'Sir'.

And with that being more or less that..... what else could I do but except what any ordinary person would do on a Thursday evening in London?

... until I realised I had no idea what that might involve and headed home instead.

I'm calling it 'Art', even though it's not blurry, contains no nudity, and isn't black'n'white and grainy and taken on a film camera.

I'm calling it 'Art', even though it's not blurry, contains no nudity, and isn't black'n'white and grainy and taken on a film camera.

So.... that was that. 3rd premiere in three days, and 5th premiere in ten days. How long until the next one?

One of four online premiere resources I frequently use (filmdates.co.uk) provides a chilling fact I'm not sure how to deal with right now... I mean, what the hell can you do in London, England if not premieres?? Do they even have restaurants here??

One of four online premiere resources I frequently use (filmdates.co.uk) provides a chilling fact I'm not sure how to deal with right now... I mean, what the hell can you do in London, England if not premieres?? Do they even have restaurants here??

But as always it's another premiere for 'The Archive of Movie premieres', and a sign-off of "Until Next Time!" .... with just this once no clear idea when that might actually be.

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