19 Oct - 'The Light Between Oceans' premiere

October 19th, 2016.

For an incredible FIFTEENTH day in a row I'm doing a premiere (12 days of BFI London Film Festival, followed by Monday's "The Accountant" with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick and yesterday's commentary-less "I, Daniel Blake"). There is just one more before this streak comes to an end and I get a few days off before considering the likelihood of next Monday's "Doctor Strange" premiere.

But for now, it's a movie with a handsome couple who are also a real-life couple, in a movie whose title I really can't imagine recalling a few months from now. I could be wrong.... but here's how it went down:

It's a Curzon Mayfair premiere, and fortunately for all concerned they closed the road to traffic and laid a carpet, which always makes for a better premiere. As would a snackbar and coffee machine, but they don't provide those.

It's a Curzon Mayfair premiere, and fortunately for all concerned they closed the road to traffic and laid a carpet, which always makes for a better premiere. As would a snackbar and coffee machine, but they don't provide those.

Perhaps I'm feeling cynical about young love (or more cynical than usual) but I feel this poster is about as cliched as I've seen, which coupled with the title of the movie being almost immediately forgettable (something about oceans. and lights. and two people refusing to look into each others' eyes?)

Perhaps I'm feeling cynical about young love (or more cynical than usual) but I feel this poster is about as cliched as I've seen, which coupled with the title of the movie being almost immediately forgettable (something about oceans. and lights. and two people refusing to look into each others' eyes?)

"It's The Sun, right? The sun is the light that shines between the oceans. Or is it, like, a metaphor?" I bet it's a metaphor

"It's The Sun, right? The sun is the light that shines between the oceans. Or is it, like, a metaphor?"
I bet it's a metaphor

"If anyone ever mistreats you Alicia Vikander, I'll be there for you. And that protection extends to pictures or posters of you too..."

"If anyone ever mistreats you Alicia Vikander, I'll be there for you. And that protection extends to pictures or posters of you too..."

Really wants to put it above a sewer grate just to see what happens.

Really wants to put it above a sewer grate just to see what happens.

I'm guessing the gratitude being expressed in this case is probably more generic and vaguely inspiractional... otherwise I'm getting visions of emergency money transfers to border control posts in Mongolia, a kidney and some blood transfusions, and late night chats into the early hours of the morning to discuss political strategy.

I'm guessing the gratitude being expressed in this case is probably more generic and vaguely inspiractional... otherwise I'm getting visions of emergency money transfers to border control posts in Mongolia, a kidney and some blood transfusions, and late night chats into the early hours of the morning to discuss political strategy.

David Heyman produced this film, and attended its premiere, as evidenced above. He actually attends a reasonable number of premieres, though right now on this amount of sleep I couldn't tell you which one of (say) Gravity, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Paddington, We're The Millers, Testament of Youth and (say) Yes Man he attended. But, weirdly, I attended them all.

David Heyman produced this film, and attended its premiere, as evidenced above. He actually attends a reasonable number of premieres, though right now on this amount of sleep I couldn't tell you which one of (say) Gravity, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Paddington, We're The Millers, Testament of Youth and (say) Yes Man he attended. But, weirdly, I attended them all.

"Please give this to Michael Fassbender when he arrives. Don't tell him what it is or who it's from. If it moves, step on it a couple of times" - this film's director is Derek Cianfrance.

"Please give this to Michael Fassbender when he arrives. Don't tell him what it is or who it's from. If it moves, step on it a couple of times" - this film's director is Derek Cianfrance.

"Have you got the thing? Who gave it to you?" - Michael Fassbender, star of this film as well as X-Men Apocalypse, the hugely underrated yet excellent Steve Jobs and (say) Prometheus has shown up!

"Have you got the thing? Who gave it to you?"
- Michael Fassbender, star of this film as well as X-Men Apocalypse, the hugely underrated yet excellent Steve Jobs and (say) Prometheus has shown up!

Real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender play what appear to be the fake-life couple on the movie poster (that, or two random out-of-age emo kids not making eye-contact because life is pain or something)

Real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender play what appear to be the fake-life couple on the movie poster (that, or two random out-of-age emo kids not making eye-contact because life is pain or something)

"Rule of Thirds, don't let down now...."

"Rule of Thirds, don't let down now...."

Fine. Here's some rule of thirds composition. Alicia Vikander looks about as excited as I feel (back at The Apartment a couple of hours later, mind you. It felt plenty exciting at the time) - I last photographed her earlier this year at the premiere of "Jason Bourne"

Fine. Here's some rule of thirds composition. Alicia Vikander looks about as excited as I feel (back at The Apartment a couple of hours later, mind you. It felt plenty exciting at the time) - I last photographed her earlier this year at the premiere of "Jason Bourne"

"If your mobile can photograph me through this crowd, sure, take the photo" - Director Derek Cianfrance also directed and wrote the Ryan Gosling movies "The Place Beyond The Pines" and "Blue Valentine". I'm going to be honest... neither moved me overmuch, but they were okay. But then in the last few years, only really The Lego Movie and Mad Max Fury Road have moved me much.

"If your mobile can photograph me through this crowd, sure, take the photo" - Director Derek Cianfrance also directed and wrote the Ryan Gosling movies "The Place Beyond The Pines" and "Blue Valentine". I'm going to be honest... neither moved me overmuch, but they were okay. But then in the last few years, only really The Lego Movie and Mad Max Fury Road have moved me much.

"This is why I needed to know who it was that gave me the stuff, Linda!" - Michael Fassbender is beset by fans eager for various sanctioned interactions while no doubt fantasising about less authorised ones.

"This is why I needed to know who it was that gave me the stuff, Linda!" - Michael Fassbender is beset by fans eager for various sanctioned interactions while no doubt fantasising about less authorised ones.

"Let's see if you guys are any less crazy on this side. Don't get me wrong, though, I respect Crazy. Just want you to know"

"Let's see if you guys are any less crazy on this side. Don't get me wrong, though, I respect Crazy. Just want you to know"

I was pretty fortunate to capture young Florence Clery, who is in this movie, in the brief moments she wasn't blocked by everything on and off the carpet (this is what makes Stages and Announcements of Arrival at premieres such a good idea, otherwise I'm photographing random kids hoping it's relevant rather than merely creepy)

I was pretty fortunate to capture young Florence Clery, who is in this movie, in the brief moments she wasn't blocked by everything on and off the carpet (this is what makes Stages and Announcements of Arrival at premieres such a good idea, otherwise I'm photographing random kids hoping it's relevant rather than merely creepy)

I was also rather fortunate to spot Australia's own Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-Winner; and his Scarf which I believe consults on various TV spec scripts in between running its own line of discreet business makeup.

I was also rather fortunate to spot Australia's own Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-Winner; and his Scarf which I believe consults on various TV spec scripts in between running its own line of discreet business makeup.

"That's the last time I let you overshadow me, Scarf!"

"That's the last time I let you overshadow me, Scarf!"

"Hey, is that one of those banned Samsung 7 phones?" "... I think it's me that's making the temperature rise. Sorry." (Or something like that. i couldn't hear over the general screaming) (larger photo located here)

"Hey, is that one of those banned Samsung 7 phones?"
"... I think it's me that's making the temperature rise. Sorry."

(Or something like that. i couldn't hear over the general screaming)
(larger photo located here)

Too many fans, not enough stars.

Too many fans, not enough stars.

"This phone is pretty warm" "Yeah... Michael touched it"

"This phone is pretty warm"
"Yeah... Michael touched it"

"I'm just trying to figure out how many people besides us I can compose into this picture so you'll remember the strange people you were standing around for a lot longer than I've been here"

"I'm just trying to figure out how many people besides us I can compose into this picture so you'll remember the strange people you were standing around for a lot longer than I've been here"

"Waving at random person to create distraction - hey there!"

"Waving at random person to create distraction - hey there!"

So... that was that. And I quickly rushed to the nearest tube station to catch a train to St Pancras to get me home for a late-night phone conference with the US/Canada. Because that's how I roll. That, and I hope nobody too major showed up just after I left.

Fifteen days in a row down, one to go. Until next time (hopefully tomorrow) !

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