14 Oct - The (BFI LFF) 'Nocturnal Animals' Premiere

October 14th, 2016.

After an incredible TEN (10) hours sleep provided courtesy of a day of annual leave, I was ready to face down the incredible day TEN (10) of this year's BFI London Film Festival with not one but TWO premieres - the first of which was for director Tom Ford's follow-up to the excellent "A Single Man" from back in 2009.

Here's how that went down:

"Nocturnal Animals". A premiere weirdly held before sunset.

"Nocturnal Animals". A premiere weirdly held before sunset.

" don't want to come across as cruel, but all of you are a bit too ugly to hang around". Tom Ford has arrived and discovered the Autograph Dealer Pen. Coincidentally.

" don't want to come across as cruel, but all of you are a bit too ugly to hang around". Tom Ford has arrived and discovered the Autograph Dealer Pen. Coincidentally.

"Look into my camera! Or sign my coffee cup!"

"Look into my camera! Or sign my coffee cup!"

"OMG it's Tom Ford. If he says anything negative about the dress I'll feel honour-bound to track down this designer and murder them". I'm wearing a hoodie under a ski jacket. I think I'd be honour bound to kill an entire industry.

"OMG it's Tom Ford. If he says anything negative about the dress I'll feel honour-bound to track down this designer and murder them". I'm wearing a hoodie under a ski jacket. I think I'd be honour bound to kill an entire industry.

"And you go out in public wearing a... a... is it called 'puffy jacket'? Is that what it's called? And people date you and everything??" Tom Ford doesn't merely have film and photographic credentials, he's also got a major fashion label he's running as a side-project. It's called "TOM FORD". You might have heard of it.

"And you go out in public wearing a... a... is it called 'puffy jacket'? Is that what it's called? And people date you and everything??" Tom Ford doesn't merely have film and photographic credentials, he's also got a major fashion label he's running as a side-project. It's called "TOM FORD". You might have heard of it.

"Tell you what. Go home, burn every piece of clothing you own, and start again. That's my fashion advice to you" "......" "Also watch my movie. I hope that goes without saying"

"Tell you what. Go home, burn every piece of clothing you own, and start again. That's my fashion advice to you"
"......"
"Also watch my movie. I hope that goes without saying"

"I'm going to turn around for 1/4 of a second. Let's see how good your cameras' autofocus is" - the next arrival is Aaron Taylor-Johnson

"I'm going to turn around for 1/4 of a second. Let's see how good your cameras' autofocus is" - the next arrival is Aaron Taylor-Johnson

"I'm standing for a country's national anthem I don't recognise. Is it Armenian?"

"I'm standing for a country's national anthem I don't recognise. Is it Armenian?"

"Okay, a few more won't hurt" After more or less failing to photograph the lovely Amy Adams for the fourth or fifth time at the premiere of "Arrival" just a few days ago, I get another chance today.

"Okay, a few more won't hurt" After more or less failing to photograph the lovely Amy Adams for the fourth or fifth time at the premiere of "Arrival" just a few days ago, I get another chance today.

"A THIRD Kick-Ass movie? I'm not sure I can play an awkward teen so much anymore. But a sequel to 'Nowhere Boy' might be interesting" - Aaron Taylor-Johnson played the young John Lennon in that movie, which had its own BFI LFF premiere back in the day.

"A THIRD Kick-Ass movie? I'm not sure I can play an awkward teen so much anymore. But a sequel to 'Nowhere Boy' might be interesting" - Aaron Taylor-Johnson played the young John Lennon in that movie, which had its own BFI LFF premiere back in the day.

Amy Adams is being interviewed (more or less) directly in front of me!! Put another way : if I screw this up, it's time admit she's got some kind of magic power over me that not even Charlize Theron has managed.

Amy Adams is being interviewed (more or less) directly in front of me!! Put another way : if I screw this up, it's time admit she's got some kind of magic power over me that not even Charlize Theron has managed.

Amy Adams and I make eye-contact. I'm not going to say that heavenly choirs sang out in unison, but maybe that beat-boxer doing didgeridoo solos on the corner of Leicester Square did alter the mood just a little.

Amy Adams and I make eye-contact. I'm not going to say that heavenly choirs sang out in unison, but maybe that beat-boxer doing didgeridoo solos on the corner of Leicester Square did alter the mood just a little.

"Bruce Wayne is WHO?? Wow - does anybody else know??" - Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in the ongoing cinematic abomination that is the DC Comics Cinematic Universe (including Man of Steel and Batman v Superman)... but I want to stress that this is not her fault in any way.

"Bruce Wayne is WHO?? Wow - does anybody else know??" - Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in the ongoing cinematic abomination that is the DC Comics Cinematic Universe (including Man of Steel and Batman v Superman)... but I want to stress that this is not her fault in any way.

I like Amy Adams. There. I've said it. (Like... again). Also - I like this photo.

I like Amy Adams. There. I've said it. (Like... again). Also - I like this photo.

Is this the part where some kind of Bryan Adams power-ballad starts playing or is that dude with his iTunes or Spotify turned up just a little too loud next to me picking up the vibe just like I am?

Is this the part where some kind of Bryan Adams power-ballad starts playing or is that dude with his iTunes or Spotify turned up just a little too loud next to me picking up the vibe just like I am?

"Guys? This is a classy movie and I can't afford to be seen with you. Peace and Love" For the second time in just a couple of days, I'm photographing Armie Hammer. (He was at and in 'Birth of a Nation' and might actually be in a third film in this festival - the closing gala "Free Fire" on Sunday)

"Guys? This is a classy movie and I can't afford to be seen with you. Peace and Love" For the second time in just a couple of days, I'm photographing Armie Hammer. (He was at and in 'Birth of a Nation' and might actually be in a third film in this festival - the closing gala "Free Fire" on Sunday)

It's a Tom Ford movie. I think no matter what you're wearing there's a chance you're STILL under-dressed.

It's a Tom Ford movie. I think no matter what you're wearing there's a chance you're STILL under-dressed.

Two of the greatest hairstyles on men and two of the most confusing shades of orange I've seen as skin on men combine in four people. One of whom is fashion designer Valentino, I believe.

Two of the greatest hairstyles on men and two of the most confusing shades of orange I've seen as skin on men combine in four people. One of whom is fashion designer Valentino, I believe.

Based on the rousing indifference towards me that I'm getting even at this distance, this may possibly be current/former supermodel Eva Herzigova. I have that effect on supermodels. In a world of supermodels, I'm quite the ninja.

Based on the rousing indifference towards me that I'm getting even at this distance, this may possibly be current/former supermodel Eva Herzigova. I have that effect on supermodels. In a world of supermodels, I'm quite the ninja.

"You liked me in that movie? Well aren't you nice! And I like you in that crowd you're in!" - semi-surprise guest Colin Firth (he was in Tom Ford's first film "A Single Man") has arrived.

"You liked me in that movie? Well aren't you nice! And I like you in that crowd you're in!" - semi-surprise guest Colin Firth (he was in Tom Ford's first film "A Single Man") has arrived.

Colin Firth was most recently exceedingly dapper in the movie "Kingsman"... but to be fair he's fairly dapper in most things he's in, including real life.

Colin Firth was most recently exceedingly dapper in the movie "Kingsman"... but to be fair he's fairly dapper in most things he's in, including real life.

Meanwhile, Amy Adams and I continue our shameless and desperate flirting. Do we know if she's currently married? I'm currently spectacularly single. In case that makes a difference.

Meanwhile, Amy Adams and I continue our shameless and desperate flirting. Do we know if she's currently married? I'm currently spectacularly single. In case that makes a difference.

"Have you and Evan Peters ever been in the same place at the same time? I'd like to see that" Evan Peters plays the character Quicksilver in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, while Aaron Taylor Johnson plays (spoilers : played) him in Avengers : Age of Ultron.

"Have you and Evan Peters ever been in the same place at the same time? I'd like to see that" Evan Peters plays the character Quicksilver in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, while Aaron Taylor Johnson plays (spoilers : played) him in Avengers : Age of Ultron.

Last arrival from the cast is young Ellie Bamber, who was also in (and at the premiere of) this year's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - a movie I've watched and found surprisingly fun as a Jane Austen adapatation first, zombie movie second.

Last arrival from the cast is young Ellie Bamber, who was also in (and at the premiere of) this year's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - a movie I've watched and found surprisingly fun as a Jane Austen adapatation first, zombie movie second.

"Somebody bought a bloodied meat-cleaver for me to sign? Cool!!"

"Somebody bought a bloodied meat-cleaver for me to sign? Cool!!"

"Wait... I gotta figure out how to turn on the camera function. Actually, come to think of it... I'm not sure this phone has a camera function"

"Wait... I gotta figure out how to turn on the camera function. Actually, come to think of it... I'm not sure this phone has a camera function"

... and one last photo of Amy Adams. Don't approve? Want more photos of (say) Armie Hammer? Why not buy your own website. Tell Squarespace I sent 'ya.

... and one last photo of Amy Adams. Don't approve? Want more photos of (say) Armie Hammer? Why not buy your own website. Tell Squarespace I sent 'ya.

So... that was that. A most enjoyble, slightly-above-average-in-class premiere for 'The Archive of Movie Premieres' to ingest and record. I'm going to head to The Office Now, sit down and have a nice warm cup of tea, and get myself mentally prepared for the next premiere, two hours hence, for 'It's Only The End Of The World'

Until then!

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