21 Nov - Netflix's 'The Crown - Season 2' World Premiere

November 21st, 2017.

Just like last year, the media behemoth that is Netflix did what Marvel and DC couldn't be a55ed to do in London anymore:  and hold a World Premiere (or indeed 'Premiere') for its series 'The Crown'. Crowds were surprisingly small (and it wasn't even that cold) but certainly enthusiastic - perhaps people in the UK prefer The Real Thing (which is basically living in a palace just up the road nearby) to the younger, arguably better looking thing, but I was certainly pretty sure where I wanted to be.

Here's how it went down:

It's "The Crown" - a highly regarded retelling of the life of Britain's Own royal family. Whether they're also tuning in each week desperate to see what happens next is not known.

It's "The Crown" - a highly regarded retelling of the life of Britain's Own royal family. Whether they're also tuning in each week desperate to see what happens next is not known.

Due to what can only be described as "amazing circumstances" I ended up with White Wristband #2 for this premiere; and due to what can only be described as peanut-headed incompetence I was asked to move from my spot to make room for people let into the pen later with competing Blue wristbands... and I lost my spot to somebody with a worse wristband than me. Well hooray for predictable weirdness,

Due to what can only be described as "amazing circumstances" I ended up with White Wristband #2 for this premiere; and due to what can only be described as peanut-headed incompetence I was asked to move from my spot to make room for people let into the pen later with competing Blue wristbands... and I lost my spot to somebody with a worse wristband than me. Well hooray for predictable weirdness,

"I swear it didn't look like this in the shop...."

"I swear it didn't look like this in the shop...."

"I'm not actually controlling this rig.... also I think it might be hacking into the Kremlin.... but the shake reduction IS amazing"

"I'm not actually controlling this rig.... also I think it might be hacking into the Kremlin.... but the shake reduction IS amazing"

Our red carpet 'host' had a small step-stage and the mannerisms of a decades-older broadway performer. Turns out he's also in the show : Billy Jenkins plays (presumably Young) Prince Charles in the show.

Our red carpet 'host' had a small step-stage and the mannerisms of a decades-older broadway performer. Turns out he's also in the show : Billy Jenkins plays (presumably Young) Prince Charles in the show.

They brought Corgis to the premiere! I've heard they can be a grouchy, bitey breed. On a separate but related topic, our pen is filled with autograph dealers, and their coats are not nearly as shiny.

They brought Corgis to the premiere! I've heard they can be a grouchy, bitey breed. On a separate but related topic, our pen is filled with autograph dealers, and their coats are not nearly as shiny.

The fine folks at wireimage.com, who I use primarily to help me identify people I photograph that look famous, offered that the corgis at the event were "Royal Corgis", but I don't know what that means. They were well-behaved and didn't crap on the carpet, at least.

The fine folks at wireimage.com, who I use primarily to help me identify people I photograph that look famous, offered that the corgis at the event were "Royal Corgis", but I don't know what that means. They were well-behaved and didn't crap on the carpet, at least.

Currently overjoyed that there are no such things as "Royal Rottweilers"....

Currently overjoyed that there are no such things as "Royal Rottweilers"....

Unknown - both the person and the style of hat being worn. (Please send your guidance on this in the direction of this website, or its twitter, facebook, or if time is not an issue instagram, pages)

Unknown - both the person and the style of hat being worn. (Please send your guidance on this in the direction of this website, or its twitter, facebook, or if time is not an issue instagram, pages)

Unknown, but between you and me the time for me to develop that kind of 'greying at the temples while the rest of the hair remains coloured and lustrous' style has long since passed. Genetics be a cruel mistress, yo.

Unknown, but between you and me the time for me to develop that kind of 'greying at the temples while the rest of the hair remains coloured and lustrous' style has long since passed. Genetics be a cruel mistress, yo.

On the plus side, genetics also means I never have to face this kind of hairstyle choice or accident (edited to admit : I don't know who this is)

On the plus side, genetics also means I never have to face this kind of hairstyle choice or accident (edited to admit : I don't know who this is)

"Act more in love! Act less in love! Act like you don't know each other and are being asked to act semi-intimate by total strangers shouting at you while holding cameras! Wow - you're really good at this!" - the two leads of the show - Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip have arrived.

"Act more in love! Act less in love! Act like you don't know each other and are being asked to act semi-intimate by total strangers shouting at you while holding cameras! Wow - you're really good at this!" - the two leads of the show - Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip have arrived.

"You know... the Queen and Prince Philip wouldn't have listened, let alone followed, those guys' instructions. Can we go back again and ignore them?" - I most recently photographed Claire Foy at the BFI LFF premiere of "Breathe", but she was also at the original "The Crown" premiere, wearing a dress that might passingly be called "considerably more colourful"

"You know... the Queen and Prince Philip wouldn't have listened, let alone followed, those guys' instructions. Can we go back again and ignore them?" - I most recently photographed Claire Foy at the BFI LFF premiere of "Breathe", but she was also at the original "The Crown" premiere, wearing a dress that might passingly be called "considerably more colourful"

"I'm now ignoring everyone. Bet you're glad I went method" - at this premiere I went method as 'person not dressed formally and slightly surprised I got away with it again', though to be fair that's the role I've been playing for a while now.

"I'm now ignoring everyone. Bet you're glad I went method" - at this premiere I went method as 'person not dressed formally and slightly surprised I got away with it again', though to be fair that's the role I've been playing for a while now.

"No matter how lively this expression there's no way you're going to be able to look at this as a photo of me once you notice the woman with the green headband and vaguely echidna-like hairdo behind me". Well..... damnit. If I was slightly less tired and it was slightly less 'the wrong side of 11pm' I might consider recropping this shot.

"No matter how lively this expression there's no way you're going to be able to look at this as a photo of me once you notice the woman with the green headband and vaguely echidna-like hairdo behind me". Well..... damnit. If I was slightly less tired and it was slightly less 'the wrong side of 11pm' I might consider recropping this shot.

Technically Mother and Son, I guess.... almost every star from the series went to say hello to Billy Jenkins on his little step-stage. Sadly the passing crowd soon realised it and frequently blocked views of him.

Technically Mother and Son, I guess.... almost every star from the series went to say hello to Billy Jenkins on his little step-stage. Sadly the passing crowd soon realised it and frequently blocked views of him.

"I'll have you know I graduated from the Benedict Cumberbatch School of "I'm sorry I don't have time to sign for you right now" and he called me one of his most talented students". Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'

"I'll have you know I graduated from the Benedict Cumberbatch School of "I'm sorry I don't have time to sign for you right now" and he called me one of his most talented students". Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret in 'The Crown'

"He followed me home : can I keep him?" Technically Aunt and Nephew I guess?

"He followed me home : can I keep him?" Technically Aunt and Nephew I guess?

Gillian Anderson is in The X-Files, and not The Crown. But then I'm in IT Analytics, and I'm at this premiere as well. That's part of the sparkly magic of premieres.

Gillian Anderson is in The X-Files, and not The Crown. But then I'm in IT Analytics, and I'm at this premiere as well. That's part of the sparkly magic of premieres.

Peter Morgan has been nominated for two screenwriting Oscars ('The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon') and he created 'The Crown'.... in the sense of him having created something that biologically was not created by him.

Peter Morgan has been nominated for two screenwriting Oscars ('The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon') and he created 'The Crown'.... in the sense of him having created something that biologically was not created by him.

"He's so cute, and since the real Prince Philip got to 'keep' Prince Charles isn't there some kind of way I can keep him too?" - Matt Smith was a prior incarnation of the famed Doctor Who, but was also in (and fun in) 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

"He's so cute, and since the real Prince Philip got to 'keep' Prince Charles isn't there some kind of way I can keep him too?" - Matt Smith was a prior incarnation of the famed Doctor Who, but was also in (and fun in) 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

"Seriously, if his Mom doesn't pick him up after this event and nobody else wants him, I can give him a great life.... I'm famous you know"

"Seriously, if his Mom doesn't pick him up after this event and nobody else wants him, I can give him a great life.... I'm famous you know"

"OMG! Matt Smith is totally famous?!"

"OMG! Matt Smith is totally famous?!"

"Pointing over there. No reason. Felt it would be cool."

"Pointing over there. No reason. Felt it would be cool."

"Now I'm pointing over here, but I'm not making a big deal about it. That's Art, baby"

"Now I'm pointing over here, but I'm not making a big deal about it. That's Art, baby"

"I don't know what Matt Smith is doing. Please don't ask me" Crowd density in front of my spot has gotten large enough that I've abandoned my spot to see if I can get better photos from another vantagepoint. And since people are obliviously standing on various straps of my (mostly) empty backpack, I choose to leave it where it is. I return later to find it's been removed, probably as a security threat. Sigh.

"I don't know what Matt Smith is doing. Please don't ask me" Crowd density in front of my spot has gotten large enough that I've abandoned my spot to see if I can get better photos from another vantagepoint. And since people are obliviously standing on various straps of my (mostly) empty backpack, I choose to leave it where it is. I return later to find it's been removed, probably as a security threat. Sigh.

Suzanne Mackie is one of 9 Executive Producers who have EP'ed 12 episodes of The Crown. There's also a a tenth Executive producer who has only produced 10 episodes. and I bet they get laughed at a lot.

Suzanne Mackie is one of 9 Executive Producers who have EP'ed 12 episodes of The Crown. There's also a a tenth Executive producer who has only produced 10 episodes. and I bet they get laughed at a lot.

"When I refer to them all as "those common people" I just want you to know that's me staying in character for my role". Chloe Pirrie plays somebody called "Eileen Parker" in the series

"When I refer to them all as "those common people" I just want you to know that's me staying in character for my role". Chloe Pirrie plays somebody called "Eileen Parker" in the series

"Thanks y'all for showing up. And if any of you want continuity of royal succession comprised of young people who have the same names as Royals you're already familiar with but are cooler and better-looking, just write to your local Member of Parliament and start signing petitions. Not saying it'll work, but weirder things have...."

"Thanks y'all for showing up. And if any of you want continuity of royal succession comprised of young people who have the same names as Royals you're already familiar with but are cooler and better-looking, just write to your local Member of Parliament and start signing petitions. Not saying it'll work, but weirder things have...."

"It's hard to play The Queen in such a highly regarded series and then find myself at a train station dealing with delayed and cancelled trains and wishing I was able to have anyone found responsible executed." - are only Royals are allowed to want that? I'm asking.... for..... a friend.

"It's hard to play The Queen in such a highly regarded series and then find myself at a train station dealing with delayed and cancelled trains and wishing I was able to have anyone found responsible executed." - are only Royals are allowed to want that? I'm asking.... for..... a friend.

"They let me be a Doctor without having a degree, and a Royal without requiring a birth certificate. I just want to say once again : this acting thing is great!"

"They let me be a Doctor without having a degree, and a Royal without requiring a birth certificate. I just want to say once again : this acting thing is great!"

"We're not identical twins. Not when one of us isn't shaving and the other is. Obviously."

"We're not identical twins. Not when one of us isn't shaving and the other is. Obviously."

"I didn't understand what either of them wanted, but no I didn't feel threatened, Edith"

"I didn't understand what either of them wanted, but no I didn't feel threatened, Edith"

Guy on far left of the shot has managed to use a combination of rotors, magnetism and (possibly) tides to sail his camera rig in the direction of Claire Foy.

Guy on far left of the shot has managed to use a combination of rotors, magnetism and (possibly) tides to sail his camera rig in the direction of Claire Foy.

"This is me looking pensive and wistful. I could do it without the jacket, but I think the jacket adds a certain ennui"

"This is me looking pensive and wistful. I could do it without the jacket, but I think the jacket adds a certain ennui"

"This is me looking pensive and wistful WITHOUT requiring a jacket. And as long as nobody near me is pulling a face to detract from my ennui, I think you'll all be affected by it."

"This is me looking pensive and wistful WITHOUT requiring a jacket. And as long as nobody near me is pulling a face to detract from my ennui, I think you'll all be affected by it."

So... that was that.... a premiere for a media streaming service I don't have and a series I haven't seen, and other than the heartbreak of a lost 7+yr old ratty backpack, a cheap grey scarf and two plastic rubbish bins (long story... actually it's not but it's stupid) I couldn't be more grateful for a premiere in London as the year slowly draws to a close. At present there are two more scheduled that I should be able to get to, along with 2 (possibly 3) awards evenings, before I shrug away 2017, but for now it's +1 more for The Archive of Premieres.

Until next time!

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16 Nov - The 'Daddy's Home 2' Premiere

November 16th, 2017.

Today, for my first premiere in almost a fortnight, I brought the kickass pro Nikon camera, locked on my specialist low-light telephoto lens, and inserted my blisteringly fast memory card ....and only 20mins before heading to Leicester Square did i realise that I left the only battery I have for that camera back at my apartment where it's been charging since Paddington2 almost a fortnight ago.

So.... a premiere with just the Pentax, and just its kit lens, its sigma 10-20 wide-angle, and its short range portrait lens.... and a spot nowhere near the stage... for the first time double-Oscar winner Mel Gibson has been in London in (I'm told) a couple of decades.

No pressure, then. Here's how it went down:

Apparently they only gave out some 120 'regular' blue numbered wristbands for this premiere, which is a very low number. But just before you can wonder about that reasoning, it was also revealed that they'd handed out both numbered AND un-numbered red wristbands.

Apparently they only gave out some 120 'regular' blue numbered wristbands for this premiere, which is a very low number. But just before you can wonder about that reasoning, it was also revealed that they'd handed out both numbered AND un-numbered red wristbands.

This view of the spectacular Christmassy carpet is from the Burger King across from the Vue Leicester Square. They don't officially take kindly to people using their fine restaurant as a base for long-range premiere photography, and I don't really like the price of 'renting' a table and possibly having to eat some of their 'food' either.

This view of the spectacular Christmassy carpet is from the Burger King across from the Vue Leicester Square. They don't officially take kindly to people using their fine restaurant as a base for long-range premiere photography, and I don't really like the price of 'renting' a table and possibly having to eat some of their 'food' either.

Best camo suit ever : our host for this evening appears to be a pair of shoes, two hands and a floating head.

Best camo suit ever : our host for this evening appears to be a pair of shoes, two hands and a floating head.

"Me, my cameraman and sound guy are on the red-and-white-and-gree carpet having an awesome time. And those rumours that I'm drawing a triple salary by pretending to be three people to rip off the media empire I run are lies, damnit"

"Me, my cameraman and sound guy are on the red-and-white-and-gree carpet having an awesome time. And those rumours that I'm drawing a triple salary by pretending to be three people to rip off the media empire I run are lies, damnit"

" 'Ho, Ho, Ho' rhymes with 'Yo, Yo, Yo' people!!" your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ You-Gotta-Espresso-Yo-Elf presided over the warmup portion of this event, dispensing gifts primarily to people outside the event who hadn't been able to secure wristbands.

" 'Ho, Ho, Ho' rhymes with 'Yo, Yo, Yo' people!!" your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ You-Gotta-Espresso-Yo-Elf presided over the warmup portion of this event, dispensing gifts primarily to people outside the event who hadn't been able to secure wristbands.

"I don't know where the other three guys are and I'm feeling lonely and exposed here right now" - our first attendee is Will Ferrell, who was also in the first 'Daddy's Home' movie, whose premiere was back in 2015.

"I don't know where the other three guys are and I'm feeling lonely and exposed here right now" - our first attendee is Will Ferrell, who was also in the first 'Daddy's Home' movie, whose premiere was back in 2015.

With a flick of a switch, Will Ferrell turns on the Christmas lights on the house and the carpet, and hopefully it hasn't drained so much power from the grid that my deregulated rail company will have yet another excuse for why their trains are running late tonight.

With a flick of a switch, Will Ferrell turns on the Christmas lights on the house and the carpet, and hopefully it hasn't drained so much power from the grid that my deregulated rail company will have yet another excuse for why their trains are running late tonight.

"You need to stay next to me. I like feeling this tall" - John Lithgow plays Will Ferrell's father in the film, and I hope that isn't a spoiler but it seemed pretty clear from the trailers.

"You need to stay next to me. I like feeling this tall" - John Lithgow plays Will Ferrell's father in the film, and I hope that isn't a spoiler but it seemed pretty clear from the trailers.

"Our planet Earth was the Third Rock From The Sun all along? I don't actually know what you're talking about, but if it means you're not angry at me for wearing this coat I'm fine with it"

"Our planet Earth was the Third Rock From The Sun all along? I don't actually know what you're talking about, but if it means you're not angry at me for wearing this coat I'm fine with it"

"Will Ferrell was wonderful to work with, and I'm not just saying that because he's coming on stage after me" - I last photographed John Lithgow this year (and for the first time) at the TV Baftas.

"Will Ferrell was wonderful to work with, and I'm not just saying that because he's coming on stage after me" - I last photographed John Lithgow this year (and for the first time) at the TV Baftas.

"Your suit looks amazing Alex, but I still don't want to risk my eyesight by looking at you directly"

"Your suit looks amazing Alex, but I still don't want to risk my eyesight by looking at you directly"

"Well, you see, the Third Rock From The Sun was planet Earth, and I wasn't actually *IN* The Martian with Matt Damon... I don't think I can sign that"

"Well, you see, the Third Rock From The Sun was planet Earth, and I wasn't actually *IN* The Martian with Matt Damon... I don't think I can sign that"

"I don't want to seem a stickler for accurate Astronomy... but it's important"

"I don't want to seem a stickler for accurate Astronomy... but it's important"

Mel Gibson. Despite his apologies and time in the Hollywood Sin Bin, I'm still concerned posting photos of him lest they cause offence. But he's a dual Oscar winner and it's a Christmas-themed movie and that's a time for forgiveness and I've posted photos of Jaden Smith and Kim Kardashian in this journal in the past and not explicitly apologised for that either....

Mel Gibson. Despite his apologies and time in the Hollywood Sin Bin, I'm still concerned posting photos of him lest they cause offence. But he's a dual Oscar winner and it's a Christmas-themed movie and that's a time for forgiveness and I've posted photos of Jaden Smith and Kim Kardashian in this journal in the past and not explicitly apologised for that either....

Mel Gibson has won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (for Braveheart in 1995) and was also nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge at this year's Academy Awards.

Mel Gibson has won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (for Braveheart in 1995) and was also nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge at this year's Academy Awards.

later on stage, Alex Zane would ask Mel a question that went "so do you have any advice to give for the holiday season?" with "always count to ten before you say anything" which... well... I've failed to count to anything from 4 to about 800 and still regretted it myself, but it's generically decent advice.

later on stage, Alex Zane would ask Mel a question that went "so do you have any advice to give for the holiday season?" with "always count to ten before you say anything" which... well... I've failed to count to anything from 4 to about 800 and still regretted it myself, but it's generically decent advice.

Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg sashayed down the Knitted Christmas Sweater Carpet, offending nobody (though sorely disappointing dealers for whom he would not keep his promise and return to sign autographs) (but since those dealers are set to start an internal and unstoppable riot when Mel Gibson comes over in about 6,5,4,3,2,1 seconds from now, my sympathy for them is limited)

Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg sashayed down the Knitted Christmas Sweater Carpet, offending nobody (though sorely disappointing dealers for whom he would not keep his promise and return to sign autographs) (but since those dealers are set to start an internal and unstoppable riot when Mel Gibson comes over in about 6,5,4,3,2,1 seconds from now, my sympathy for them is limited)

"I like how you made an effort, Alex. Unlike me, who wore a black t-shirt and jeans and is feeling unfairly shown up at my own premiere to promote my movie, Alex...."

"I like how you made an effort, Alex. Unlike me, who wore a black t-shirt and jeans and is feeling unfairly shown up at my own premiere to promote my movie, Alex...."

"Well, you could walk directly to the stage and do an interview, or you could cause utter chaotic mayhem in the public pens and dozens of greedy autograph dealers flood all the unsecured pens to get more of your signatures by trampling each other and being complete dickheads. Though most of their victims will be other autograph dealers, I suppose...."

"Well, you could walk directly to the stage and do an interview, or you could cause utter chaotic mayhem in the public pens and dozens of greedy autograph dealers flood all the unsecured pens to get more of your signatures by trampling each other and being complete dickheads. Though most of their victims will be other autograph dealers, I suppose...."

"Guys, I don't want to panic you but I think Mel Gibson's about to sign autographs and the resulting stampede of autograph dealers is going to make wildebeest migrations across crocodile infested waterways seem like a beautiful corporate trust exercise in comparison."

"Guys, I don't want to panic you but I think Mel Gibson's about to sign autographs and the resulting stampede of autograph dealers is going to make wildebeest migrations across crocodile infested waterways seem like a beautiful corporate trust exercise in comparison."

Also... go watch our movie. We'd really appreciate it"

Also... go watch our movie. We'd really appreciate it"

"Okay, even I got stop you here Alex. What those people are doing in the pens while Mel Gibson signging Autographs is both horrendous and compelling, and I'm torn between using my fame to try to stop it, and using that same fame to get a free popcorn and stand here watching". I, meanwhile, have been swept along in the mess and have sought refuge at a convenient metal barrier that ensures I can now only be pushed in one direction. A nearby autograph dealer queen has pointed me out to security as a contributor to the mayhem because apparently that is possible from where I'm standing.

"Okay, even I got stop you here Alex. What those people are doing in the pens while Mel Gibson signging Autographs is both horrendous and compelling, and I'm torn between using my fame to try to stop it, and using that same fame to get a free popcorn and stand here watching". I, meanwhile, have been swept along in the mess and have sought refuge at a convenient metal barrier that ensures I can now only be pushed in one direction. A nearby autograph dealer queen has pointed me out to security as a contributor to the mayhem because apparently that is possible from where I'm standing.

"If your camera has somehow NOT switched focus to the pretty girl behind me, you have my sympathy." I'm shooting this photo of Mel Gibson at some distance, which is good because once he gets much closer a wave of autograph dealers will destroy everything in its path, especially my faith in humanity.

"If your camera has somehow NOT switched focus to the pretty girl behind me, you have my sympathy." I'm shooting this photo of Mel Gibson at some distance, which is good because once he gets much closer a wave of autograph dealers will destroy everything in its path, especially my faith in humanity.

"I made it out alive and signed some autographs. Please tell me the next thing I look at on my right will be completely normal and not even slightly confronting"

"I made it out alive and signed some autographs. Please tell me the next thing I look at on my right will be completely normal and not even slightly confronting"

Yeah I'm done too.

Yeah I'm done too.

So, that was that. And I'm not going to lie, even though I think I did pretty well with basically a DSLR with a kit lens at nighttime (something I haven't done for years, and certainly not voluntarily), I've also had more fun sitting at home wondering where my life is heading and coming to fairly pessimistic conclusions than being at this premiere. Once the stars went inside, I didn't stay in the hope of getting better photos if/when the stars left the cinema, or attempt to get a ticket to watch the film for free (they were handing them out near me) and perhaps photograph the stars inside on a stage.... I just wanted to go home where if it wasn't warm and comfortable, it was at least AWAY.

Until next time - when I'll probably have my 'real' camera to record the carnage in more loving detail at least!

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5 Nov - The 'Paddington2' World Premiere

November 5th, 2017.

Just a few days ago I was at Royal Albert Hall for the World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express', and I followed that up with two additional back-to-back visits to the Royal Albert Hall, for concerts by the noted film composer James Newton Howard, and the following day the noted game composer Nobuo Uematsu.

And just when it seemed safe to have a weekend day off, another world premiere! Here's how it went down:

BFI Southbank was the venue for this premiere, and though I would have liked to photograph this premiere from the footbridge overlooking the event, Security were uncertain whether it was a valid place or whether I'd be asked to leave (being security at an event is complicated..)

BFI Southbank was the venue for this premiere, and though I would have liked to photograph this premiere from the footbridge overlooking the event, Security were uncertain whether it was a valid place or whether I'd be asked to leave (being security at an event is complicated..)

"I'd dress like this even if there wasn't a premiere on" - the first 'Paddington' movie had its premiere in Leicester Square in 2014, and it rained.

"I'd dress like this even if there wasn't a premiere on" - the first 'Paddington' movie had its premiere in Leicester Square in 2014, and it rained.

Awesome news : jugglers now get Access All Areas to red carpets. Possibly just for this premiere, but I'd almost be willing to take it up full-time if it applied to all premieres.

Awesome news : jugglers now get Access All Areas to red carpets. Possibly just for this premiere, but I'd almost be willing to take it up full-time if it applied to all premieres.

So much going on in this photo : a deck of World Premiere Tickets, a panicked eye-glance, and possibly somebody reaching into a purse. But I'm an observer - I try not to interfere in the natural process of events if I can.

So much going on in this photo : a deck of World Premiere Tickets, a panicked eye-glance, and possibly somebody reaching into a purse. But I'm an observer - I try not to interfere in the natural process of events if I can.

"Take my word for it - there is nothing - absolutely NOTHING - happening on this side of the barrier you're glancing over. Move along. Enjoy your Sunday. Try the food markets behind the Theatre Royal - the Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese, Truffle Oil and Honey are incredible."

"Take my word for it - there is nothing - absolutely NOTHING - happening on this side of the barrier you're glancing over. Move along. Enjoy your Sunday. Try the food markets behind the Theatre Royal - the Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese, Truffle Oil and Honey are incredible."

Is it me, or are they designing cameras to look more aggressive these days? That's probably why they're hanging cheerful balloons around them as a distraction.

Is it me, or are they designing cameras to look more aggressive these days? That's probably why they're hanging cheerful balloons around them as a distraction.

Simon Farnaby is co-writer of this film, but among his imdb.com credits is not only being a writer of such TV series as 'Blunder' and 'Yonderland', but he had the role of 'Blue Five' in the Star Wars movie 'Rogue One', which has the 1yr anniversary of the abomination of its "premiere" coming up.

Simon Farnaby is co-writer of this film, but among his imdb.com credits is not only being a writer of such TV series as 'Blunder' and 'Yonderland', but he had the role of 'Blue Five' in the Star Wars movie 'Rogue One', which has the 1yr anniversary of the abomination of its "premiere" coming up.

Karen Jankel is the daughter of Paddington creator Michael Bond, who attended the first movie's premiere.

Karen Jankel is the daughter of Paddington creator Michael Bond, who attended the first movie's premiere.

"If producing movies means standing up on these stages rather than taking photos from the crowd, I'm going to keep doing it, Rosie" - David Heyman produced all the Harry Potter movies (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), as well as Gravity and 'The Light Between Oceans'.

"If producing movies means standing up on these stages rather than taking photos from the crowd, I'm going to keep doing it, Rosie" - David Heyman produced all the Harry Potter movies (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), as well as Gravity and 'The Light Between Oceans'.

I don't know who this is, but arbitrarily I will pronounce him to be Brent Spiner, who played Commander Data in Star Trek The Next Generation and the quirky Dr Okun in both Independence Day movies?

I don't know who this is, but arbitrarily I will pronounce him to be Brent Spiner, who played Commander Data in Star Trek The Next Generation and the quirky Dr Okun in both Independence Day movies?

"Cut-off jeans I've heard of, but cut-off ties are a thing now??" Tom Conti's imdb listing makes for fascinating reading, as he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1984 for the movie "Reuben, Reuben"

"Cut-off jeans I've heard of, but cut-off ties are a thing now??" Tom Conti's imdb listing makes for fascinating reading, as he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1984 for the movie "Reuben, Reuben"

Tom Conti also played the role of 'Prisoner' in 'The Dark Knight Rises' - and... yeah, he does look familiar! (I think!) (he wasn't wearing a tie in the movie..)

Tom Conti also played the role of 'Prisoner' in 'The Dark Knight Rises' - and... yeah, he does look familiar! (I think!) (he wasn't wearing a tie in the movie..)

"I love how this bow tie gives me access everywhere. Although that said, I am in this movie... honestly." - Ben Miller plays the role of 'The Colonel' in the movie.

"I love how this bow tie gives me access everywhere. Although that said, I am in this movie... honestly." - Ben Miller plays the role of 'The Colonel' in the movie.

"The bow tie has achieved sentience and will be trying to sneak me into Buckingham Palace later tonight without my consent. You've GOT to stop it somehow!!"

"The bow tie has achieved sentience and will be trying to sneak me into Buckingham Palace later tonight without my consent. You've GOT to stop it somehow!!"

"The bow tie now wants a free large popcorn and a small diet coke from the concession stand inside - give it what it wants, for goodness' sake!!"

"The bow tie now wants a free large popcorn and a small diet coke from the concession stand inside - give it what it wants, for goodness' sake!!"

"I wasn't in the third one" - on the basis of 'I try to watch every movie I was at the premiere of.... eventually' I'm still eventually going to have to watch "Nativity!2 Danger in the Manger" one day. One bright, sunny, weird day. Jessica Hynes was in that one.

"I wasn't in the third one" - on the basis of 'I try to watch every movie I was at the premiere of.... eventually' I'm still eventually going to have to watch "Nativity!2 Danger in the Manger" one day. One bright, sunny, weird day. Jessica Hynes was in that one.

"I hear it even got a VHS release....." - Jessica Hynes was also in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and played the role of Mafalda Hopkirk  in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

"I hear it even got a VHS release....." - Jessica Hynes was also in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and played the role of Mafalda Hopkirk  in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Even more fundamental to the Harry Potter alumni of cast members : Julie Walters hasn't just been nominated for Oscars, but she played Ron's mother Molly Weasley across the entire saga.

Even more fundamental to the Harry Potter alumni of cast members : Julie Walters hasn't just been nominated for Oscars, but she played Ron's mother Molly Weasley across the entire saga.

"Let's see if anybody brought any 'Educating Rita' Merch for me to sign..." - Julie Walters has had two Oscar nominations - one from that film, the other from "Billy Elliot (2000)"

"Let's see if anybody brought any 'Educating Rita' Merch for me to sign..." - Julie Walters has had two Oscar nominations - one from that film, the other from "Billy Elliot (2000)"

"Directing movies ain't like dusting crops. You could fly straight through a star and that'd end your career real fast" - Paul King directed (and co-wrote) Paddington 2, and also directed the first Paddington.

"Directing movies ain't like dusting crops. You could fly straight through a star and that'd end your career real fast" - Paul King directed (and co-wrote) Paddington 2, and also directed the first Paddington.

"I don't know where that earlier quote was adapted from. Probably a movie - a small independent movie whose studio would never sue me for appropriating it"

"I don't know where that earlier quote was adapted from. Probably a movie - a small independent movie whose studio would never sue me for appropriating it"

"To be fair, any question you ask me is going to come across as aggressive with that camera behind me pointing at the back of my head...."

"To be fair, any question you ask me is going to come across as aggressive with that camera behind me pointing at the back of my head...."

"The Oscar was for 'Iris' in 2002, yes, but I still feel very proud of my rendition of 'Like A Virgin' on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack...."

"The Oscar was for 'Iris' in 2002, yes, but I still feel very proud of my rendition of 'Like A Virgin' on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack...."

"People underestimate the importance of comfortable furniture" Jim Broadbent was also Horce Slughorn (and/or a sofa) in Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince (where I didn't photograph him) and The Deathly Hallows part2 (where I did)

"People underestimate the importance of comfortable furniture" Jim Broadbent was also Horce Slughorn (and/or a sofa) in Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince (where I didn't photograph him) and The Deathly Hallows part2 (where I did)

"I gotta get home in time to watch V for Vendetta..." Madeleine Harris plays/played the young Judy Brown in this movie and the original. And tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Remember Remember the Vth of November and all that....

"I gotta get home in time to watch V for Vendetta..." Madeleine Harris plays/played the young Judy Brown in this movie and the original. And tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Remember Remember the Vth of November and all that....

Samuel Joslin (left) plays the other Brown sibling, although he was also in "The Impossible (2012)". And you really should watch 'V for Vendetta' - the score to that movie, like this one, was composed by academy award winning Dario Marianelli

Samuel Joslin (left) plays the other Brown sibling, although he was also in "The Impossible (2012)". And you really should watch 'V for Vendetta' - the score to that movie, like this one, was composed by academy award winning Dario Marianelli

"Is it hard being evil? Did you, like, go method and punch crying children just to get into character?" Taking the Baton of Villainy from Nicole Kidman, who played the chief antagonist in the prior movie, is Hugh Grant

"Is it hard being evil? Did you, like, go method and punch crying children just to get into character?" Taking the Baton of Villainy from Nicole Kidman, who played the chief antagonist in the prior movie, is Hugh Grant

"I kinda want to get off stage just in case the giant organ behind me suddenly goes off and the shockwave destroys the bridge that's overhead"

"I kinda want to get off stage just in case the giant organ behind me suddenly goes off and the shockwave destroys the bridge that's overhead"

Hugh Bonneville is best known for being in 52 episodes of 'Downton Abbey' as well as such movies/premieres as 'Viceroy's House' and 'Monuments Men'.

Hugh Bonneville is best known for being in 52 episodes of 'Downton Abbey' as well as such movies/premieres as 'Viceroy's House' and 'Monuments Men'.

"The heat radiating from this thing is amazing. It's not radioactivity of anything, is it?"

"The heat radiating from this thing is amazing. It's not radioactivity of anything, is it?"

Hugh Grant recounted an anecdote whereby he was sent a letter offering him the role in this movie as a 'washed-out ageing, desperate to regain relevance narcissist' as the producers thought he'd be perfect for it. He said he was mildly offended, but admitted it was a good role.

Hugh Grant recounted an anecdote whereby he was sent a letter offering him the role in this movie as a 'washed-out ageing, desperate to regain relevance narcissist' as the producers thought he'd be perfect for it. He said he was mildly offended, but admitted it was a good role.

"They said ageing narcissist has-been like it was a BAD thing, but it doesn't *have* to be, Baby"

"They said ageing narcissist has-been like it was a BAD thing, but it doesn't *have* to be, Baby"

Arguably this premiere's most important attendee : Ben Whishaw, who plays the voice of Paddington Bear in this movie.

Arguably this premiere's most important attendee : Ben Whishaw, who plays the voice of Paddington Bear in this movie.

"Any of y'all with anything except James Bond and Paddington stuff for me to sign? Get to the back of the queue"

"Any of y'all with anything except James Bond and Paddington stuff for me to sign? Get to the back of the queue"

"It's considerably warmer inside and unlike everyone out here were legitimately famous.... why are we out here again?" - after introducing the movie inside, the stars all assembled in front of the giant organ for a final group shot before heading off for some kind o f raucous afterparty or a game of whist at Jim Broadbent's or whatnot.

"It's considerably warmer inside and unlike everyone out here were legitimately famous.... why are we out here again?" - after introducing the movie inside, the stars all assembled in front of the giant organ for a final group shot before heading off for some kind o f raucous afterparty or a game of whist at Jim Broadbent's or whatnot.

"If you want my autograph, you're not just going to get past a crowd, some paparazzi and motivated security, but you'll have to get past Julie Walters, and I don't recommend attempting that...." The two Korean girls to my right look like that's a challenge that might be worth taking.

"If you want my autograph, you're not just going to get past a crowd, some paparazzi and motivated security, but you'll have to get past Julie Walters, and I don't recommend attempting that...." The two Korean girls to my right look like that's a challenge that might be worth taking.

"Oh, very well. Julie's distracted anyway"

"Oh, very well. Julie's distracted anyway"

So... that was that, a Sunday premiere in the cold noon of an Autumn London, under a bridge and nowhere near a train station I can directly head home from. Still... another one for The Archive of Premieres, right next to its predecessor. There's no major premieres now til a fortnight from now. Might see if I can find something to do with my time until then....

Until next time!

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2 Nov - The 'Murder on the Orient Express' World Premiere

November 2nd, 2017.

Yesterday at lunchtime, I picked up a rather worrying wristband #226 to (then) tomorrow's World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express'. That number wasn't exactly great, I thought, but then I remembered that's about the wristband number I get most BAFTAs, and I seem to do okay at those.

I had no idea 24 hours later how bad... and then unexpectedly awesome... it was going to get. Here's how it went down:

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted The Baftas and The Oliviers (and composer Michael Giacchino's 50th Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and James Bond's Skyfall and Spectre HUGE.

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted The Baftas and The Oliviers (and composer Michael Giacchino's 50th Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and James Bond's Skyfall and Spectre HUGE.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner. And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner.

And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during this year's 2017 Baftas and that turned out okay. Still... not happy, Jan.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during this year's 2017 Baftas and that turned out okay.

Still... not happy, Jan.

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie". it's getting colder the nights.

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie". it's getting colder the nights.

...... and then something remarkable happened. Security went past our pen and told us that a new pen was opening next to the Paparazzi further down, and if anyone wanted to, they could move there, like, Right Now.

And Right Now I'm not sure I've ever moved so fast at a premiere....

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between "facebook privacy concerns" and "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience". 'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between "facebook privacy concerns" and "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience". 'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed Marvel's Thor, and the live action version of Disney's Cinderella; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed Marvel's Thor, and the live action version of Disney's Cinderella; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?" Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?" Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay" - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (Skyfall)

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay" - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (Skyfall)

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you" - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you" - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. (both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash)

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. (both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash)

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!" Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at the premiere of Dark Shadows back in 2012

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!" Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at the premiere of Dark Shadows back in 2012

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man" - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man" - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere". (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere". (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you" - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you" - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything" "...." "So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?" "....." "I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything"
"...."
"So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?"
"....."
"I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!" "I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!"
"I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess". Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess". Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

.... and I don't even like Star Wars! (ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

.... and I don't even like Star Wars!
(ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?" "What's you're cousin's name?" "He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence" Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?"
"What's you're cousin's name?"
"He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence"

Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that". Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later, or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution.

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that". Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later, or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!" ... and don't we all.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!" ... and don't we all.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious" - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious" - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?" "But I was going for a quiet low-five." "Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better" - Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?"
"But I was going for a quiet low-five."
"Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better"
- Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic 'The Lobster (2015)'... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic 'The Lobster (2015)'... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon". My mistake.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon". My mistake.

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"yes you have". I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

"yes you have". I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them". Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them". Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?" Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?" Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..." "I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..."
"I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at" If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at" If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.." Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.." Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?" Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project".

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?" Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project".

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just." - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of "It's Johnny Dep!!!" fame.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just." - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of "It's Johnny Dep!!!" fame.

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..." - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including "Public Enemies", "The Lone Ranger" and "Black Mass"

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..." - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including "Public Enemies", "The Lone Ranger" and "Black Mass"

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this". I say three-quarters.

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this". I say three-quarters.

And that? Is that.

And that? Is that.

So that, unaccountably, and certainly unexpectedly, turned out to be pretty amazing in terms of being a huge reversal of fortune. But I'm tired now, so I'll reflect on it later. Maybe tomorrow. Oh wait... it's past midnight so it's ALREADY tomorrow.

Eh. I'm tired, I'm sorry about the spelling mistakes, and Until Next Time!

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