20 Sep - The 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' World Premiere

September 20th, 2017.

After Monday's 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' world premiere, and yesterday's Last Day of London Fashion Week, I'm still not quite ready for that evening off home I've been craving. Today it was another world premiere, for a movie about A.A.Milne, the creator of Winnie The Pooh.

And much as I've always disliked Tigger and hate Roo with the fire of a thousand suns, I'm certainly a fan of the Big Four - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit. Here's how it went down:

It's a world premiere, it's about a writer whose most famous books were written in the 1920s.... what are the odds on a rapper being onsite as the crowd warmup at this event, though?

It's a world premiere, it's about a writer whose most famous books were written in the 1920s.... what are the odds on a rapper being onsite as the crowd warmup at this event, though?

I don't want to scare anyone, but I think I might be witnessing a kidnapping of a beloved childhood character in progress at best, and a murder at worst!

I don't want to scare anyone, but I think I might be witnessing a kidnapping of a beloved childhood character in progress at best, and a murder at worst!

"My family will pay the ransom. I swear it!"

"My family will pay the ransom. I swear it!"

"This list is not an irrevocable list of attendees, or a guarantee that the pen you've decided to go into and stay in will allow you to photograph any of them". Well... damn.

"This list is not an irrevocable list of attendees, or a guarantee that the pen you've decided to go into and stay in will allow you to photograph any of them". Well... damn.

"Quick : I need something that rhymes with "Milne" - my job is at stake, here!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Thousand Acre Wood are, surprisingly in view of the marching band also on hand, in da hizzouse.

"Quick : I need something that rhymes with "Milne" - my job is at stake, here!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Thousand Acre Wood are, surprisingly in view of the marching band also on hand, in da hizzouse.

"Don't look in that direction whatever you do" - Kind of devastatingly, although I was in a spot facing the stage, the setup of that stage was crucially facing AWAY from where I was, meaning my only angle was to the backs of people being interviewed.

"Don't look in that direction whatever you do" - Kind of devastatingly, although I was in a spot facing the stage, the setup of that stage was crucially facing AWAY from where I was, meaning my only angle was to the backs of people being interviewed.

"What are you doing here? All the best photos to be taken at this premiere require you to specifically NOT be inside the premiere". Well.... yeah. Director Simon Curtis is probably best known for directing 'Woman in Gold' in 2015, and 'My Week With Marilyn' in 2011.

"What are you doing here? All the best photos to be taken at this premiere require you to specifically NOT be inside the premiere". Well.... yeah. Director Simon Curtis is probably best known for directing 'Woman in Gold' in 2015, and 'My Week With Marilyn' in 2011.

"Come on guys, I've been in other films than 'Suicide Squad'. Doesn't anyone remember 'The Legend of Tarzan' from last year?" I forgot about Legend of Tarzan almost as soon as I'd watched it... sadly Suicide Squad was so bad it takes a heady diet of alcohol nightly to help me forget. still, it's always a good thing to be able to photograph Australia's Own Margot Robbie.

"Come on guys, I've been in other films than 'Suicide Squad'. Doesn't anyone remember 'The Legend of Tarzan' from last year?" I forgot about Legend of Tarzan almost as soon as I'd watched it... sadly Suicide Squad was so bad it takes a heady diet of alcohol nightly to help me forget. still, it's always a good thing to be able to photograph Australia's Own Margot Robbie.

Stephen Campbell Moore's entry on imdb.com is an intriguing list of movies I haven't watched and/or don't remember him being on. Given this is his expression when I'm thinking this, I figure it's probably not to say this to him.

Stephen Campbell Moore's entry on imdb.com is an intriguing list of movies I haven't watched and/or don't remember him being on. Given this is his expression when I'm thinking this, I figure it's probably not to say this to him.

"You remember The History Boys but not me being the PRIME MINISTER in Johnny English Reborn? How is that even possible?" - Johnny English remains the only premiere I've ever attended on my birthday. (and yes, it is entirely necessary for you to know this)

"You remember The History Boys but not me being the PRIME MINISTER in Johnny English Reborn? How is that even possible?" - Johnny English remains the only premiere I've ever attended on my birthday. (and yes, it is entirely necessary for you to know this)

"Y'all sure do want a lot of things signed. Is there, like, money to be made in celebrity scrawls or something?" - Margot Robbie might indeed have figured out. I myself started to suspect when my pleasant and calm second row spot suddenly became a battleground of newly arrived people wielding large posters, bad breath, and other evidence of negligible discipline in such things as hygiene and diet.

"Y'all sure do want a lot of things signed. Is there, like, money to be made in celebrity scrawls or something?" - Margot Robbie might indeed have figured out. I myself started to suspect when my pleasant and calm second row spot suddenly became a battleground of newly arrived people wielding large posters, bad breath, and other evidence of negligible discipline in such things as hygiene and diet.

"Look. One of our fingers is definitely pointing in the correct direction. It's your job to figure out which" - Kelly Macdonald's imdb.com entry is almost as intriguing as Stephen Campbell Moore's featuing such things as 56 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, being the voice of Princess Merida in Pixar's 'Brave' and being Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film.

"Look. One of our fingers is definitely pointing in the correct direction. It's your job to figure out which" - Kelly Macdonald's imdb.com entry is almost as intriguing as Stephen Campbell Moore's featuing such things as 56 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, being the voice of Princess Merida in Pixar's 'Brave' and being Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film.

"This isn't really the time to sell me on your new form of income protection insurance... but if it's as good as you say maybe we can chat later?"

"This isn't really the time to sell me on your new form of income protection insurance... but if it's as good as you say maybe we can chat later?"

"Can I just draw a moustache on one of you guys? Just one... it'll make me feel like I'm getting to do something I want to do"

"Can I just draw a moustache on one of you guys? Just one... it'll make me feel like I'm getting to do something I want to do"

I don't know who this is. A real pity.... there's also no evidence she knows who I am which is in some way an equal tragedy.

I don't know who this is. A real pity.... there's also no evidence she knows who I am which is in some way an equal tragedy.

Young Will Tilston, who plays the role of 8 year old Christopher Robin in the film, has literally only this movie in his acting credits, and with those suspenders he's also better dressed than I am.... which is quite the ego destroying realisation.

Young Will Tilston, who plays the role of 8 year old Christopher Robin in the film, has literally only this movie in his acting credits, and with those suspenders he's also better dressed than I am.... which is quite the ego destroying realisation.

"And then all of a sudden, I'd achieved a measure of wealth and fame.... I'm not sure why you old people haven't all gone down this road in all the time you've had access to it, 'cause it's pretty great"

"And then all of a sudden, I'd achieved a measure of wealth and fame.... I'm not sure why you old people haven't all gone down this road in all the time you've had access to it, 'cause it's pretty great"

"That Yellow jacket that dude is wearing is awesome" "I know" "And you made me wear a suit and tie" "I know" Alex Lawther has a second "Young <insert name of character>" to his credit besides a slightly older Christopher Robin in this movie - he was also 'Young Alan Turing' in 'The Imitation Game'.

"That Yellow jacket that dude is wearing is awesome"
"I know"
"And you made me wear a suit and tie"
"I know"

Alex Lawther has a second "Young <insert name of character>" to his credit besides a slightly older Christopher Robin in this movie - he was also 'Young Alan Turing' in 'The Imitation Game'.

"Wait.... didn't you propose to me at the premiere of Mother! just a few weeks ago?" - Domhnall Gleeson was Bill Weasley in most of the Harry Potter movies, and he plays a minor psychopath in the latest Disney Star Wars films.

"Wait.... didn't you propose to me at the premiere of Mother! just a few weeks ago?" - Domhnall Gleeson was Bill Weasley in most of the Harry Potter movies, and he plays a minor psychopath in the latest Disney Star Wars films.

"You like my Seductive Face? I'm thinking of having it patented" - between Disney and Apple, I'm pretty sure every human expresion and element of the human experience has been copyrighted, and Google is using what's left.

"You like my Seductive Face? I'm thinking of having it patented" - between Disney and Apple, I'm pretty sure every human expresion and element of the human experience has been copyrighted, and Google is using what's left.

"Hey, he's using MY seductive face!"

"Hey, he's using MY seductive face!"

"You want me to sign WHAT?" - a girl near me had a Harley Quinn tattoo on her leg, and wanted Margot Robbie to sign it so that the signature itself could be tattooed over and made permanent.

"You want me to sign WHAT?" - a girl near me had a Harley Quinn tattoo on her leg, and wanted Margot Robbie to sign it so that the signature itself could be tattooed over and made permanent.

"It was everything to that woman for me to sign her leg, and that's freaking amazing! What have you done for me lately that's boosted my esteem to that degree, Brigitte??"

"It was everything to that woman for me to sign her leg, and that's freaking amazing! What have you done for me lately that's boosted my esteem to that degree, Brigitte??"

"More body parts to sign? Ummm... I might leave it at one per premiere if that's okay"

"More body parts to sign? Ummm... I might leave it at one per premiere if that's okay"

"Wait a minute. Before I go on stage there are a couple of facial impressions I haven't had a chance to roll out for the fans..."

"Wait a minute. Before I go on stage there are a couple of facial impressions I haven't had a chance to roll out for the fans..."

"It's no 'blue steel', but what do you think? Could I use it to sell pharmaceuticals at least?"

"It's no 'blue steel', but what do you think? Could I use it to sell pharmaceuticals at least?"

"Calling me 'Fleabag' is a bit of a high-risk strategy for asking me out, whether I was in that series or not" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also slated to appear in the latest announced dilution / cash-grab of the Star Wars brand, the as-yet untitled Han Solo spin-off movie.

"Calling me 'Fleabag' is a bit of a high-risk strategy for asking me out, whether I was in that series or not" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also slated to appear in the latest announced dilution / cash-grab of the Star Wars brand, the as-yet untitled Han Solo spin-off movie.

"Well... what if I were to call you.... India?"

"Well... what if I were to call you.... India?"

Meanwhile, back in the direction of the stage....

Probably the only photo I took on the evening that I couldn't have taken from any spot other than the one I was standing in.

Probably the only photo I took on the evening that I couldn't have taken from any spot other than the one I was standing in.

"OMG I just kissed that dude from Ex-Machina - and he made out with Alicia Vikander..... so I've basically made out with Alicia Vikander!!"

"OMG I just kissed that dude from Ex-Machina - and he made out with Alicia Vikander..... so I've basically made out with Alicia Vikander!!"

"You were in STAR WARS??" "No... I AM in Star Wars" "They made new STAR WARS MOVIES??" - Yeah, Disney are keeping the promotion for that franchise pretty low-key.

"You were in STAR WARS??"
"No... I AM in Star Wars"
"They made new STAR WARS MOVIES??" -
Yeah, Disney are keeping the promotion for that franchise pretty low-key.

So... that was another premiere, and despite a truly awful spot with a view of the stage that proved to be much worse than hoped, at least I came away with some photos.... enough for a journal at least!

Time for a break? Probably - but apparently there are three events tomorrow, including two allegedly at the same venue, and I suppose both of my cameras are going to be less tired than me and they're the ones doing the heavy lifting anyway.

Until next time (hopefully tomorrow)!

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18 Sep - The 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' World Premiere

September 18th, 2017

Was it really just two days ago that I was in Riga, trying to convince myself (successfully, it turned out) that a film festival screening of a Finnish film in Latvia attended by the director/lead and producer/writer should count as a premiere? Apparently it was.

But today's another day, in another country, with a much MUCH bigger premiere.... and featuring, quite remarkably, at least three people I'd never photographed before, and ALL Oscar Winners.

Here's how it went down:

It was a premiere so big it took up two sides of Leicester Square, encompassed two cinemas, and was so complex that security staff, who often struggle with maintaining even numerical order, elected to not follow colour-coding, pen-sequencing or even layout consistency, as late as an hour before starting. It's a tough job, but somebody has to fail to do it.

It was a premiere so big it took up two sides of Leicester Square, encompassed two cinemas, and was so complex that security staff, who often struggle with maintaining even numerical order, elected to not follow colour-coding, pen-sequencing or even layout consistency, as late as an hour before starting. It's a tough job, but somebody has to fail to do it.

"Anyone here willing to debase themselves for a hideous orange t-shirt with a jacket design printed on it? Wow - really? I had you all pegged as fairly dignified, myself...." Good news - your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Sparkly Orb were on hand at this premiere.

"Anyone here willing to debase themselves for a hideous orange t-shirt with a jacket design printed on it? Wow - really? I had you all pegged as fairly dignified, myself...." Good news - your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Sparkly Orb were on hand at this premiere.

"Just because I'm small doesn't mean you're allowed to give me a smaller bag of free popcorn than everyone that's full-sized....". If my memory of the first Kingsman movie is correct, there is a Pug in that movie so this represents a certain continuity and not merely a frightening trend in animal attire.

"Just because I'm small doesn't mean you're allowed to give me a smaller bag of free popcorn than everyone that's full-sized....". If my memory of the first Kingsman movie is correct, there is a Pug in that movie so this represents a certain continuity and not merely a frightening trend in animal attire.

Dave Gibbons (left) is a co-creator of Kingsman as well as a producer on this film. And the guy hanging his point-and-shoot over the high exclusion fencing in the back has a pretty good spot if he can maintain the angle for another 90 or so minutes.

Dave Gibbons (left) is a co-creator of Kingsman as well as a producer on this film. And the guy hanging his point-and-shoot over the high exclusion fencing in the back has a pretty good spot if he can maintain the angle for another 90 or so minutes.

"You want to tell me that I'm really pretty? Well... if you must" - apparently Hannah Alstrom managed to parlay a role verging on cameo in the first film into a much bigger role in the sequel.

"You want to tell me that I'm really pretty? Well... if you must" - apparently Hannah Alstrom managed to parlay a role verging on cameo in the first film into a much bigger role in the sequel.

"... and now to punish you for your impudence in daring to call me pretty.."

"... and now to punish you for your impudence in daring to call me pretty.."

"If you also want weird selfies with me, you're going to have to wait!" - longer than this premiere in this case, as Hannah Alstrom declined to return to our pen.

"If you also want weird selfies with me, you're going to have to wait!" - longer than this premiere in this case, as Hannah Alstrom declined to return to our pen.

"Matthew Vaughn of course directed and co-wrote the first film and its sequel. I'm just checking to see if the cane he's using has any imdb credits to its name..."

"Matthew Vaughn of course directed and co-wrote the first film and its sequel. I'm just checking to see if the cane he's using has any imdb credits to its name..."

"Forsooth, I mustn't tarry, for there dost occureth a crime most heinous over yonder, and I believe the victim is a very pretty brunette..." - Edward Holcroft is in this movie, and may yet be of assistance if you're young, pretty and brunette enough.

"Forsooth, I mustn't tarry, for there dost occureth a crime most heinous over yonder, and I believe the victim is a very pretty brunette..." - Edward Holcroft is in this movie, and may yet be of assistance if you're young, pretty and brunette enough.

"Okay, so I'm not young. But you can't deny I'm not pretty or a brunette...."

"Okay, so I'm not young. But you can't deny I'm not pretty or a brunette...."

"I coulds't have swairn she was over yonder here and needeth my help.... but I can see you're all mostly just autograph dealers"

"I coulds't have swairn she was over yonder here and needeth my help.... but I can see you're all mostly just autograph dealers"

Other than a blurry misshapen blob at the premiere of "Australia" almost a decade ago (my fault, not his) I have never previously photographed Sir Elton John. Sadly, as he declined to be interviewed on stage in preference to being driven aroundin a miniature electric open-top-humvee-taxi, I still haven't photographed the right side of the face of Elton John

Other than a blurry misshapen blob at the premiere of "Australia" almost a decade ago (my fault, not his) I have never previously photographed Sir Elton John. Sadly, as he declined to be interviewed on stage in preference to being driven aroundin a miniature electric open-top-humvee-taxi, I still haven't photographed the right side of the face of Elton John

This, sadly, is also the left side of the face of Sir Elton John - I just happened to flip the image for variety / boredom / write-drunk-edit-sober reasons at a time well past my typical bedtime.

This, sadly, is also the left side of the face of Sir Elton John - I just happened to flip the image for variety / boredom / write-drunk-edit-sober reasons at a time well past my typical bedtime.

Julianne Moore and I share a moment.Or maybe it's a staring contest I'm about to lose because I critically misunderstood the nature of our current non-relationship. I think other than a few furtive shots at various Baftas, I've only photographed her semi-well at the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay premiere in Berlin

Julianne Moore and I share a moment.Or maybe it's a staring contest I'm about to lose because I critically misunderstood the nature of our current non-relationship. I think other than a few furtive shots at various Baftas, I've only photographed her semi-well at the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay premiere in Berlin

"You really should learn some gang-signs, Alex. It's a way to connect with some of today's youth and I highly recommend it". I, meanwhile, have a reportoire of approximately three emojis I'm comfortable using in text form, so I can't really communicate reliably with anyone aged under forty.

"You really should learn some gang-signs, Alex. It's a way to connect with some of today's youth and I highly recommend it". I, meanwhile, have a reportoire of approximately three emojis I'm comfortable using in text form, so I can't really communicate reliably with anyone aged under forty.

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for best actress for Still Alice in 2015. She also starred in 'The Big Lebowski' with the still-to-be-photographed-by-me Jeff Bridges who is currently being interviewed elsewhere while people offer pleas, bargains and possibly goats in exchange for an autograph from him.

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for best actress for Still Alice in 2015. She also starred in 'The Big Lebowski' with the still-to-be-photographed-by-me Jeff Bridges who is currently being interviewed elsewhere while people offer pleas, bargains and possibly goats in exchange for an autograph from him.

Mark Strong, meanwhile, forms the third in a triumvirate of stars dedicated to reassuring the young (ish) yet follically challenged among us that we need not fear as to whether we're cool, suave or desirable enough (Jason Statham and Vin Diesel are the other two).

Mark Strong, meanwhile, forms the third in a triumvirate of stars dedicated to reassuring the young (ish) yet follically challenged among us that we need not fear as to whether we're cool, suave or desirable enough (Jason Statham and Vin Diesel are the other two).

Mark Strong regards me, and I regard Mark Strong. In a perfect world, we'd be lauded for having naturally receding (or receded) hair. Not like those posers who think they can achieve fake baldness by merely shaving their head and pretending to be bald.

Mark Strong regards me, and I regard Mark Strong. In a perfect world, we'd be lauded for having naturally receding (or receded) hair. Not like those posers who think they can achieve fake baldness by merely shaving their head and pretending to be bald.

Meanwhile the fervent screams for the arrived-earlier Colin Firth are loud and insistent enough that they might even give lead actor Taron Egerton (elsewhere in the giant crowd) pause.

Meanwhile the fervent screams for the arrived-earlier Colin Firth are loud and insistent enough that they might even give lead actor Taron Egerton (elsewhere in the giant crowd) pause.

Colin Firth is like the fourth person here so far today to have won an Oscar - in his case Best Actor for 'The kings Speech' back in 2010.

Colin Firth is like the fourth person here so far today to have won an Oscar - in his case Best Actor for 'The kings Speech' back in 2010.

It's The Dude! (I'm feigning excitement - I was never a fan of The Big Lebowski, but I think Jeff Bridges was very good in such movies as Crazy Heart (which he won an Oscar for), True Grit and even Tron Legacy and the first Iron Man film).

It's The Dude! (I'm feigning excitement - I was never a fan of The Big Lebowski, but I think Jeff Bridges was very good in such movies as Crazy Heart (which he won an Oscar for), True Grit and even Tron Legacy and the first Iron Man film).

"You like my beard? I built it : in a cave! Out of SCRAPS!!"

"You like my beard? I built it : in a cave! Out of SCRAPS!!"

"Taron Egerton? Haven't seen him. His hair is pretty lustrous, though... if you're into that kind of thing..."

"Taron Egerton? Haven't seen him. His hair is pretty lustrous, though... if you're into that kind of thing..."

"My feeling on comic book characters is that unless you physically see a head removed from a body, they're probably not dead. My character in Iron Man merely fell out of the sky from low orbit and had a building fall on him.... so there's every chance I could be back"

"My feeling on comic book characters is that unless you physically see a head removed from a body, they're probably not dead. My character in Iron Man merely fell out of the sky from low orbit and had a building fall on him.... so there's every chance I could be back"

"Colin Firth is pretty hot, and this selfie stick is pretty useful, huh?" - Sophie Cookson (at right) is coincidentally also in this film.

"Colin Firth is pretty hot, and this selfie stick is pretty useful, huh?" - Sophie Cookson (at right) is coincidentally also in this film.

"My girlfriend is very beautiful, as you'll see..." "Your phone is turned off, dude. All I see is a black screen and my refl.... oh. I see what you did there"

"My girlfriend is very beautiful, as you'll see..."
"Your phone is turned off, dude. All I see is a black screen and my refl.... oh. I see what you did there"

"I wish to acknowledge all the screaming women on the left who I wasn't able to spend more time with....."

"I wish to acknowledge all the screaming women on the left who I wasn't able to spend more time with....."

"And I wish to acknowledge all the screaming women on the right who I'm yet to spend time with... yet" - Pedro Pascal is at least four-fifths as suave as his suit (and that suit is pretty damn suave) - he's possibly still best known for being Oberyn Martell in 7 episodes of Game of Thrones.

"And I wish to acknowledge all the screaming women on the right who I'm yet to spend time with... yet" - Pedro Pascal is at least four-fifths as suave as his suit (and that suit is pretty damn suave) - he's possibly still best known for being Oberyn Martell in 7 episodes of Game of Thrones.

"But I've never even BEEN to Estonia, Babe...." another in the seemingly neverending procession of stars heads to the stage - Channing Tatum, who I last photographed less than a month ago at the premiere of Logan Lucky.

"But I've never even BEEN to Estonia, Babe...." another in the seemingly neverending procession of stars heads to the stage - Channing Tatum, who I last photographed less than a month ago at the premiere of Logan Lucky.

Uncomfortable silence ensues. Enough women fill the silence with screams for Channing Tatum to make things additionally uncomfortable.

Uncomfortable silence ensues. Enough women fill the silence with screams for Channing Tatum to make things additionally uncomfortable.

Random attendee : Andy Serkis, best known for being the motion capture (and voice) actor for Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies, and King Kong in the Peter Jackson remake. He does occasionally play human roles... but only occasionally.

Random attendee : Andy Serkis, best known for being the motion capture (and voice) actor for Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies, and King Kong in the Peter Jackson remake. He does occasionally play human roles... but only occasionally.

Taron Egerton *finally* passes by the main stage, but decides against being interviewed on it.

Taron Egerton *finally* passes by the main stage, but decides against being interviewed on it.

"Well, if it's a WORLD PREMIERE like you say it is...."

"Well, if it's a WORLD PREMIERE like you say it is...."

Oh, to not be even younger and even better looking..... Taron Egerton was in the first Kingsman movie (horrible premiere, tell you about it later..), and was also very good in the Eddie the Eagle movie (and its premiere)

Oh, to not be even younger and even better looking.....
Taron Egerton was in the first Kingsman movie (horrible premiere, tell you about it later..), and was also very good in the Eddie the Eagle movie (and its premiere)

... and finally, ANOTHER oscar winner I've never photographed before : Halle Berry! She was great in... uh..... ummm... no, not Swordfish. No, not really those X-Men movies... and certainly not Catwoman or Die Another Day...... ummmm.... wait, what did she win the Oscar for? "Monster's Ball". haven't seen it...

... and finally, ANOTHER oscar winner I've never photographed before : Halle Berry! She was great in... uh..... ummm... no, not Swordfish. No, not really those X-Men movies... and certainly not Catwoman or Die Another Day...... ummmm.... wait, what did she win the Oscar for? "Monster's Ball". haven't seen it...

"Yes, I collected the Razzie Award in person. The free cocktails at the ceremony were worth going. And by free cocktails I mean lemonade."

"Yes, I collected the Razzie Award in person. The free cocktails at the ceremony were worth going. And by free cocktails I mean lemonade."

"Anyway.... it's almost time to clear Leicester Square. Just pick a random member of the cast and tell me what they were like to work with" "Elton John?" "Sure, why not..."

"Anyway.... it's almost time to clear Leicester Square. Just pick a random member of the cast and tell me what they were like to work with"
"Elton John?"
"Sure, why not..."

Hoy crap, this world premiere is well attended! Not that I'm complaining... but I would like (and 'like' is a strong word) to get to work on time tomorrow and finish this premeire journal tonight)

Hoy crap, this world premiere is well attended! Not that I'm complaining... but I would like (and 'like' is a strong word) to get to work on time tomorrow and finish this premeire journal tonight)

"They're kind of making you do another circuit - you know, like they do with planes at airports when they want them to land..." Poppy Delevingne is sister to model/actress (or actress/model) Cara Delevingne, but has also been both actress and model, most recently in "King Arthur : Legend of the Sword".

"They're kind of making you do another circuit - you know, like they do with planes at airports when they want them to land..." Poppy Delevingne is sister to model/actress (or actress/model) Cara Delevingne, but has also been both actress and model, most recently in "King Arthur : Legend of the Sword".

"This is not meant to be symbolic: sometimes a microphone is just something you speak into" Meanwhile, on stage : screenwriter Jane Goldman.

"This is not meant to be symbolic: sometimes a microphone is just something you speak into" Meanwhile, on stage : screenwriter Jane Goldman.

Oceans rise, cities crumble, and this premiere is finally looking like it might be over.

Oceans rise, cities crumble, and this premiere is finally looking like it might be over.

Well... it wasn't quite over yet. Whereas the large pen across from us had not one but TWO ways for people to exit it, due to yet another oversight of the kind that's inevitable when you have a mere 24 hours to set up a premiere according to a map that had been published on the internet the day before, OUR pen had zero exits and we had to stand around while security decided to look at the big screens and watch highlights of the premiere they'd just BEEN at rather than let us leave.

It's the glamour. That's why I do it, you know! That, and because the Archive of Movie premieres does need to be fed from time to time.

Until next time!

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16 Sep - The 'Samurai Rauni' Riga International Film Festival... premiere?

September 16, 2017.

I am.. or rather was... on holiday, and clearly not doing any premieres. Oh, sure, I had part of 3 days in Berlin and I *always* check to see if anything is on in the German capital while I'm in town (there wasn't). But Riga in Latvia? Hardly...

Here's how it went down...

Thursday, 14th September. I'd barely dropped my suitcase off at my 'possibly-post-communist era-apartment-turned-hotel' a few blocks from the (admittedly very pretty) old town, when I happened to spy a car parked near the Bus Terminal : there's a FILM FESTIVAL ON!!

Thursday, 14th September. I'd barely dropped my suitcase off at my 'possibly-post-communist era-apartment-turned-hotel' a few blocks from the (admittedly very pretty) old town, when I happened to spy a car parked near the Bus Terminal : there's a FILM FESTIVAL ON!!

Friday, 15th September. After a check online, I identify the first possible event I might actually be able to get to that might constitute a premiere for this purposes of this website. I don't see any pens, carpet, security, sniffer dogs, bag checks (or, weirdly, autograph dealers) - but I do see these two gentlemen get out of an official vehicle. As I was unable to identify them, I decide this does not constitute a premiere.

Friday, 15th September. After a check online, I identify the first possible event I might actually be able to get to that might constitute a premiere for this purposes of this website. I don't see any pens, carpet, security, sniffer dogs, bag checks (or, weirdly, autograph dealers) - but I do see these two gentlemen get out of an official vehicle. As I was unable to identify them, I decide this does not constitute a premiere.

Saturday, 16th September. (Ironically much like the opening title card of the film) I realise that I must be the mountain that Moves in order to Make Something Happen. So for 5 euros, I buy a ticket to "Samurai Rauni", an event that the filmmakers will attend. Even more excitingly, though it's a Finnish film being shown in Latvia, the screening is subtitled in English!

Saturday, 16th September. (Ironically much like the opening title card of the film) I realise that I must be the mountain that Moves in order to Make Something Happen. So for 5 euros, I buy a ticket to "Samurai Rauni", an event that the filmmakers will attend. Even more excitingly, though it's a Finnish film being shown in Latvia, the screening is subtitled in English!

The main venue for Events at Riga IFF appears to be the 'Splendid Palace'. It's actually really nice inside -- but I felt weird taking photos like some kind of tourist. Which I guess I am/was.

The main venue for Events at Riga IFF appears to be the 'Splendid Palace'. It's actually really nice inside -- but I felt weird taking photos like some kind of tourist. Which I guess I am/was.

This isn't the *inside* inside of the Palace. This is just where you buy the tickets. (Or you can obviously buy tickets online. I don't want to imply that Latvia lacks functional internet connectivity, or imply that I'm surprised that even my possibly-post-communist-era-bomb-proof-apartment-hotel has pretty good wifi)

This isn't the *inside* inside of the Palace. This is just where you buy the tickets.
(Or you can obviously buy tickets online. I don't want to imply that Latvia lacks functional internet connectivity, or imply that I'm surprised that even my possibly-post-communist-era-bomb-proof-apartment-hotel has pretty good wifi)

"I'm not saying I love Baltic cinema or that I want to support the filmic arts.... but if I become a paying member, do I get a set of these posters? They're awesome!"

"I'm not saying I love Baltic cinema or that I want to support the filmic arts.... but if I become a paying member, do I get a set of these posters? They're awesome!"

Without autograph dealers mobbing or screaming for attendees, or Paparazzi having lists with photos on them, I was forced to do my own research as to who the filmmakers attending this premiere/event might be and what they'd look like. .... ..... .... thanks, imdb.

Without autograph dealers mobbing or screaming for attendees, or Paparazzi having lists with photos on them, I was forced to do my own research as to who the filmmakers attending this premiere/event might be and what they'd look like. .... .....
.... thanks, imdb.

With no idea what anybody attending would look like, I decided to get a good seat.

With no idea what anybody attending would look like, I decided to get a good seat.

"We'll be back after the film to answer your questions. As it is, the film is meant to be somewhat surreal, so if you don't get it, don't ask us what it's about. Because that's cheating"

"We'll be back after the film to answer your questions. As it is, the film is meant to be somewhat surreal, so if you don't get it, don't ask us what it's about. Because that's cheating"

... and so I watched the movie. I'll be honest, for an 80 minute movie, the first hour was a strange and problematic for me,... and it got increasingly MORE strange as a viewing experience. And again if I'm honest, I can't say I had any real faith that it would have any point, or resolve itself in any way, or even decide what it was about (or even whether it wanted to be about anything!). However, to my genuine surprise, the movie DID have a point, and it did have a resolution, and it was actually (I feel) a pretty damn good one, about cultural appropriation and coolness versus thugness, and how you can be a hero in your mind while simultaneously being an utter A$$hole in everybody else's.... and a bit more than that too.

Overall, it was a very good experience, more so for the random coolness of it, and I would recommend watching it and staying with it though the oddness, because though it takes its time and is very weird at times, it definitely makes its point and gets there in the end.

"If this movie meant anything to you... then we totally meant that".

"If this movie meant anything to you... then we totally meant that".

"Also, don't pirate this film. Seriously guys. We put that there right at the end for a reason."

"Also, don't pirate this film. Seriously guys. We put that there right at the end for a reason."

Cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "An Amateur Is Invulnerable" - ie. you can take as much time and as many risks as you want in your work.

Cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "An Amateur Is Invulnerable" - ie. you can take as much time and as many risks as you want in your work.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "We don't (even) want to be Indie Filmmakers - which just wants to be 'Hollywood But Smaller" - good point. Near as I can tell pretty much everyone still wants a cinematic universe these days.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "We don't (even) want to be Indie Filmmakers - which just wants to be 'Hollywood But Smaller" - good point. Near as I can tell pretty much everyone still wants a cinematic universe these days.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "There is more Enthusiasm (with us) than Good Sense - but you have to have something that somebody can get out of, which is a problem...  (and also) when it makes too much sense it's too much work (to do)" - I believe this website functions (by which I mean disfunctions) in much that way.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "There is more Enthusiasm (with us) than Good Sense - but you have to have something that somebody can get out of, which is a problem...  (and also) when it makes too much sense it's too much work (to do)" - I believe this website functions (by which I mean disfunctions) in much that way.

"It's true. I went onto wikipedia to see what a Producer does...."

"It's true. I went onto wikipedia to see what a Producer does...."

"It's a more reliable source than most!"

"It's a more reliable source than most!"

I noted when I got outside that they'd set up some lights and a small stage but I saw no evidence of interviews by Aleksi Zaine or Editka Bovmani (Latvia's equivalent to Alex Zane or Edith Bowman) ...or any rhyme-intensive warmup duties by DeeTschai Ihmpakt... sadly.

I noted when I got outside that they'd set up some lights and a small stage but I saw no evidence of interviews by Aleksi Zaine or Editka Bovmani (Latvia's equivalent to Alex Zane or Edith Bowman) ...or any rhyme-intensive warmup duties by DeeTschai Ihmpakt... sadly.

Still.....Riga, Latvia. Who knew?   .... until next time!

Still.....Riga, Latvia. Who knew?

 

.... until next time!

So that was certainly something randomly cool to experience in a foreign city. I do call it a premiere (I can't find my notes, but I think they did have "Balkan Premiere" noted somewhere. As such, it does go into my "Archive of Movie Premieres" in place of 'Borg vs McEnroe" - the premiere I missed in London while I was away.

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6 Sep - The 'Mother!' UK Premiere

September 6th, 2017

After yesterday's relatively large (and late starting-and-finishing) GQ Awards (with Mark Hamill and Natalie Dormer, etc), I was looking forward to an easy 5:30pm start to a small UK premiere prior to which I might take a well-deserved break for a while, and get a good nights sleep before a 4am morning alarm...

That's not quite how it went down:

The name of the movie is "Mother!", the director is the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky, and finally, as we all know from 'The Guy Downstairs' (my favourite movie reviewer), movies with an exclamation point in their name are basically never worth watching. Oh. Oops.

The name of the movie is "Mother!", the director is the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky, and finally, as we all know from 'The Guy Downstairs' (my favourite movie reviewer), movies with an exclamation point in their name are basically never worth watching. Oh. Oops.

"Well, we've made the sign. Now to get that Twitter hashtag trending..."

"Well, we've made the sign. Now to get that Twitter hashtag trending..."

"That giant crack across the screen was already there when I got here. I swear it!"

"That giant crack across the screen was already there when I got here. I swear it!"

"Double-lanyarding? That was so 2014. Nowadays it's triple or nuthin', baby." (Meanwhile, my wristband to this event is numbered '79' and it's earned me a spot somewhere around first and third row, depending on your spatial point of reference and crowd surge factors.

"Double-lanyarding? That was so 2014. Nowadays it's triple or nuthin', baby." (Meanwhile, my wristband to this event is numbered '79' and it's earned me a spot somewhere around first and third row, depending on your spatial point of reference and crowd surge factors.

"Dear Diary. That giant image of Jennifer Lawrence seems tofollow me wherever I go. Please don't EVER make it stop..."

"Dear Diary. That giant image of Jennifer Lawrence seems tofollow me wherever I go. Please don't EVER make it stop..."

"And who here likes The Hunger Games a bit too much even now??" - The Hunger Games remains the only series of films that I attended every premiere of, from the first at the O2 Centre in 2012, to the Second and Third films at London's Leicester Square, to the World Premiere in Berlin in 2015.

"And who here likes The Hunger Games a bit too much even now??" - The Hunger Games remains the only series of films that I attended every premiere of, from the first at the O2 Centre in 2012, to the Second and Third films at London's Leicester Square, to the World Premiere in Berlin in 2015.

"He doesn't respect you, babe. No guy who calls you 'Maya Jama' as if it's nothing is worth your time" - this is, indeed, Maya Jama. And I have nothing to add.

"He doesn't respect you, babe. No guy who calls you 'Maya Jama' as if it's nothing is worth your time" - this is, indeed, Maya Jama. And I have nothing to add.

"Is photobombing still a thing? Is it okay if I do it? Is it worth less if I ask permission?" - Salma Hayek is not in this movie, but we've started this event about 40mins later and if everyone from the film is still at the hotel trying to drink Jennifer Lawrence under the table with shots of Ouzo or Sambucca or Bourbon, right now I'll photograph whoever I can get.

"Is photobombing still a thing? Is it okay if I do it? Is it worth less if I ask permission?" - Salma Hayek is not in this movie, but we've started this event about 40mins later and if everyone from the film is still at the hotel trying to drink Jennifer Lawrence under the table with shots of Ouzo or Sambucca or Bourbon, right now I'll photograph whoever I can get.

"Nobody move. This is the exact pout I intend to use when Domhnall Gleeson shows up."

"Nobody move. This is the exact pout I intend to use when Domhnall Gleeson shows up."

"This ticket looks so awesome, if I have to forfeit it to watch the movie, I'm heading straight home...."

"This ticket looks so awesome, if I have to forfeit it to watch the movie, I'm heading straight home...."

I find it's always good practice to take photos at insanely long-range, on the off-chance that's ever my only opportunity to photograph a certain person. In this case I'm probably being too conservative : this is Domhnall Gleeson, he's in the movie and will probably be interviewed on stage. ON the other hand, we're running almost an hour late, so everybody might just rush in, pausing only to high-five fans.

I find it's always good practice to take photos at insanely long-range, on the off-chance that's ever my only opportunity to photograph a certain person. In this case I'm probably being too conservative : this is Domhnall Gleeson, he's in the movie and will probably be interviewed on stage. ON the other hand, we're running almost an hour late, so everybody might just rush in, pausing only to high-five fans.

Scott Franklin is one of five producers (executive or otherwise) of this film. He's produced most of Darren Aronofsky's films (and even cameo'd in two)

Scott Franklin is one of five producers (executive or otherwise) of this film. He's produced most of Darren Aronofsky's films (and even cameo'd in two)

Producer Scott Franklin's assistant is actually rather cute. I think that's worth photographing and posting online as there's more or less no way that could be considered a creepy or inappropriate thing to do.

Producer Scott Franklin's assistant is actually rather cute. I think that's worth photographing and posting online as there's more or less no way that could be considered a creepy or inappropriate thing to do.

"That guy over there claims I owe him five dollars" - well, 'Black Swan did make me feel kind of queasy when I saw it in cinemas.

"That guy over there claims I owe him five dollars" - well, 'Black Swan did make me feel kind of queasy when I saw it in cinemas.

"Yes, I know, there's about nine dozen paparazzi who all took a portrait like this on their full-frame DSLRs, but damnit I want a shot taken on my phone...."

"Yes, I know, there's about nine dozen paparazzi who all took a portrait like this on their full-frame DSLRs, but damnit I want a shot taken on my phone...."

After John Boyega at "Detroit" and Adam Driver at "Logan Lucky" and Mark Hamill at yesterday's GQ Awards I'm really working my way through recent Star Wars Alumni in the past weeks. Domhnall Gleeson, meanwhile plays the role of General Hux, or as I like to call him "Ginger-haired Overcaffeinated Whiny Tarkin" in The Force Awakens.

After John Boyega at "Detroit" and Adam Driver at "Logan Lucky" and Mark Hamill at yesterday's GQ Awards I'm really working my way through recent Star Wars Alumni in the past weeks. Domhnall Gleeson, meanwhile plays the role of General Hux, or as I like to call him "Ginger-haired Overcaffeinated Whiny Tarkin" in The Force Awakens.

It's J-Lawz!! (are we still calling her that? Does she mind, do we know?)

It's J-Lawz!! (are we still calling her that? Does she mind, do we know?)

"You came out of retirement just to see me? That's so sweet!" It's true - my former sensei the mighty Mo was at this premiere, though sadly he claims his status is still 'Retired'. Officially, that is.

"You came out of retirement just to see me? That's so sweet!" It's true - my former sensei the mighty Mo was at this premiere, though sadly he claims his status is still 'Retired'. Officially, that is.

"I'm in that uncomfortable position where I want to acknowledge how great you look in that dress but doing so would reveal that I've noticed you wearing it, and that could be construed as meaning I've been staring at you wearing that dress. Is that a problem?" "Only the number of words you've been using to say that is a problem"

"I'm in that uncomfortable position where I want to acknowledge how great you look in that dress but doing so would reveal that I've noticed you wearing it, and that could be construed as meaning I've been staring at you wearing that dress. Is that a problem?"
"Only the number of words you've been using to say that is a problem"

"Did I know this dress was semi-translucent? Well... yeah. Kinda"

"Did I know this dress was semi-translucent? Well... yeah. Kinda"

"I..... I got nothing else, but I don't want you to leave the stage just yet. Any advice?"

"I..... I got nothing else, but I don't want you to leave the stage just yet. Any advice?"

"Needless franchise or reboot avoidance pact pinkie swear!!". Unexpected.

"Needless franchise or reboot avoidance pact pinkie swear!!". Unexpected.

"Fight Tha Powah!!! Or maybe write it angry tweets to its Twitter account. And do it anonymous-like. That might also work. Rebellions are tricky like that"

"Fight Tha Powah!!! Or maybe write it angry tweets to its Twitter account. And do it anonymous-like. That might also work. Rebellions are tricky like that"

"Is Adam Driver's character going to be wearing a moustache in the next Star Wars movie? Possibly, but then I also heard they were looking at computer-generating a full on hipster beard..... wait, am I allowed to reveal that?"

"Is Adam Driver's character going to be wearing a moustache in the next Star Wars movie? Possibly, but then I also heard they were looking at computer-generating a full on hipster beard..... wait, am I allowed to reveal that?"

"Darren, I gotta ask. Does it worry you that movies containing an exclamation mark in the title are invariably sub-par?" "What about 'The Three Amigos! (1986)"?" ".....I stand corrected"

"Darren, I gotta ask. Does it worry you that movies containing an exclamation mark in the title are invariably sub-par?"
"What about 'The Three Amigos! (1986)"?"
".....I stand corrected"

"I want to high-five everyone who came to this event. But I don't necessarily want to look at you...."

"I want to high-five everyone who came to this event. But I don't necessarily want to look at you...."

Darren Aronofsky's Oscar Nomination was for Best Picture for Black Swan (2010), but I kind of have a soft spot for the movie "Noah (2014)" which featured a Biblical story but never used the word "God" and featured Russell Crowe as a serial killer on wooden boat. It was quite entertaining.

Darren Aronofsky's Oscar Nomination was for Best Picture for Black Swan (2010), but I kind of have a soft spot for the movie "Noah (2014)" which featured a Biblical story but never used the word "God" and featured Russell Crowe as a serial killer on wooden boat. It was quite entertaining.

"Catch y'all later. Like... if you follow me to my hotel and stalk me there. Which I'm not endorsing but kind of feeling I might have to tolerate...."

"Catch y'all later. Like... if you follow me to my hotel and stalk me there. Which I'm not endorsing but kind of feeling I might have to tolerate...."

Jennifer Lawrence and I share a moment. I kind of want to do shots with Jennifer Lawrence. I assume she's a bourbon girl whereas I'm more vodka, but it might be fun either way (I write while in a St Albans apartment drinking a Hereford Cider)

Jennifer Lawrence and I share a moment. I kind of want to do shots with Jennifer Lawrence. I assume she's a bourbon girl whereas I'm more vodka, but it might be fun either way (I write while in a St Albans apartment drinking a Hereford Cider)

Until Next time!

Until Next time!

So.. that was that. Two events in two days, and a similar number of new entries into my Archive of Movie premieres. And maybe now I can get some well-deserved sleep.

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