12 Dec - The 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi' European Premiere

December 12th, 2017.

And so, for the last time this year I'm off to photograph a premiere. And unlike two years ago, when I was in Tokyo while the premiere for The Force Awakens' was in London; and unlike two years ago, when the premiere of Rogue One : A Star Wars story destroyed much of the last remnants of any goodwill I might have had for The Disney company and its "we don't need no stinkin' premieres, but we're flying out the stars and booking out a venue and inviting select fans, but no you can't come" promotion strategy.... remarkably, it seems I'm in London for The Last Jedi. And that movie is having a premiere. A real one, I mean.

Here's how it went down:

T-Minus 32 hours. And, if rumours I'd heard at Leicester Square (while they were handing out wristbands for 'Darkest Hour') were true, there might just be a way of getting a wristband for the premiere a day before the official "8am tomorrow" handout time...

T-Minus 32 hours. And, if rumours I'd heard at Leicester Square (while they were handing out wristbands for 'Darkest Hour') were true, there might just be a way of getting a wristband for the premiere a day before the official "8am tomorrow" handout time...

T-Minus something like 26 hours, and it seems my plan to get into this premiere has worked even in spite of having publicly called 'The Force Awakens'  "a work of craft and calculation but not art or love", which I totally stand by because it's 99% true. Still : a wristband!! (and no, the watch is NOT for sale)

T-Minus something like 26 hours, and it seems my plan to get into this premiere has worked even in spite of having publicly called 'The Force Awakens'  "a work of craft and calculation but not art or love", which I totally stand by because it's 99% true. Still : a wristband!!

(and no, the watch is NOT for sale)

And then, one day later...

T-Minus something like 5hours. We were told to be 'back by 1pm', presumably mainly so that security could laugh at us while we waited in a long queue for 2 further hours before they opened the pens.

T-Minus something like 5hours. We were told to be 'back by 1pm', presumably mainly so that security could laugh at us while we waited in a long queue for 2 further hours before they opened the pens.

T-minus something like 4 hours. There is a queue. I'm 82nd in line, but I'm given to understand the organisers gave out some 600 wristbands for the event. Which is to say: many of those people are invariably going to be bigger Star Wars fans than I am, and I will be standing between them and whoever they desperately want an autograph from, selfie with, or desperately propose marriage to.

T-minus something like 4 hours. There is a queue. I'm 82nd in line, but I'm given to understand the organisers gave out some 600 wristbands for the event. Which is to say: many of those people are invariably going to be bigger Star Wars fans than I am, and I will be standing between them and whoever they desperately want an autograph from, selfie with, or desperately propose marriage to.

After some rapid (and security-sanctioned) pen-shuffling I have my spot : it appears to be right next to be bleachers reserved for rows of press photographers, which is good. The stairs are set to be filled with fan club members, and the stage is so distant it's not in sight, which is not quite as good.

After some rapid (and security-sanctioned) pen-shuffling I have my spot : it appears to be right next to be bleachers reserved for rows of press photographers, which is good. The stairs are set to be filled with fan club members, and the stage is so distant it's not in sight, which is not quite as good.

"Tom, I'm standing here in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only large riot barriers between me and rabid Star Wars fans. In other words, I'm scared, Tom..."

"Tom, I'm standing here in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only large riot barriers between me and rabid Star Wars fans. In other words, I'm scared, Tom..."

I will concede I'm not exactly the biggest Star Wars fan anymore. For example, if (say) they kill off Luke Skywalker in this film (or the next) it will feel to me more like a calculated move of corporate strategy and synergy than a moment representing an author's truest belief in an over-arching story requirement. For Disney (uh.. I mean "Lucasfilm") I get the feeling it's about button pushing for audience effect.

I will concede I'm not exactly the biggest Star Wars fan anymore. For example, if (say) they kill off Luke Skywalker in this film (or the next) it will feel to me more like a calculated move of corporate strategy and synergy than a moment representing an author's truest belief in an over-arching story requirement. For Disney (uh.. I mean "Lucasfilm") I get the feeling it's about button pushing for audience effect.

"Somebody over there shouted out 'Yo-Yo-Yo...da' and I want you to either pay them for the copyright on that or have them permanently silenced. Can you do that for me?" Your good friend and mine, fresh from yesterday's exertions at the premiere of 'Darkest Hour', Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ DMCA Takedown Notice were the warmup act that this premiere.

"Somebody over there shouted out 'Yo-Yo-Yo...da' and I want you to either pay them for the copyright on that or have them permanently silenced. Can you do that for me?" Your good friend and mine, fresh from yesterday's exertions at the premiere of 'Darkest Hour', Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ DMCA Takedown Notice were the warmup act that this premiere.

"Why is he holding up a shoe in that last picture... do we know?" - performing on-stage and on-carpet interview duties at this event were Edith Bowman (right) and (I'm pretty sure I heard this correctly) "Anna Matronic" (left)

"Why is he holding up a shoe in that last picture... do we know?" - performing on-stage and on-carpet interview duties at this event were Edith Bowman (right) and (I'm pretty sure I heard this correctly) "Anna Matronic" (left)

It's a pretty big Front Page Of The List. I also spied George Lucas, JJ Abrams and Frank Oz on it, but appearance on a List doesn't necessarily guarantee attendance if you're not connected to the film.

It's a pretty big Front Page Of The List. I also spied George Lucas, JJ Abrams and Frank Oz on it, but appearance on a List doesn't necessarily guarantee attendance if you're not connected to the film.

Wookiee high fives. I hear they're still one of the top ten causes of death on Kashyyyk.

Wookiee high fives. I hear they're still one of the top ten causes of death on Kashyyyk.

"I... probably don't need to see your identification". it seems the event has started. Or we're about to be press-ganged into the First Order.

"I... probably don't need to see your identification". it seems the event has started. Or we're about to be press-ganged into the First Order.

"Is it okay if we film you? We can stop if you like?". With the arrival of whatever the First Order is calling Stormtroopers<tm> these days, the rap and dance beatz of Mr Impact have been replaced with the more awesome sounds of John Williams' scores to the various movies in the saga.

"Is it okay if we film you? We can stop if you like?". With the arrival of whatever the First Order is calling Stormtroopers<tm> these days, the rap and dance beatz of Mr Impact have been replaced with the more awesome sounds of John Williams' scores to the various movies in the saga.

"Artoo says the odds of this movie grossing less than Justic League globally is more 1138 to 1 against." Disney will personally pay people to buy tickets to make sure that doesn't happen, but won't have to.

"Artoo says the odds of this movie grossing less than Justic League globally is more 1138 to 1 against." Disney will personally pay people to buy tickets to make sure that doesn't happen, but won't have to.

It's BB-8 ! He didn't pose for selfies or sign a single autograph for fans. But then he's short and doesn't have arms...

It's BB-8 ! He didn't pose for selfies or sign a single autograph for fans. But then he's short and doesn't have arms...

"He can roll over some ink or point and leave tread marks all over your posters if you ask nicely"

"He can roll over some ink or point and leave tread marks all over your posters if you ask nicely"

"General Hux doesn't sign autographs. He shouts at people at length to explain why he can't sign autographs, and I don't want to do that either..." - unlike his character, Domhnall Gleeson seems to be quite nice and unpsychotic.

"General Hux doesn't sign autographs. He shouts at people at length to explain why he can't sign autographs, and I don't want to do that either..." - unlike his character, Domhnall Gleeson seems to be quite nice and unpsychotic.

"You should totally watch 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'.It's not even a Disney movie!!" I was at the premiere of that film, and will probably try to get around to it eventually.

"You should totally watch 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'.It's not even a Disney movie!!" I was at the premiere of that film, and will probably try to get around to it eventually.

I know only that Jimmy Vee was in (and at the premiere of) the movie 'Pan'. I also surmise he's in this film, but that's based monly on circumstantial evidence like people giving him Star Wars stuff to sign.

I know only that Jimmy Vee was in (and at the premiere of) the movie 'Pan'. I also surmise he's in this film, but that's based monly on circumstantial evidence like people giving him Star Wars stuff to sign.

Rian Johnson is the director of this film, as well as the rather good 'Looper' and the less-appreciated but still interesting/enjoyable movie 'Brick'. He's also been announced as the director for the *NEXT* Star Wars trilogy Marvel - I mean Disney - I mean Lucasfilm is already planning.

Rian Johnson is the director of this film, as well as the rather good 'Looper' and the less-appreciated but still interesting/enjoyable movie 'Brick'. He's also been announced as the director for the *NEXT* Star Wars trilogy Marvel - I mean Disney - I mean Lucasfilm is already planning.

"I just really wanna take a selfie with Mark Hamill... but discreetly. Don't tell him, please"

"I just really wanna take a selfie with Mark Hamill... but discreetly. Don't tell him, please"

It's Mark Hamill!! He plays Luke Skywalker in the film, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Age of Ultron (I think?) as well as this year's GQ Awards. But this it he first time I've photographed him at a Star Wars premiere.

It's Mark Hamill!! He plays Luke Skywalker in the film, and I've previously photographed him at the premieres of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Age of Ultron (I think?) as well as this year's GQ Awards. But this it he first time I've photographed him at a Star Wars premiere.

I've never wanted a dude with a red beanie to be bending down lower more than I do right now. Of course, I'd prefer he was elsewhere entirely. Not, like, Hell or somewhere. It can be somewhere warm and sunny too.

I've never wanted a dude with a red beanie to be bending down lower more than I do right now. Of course, I'd prefer he was elsewhere entirely. Not, like, Hell or somewhere. It can be somewhere warm and sunny too.

The challenge of getting eye-contact with Mark Hamill continues to dominate my activities, but to be fair it's also beneficially distracting me from the cold. I'm quite layered up (thanks for asking!) but it's still only abuot 2 to 3 degrees celsius.

The challenge of getting eye-contact with Mark Hamill continues to dominate my activities, but to be fair it's also beneficially distracting me from the cold. I'm quite layered up (thanks for asking!) but it's still only abuot 2 to 3 degrees celsius.

Joonas Suotamo is (the new?) Chewbacca in the film - it's hard to say whether, if I had his height, I would pursue a career in acting or basketball, or whether I'd just be freaking overjoyed at the height advantage I'd have taking photographs at premieres...

Joonas Suotamo is (the new?) Chewbacca in the film - it's hard to say whether, if I had his height, I would pursue a career in acting or basketball, or whether I'd just be freaking overjoyed at the height advantage I'd have taking photographs at premieres...

There are a lot of beanies between me and Anthony Daniels (who plays C3PO in the film). Fortunately I've photographed him before - at last year's Empire Awards, also attended by Daisy Ridley.

There are a lot of beanies between me and Anthony Daniels (who plays C3PO in the film). Fortunately I've photographed him before - at last year's Empire Awards, also attended by Daisy Ridley.

"I don't know who you are, but your hair is pretty great" meanwhile, I'm mildly freaked by that shadow in the background, as I have no idea who could be causing it.

"I don't know who you are, but your hair is pretty great" meanwhile, I'm mildly freaked by that shadow in the background, as I have no idea who could be causing it.

"Please don't distract me. I'm preparing to get into character as 'Benicio Del Toro at a Premiere' and it's going to take a few minutes"

"Please don't distract me. I'm preparing to get into character as 'Benicio Del Toro at a Premiere' and it's going to take a few minutes"

Benicio del Toro is in this movie, and plays a character called "DJ". So... good news for anyone in the music industry who lays down tracks in nightclubs : Disney's lawyers are about to sue you all for retrospective copyright infringement.

Benicio del Toro is in this movie, and plays a character called "DJ". So... good news for anyone in the music industry who lays down tracks in nightclubs : Disney's lawyers are about to sue you all for retrospective copyright infringement.

"What if I brought a whole bunch of photos and asked you to sign them. Would you do that?" - Daisy Ridley is certainly appropriately dressed for this premiere, and the phalanx of attendants surrounding her probably block much of the chilly breeze, too.

"What if I brought a whole bunch of photos and asked you to sign them. Would you do that?" - Daisy Ridley is certainly appropriately dressed for this premiere, and the phalanx of attendants surrounding her probably block much of the chilly breeze, too.

"I'm giving you 5 seconds to photograph me in this dress, then I'm putting it on. I know your cameras all do more than 10 frames per second so it should be more than enough time"

"I'm giving you 5 seconds to photograph me in this dress, then I'm putting it on. I know your cameras all do more than 10 frames per second so it should be more than enough time"

My lack of esteem for The Force Awakens might have just cost me dearly. On the plus side, I was apparently one of the few people not rioting over how allegedly bad 'Murder on the Orient Express (2017)' was.

My lack of esteem for The Force Awakens might have just cost me dearly. On the plus side, I was apparently one of the few people not rioting over how allegedly bad 'Murder on the Orient Express (2017)' was.

<man on far left> "I can look in the same direction, but how do I get myself as intense as Daisy?"

<man on far left> "I can look in the same direction, but how do I get myself as intense as Daisy?"

Andy Serkis plays some kind of CGI monstrosity in this film, or so I presume, given his characters ever wear tuxedoes in films (though I haven't watched the last of the Planet of the Apes films, so I don't know if Caesar wears a tux at the end of that)

Andy Serkis plays some kind of CGI monstrosity in this film, or so I presume, given his characters ever wear tuxedoes in films (though I haven't watched the last of the Planet of the Apes films, so I don't know if Caesar wears a tux at the end of that)

"No, but I can motion capture myself autographing that, and send you the animatics file?" - I last photographed Andy Serkis at the BFI London Film Festival opening gala of 'Breathe' which he directed.

"No, but I can motion capture myself autographing that, and send you the animatics file?" - I last photographed Andy Serkis at the BFI London Film Festival opening gala of 'Breathe' which he directed.

"When I start my own pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, the dress I'm wearing will be our official uniform" Kelly Marie Tran is in this movie... and in MY pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, anyone who walks while staring at or texting on their phone is allowed to be shoulder-charged at full force and must then apologise to the person who shoulder-charged them.

"When I start my own pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, the dress I'm wearing will be our official uniform" Kelly Marie Tran is in this movie... and in MY pan-galactic organisation of terror and fear, anyone who walks while staring at or texting on their phone is allowed to be shoulder-charged at full force and must then apologise to the person who shoulder-charged them.

"I might steal that shoulder-charge policy and use it in my platform to get elected. Before I abolish elections"

"I might steal that shoulder-charge policy and use it in my platform to get elected. Before I abolish elections"

It's FRANK OZ!! He was the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars original and prequel trilogies, as well as the voice of Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear and Cookie Monster in The Muppet Show / Sesame Street.

It's FRANK OZ!! He was the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars original and prequel trilogies, as well as the voice of Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear and Cookie Monster in The Muppet Show / Sesame Street.

"Grateful for your gratitude I am. Hope you recorded that, you did. For speak like this any further I will not"

"Grateful for your gratitude I am. Hope you recorded that, you did. For speak like this any further I will not"

It's Laura Dern! She's arguably best known for being Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) but she's also in this movie. She and several stars talked about how Star Wars is progressive in its diverse cast and strong female roles.... but you know what I think I liked Star Wars slightly better when it was more about story and less about an agenda.

It's Laura Dern! She's arguably best known for being Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) but she's also in this movie. She and several stars talked about how Star Wars is progressive in its diverse cast and strong female roles.... but you know what I think I liked Star Wars slightly better when it was more about story and less about an agenda.

"It's a Rancor! Behind you! Oh wait... no... just more autograph dealers. Good luck with those. Their vision is based on dollar signs, not movement"

"It's a Rancor! Behind you! Oh wait... no... just more autograph dealers. Good luck with those. Their vision is based on dollar signs, not movement"

John Boyega was by far and away the most cheerful star on the red carpet.

John Boyega was by far and away the most cheerful star on the red carpet.

"I pay that dude behind me to shine a halo of backlighting behind me everywhere I go. Best money I ever spent!"

"I pay that dude behind me to shine a halo of backlighting behind me everywhere I go. Best money I ever spent!"

"Aren't you a little... uh... TALL for a stormtrooper?"

"Aren't you a little... uh... TALL for a stormtrooper?"

My Nikon D4 rarely takes more than 3 shots to hit focus. Unfortunately this was the second shot of Adam Driver. One shot later and he was behind the mob of photographers, and by the time he passed those without stopping he was already side-on, looking like he maybe wanted to punch a Porg in the face.

My Nikon D4 rarely takes more than 3 shots to hit focus. Unfortunately this was the second shot of Adam Driver. One shot later and he was behind the mob of photographers, and by the time he passed those without stopping he was already side-on, looking like he maybe wanted to punch a Porg in the face.

Photo of Laura Dern at a distance gives me hope that perhaps I can photograph Adam Driver at a distance, but other than being interviewed on stage I saw no further sign of him on the evening. My guess : he likes Star Wars about as much as I do, but isn't as comfortable with it. Fortunately I've photographed him this year, at the premiere of "Logan Lucky"

Photo of Laura Dern at a distance gives me hope that perhaps I can photograph Adam Driver at a distance, but other than being interviewed on stage I saw no further sign of him on the evening. My guess : he likes Star Wars about as much as I do, but isn't as comfortable with it. Fortunately I've photographed him this year, at the premiere of "Logan Lucky"

"Boy, I remember when this poster only had one signature and I wasn't obsessed with getting everyone's signature.... "

"Boy, I remember when this poster only had one signature and I wasn't obsessed with getting everyone's signature.... "

Gwendoline Christie plays the ludicrously shiny Captain Phasma in the movie. Apparently she's even shinier in this movie than the last one.... I'll make sure to bring sunglasses into the auditorium (or my iphone screen) when I watch the film eventually.

Gwendoline Christie plays the ludicrously shiny Captain Phasma in the movie. Apparently she's even shinier in this movie than the last one.... I'll make sure to bring sunglasses into the auditorium (or my iphone screen) when I watch the film eventually.

Me : "I.... like you in Game of Thrones, though!" - Gwendoline Christie is Brienne of Tarth in that series.

Me : "I.... like you in Game of Thrones, though!" - Gwendoline Christie is Brienne of Tarth in that series.

Possibly the last cast arrival (my camera started the premiere with about 3K shots on the battery life and 4K shots free on the memory card... and finished it with slightly less than half that left on each) - Oscar Isaac, who plays <checks> Poe Dameron <tm> in the film and/or action figure toy line.

Possibly the last cast arrival (my camera started the premiere with about 3K shots on the battery life and 4K shots free on the memory card... and finished it with slightly less than half that left on each) - Oscar Isaac, who plays <checks> Poe Dameron <tm> in the film and/or action figure toy line.

"That's not blood on my shirt it's just the red carpet reflecting onto my shirt. Wait... if I'm going for intimidation, then yes, that's totally blood on my shirt"

"That's not blood on my shirt it's just the red carpet reflecting onto my shirt. Wait... if I'm going for intimidation, then yes, that's totally blood on my shirt"

Random attendee : Danny Devito. Disney are apparently hours away from buying 20th Century Fox's film studio, but don't worry Warner Bros and Universal, they'll get you soon.

Random attendee : Danny Devito. Disney are apparently hours away from buying 20th Century Fox's film studio, but don't worry Warner Bros and Universal, they'll get you soon.

And since I posted that shot of Danny Devito for the Ladiez, here's one for the guys.

And since I posted that shot of Danny Devito for the Ladiez, here's one for the guys.

Whither Adam Driver? (and will that dude under the poster dressed as something plastic have to sit on the tube on the way home with everyone staring at him, and will he care?)

Whither Adam Driver? (and will that dude under the poster dressed as something plastic have to sit on the tube on the way home with everyone staring at him, and will he care?)

Late arrivals, but I suspect not in the movie : the Princes Harry and William. There were bag-checks and sniffer dogs at this premiere, but I do wonder about whether anyone checked the Stormtroopers...

Late arrivals, but I suspect not in the movie : the Princes Harry and William. There were bag-checks and sniffer dogs at this premiere, but I do wonder about whether anyone checked the Stormtroopers...

"If one were to send tweets during the screening, and one were in line to the throne of England, would that mitigate the anger somewhat?"

"If one were to send tweets during the screening, and one were in line to the throne of England, would that mitigate the anger somewhat?"

So... you want us to go home now?

So... you want us to go home now?

So.... that's that. 2017's slate of Premieres finishes (or rather, there's one later this week but I won't be attending) and I'm somehow still standing after it all!

Will I keep doing this? Well... I'm still a couple short of photographing that Magic 500th premiere, but here's hoping.

Until next year!

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11 Dec - The 'Darkest Hour' UK Premiere

December 11th, 2017.

Some days, especially days when the temperatures hover around the 1-2 degrees celsius range, and also days when you're not really inclined towards standing outside for long hours (especially in order not to get a cold for the third time in a fortnight) you start looking at other ways to photograph a premiere. Original, risky, but almost certainly warmer ways.

Time, in other words, to look at the King of Burgers and buy myself a seat for a couple of hours and see how it goes down:

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

For the record, I purchased a coffee, tea, large fries and hot apple pie in order to secure my seat and (I'd like to believe) have nobody ask questions about the big Nikon D4 and 80-200mm lens I had lying on my chair...

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

Your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Turn On A Light 4Tha Darkest Hour was on the red carpet to warm up a frozen crowd. However (devastatingly) I was unable to hear any of what I assume were some brilliant rhymes based on the word 'Churchill'.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

This is what a photographers' pen random draw looks like. It's not so much scissors-paper-rock or first-come-first-served as you might think.

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

No fans at dropoff sadly meant that long-range photos will be limited (this is a pity mainly because the angle down to the stage is a bit on the extreme side of awesome).

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

It's Gary Oldman! He might only have one Oscar nomination to his credit (best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but he's been in movies as far afield as a Hannibal sequel, several Harry Potters and a weird yet entertaining turn as the villain in The Fifth Element.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..." - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

"My hands are cold and your wrists are warm.  I don't see the problem here..." - Gary Oldman plays Wintson Churchill in the movie.

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

I guess it's all worth it for a shot like this, which I couldn't get any other way than sitting where I am, right here, right now, nice and warm, wondering how much of my tea I can leave in my paper cup to ensure I can plausibly say "but I'm still finishing that" if I'm gently encouraged to vacate my seat for other patrons. Who also want a view of the premiere)

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt... and here's the big problem with my comfortable, warm and interesting vantagepoint : I never considered that the angle I'd be shooting at would be the precise angle that also ensures EVERY photo of Gary Oldman has his eyes blocked by the thick black rims of his glasses.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"You know, if you looked up more you might see some fans in Burger King...". Gary Oldman does not look up, he looks out. At, like, the distant future and the infinite horizon and stuff.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen" - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

"Put a fingerprint on this silk top and I'll have you executed. I'm a Dame, and I can make that happen" - Dame Kristen Scott plays Clementine Churchill in the film.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

The rims of Gary Oldman's glasses are like a well you could lose yourself in, but his eyes? I can't tell.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

Gary Oldman in side-profile. I'm fairly certain he has eyes. I just can't tell for sure.

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you." I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as the premiere for the Robocop remake (does anybody remember that?) and a previous Empire Movie Awards.

"I can try to get him to turn around... but it'll cost you." I dunno... the Burger King corporation already got a fair bit of my money this evening. Besides, I have photographed Gary Oldman at such events as the premiere for the Robocop remake (does anybody remember that?) and a previous Empire Movie Awards.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?" - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

"If I were to call tonight very 'Chur-chilly', would we get thrown out of this event?" - probably not, but it wouldn't be undeserved.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Success... is something I've now defined as photographing part of one of Gary Oldman's two eyes.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

Randolph Churchill stands at right... but Gary Oldman, like that urban myth about some animals not having the ability to look up.... appears not to have the ability to look up. If he's accomplished all he has without that skill, them more props to him.

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at the premiere of "Baby Driver" but was also in such films/premieres as 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' and Disney's live action version of 'Cinderella'

In other news : Lily James has arrived (to the great relief of the Germans sitting nearby, who I think had plans to go to Harrods but didn't want to leave yet) - I most recently photographed her this year at the premiere of "Baby Driver" but was also in such films/premieres as 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' and Disney's live action version of 'Cinderella'

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Lily James with no, one or two hands on hips, and even one view partially blocked by lighting rig scaffolding : I do try to cater to every whim in these journals.

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

Samuel West has been in such movies as Notting Hill (1999) (he played 'Anna's Co-star') and the wretched Van Helsing (2004) (he was Dr Frankenstein, and his creation was possibly the only sympathetic character in the movie)

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Above : Lily James layers up... meanwhile amongs the crowds in Burger King the temperature has seen me remove THREE layers of clothing. For what it's worth, I've still got another two layers before I'm definitely going to be asked to leave (and if that happens it's cold enough that I'll be needing those layers again...)

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does" Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Does Gary Oldman have eyes? What kind of a question is that?? I mean... I think he does.... actually I'm pretty sure he does" Joe Wright directed this film and has directed such other films as the Keira Knightley-led "Pride & Prejudice" (the one sadly featuring no zombies, but I did quite like that version too), and the pretty brilliant "Atonement"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"Can't the autofocus on your camera go any faster?"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"If I'm going to have to personalise those photos, your names had better be really short.... I really wanna go inside now"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

"I signed the last couple as Gary Oldman and I don't think they noticed!"

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

Laura Bailey. That's all I've got - I'm already on my way out.

So.... that was that. If I'm honest, I'm going to call it a noble failure. It's not a bad space to gawk from, but as a vantagepoint from which to take decent photos in this configuration the stage is too close, the media at too far an angle, and specifically at this premiere the dropoff provided no fans for arrivals to interact with.But it's good to try new things, and take risks, and see what happens. Especially on premieres where you can 'afford' to play and mess up.

And in any event it's still another for the Archive of Movie premieres.

Tomorrow, for example, it'll be all phaser set to 'conservative' for the last premiere of the year. It's for a small film you probably haven't heard of....

Until next time!

Until next time!

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6 Dec - The 'Molly's Game' Premiere

December 6th, 2017.

The last two events I photographed intersected directly with my Twin Pillars of weakness : Theatre and Fashion, in the form of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the (British) Fashion Awards. But today I was back doing what the website (premieres.co) says : a premiere.

Here's how it went down:

Now if I can just get the drone to hover here for the next 90minutes or so.... (I'm kidding : that would be fairly illegal in a "sir, we're going to need you to talk to these nice people calling themselves policemen" way)

Now if I can just get the drone to hover here for the next 90minutes or so....
(I'm kidding : that would be fairly illegal in a "sir, we're going to need you to talk to these nice people calling themselves policemen" way)

"Nice try covering for the fact you left your tripod at home, Mark..."

"Nice try covering for the fact you left your tripod at home, Mark..."

Not entirely doppelgangers.

Not entirely doppelgangers.

One of FOURTEEN producers of the film. Probably not Amy Pascal.

One of FOURTEEN producers of the film. Probably not Amy Pascal.

Molly Bloom wrote the book (and is the person) upon which this movie is based. I'm going out on a limb and guessing Idris Elba plays her in the movie (hey, don't be so genderist...!)

Molly Bloom wrote the book (and is the person) upon which this movie is based. I'm going out on a limb and guessing Idris Elba plays her in the movie (hey, don't be so genderist...!)

Aaron Sorkin is the director and screenwriter of "Molly's Game" - he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the brilliant 'The Social Network', got a nomination for the outstanding 'Moneyball' and how the movie 'Steve Jobs' didn't get more love for its screenplay and overall excellence I'll never know.

Aaron Sorkin is the director and screenwriter of "Molly's Game" - he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the brilliant 'The Social Network', got a nomination for the outstanding 'Moneyball' and how the movie 'Steve Jobs' didn't get more love for its screenplay and overall excellence I'll never know.

"It's me!! And please don't break my heart by asking me to be more specific" - I'm guessing it's another one of the fourteen producers of this film. Sadly Michael Cera and Kevin Costner, who are both in the film, did not attend the premiere.

"It's me!! And please don't break my heart by asking me to be more specific" - I'm guessing it's another one of the fourteen producers of this film. Sadly Michael Cera and Kevin Costner, who are both in the film, did not attend the premiere.

"I'm in Leicester Square. Where are you?" "Me? I'M in Leicester Square, damnit!! Where are YOU??" "Leicester Square. If you're here, why can't I SEE you?" "I'm looking at a sign that says "Leicester Square" and it's right where I am, bro"

"I'm in Leicester Square. Where are you?"
"Me? I'M in Leicester Square, damnit!! Where are YOU??"
"Leicester Square. If you're here, why can't I SEE you?"
"I'm looking at a sign that says "Leicester Square" and it's right where I am, bro"

"...Yeah okay, but Leicester Square in ENGLAND??"

"...Yeah okay, but Leicester Square in ENGLAND??"

"I coulda done something to fix the Justice League script. Even if they just gave me a can of kerosene and a cigarette lighter, I could have done *something*". I had a chance to watch Justice League last Friday but decided punching myself in the face for two hours was something I didn't need to buy a cinema ticket for.

"I coulda done something to fix the Justice League script. Even if they just gave me a can of kerosene and a cigarette lighter, I could have done *something*". I had a chance to watch Justice League last Friday but decided punching myself in the face for two hours was something I didn't need to buy a cinema ticket for.

It's Daniel Pemberton! He's the composer of the scores to such films as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E remake, King Arthur : Legend of the Sword (he didn't attend the premiere) and the excellent (and still underrated even after I mentioned how underrated it was a few captions ago) Steve Jobs

It's Daniel Pemberton! He's the composer of the scores to such films as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E remake, King Arthur : Legend of the Sword (he didn't attend the premiere) and the excellent (and still underrated even after I mentioned how underrated it was a few captions ago) Steve Jobs

"You don't need to tell me I look suave. People like me who are suave already know" - sadly I don't know who he is, but... suaaaaave.

"You don't need to tell me I look suave. People like me who are suave already know" - sadly I don't know who he is, but... suaaaaave.

"I don't really want you to record an endorsement for a product I haven't actually tried. How about if I only say that I have reason to believe that it's possible the product might be okay but I can't say for certain? Would still that work?" - Idris Elba was most recently in (or rather/more importantly photographed by me at) the premieres of 'Star Trek Beyond' and '100 Streets'

"I don't really want you to record an endorsement for a product I haven't actually tried. How about if I only say that I have reason to believe that it's possible the product might be okay but I can't say for certain? Would still that work?" - Idris Elba was most recently in (or rather/more importantly photographed by me at) the premieres of 'Star Trek Beyond' and '100 Streets'

"Sorry, somebody just asked me to look at their spec script. It appeared to consist mainly of heavily accented French dialogue..."

"Sorry, somebody just asked me to look at their spec script. It appeared to consist mainly of heavily accented French dialogue..."

"Am I in Pacific Rim 2? I guess I could be a Force Ghost or something. Assuming our cheque to Disney for allowing that to happen clears....." Idris Elba's filmography runs the gamut of Aliens sequels (Prometheus), Marvel films (the Thor trilogy), Pixar (he was a voice in Finding Dory and Zootopia) - he was also excellent in 'Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom'

"Am I in Pacific Rim 2? I guess I could be a Force Ghost or something. Assuming our cheque to Disney for allowing that to happen clears....." Idris Elba's filmography runs the gamut of Aliens sequels (Prometheus), Marvel films (the Thor trilogy), Pixar (he was a voice in Finding Dory and Zootopia) - he was also excellent in 'Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom'

As part of my ongoing plan to remain sleep deprived for the foreseeable future I left my Nikon's CF card back at the office, but had the chance to go back and retrieve it and still get a spot in a late-opening pen. And it paid off : no offence, Pentax; but THIS is autofocus. (also : this is the lovely Jessica Chastain)

As part of my ongoing plan to remain sleep deprived for the foreseeable future I left my Nikon's CF card back at the office, but had the chance to go back and retrieve it and still get a spot in a late-opening pen. And it paid off : no offence, Pentax; but THIS is autofocus. (also : this is the lovely Jessica Chastain)

Jessica Chastain has been in (and at premieres of) movies including the excellent "Interstellar" and "The Martian". And also 'Miss Sloane' which I only (finally) watched a few weeks ago.

Jessica Chastain has been in (and at premieres of) movies including the excellent "Interstellar" and "The Martian". And also 'Miss Sloane' which I only (finally) watched a few weeks ago.

"It's fine. We're two very attractive people. It only makes sense that you'd want to take photos of us to bring back into your homes to inspire you to do better..." Well.... okay.

"It's fine. We're two very attractive people. It only makes sense that you'd want to take photos of us to bring back into your homes to inspire you to do better..." Well.... okay.

"It's not just the portrait, but also those two beanie-wearing doppelgangers on the far right that I'm afraid of if I turn around..."

"It's not just the portrait, but also those two beanie-wearing doppelgangers on the far right that I'm afraid of if I turn around..."

"I'm comfortably wearing thermals under my suit, but my co-star is not.... and I feel kind of bad about that". Disgracefully I did not offer Jessica Chastain my (black) thinsulate beanie. I feel kind of bad about that... but I did need it to keep my head warm.

"I'm comfortably wearing thermals under my suit, but my co-star is not.... and I feel kind of bad about that". Disgracefully I did not offer Jessica Chastain my (black) thinsulate beanie. I feel kind of bad about that... but I did need it to keep my head warm.

I feel like maybe Jessica Chastain is judging me about the beanie...

I feel like maybe Jessica Chastain is judging me about the beanie...

"Please tell me when you've honestly all got the photo you want. I would like to get inside where it's warm eventually..."

"Please tell me when you've honestly all got the photo you want. I would like to get inside where it's warm eventually..."

"More photos. Very well... but couldn't you ask any of the other paparazzi nicely and see if they'll share with you?." The weather for this premiere was not as chilly as it might have been. Pretty much exactly five years ago tonight I was at the World Premiere for "Les Miserables" and that's roundly agreed to have been one of the chilliest premieres ever (though personally I give that honour to The (first) Best Exotic Marigold premiere.

"More photos. Very well... but couldn't you ask any of the other paparazzi nicely and see if they'll share with you?." The weather for this premiere was not as chilly as it might have been. Pretty much exactly five years ago tonight I was at the World Premiere for "Les Miserables" and that's roundly agreed to have been one of the chilliest premieres ever (though personally I give that honour to The (first) Best Exotic Marigold premiere.

"Could you please sign some autographs? The fans behind me really are adamant that I'm not allowed to act as your proxy and sign Zero Dark Thirty DVDs on your behalf..."

"Could you please sign some autographs? The fans behind me really are adamant that I'm not allowed to act as your proxy and sign Zero Dark Thirty DVDs on your behalf..."

"Oh, very well : I'll sign, pose for selfies and do high-fives and possibly fist-bumps. But I'm not endorsing your websites". Oh. Well..... thanks anyway.

"Oh, very well : I'll sign, pose for selfies and do high-fives and possibly fist-bumps. But I'm not endorsing your websites". Oh. Well..... thanks anyway.

Late/random arrival : actor Jason Isaacs. I missed photographing him several times during BFI London Film Festival back in October, but eventually did snap him at "Death of Stalin"

Late/random arrival : actor Jason Isaacs. I missed photographing him several times during BFI London Film Festival back in October, but eventually did snap him at "Death of Stalin"

I love Jessica Chastain. She just seems so.... cheerful.

I love Jessica Chastain. She just seems so.... cheerful.

So.... that was that, and it's another entry into the slowly-crawling-towards-that-number-I-want-to-get-to Archive of Premieres. There are still two more premieres on my radar (next week) before I bring this year to a close. I'm not holding out my hopes, but I'll (try to) be there anyway (for both).

Until next time!

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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) (Edited to add : Alex Jennings, who plays 'David, The Duke of Windsor' (and played 'Prince Charles' in 'The Queen') - with thanks to Mo!)

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)
(Edited to add : Alex Jennings, who plays 'David, The Duke of Windsor' (and played 'Prince Charles' in 'The Queen') - with thanks to Mo!)

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. (edited to add : he's Greg Wise, who was in 'Sense and Sensibility' with, and later married, Emma Thompson - with thanks to Mo!)

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. (edited to add : he's Greg Wise, who was in 'Sense and Sensibility' with, and later married, Emma Thompson - with thanks to Mo!)

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) (edited to add : he's Philip Martin, who directed four episodes of the show - with thanks to Mo!)

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) (edited to add : he's Philip Martin, who directed four episodes of the show - with thanks to Mo!)

"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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