17 Oct - 'The Death of Stalin' UK Premiere

October 17th, 2017.

With London Film Festival and its riches of premieres-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see now just a distant '48 hours ago' memory, my first post-BFI LFF premiere was scheduled at the Curzon Chelsea, a cinema I'd never photographed a premiere at. Not just that, but a rather big star I'd never photographed was set to attend. "I've travelled further for less" I thought to myself, not realising how close to skirting the extremities of that statement I'd be making.

Here's how it went down.

  "It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

"It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

 - we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

- we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

 It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

  "Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster".  Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

"Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster". Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

  "My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?" "No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

"My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?"
"No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

 Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of   "Outside Bet"  , where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here:  "Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is :  "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly".  " - well played, Me In 2012.

Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of "Outside Bet", where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here:

"Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is : "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly". " - well played, Me In 2012.

 I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

  "He's Big In Theatre"  was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

"He's Big In Theatre" was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

  "Hey, are you big in theatre?" "Who says I am?" "Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

"Hey, are you big in theatre?"
"Who says I am?"
"Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

 This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

  "Yeah, yeah... England prevails..."  But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

"Yeah, yeah... England prevails..." But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

  "What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration"  - I don't know who this is, though.

"What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration" - I don't know who this is, though.

  "Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

"Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

 Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

 It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

  "Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..."  - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

"Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..." - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

 Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

 Turns out the  "dude in this picture too on the right"  dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

Turns out the "dude in this picture too on the right" dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

 It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

  "Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it"  - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

"Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it" - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

  "I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

"I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

 The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

.... and though I photographed Andrea Riseborough's parents when they entered the cinema (her PA introduced them!), and Andrea Riseborough did attend, I didn't get to photograph her as she apparently entered via another entrance (though I did here and here at London Film Festival).... but the biggest disappointment was in Steve Buscemi not turning up to the premiere despite being in town...

 I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

So... that was that, and very little more than that. Needless to say I missed my train home by the requisite 30 seconds, and immediately after its departure the next one was announced "delayed" .Thanks for that, a55holes.

Still... another premiere for the Archive, another Cinema for the brain bank, and another event to embellish into something sexier and more vital than, between you and me, it probably was.

Until next time!

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