February 28th, 2017.
Through a touch of fortune, I was able to get my crazy holographic sparkly wristband for today's Kong Skull Island premiere one day early just by walking past Leicester Square and noting the big stage already in the process of being constructed.
And through an additional touch of fortune, I was able to both skip lunch AND leave work an hour early to get to the premiere and 'defend' my excellent wristband number 29.
And then it got cold. And then it rained. And then the pens got compressed and I lost half of my front row spot.... and then ten minutes into the premiere I walked away from my front row spot and shot from the third row.
Here's how it went down:
So... that was that. And frustrating / infuriating though it was to literally lose a front-row spot because of a late and arbitrary decision by Security at the event, it does show one thing I've generally held to be true as a strategy for photographing premieres : Don't Stay Married To Your Spot. Even if it's the front row, don't stay if it's not good. Even if you've 'worked' hard for your spot, staying there when it's crap is not as good as moving elsewhere into a spot you'd never voluntarily have chosen that is now better.
Also there's a movie about a giant ape being released in cinemas. If that's your thing, you should totally go see that. For now, more personally, it means I can go inside, where it's warm, and dry, and put another entry into The Archive of Movie Premieres.
Until next time!