6 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Meyerowitz Stories' UK Premiere

October 6th, 2017.

Although the Main Action for BFI London Film Festival (and movie premieres in London generally) is Leicester Square, there are other venues that also host events. In today's particular case, Embankment's temporary cinema space had an early premiere with some interesting and noteworthy attendees. And perhaps afterwards I might still rush up to Leicester Square and....

I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's how it went down:

 It's a small venue, lacking the huge pedestrian thoughput of Leicester Square... but the people here represents the more cutthroat elements of the premiere-going community : they're here because they know why they're here. (I'm here because I like to watch)

It's a small venue, lacking the huge pedestrian thoughput of Leicester Square... but the people here represents the more cutthroat elements of the premiere-going community : they're here because they know why they're here. (I'm here because I like to watch)

 I'm not the most familiar person in the world with the oeuvre of Adam Sander. I seem to recall Punch Drunk Love being reasonably good and The Water Boy being unobjectionable... after that we head into movies I don't remember, didn't like, and don't want to watch. (Don't tell Adam Sandler I said that... I still want to take decent photos of him)

I'm not the most familiar person in the world with the oeuvre of Adam Sander. I seem to recall Punch Drunk Love being reasonably good and The Water Boy being unobjectionable... after that we head into movies I don't remember, didn't like, and don't want to watch. (Don't tell Adam Sandler I said that... I still want to take decent photos of him)

 I don't know who this is, and I don't know if he's important, but he's helping me calibrate my shots so I'm grateful. (I do hope I don't ever need to rely on any of the people I flippantly dismiss in these journals for a job one of these days....)

I don't know who this is, and I don't know if he's important, but he's helping me calibrate my shots so I'm grateful. (I do hope I don't ever need to rely on any of the people I flippantly dismiss in these journals for a job one of these days....)

 The director of this movie is Noah Baumbach, but a creche of London's bloodthirstiest autograph dealers aren't here for him, but rather three people whose pictures are to the right of this image : Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Emma Thompson.

The director of this movie is Noah Baumbach, but a creche of London's bloodthirstiest autograph dealers aren't here for him, but rather three people whose pictures are to the right of this image : Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Emma Thompson.

  "Hey, you can't park that here even if it IS a Mercedes - we have rules!"

"Hey, you can't park that here even if it IS a Mercedes - we have rules!"

  "Rules do not apply when you're this pretty." "Yes, Ma'am"  - I actually don't know who this is.... and that makes me sad.

"Rules do not apply when you're this pretty."
"Yes, Ma'am"

- I actually don't know who this is.... and that makes me sad.

 I believe the lady in the white dress is Mrs Adam Sandler

I believe the lady in the white dress is Mrs Adam Sandler

  "Who are these people behind me? I feel like I'm in a Thriller music video, and no matter how old that reference is I assure you that you know exactly what I mean"  Noah Baumbach is the director of this movie

"Who are these people behind me? I feel like I'm in a Thriller music video, and no matter how old that reference is I assure you that you know exactly what I mean" Noah Baumbach is the director of this movie

  "Hey, bro. How many zippers does your bag need? And don't even bother to ask me how I know from this angle how many zippers your bag has, because I'm not answering."

"Hey, bro. How many zippers does your bag need? And don't even bother to ask me how I know from this angle how many zippers your bag has, because I'm not answering."

  "Is that 400gsm paper? It's the tastiest kind....."  - it's Emma Thompson! Sure, she played Professor Trelawney across several Harry Potter films, but she's won two Oscars and three Baftas and played a single-letter character in   Men In Black 3  .

"Is that 400gsm paper? It's the tastiest kind....." - it's Emma Thompson! Sure, she played Professor Trelawney across several Harry Potter films, but she's won two Oscars and three Baftas and played a single-letter character in Men In Black 3.

 Emma Thompson is one of my favourite actresses to photograph because she has a near-unending number of facial expressions (my favourite events I've photographed her at were   'Men in Black 3'   and   'Walkin' on Sunshine'  )

Emma Thompson is one of my favourite actresses to photograph because she has a near-unending number of facial expressions (my favourite events I've photographed her at were 'Men in Black 3' and 'Walkin' on Sunshine')

  "Hey! Don't you run that website that attributes made-up sayings to people without their permission?"  - erm... yes? (or is this the part where I find myself a lawyer...)

"Hey! Don't you run that website that attributes made-up sayings to people without their permission?" - erm... yes? (or is this the part where I find myself a lawyer...)

 Adam Sandler, meanwhile, has escaped some of the bleating, braying and general hilarity of the fan/dealer pen gauntlet and retreated to the (relative) safety of the Paparazzi area.

Adam Sandler, meanwhile, has escaped some of the bleating, braying and general hilarity of the fan/dealer pen gauntlet and retreated to the (relative) safety of the Paparazzi area.

 Not my hand, not my phone... and sadly not my angle. I have three rows of Paparazzi on step-ladders, dozens of red carpet layabouts, security and roving photographers to shoot around (I really do need to start bringing 2metre long selfie sticks to premieres.... see what happens)

Not my hand, not my phone... and sadly not my angle. I have three rows of Paparazzi on step-ladders, dozens of red carpet layabouts, security and roving photographers to shoot around (I really do need to start bringing 2metre long selfie sticks to premieres.... see what happens)

 Noah Baumbach is best known for being the writer of several Wes Anderson films (including   'The Fantastic Mr Fox' which had its own BFI London Film Festival premiere   in 2009)

Noah Baumbach is best known for being the writer of several Wes Anderson films (including 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' which had its own BFI London Film Festival premiere in 2009)

  "Are we photographing George Clooney? Is he expected?"

"Are we photographing George Clooney? Is he expected?"

  "Wassup, people?"  The final arrival from the film is Dustin Hoffman (last photographed   at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival premiere of 'Quartet'  )

"Wassup, people?" The final arrival from the film is Dustin Hoffman (last photographed at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival premiere of 'Quartet')

  "Can't sign autographs or pose for selfies. I need my right hand for that, and it's presently occupied holding something I don't want to let go of"  - that could be a loved one or a vial of smallpox, but either way he ain't signing, and once again I get to use the word "chagrin" in the context some of the finest autograph dealers London's sewer system provides shelter to.

"Can't sign autographs or pose for selfies. I need my right hand for that, and it's presently occupied holding something I don't want to let go of" - that could be a loved one or a vial of smallpox, but either way he ain't signing, and once again I get to use the word "chagrin" in the context some of the finest autograph dealers London's sewer system provides shelter to.

 Technically, my high-and-blind efforts have nailed the group shot, but with a fish-eye lens some of those faces are a bit warped.

Technically, my high-and-blind efforts have nailed the group shot, but with a fish-eye lens some of those faces are a bit warped.

 Dustin Hoffman, like Emma Thompson (but not Adam Sandler, or Noah Baumbach, or I) has two Oscars to his name - best Actor for Rain Man (1988) and Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

Dustin Hoffman, like Emma Thompson (but not Adam Sandler, or Noah Baumbach, or I) has two Oscars to his name - best Actor for Rain Man (1988) and Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

  "I'm the star, baby!"  The smile of a man with 7 Oscar Nominations for Best Actor, and NONE for best Supporting.

"I'm the star, baby!"
The smile of a man with 7 Oscar Nominations for Best Actor, and NONE for best Supporting.

  "Madagascar 3? Cruelly snubbed by the Academy. But I'm glad I got the best screenplay nomination for "The Squid And The Whale" "

"Madagascar 3? Cruelly snubbed by the Academy. But I'm glad I got the best screenplay nomination for "The Squid And The Whale" "

  "They're blocking off the low wall at Leicester Square so people can't stand on it and take photos during London Film Festival? Why would they do that - it's so convenient even I was going to use it for a couple of the days..."  - it's true. They've blocked off that wall.

"They're blocking off the low wall at Leicester Square so people can't stand on it and take photos during London Film Festival? Why would they do that - it's so convenient even I was going to use it for a couple of the days..." - it's true. They've blocked off that wall.

 Near as I can tell, her skin might have as little as a single skin pore. Possibly less.

Near as I can tell, her skin might have as little as a single skin pore. Possibly less.

  "Hell, if they want to use The Zohan as part of the DC Extended Universe, why not? At this point, anything could help...."  Not the kitchen sink, though. They already had Batman beat Superman over the head with one of those.

"Hell, if they want to use The Zohan as part of the DC Extended Universe, why not? At this point, anything could help...." Not the kitchen sink, though. They already had Batman beat Superman over the head with one of those.

  "If you want to catch a second premiere tonight and need to head up to Leicester Square, you're going to have to leave around now...."  - and he's absolutely right.

"If you want to catch a second premiere tonight and need to head up to Leicester Square, you're going to have to leave around now...." - and he's absolutely right.

So.... that was that. A quick and weird and frustrating but at least fast and early premiere, another for The Archive of Premieres....

.... and, yeah. It's Friday and I've got leftovers in the fridge and I've got time.

Off to Leicester Square for another round!

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