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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