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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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16 Nov - The 'Daddy's Home 2' Premiere

November 16th, 2017.

Today, for my first premiere in almost a fortnight, I brought the kickass pro Nikon camera, locked on my specialist low-light telephoto lens, and inserted my blisteringly fast memory card ....and only 20mins before heading to Leicester Square did i realise that I left the only battery I have for that camera back at my apartment where it's been charging since Paddington2 almost a fortnight ago.

So.... a premiere with just the Pentax, and just its kit lens, its sigma 10-20 wide-angle, and its short range portrait lens.... and a spot nowhere near the stage... for the first time double-Oscar winner Mel Gibson has been in London in (I'm told) a couple of decades.

No pressure, then. Here's how it went down:

Apparently they only gave out some 120 'regular' blue numbered wristbands for this premiere, which is a very low number. But just before you can wonder about that reasoning, it was also revealed that they'd handed out both numbered AND un-numbered red wristbands.

Apparently they only gave out some 120 'regular' blue numbered wristbands for this premiere, which is a very low number. But just before you can wonder about that reasoning, it was also revealed that they'd handed out both numbered AND un-numbered red wristbands.

This view of the spectacular Christmassy carpet is from the Burger King across from the Vue Leicester Square. They don't officially take kindly to people using their fine restaurant as a base for long-range premiere photography, and I don't really like the price of 'renting' a table and possibly having to eat some of their 'food' either.

This view of the spectacular Christmassy carpet is from the Burger King across from the Vue Leicester Square. They don't officially take kindly to people using their fine restaurant as a base for long-range premiere photography, and I don't really like the price of 'renting' a table and possibly having to eat some of their 'food' either.

Best camo suit ever : our host for this evening appears to be a pair of shoes, two hands and a floating head.

Best camo suit ever : our host for this evening appears to be a pair of shoes, two hands and a floating head.

"Me, my cameraman and sound guy are on the red-and-white-and-gree carpet having an awesome time. And those rumours that I'm drawing a triple salary by pretending to be three people to rip off the media empire I run are lies, damnit"

"Me, my cameraman and sound guy are on the red-and-white-and-gree carpet having an awesome time. And those rumours that I'm drawing a triple salary by pretending to be three people to rip off the media empire I run are lies, damnit"

" 'Ho, Ho, Ho' rhymes with 'Yo, Yo, Yo' people!!"  your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ You-Gotta-Espresso-Yo-Elf presided over the warmup portion of this event, dispensing gifts primarily to people outside the event who hadn't been able to secure wristbands.

" 'Ho, Ho, Ho' rhymes with 'Yo, Yo, Yo' people!!" your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ You-Gotta-Espresso-Yo-Elf presided over the warmup portion of this event, dispensing gifts primarily to people outside the event who hadn't been able to secure wristbands.

"I don't know where the other three guys are and I'm feeling lonely and exposed here right now"  - our first attendee is Will Ferrell, who was also in   the first 'Daddy's Home' movie,   whose premiere was back in 2015.

"I don't know where the other three guys are and I'm feeling lonely and exposed here right now" - our first attendee is Will Ferrell, who was also in the first 'Daddy's Home' movie, whose premiere was back in 2015.

With a flick of a switch, Will Ferrell turns on the Christmas lights on the house and the carpet, and hopefully it hasn't drained so much power from the grid that my deregulated rail company will have yet another excuse for why their trains are running late tonight.

With a flick of a switch, Will Ferrell turns on the Christmas lights on the house and the carpet, and hopefully it hasn't drained so much power from the grid that my deregulated rail company will have yet another excuse for why their trains are running late tonight.

"You need to stay next to me. I like feeling this tall"  - John Lithgow plays Will Ferrell's father in the film, and I hope that isn't a spoiler but it seemed pretty clear from the trailers.

"You need to stay next to me. I like feeling this tall" - John Lithgow plays Will Ferrell's father in the film, and I hope that isn't a spoiler but it seemed pretty clear from the trailers.

"Our planet Earth was the Third Rock From The Sun all along? I don't actually know what you're talking about, but if it means you're not angry at me for wearing this coat I'm fine with it"

"Our planet Earth was the Third Rock From The Sun all along? I don't actually know what you're talking about, but if it means you're not angry at me for wearing this coat I'm fine with it"

"Will Ferrell was wonderful to work with, and I'm not just saying that because he's coming on stage after me"  - I last photographed John Lithgow this year (and for the first time) at   the TV Baftas  .

"Will Ferrell was wonderful to work with, and I'm not just saying that because he's coming on stage after me" - I last photographed John Lithgow this year (and for the first time) at the TV Baftas.

"Your suit looks amazing Alex, but I still don't want to risk my eyesight by looking at you directly"

"Your suit looks amazing Alex, but I still don't want to risk my eyesight by looking at you directly"

"Well, you see, the Third Rock From The Sun was planet Earth, and I wasn't actually *IN* The Martian with Matt Damon... I don't think I can sign that"

"Well, you see, the Third Rock From The Sun was planet Earth, and I wasn't actually *IN* The Martian with Matt Damon... I don't think I can sign that"

"I don't want to seem a stickler for accurate Astronomy... but it's important"

"I don't want to seem a stickler for accurate Astronomy... but it's important"

Mel Gibson. Despite his apologies and time in the Hollywood Sin Bin, I'm still concerned posting photos of him lest they cause offence. But he's a dual Oscar winner and it's a Christmas-themed movie and that's a time for forgiveness and I've   posted photos of Jaden Smith   and   Kim Kardashian   in this journal in the past and not explicitly apologised for that either....

Mel Gibson. Despite his apologies and time in the Hollywood Sin Bin, I'm still concerned posting photos of him lest they cause offence. But he's a dual Oscar winner and it's a Christmas-themed movie and that's a time for forgiveness and I've posted photos of Jaden Smith and Kim Kardashian in this journal in the past and not explicitly apologised for that either....

Mel Gibson has won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (for Braveheart in 1995) and was also nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge at this year's Academy Awards.

Mel Gibson has won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (for Braveheart in 1995) and was also nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge at this year's Academy Awards.

later on stage, Alex Zane would ask Mel a question that went  "so do you have any advice to give for the holiday season?"  with  "always count to ten before you say anything"  which... well... I've failed to count to anything from 4 to about 800 and still regretted it myself, but it's generically decent advice.

later on stage, Alex Zane would ask Mel a question that went "so do you have any advice to give for the holiday season?" with "always count to ten before you say anything" which... well... I've failed to count to anything from 4 to about 800 and still regretted it myself, but it's generically decent advice.

Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg sashayed down the Knitted Christmas Sweater Carpet, offending nobody (though sorely disappointing dealers for whom he would not keep his promise and return to sign autographs) (but since those dealers are set to start an internal and unstoppable riot when Mel Gibson comes over in about 6,5,4,3,2,1 seconds from now, my sympathy for them is limited)

Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg sashayed down the Knitted Christmas Sweater Carpet, offending nobody (though sorely disappointing dealers for whom he would not keep his promise and return to sign autographs) (but since those dealers are set to start an internal and unstoppable riot when Mel Gibson comes over in about 6,5,4,3,2,1 seconds from now, my sympathy for them is limited)

"I like how you made an effort, Alex. Unlike me, who wore a black t-shirt and jeans and is feeling unfairly shown up at my own premiere to promote my movie, Alex...."

"I like how you made an effort, Alex. Unlike me, who wore a black t-shirt and jeans and is feeling unfairly shown up at my own premiere to promote my movie, Alex...."

"Well, you could walk directly to the stage and do an interview, or you could cause utter chaotic mayhem in the public pens and dozens of greedy autograph dealers flood all the unsecured pens to get more of your signatures by trampling each other and being complete dickheads. Though most of their victims will be other autograph dealers, I suppose...."

"Well, you could walk directly to the stage and do an interview, or you could cause utter chaotic mayhem in the public pens and dozens of greedy autograph dealers flood all the unsecured pens to get more of your signatures by trampling each other and being complete dickheads. Though most of their victims will be other autograph dealers, I suppose...."

"Guys, I don't want to panic you but I think Mel Gibson's about to sign autographs and the resulting stampede of autograph dealers is going to make wildebeest migrations across crocodile infested waterways seem like a beautiful corporate trust exercise in comparison."

"Guys, I don't want to panic you but I think Mel Gibson's about to sign autographs and the resulting stampede of autograph dealers is going to make wildebeest migrations across crocodile infested waterways seem like a beautiful corporate trust exercise in comparison."

Also... go watch our movie. We'd really appreciate it"

Also... go watch our movie. We'd really appreciate it"

"Okay, even I got stop you here Alex. What those people are doing in the pens while Mel Gibson signging Autographs is both horrendous and compelling, and I'm torn between using my fame to try to stop it, and using that same fame to get a free popcorn and stand here watching" . I, meanwhile, have been swept along in the mess and have sought refuge at a convenient metal barrier that ensures I can now only be pushed in one direction. A nearby autograph dealer queen has pointed me out to security as a contributor to the mayhem because apparently that is possible from where I'm standing.

"Okay, even I got stop you here Alex. What those people are doing in the pens while Mel Gibson signging Autographs is both horrendous and compelling, and I'm torn between using my fame to try to stop it, and using that same fame to get a free popcorn and stand here watching". I, meanwhile, have been swept along in the mess and have sought refuge at a convenient metal barrier that ensures I can now only be pushed in one direction. A nearby autograph dealer queen has pointed me out to security as a contributor to the mayhem because apparently that is possible from where I'm standing.

"If your camera has somehow NOT switched focus to the pretty girl behind me, you have my sympathy."  I'm shooting this photo of Mel Gibson at some distance, which is good because once he gets much closer a wave of autograph dealers will destroy everything in its path, especially my faith in humanity.

"If your camera has somehow NOT switched focus to the pretty girl behind me, you have my sympathy." I'm shooting this photo of Mel Gibson at some distance, which is good because once he gets much closer a wave of autograph dealers will destroy everything in its path, especially my faith in humanity.

"I made it out alive and signed some autographs. Please tell me the next thing I look at on my right will be completely normal and not even slightly confronting"

"I made it out alive and signed some autographs. Please tell me the next thing I look at on my right will be completely normal and not even slightly confronting"

Yeah I'm done too.

Yeah I'm done too.

So, that was that. And I'm not going to lie, even though I think I did pretty well with basically a DSLR with a kit lens at nighttime (something I haven't done for years, and certainly not voluntarily), I've also had more fun sitting at home wondering where my life is heading and coming to fairly pessimistic conclusions than being at this premiere. Once the stars went inside, I didn't stay in the hope of getting better photos if/when the stars left the cinema, or attempt to get a ticket to watch the film for free (they were handing them out near me) and perhaps photograph the stars inside on a stage.... I just wanted to go home where if it wasn't warm and comfortable, it was at least AWAY.

Until next time - when I'll probably have my 'real' camera to record the carnage in more loving detail at least!

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16 Sep - The 'Samurai Rauni' Riga International Film Festival... premiere?

September 16, 2017.

I am.. or rather was... on holiday, and clearly not doing any premieres. Oh, sure, I had part of 3 days in Berlin and I *always* check to see if anything is on in the German capital while I'm in town (there wasn't). But Riga in Latvia? Hardly...

Here's how it went down...

Thursday, 14th September. I'd barely dropped my suitcase off at my 'possibly-post-communist era-apartment-turned-hotel' a few blocks from the (admittedly very pretty) old town, when I happened to spy a car parked near the Bus Terminal : there's a FILM FESTIVAL ON!!

Thursday, 14th September. I'd barely dropped my suitcase off at my 'possibly-post-communist era-apartment-turned-hotel' a few blocks from the (admittedly very pretty) old town, when I happened to spy a car parked near the Bus Terminal : there's a FILM FESTIVAL ON!!

Friday, 15th September. After a check online, I identify the first possible event I might actually be able to get to that might constitute a premiere for this purposes of this website. I don't see any pens, carpet, security, sniffer dogs, bag checks (or, weirdly, autograph dealers) - but I do see these two gentlemen get out of an official vehicle. As I was unable to identify them, I decide this does not constitute a premiere.

Friday, 15th September. After a check online, I identify the first possible event I might actually be able to get to that might constitute a premiere for this purposes of this website. I don't see any pens, carpet, security, sniffer dogs, bag checks (or, weirdly, autograph dealers) - but I do see these two gentlemen get out of an official vehicle. As I was unable to identify them, I decide this does not constitute a premiere.

Saturday, 16th September. (Ironically much like the opening title card of the film) I realise that I must be the mountain that Moves in order to Make Something Happen. So for 5 euros, I buy a ticket to "Samurai Rauni", an event that the filmmakers will attend. Even more excitingly, though it's a Finnish film being shown in Latvia, the screening is subtitled in English!

Saturday, 16th September. (Ironically much like the opening title card of the film) I realise that I must be the mountain that Moves in order to Make Something Happen. So for 5 euros, I buy a ticket to "Samurai Rauni", an event that the filmmakers will attend. Even more excitingly, though it's a Finnish film being shown in Latvia, the screening is subtitled in English!

The main venue for Events at Riga IFF appears to be the 'Splendid Palace'. It's actually really nice inside -- but I felt weird taking photos like some kind of tourist. Which I guess I am/was.

The main venue for Events at Riga IFF appears to be the 'Splendid Palace'. It's actually really nice inside -- but I felt weird taking photos like some kind of tourist. Which I guess I am/was.

This isn't the *inside* inside of the Palace. This is just where you buy the tickets. (Or you can obviously buy tickets online. I don't want to imply that Latvia lacks functional internet connectivity, or imply that I'm surprised that even my  possibly-post-communist-era-bomb-proof-apartment-hotel  has pretty good wifi)

This isn't the *inside* inside of the Palace. This is just where you buy the tickets.
(Or you can obviously buy tickets online. I don't want to imply that Latvia lacks functional internet connectivity, or imply that I'm surprised that even my possibly-post-communist-era-bomb-proof-apartment-hotel has pretty good wifi)

"I'm not saying I love Baltic cinema or that I want to support the filmic arts.... but if I become a paying member, do I get a set of these posters? They're awesome!"

"I'm not saying I love Baltic cinema or that I want to support the filmic arts.... but if I become a paying member, do I get a set of these posters? They're awesome!"

Without autograph dealers mobbing or screaming for attendees, or Paparazzi having lists with photos on them, I was forced to do my own research as to who the filmmakers attending this premiere/event might be and what they'd look like. .... ..... .... thanks, imdb.

Without autograph dealers mobbing or screaming for attendees, or Paparazzi having lists with photos on them, I was forced to do my own research as to who the filmmakers attending this premiere/event might be and what they'd look like. .... .....
.... thanks, imdb.

With no idea what anybody attending would look like, I decided to get a good seat.

With no idea what anybody attending would look like, I decided to get a good seat.

"We'll be back after the film to answer your questions. As it is, the film is meant to be somewhat surreal, so if you don't get it, don't ask us what it's about. Because that's cheating"

"We'll be back after the film to answer your questions. As it is, the film is meant to be somewhat surreal, so if you don't get it, don't ask us what it's about. Because that's cheating"

... and so I watched the movie. I'll be honest, for an 80 minute movie, the first hour was a strange and problematic for me,... and it got increasingly MORE strange as a viewing experience. And again if I'm honest, I can't say I had any real faith that it would have any point, or resolve itself in any way, or even decide what it was about (or even whether it wanted to be about anything!). However, to my genuine surprise, the movie DID have a point, and it did have a resolution, and it was actually (I feel) a pretty damn good one, about cultural appropriation and coolness versus thugness, and how you can be a hero in your mind while simultaneously being an utter A$$hole in everybody else's.... and a bit more than that too.

Overall, it was a very good experience, more so for the random coolness of it, and I would recommend watching it and staying with it though the oddness, because though it takes its time and is very weird at times, it definitely makes its point and gets there in the end.

"If this movie meant anything to you... then we totally meant that".

"If this movie meant anything to you... then we totally meant that".

"Also, don't pirate this film. Seriously guys. We put that there right at the end for a reason."

"Also, don't pirate this film. Seriously guys. We put that there right at the end for a reason."

Cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers :   "An Amateur Is Invulnerable"   - ie. you can take as much time and as many risks as you want in your work.

Cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "An Amateur Is Invulnerable" - ie. you can take as much time and as many risks as you want in your work.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers :   "We don't (even) want to be Indie Filmmakers - which just wants to be 'Hollywood But Smaller"   - good point. Near as I can tell pretty much everyone still wants a cinematic universe these days.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "We don't (even) want to be Indie Filmmakers - which just wants to be 'Hollywood But Smaller" - good point. Near as I can tell pretty much everyone still wants a cinematic universe these days.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers :   "There is more Enthusiasm (with us) than Good Sense - but you have to have something that somebody can get out of, which is a problem...&nbsp; (and also) when it makes too much sense it's too much work (to do)"   - I believe this website functions (by which I mean disfunctions) in much that way.

Another cool *actual* quote from the filmmakers : "There is more Enthusiasm (with us) than Good Sense - but you have to have something that somebody can get out of, which is a problem...  (and also) when it makes too much sense it's too much work (to do)" - I believe this website functions (by which I mean disfunctions) in much that way.

"It's true. I went onto wikipedia to see what a Producer does...."

"It's true. I went onto wikipedia to see what a Producer does...."

"It's a more reliable source than most!"

"It's a more reliable source than most!"

I noted when I got outside that they'd set up some lights and a small stage but I saw no evidence of interviews by Aleksi Zaine or Editka Bovmani (Latvia's equivalent to Alex Zane or Edith Bowman) ...or any rhyme-intensive warmup duties by DeeTschai Ihmpakt... sadly.

I noted when I got outside that they'd set up some lights and a small stage but I saw no evidence of interviews by Aleksi Zaine or Editka Bovmani (Latvia's equivalent to Alex Zane or Edith Bowman) ...or any rhyme-intensive warmup duties by DeeTschai Ihmpakt... sadly.

Still.....Riga, Latvia. Who knew?     .... until next time!

Still.....Riga, Latvia. Who knew?

 

.... until next time!

So that was certainly something randomly cool to experience in a foreign city. I do call it a premiere (I can't find my notes, but I think they did have "Balkan Premiere" noted somewhere. As such, it does go into my "Archive of Movie Premieres" in place of 'Borg vs McEnroe" - the premiere I missed in London while I was away.

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