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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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4 Oct - The BFI LFF Opening Gala Premiere for 'Breathe'

October 4th, 2017

BFI London Film Festival kind of technically started yesterday with "BFI Luminous" - a charity auction attended by the likes of Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hooper, Baz Luhrman, Sir Patrick Stewart and Joan Collins.

But today is the official opening, and it was for the movie 'Breathe'. Here's how it went down:

hey, look. it's the youtube blogging equivalent of how my website is put together! (uh... I mean... obviously I'm the CEO of a major media conglomerate and this website is its flagship....)

hey, look. it's the youtube blogging equivalent of how my website is put together! (uh... I mean... obviously I'm the CEO of a major media conglomerate and this website is its flagship....)

Given I'm in England, and the notion of 'keep calm carry on' is a national pasttime allowing no end of large organisations from rail companies to whole governments to mislead and betray their people, I'm generally pleased when people have had enough and take action. But when you're holding signs calling for the boycotting of two cinemas - Picturehouse Central and Cineworld - and your protest is outside the ODEON Leicester Square? Minimal sympathy. ... go home, guys.

Given I'm in England, and the notion of 'keep calm carry on' is a national pasttime allowing no end of large organisations from rail companies to whole governments to mislead and betray their people, I'm generally pleased when people have had enough and take action. But when you're holding signs calling for the boycotting of two cinemas - Picturehouse Central and Cineworld - and your protest is outside the ODEON Leicester Square? Minimal sympathy. ... go home, guys.

"If just one piece of rotten fruit or an errant apostrophe badly placed on a placard hits this newly uncovered carpet, there'll be hell to pay..."

"If just one piece of rotten fruit or an errant apostrophe badly placed on a placard hits this newly uncovered carpet, there'll be hell to pay..."

"Andrew Garfield's cute. He used to be Spider-Man, you know" "So did Tobey Maguire" "Oh. Right."

"Andrew Garfield's cute. He used to be Spider-Man, you know"
"So did Tobey Maguire"
"Oh. Right."

"Terry, you'd better be taking a photo of how elegantly awesome I look and not making weird compositions incorporating the guys behind me..."

"Terry, you'd better be taking a photo of how elegantly awesome I look and not making weird compositions incorporating the guys behind me..."

"Three pints of milk, 500g of Red Leicester cheese, cough drops.... oh wait, these aren't the questions I'm meant to be asking Claire Foy..."

"Three pints of milk, 500g of Red Leicester cheese, cough drops.... oh wait, these aren't the questions I'm meant to be asking Claire Foy..."

"Dear Mom. Protesters are loud and irritating and might be removed by police, but the guy on the bongos is kind of cute. What do I do?"

"Dear Mom. Protesters are loud and irritating and might be removed by police, but the guy on the bongos is kind of cute. What do I do?"

"Are you answering my question, or are you eyeing the cute girl with a crush on a protesting bongo player?"  My spot in the long main pen has no direct view to the drop-off or paparazzi cordon, so I didn't actually get a chance to photograph the stars until they got quite close. In this particular case, lead actor Andrew Garfield.

"Are you answering my question, or are you eyeing the cute girl with a crush on a protesting bongo player?"
My spot in the long main pen has no direct view to the drop-off or paparazzi cordon, so I didn't actually get a chance to photograph the stars until they got quite close. In this particular case, lead actor Andrew Garfield.

"Check it out. The main screen is amazing?" "Or are you using its semi-reflective surface to catch a glimpse of the cute girl with the crush on the bongo player?"

"Check it out. The main screen is amazing?"
"Or are you using its semi-reflective surface to catch a glimpse of the cute girl with the crush on the bongo player?"

Andrew Garfield is perhaps best known for being the second cinematic incarnation of Spider-Man (I photographed him at premieres of both   the first   and   the second instalment  s) but he was actually very good in The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge (neither of which had premieres)

Andrew Garfield is perhaps best known for being the second cinematic incarnation of Spider-Man (I photographed him at premieres of both the first and the second instalments) but he was actually very good in The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge (neither of which had premieres)

Claire Foy

Claire Foy

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Nitin Sawhney composed the music for the movie.... and I don't really have anything amusing to say about that because I like film music. I have no less than four composer events I've bought tickets for still coming up this year), so Respect Film Music, People!!

Nitin Sawhney composed the music for the movie.... and I don't really have anything amusing to say about that because I like film music. I have no less than four composer events I've bought tickets for still coming up this year), so Respect Film Music, People!!

Photographed because he looked 'randomly familiar' subsequently this turned out to b Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who is not merely in several   'Divergent'   movies (remember those?), the movie   'Me Before You'   (who's premiere had its own protest) and   'Great Expectations'   which had its premiere at BFI London Film Festival a few years ago.

Photographed because he looked 'randomly familiar' subsequently this turned out to b Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who is not merely in several 'Divergent' movies (remember those?), the movie 'Me Before You' (who's premiere had its own protest) and 'Great Expectations' which had its premiere at BFI London Film Festival a few years ago.

Photographed because she looked vaguely better-looking than even Ben Lloyd Hughes, this ended up being Emily Bevan, who is also in this movie and was also in   the movie 'Testament of Youth'   which ALSO had its premiere at BFI London Film Festival

Photographed because she looked vaguely better-looking than even Ben Lloyd Hughes, this ended up being Emily Bevan, who is also in this movie and was also in the movie 'Testament of Youth' which ALSO had its premiere at BFI London Film Festival

"It's crazy how people from this movie are all converging here to celebrate this movie at the premiere of this movie, huh? I hear it totally blows some peoples' minds"

"It's crazy how people from this movie are all converging here to celebrate this movie at the premiere of this movie, huh? I hear it totally blows some peoples' minds"

This is William Nicholson, this movie's screenwriter. He was Oscar Nominated for best adapted screenplay for 'Shadowlands' (1993) and also best original screenplay for 'Gladiator' (2000)

This is William Nicholson, this movie's screenwriter. He was Oscar Nominated for best adapted screenplay for 'Shadowlands' (1993) and also best original screenplay for 'Gladiator' (2000)

"If you could draw a crown above your signature it'd be really cool. Because, you know...."  - actually, according to the usually reliable imdb.com, Claire Foy is best known for being 'The Girl' in the Nicolas Cage movie 'season of the witch' and NOT for playing the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown' for which she won a Golden Globe.

"If you could draw a crown above your signature it'd be really cool. Because, you know...." - actually, according to the usually reliable imdb.com, Claire Foy is best known for being 'The Girl' in the Nicolas Cage movie 'season of the witch' and NOT for playing the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown' for which she won a Golden Globe.

"I thought you were very good in that Nicolas Cage movie..."  - I'm pretty sure not even Nicolas Cage thought   Nicolas Cage   was good in that movie.

"I thought you were very good in that Nicolas Cage movie..." - I'm pretty sure not even Nicolas Cage thought Nicolas Cage was good in that movie.

I have just enough vestigial recollection of London Fashion Week that I would pronounce this dress 'pretty nice'... but then I wore a grey hoodie under a leather jacket at this premiere, and my word is probably not to be trusted (I was warm, though....)

I have just enough vestigial recollection of London Fashion Week that I would pronounce this dress 'pretty nice'... but then I wore a grey hoodie under a leather jacket at this premiere, and my word is probably not to be trusted (I was warm, though....)

"Hugging random strangers? Sure, why not!" -  this film's director, the mighty Andy Serkis has finally made his way to our segment of the crowd. He's probably best known for NOT playing himself as the mo-cap actor behind King Kong, Gollum and Caesar in King Kong (2005), Lord of the Rings, and Planet of the Apes.

"Hugging random strangers? Sure, why not!" - this film's director, the mighty Andy Serkis has finally made his way to our segment of the crowd. He's probably best known for NOT playing himself as the mo-cap actor behind King Kong, Gollum and Caesar in King Kong (2005), Lord of the Rings, and Planet of the Apes.

"No, it was NOT funny when Andy spent a whole day directing this movie in character as GOLLUM"

"No, it was NOT funny when Andy spent a whole day directing this movie in character as GOLLUM"

"Anyway, much as the bright lights and red carpet makes me feel special, this dress weighs a ton, is insured for more than I'm worth, and I believe I'm entitled to free drinks and canapes inside, so I'm gonna leave you here"

"Anyway, much as the bright lights and red carpet makes me feel special, this dress weighs a ton, is insured for more than I'm worth, and I believe I'm entitled to free drinks and canapes inside, so I'm gonna leave you here"

"Unless you're one out of identical OCTUPLETS, Sir, i've already signed autographs for you in several places among this crowd" . Autograph dealers have no shame... or the ability to locate soap in a standard supermarket toiletries aisle.

"Unless you're one out of identical OCTUPLETS, Sir, i've already signed autographs for you in several places among this crowd". Autograph dealers have no shame... or the ability to locate soap in a standard supermarket toiletries aisle.

"I think one of them brushed or scraped against me. How long until I turn into a zombie or something?"

"I think one of them brushed or scraped against me. How long until I turn into a zombie or something?"

Along with playing the human underneath several famous CG characters, Andy Serkis has also played named characters in Marvel and Star Wars films. Which is why autograph dealers around me are alternatively singing, chanting, braying and poorly rhyming his name with any number of things to induce him to sign even more autographs. He graciously (and appropriately) declined.

Along with playing the human underneath several famous CG characters, Andy Serkis has also played named characters in Marvel and Star Wars films. Which is why autograph dealers around me are alternatively singing, chanting, braying and poorly rhyming his name with any number of things to induce him to sign even more autographs. He graciously (and appropriately) declined.

"I... don't feel like it. Is there a more politically acceptable way of saying it?" "How about I tell them to shut the f--k up and imply you had nothing to do with my rogue act?" "That's perfect"  This, sadly, did not happen. The guy with his back did sadly block my view of Andy Serkis waving cheerfully in our direction, though, and that wasn't appreciated.

"I... don't feel like it. Is there a more politically acceptable way of saying it?"
"How about I tell them to shut the f--k up and imply you had nothing to do with my rogue act?"
"That's perfect"

This, sadly, did not happen. The guy with his back did sadly block my view of Andy Serkis waving cheerfully in our direction, though, and that wasn't appreciated.

So... that was that. Day one of... uh... I think it's day 1 of 11 days of premieres. Or day 2 of 12. I'm already tired... but my Archive of premieres gets another +1.

Until next time (tomorrow!)!

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