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PREMIERES IN 2017

It's been another big year in premieres, and with a combination of thanks given to Australia, Austria and the United Kingdom and the various convoluted and interconnected definitions of "residency", "permanent residency", "where I happen to live", "citizenship", "freedom of movement", and "European Union" I and they currently work within ... which should remain in place for another 11 months at time of writing, I might have a few more premieres in me next year (cross fingers). But for now, here's the 2017 that was (note : each image is also a link to its journal) - I count 71 events photographed.

JANUARY : No premieres - I arrived back from holiday too late!

FEBRUARY : Baftas month!

February 9th : We've long since established I'll go to *any* premiere, so... yeah...    "Fifty Shades Darker"   .

February 9th : We've long since established I'll go to *any* premiere, so... yeah... "Fifty Shades Darker".

February 2017 : I may not know fashion, but that doesn't stop me photographing it, at    London Fashion Week   .

February 2017 : I may not know fashion, but that doesn't stop me photographing it, at London Fashion Week.

February 12th : It's    the 2017 Baftas!    (the only event I photograph, then rush home to watch while editing the journal of)

February 12th : It's the 2017 Baftas! (the only event I photograph, then rush home to watch while editing the journal of)

February 13th : Just one day after the Baftas, and at a location to secret that the nearby bus stop was still functional... it's the    Elle Style Awards   !

February 13th : Just one day after the Baftas, and at a location to secret that the nearby bus stop was still functional... it's the Elle Style Awards!

February 16th : A rare premiere at the British Museum : for    'The Lost City of Z'   , which is apparently not a zombie movie.

February 16th : A rare premiere at the British Museum : for 'The Lost City of Z', which is apparently not a zombie movie.

February 21st : I have nothing bad to say about the movie or premiere of    "Viceroy's House"   .

February 21st : I have nothing bad to say about the movie or premiere of "Viceroy's House".

February 23rd : Disney / Marvel doesn't do premieres anymore, they just fly in the stars and don't let the public near them. Meh to that, and to    "Beauty & the Beast"   .

February 23rd : Disney / Marvel doesn't do premieres anymore, they just fly in the stars and don't let the public near them. Meh to that, and to "Beauty & the Beast".

February 28th :  Awesome lighting (and Brie Larsson!) at the premiere of    Kong : Skull Island   .

February 28th :  Awesome lighting (and Brie Larsson!) at the premiere of Kong : Skull Island.

MARCH : Only two premieres!

March 16th : Confusion and Uncertainty reigns at the premiere of    "Another Mother's Son"   .

March 16th : Confusion and Uncertainty reigns at the premiere of "Another Mother's Son".

APRIL : Two premieres in Berlin and this year's "Biggest" movie?!

April 2nd : I'm in Germany and there's a Surprise    "Smurfs : The Lost Village"    premiere (with German voice cast!)

April 2nd : I'm in Germany and there's a Surprise "Smurfs : The Lost Village" premiere (with German voice cast!)

April 4th : I'm in Germany for the    Fast & Furious 8    ('Acht'!) premiere!

April 4th : I'm in Germany for the Fast & Furious 8 ('Acht'!) premiere!

April 9th : Please maintain your respectful decorum for...    the 2017 Olivier Awards   !!

April 9th : Please maintain your respectful decorum for... the 2017 Olivier Awards!!

April 12th : the Official (?) premiere might have been at last year's London Film Festival, but    'Their Finest'    had a special screening this year too.

April 12th : the Official (?) premiere might have been at last year's London Film Festival, but 'Their Finest' had a special screening this year too.

April 21st : Scoff and/or plead ignorance about the movie    "Cain Hill"    at your peril - in terms of journal views on this website, it was this year's BIGGEST movie!

April 21st : Scoff and/or plead ignorance about the movie "Cain Hill" at your peril - in terms of journal views on this website, it was this year's BIGGEST movie!

MAY : Well, at least there's some quantity in lieu of quality?

May 4th : Sickly green tint for photos in the journal of    'Alien : Covenant'    is actually deliberate (no, really!)

May 4th : Sickly green tint for photos in the journal of 'Alien : Covenant' is actually deliberate (no, really!)

May 8th : It's a movie that stars its writer as its lead (who is not the pictured Ray Winstone, but don't let that negate the wonder) at    the premiere of 'Jawbone'   .

May 8th : It's a movie that stars its writer as its lead (who is not the pictured Ray Winstone, but don't let that negate the wonder) at the premiere of 'Jawbone'.

May 10th : The movie might not have been great, but there was (almost) nothing wrong with the premiere for    'King Arthur : Legend of the Sword'   .

May 10th : The movie might not have been great, but there was (almost) nothing wrong with the premiere for 'King Arthur : Legend of the Sword'.

May 11th : One of the least publicised premieres of the year actually ended up getting my website more views than Star Wars : The Last Jedi :    "Interlude in Prague"   .

May 11th : One of the least publicised premieres of the year actually ended up getting my website more views than Star Wars : The Last Jedi : "Interlude in Prague".

May 14th : And after    the 2017 TV Baftas   , there's nothing for over THREE WEEKS!

May 14th : And after the 2017 TV Baftas, there's nothing for over THREE WEEKS!

JUNE : Documentaries, Royals,  Booksignings, Cancellations and Neatness... all in one month!

June 7th : After four cancelled premieres (The Mummy, Wonder Woman, and two Netflix releases) - London finally refuses to bow to fear and we have the    'My Cousin Rachel'    Premiere.

June 7th : After four cancelled premieres (The Mummy, Wonder Woman, and two Netflix releases) - London finally refuses to bow to fear and we have the 'My Cousin Rachel' Premiere.

June 14th : For fans of Things Being As They Should Be, excitingly the premiere for the movie    'Hampstead'    was held IN Hampstead!

June 14th : For fans of Things Being As They Should Be, excitingly the premiere for the movie 'Hampstead' was held IN Hampstead!

June 15th : A documentary about standup comedy followed by a screentalk by a dual-Oscar winning Costume Designer :    "Dying Laughing"    and a bit of Jenny Beavan.

June 15th : A documentary about standup comedy followed by a screentalk by a dual-Oscar winning Costume Designer : "Dying Laughing" and a bit of Jenny Beavan.

16th June : Maybe not technically a premiere, but it had pomp and ceremony (plus I hear two two princes had cameos in the latest Star Wars movie and the Queen was a Bond Girl during the Olympics opening ceremony) :    Trooping the Colour 2017   .

16th June : Maybe not technically a premiere, but it had pomp and ceremony (plus I hear two two princes had cameos in the latest Star Wars movie and the Queen was a Bond Girl during the Olympics opening ceremony) : Trooping the Colour 2017.

June 18th : Professor Laura Haddock explains... whatever her character's degree was at the    'Transformers : The Last Knight'    premiere.

June 18th : Professor Laura Haddock explains... whatever her character's degree was at the 'Transformers : The Last Knight' premiere.

June 26th  : with no premieres scheduled for two weeks, here, have a bonus Neal Stephenson book launch / book signing for    "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O."   .

June 26th  : with no premieres scheduled for two weeks, here, have a bonus Neal Stephenson book launch / book signing for "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.".

June 26th : And I even got to see the movie! At the    'Baby Driver'    premiere.

June 26th : And I even got to see the movie! At the 'Baby Driver' premiere.

JULY : Only three events, but two were quite big

July 13th : Harry Styles wouldn't mind if the screaming stopped for just a few seconds at the    "DUNKIRK" World Premiere   .

July 13th : Harry Styles wouldn't mind if the screaming stopped for just a few seconds at the "DUNKIRK" World Premiere.

July 11th : Frank Williams at the premiere of the documentary for    "Williams"   .

July 11th : Frank Williams at the premiere of the documentary for "Williams".

July 24th : Cara Delivingne at the premiere of    "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"   .

July 24th : Cara Delivingne at the premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets".

AUGUST featured the smallest premiere crowd I've been a part of.

August 10th : I've finally photographed a former US Vice President! (Al Gore at the    'Inconvenient Sequel'    premiere)

August 10th : I've finally photographed a former US Vice President! (Al Gore at the 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere)

August 16th : I've finally photographed director Kathryn Bigelow! (For the premiere of    "Detroit"   )

August 16th : I've finally photographed director Kathryn Bigelow! (For the premiere of "Detroit")

August 21st : Adam Driver shows signs of dangerous whimsy at the premiere of    "Logan Lucky"   .

August 21st : Adam Driver shows signs of dangerous whimsy at the premiere of "Logan Lucky".

August 23rd : it was just me and two autograph hunters at    "Patti Cake$"   , and I'd be cynical except I've watched the movie and thought it was good!

August 23rd : it was just me and two autograph hunters at "Patti Cake$", and I'd be cynical except I've watched the movie and thought it was good!

August 24th : once again we're investigating new lower limits on what can reasonably be called a "premiere" - this one for    "Cult of Chucky"   .

August 24th : once again we're investigating new lower limits on what can reasonably be called a "premiere" - this one for "Cult of Chucky".

SEPTEMBER : Some size, some fashion... and some Latvia.

September 5th : This year the    GQ Men of the Year 'awards'    were at the Tate Modern - and Mark Hamill attended!

September 5th : This year the GQ Men of the Year 'awards' were at the Tate Modern - and Mark Hamill attended!

September 6th : Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence's Dress at the    "Mother!"    premiere.

September 6th : Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence's Dress at the "Mother!" premiere.

September 16th : I'm in Latvia on holiday (hey, why not?) and there's a Film Festival on!! (and the movie    'Samurai Rauni'    was actually quite weird/good!)

September 16th : I'm in Latvia on holiday (hey, why not?) and there's a Film Festival on!! (and the movie 'Samurai Rauni' was actually quite weird/good!)

September 15th (?) to 19th - I only officially did one day of    London Fashion Week   , so I cheated and added some Latvian 'street' clothing and a Berlin Fashion show.

September 15th (?) to 19th - I only officially did one day of London Fashion Week, so I cheated and added some Latvian 'street' clothing and a Berlin Fashion show.

September 18th : Even as a non-fan of The Big Lebowski, I was still happy to photograph Jeff Bridges (at the    'Kingsman : The Golden Circle'    premiere).

September 18th : Even as a non-fan of The Big Lebowski, I was still happy to photograph Jeff Bridges (at the 'Kingsman : The Golden Circle' premiere).

September 20th  : "You want me to sign WHAT?"  at the    "Goodbye Christopher Robin"    premiere.

September 20th : "You want me to sign WHAT?" at the "Goodbye Christopher Robin" premiere.

September 23rd : Skirting close to almost not being a premiere at all but it's September and I'm desperate and BFI LFF is still a fortnight away... it was the 'premiere' for    "Bees Make Honey"   .

September 23rd : Skirting close to almost not being a premiere at all but it's September and I'm desperate and BFI LFF is still a fortnight away... it was the 'premiere' for "Bees Make Honey".

September 26th : Not a premiere, but certainly fascinating and movie-themed - the    2017 Prop Store Auction    at BFI Imax.

September 26th : Not a premiere, but certainly fascinating and movie-themed - the 2017 Prop Store Auction at BFI Imax.

OCTOBER: I typically claim that London has about sixty premieres a year, which probably stretches out to about 70 or so events. But the truth is, it's approximately two weeks each year at BFI London Film Festival that contributes almost 1/5th of ALL the events I photograph in any given year!

October 3rd : It's a bit of a 'hidden' event that only seems to take place every second (?) year, but    BFI Luminous    has quite the star power - from Jeremy Irons to Australia's own Baz Luhrman.

October 3rd : It's a bit of a 'hidden' event that only seems to take place every second (?) year, but BFI Luminous has quite the star power - from Jeremy Irons to Australia's own Baz Luhrman.

October 4th : One day after the opening event, it's now the official opening premiere of BFI London Film Festival - and it's for the Andy Serkis directed, Claire Foy / Andrew Garfield starring    "Breathe"   .

October 4th : One day after the opening event, it's now the official opening premiere of BFI London Film Festival - and it's for the Andy Serkis directed, Claire Foy / Andrew Garfield starring "Breathe".

October 5th : Carey Mulligan is pretty and pleasantly cheerful to fans, autograph hunters, and people who want to photograph her for weird websites with uncertain aims... .like this one! At the    'Mudbound'    premiere.

October 5th : Carey Mulligan is pretty and pleasantly cheerful to fans, autograph hunters, and people who want to photograph her for weird websites with uncertain aims... .like this one! At the 'Mudbound' premiere.

October 6th (part I) : It's    'The Meyerowitz Stories'    - and weirdly it's a movie I'd already seen prior to its BFI LFF premiere (I don't have special access, but I have occasional friends who occasionally do)

October 6th (part I) : It's 'The Meyerowitz Stories' - and weirdly it's a movie I'd already seen prior to its BFI LFF premiere (I don't have special access, but I have occasional friends who occasionally do)

October 6th (part II) : barely fifteen minutes after the prior premiere (a barely fifteen minute walk away) - a second premiere for the day, with Sam Claflin for    'Journey's End'   .

October 6th (part II) : barely fifteen minutes after the prior premiere (a barely fifteen minute walk away) - a second premiere for the day, with Sam Claflin for 'Journey's End'.

October 7th : First I grabbed a wristband, then I sat down and watched 'Blade Runner 2049' and then I rushed out to grab a (lucky) front-row spot for the premiere of    'Battle of the Sexes'   .

October 7th : First I grabbed a wristband, then I sat down and watched 'Blade Runner 2049' and then I rushed out to grab a (lucky) front-row spot for the premiere of 'Battle of the Sexes'.

October 8th (part I) : Saoirse Ronan (sadly) elects not to insult or otherwise injure autograph dealers at the premiere of    "On Chesil Beach"   .

October 8th (part I) : Saoirse Ronan (sadly) elects not to insult or otherwise injure autograph dealers at the premiere of "On Chesil Beach".

October 8th (part II) : since I'd be missing tomorrow's premiere due to a conflict with a Composer talk, it made sense to do a second premiere on this day, for    'Last Flag Flying'    with Bryan Cranston.

October 8th (part II) : since I'd be missing tomorrow's premiere due to a conflict with a Composer talk, it made sense to do a second premiere on this day, for 'Last Flag Flying' with Bryan Cranston.

October 10th : Got an autograph, photographed,  and got to listen to director David Fincher give a BFI Screentalk (on directing, as well as his new series    'Mindhunter'   .) Worth it!

October 10th : Got an autograph, photographed,  and got to listen to director David Fincher give a BFI Screentalk (on directing, as well as his new series 'Mindhunter'.) Worth it!

October 11th : A more musical premiere than most, for    'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'   .

October 11th : A more musical premiere than most, for 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'.

October 12th : Burgers almost seemed preferable to premiere mayhem at the premiere for "   The Killing of a Sacred Deer"   .

October 12th : Burgers almost seemed preferable to premiere mayhem at the premiere for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

October 13th (part I) : Matt Damon didn't, but Christoph Waltz and writer/director Alexander Payne did attend the BFI LFF    premiere for 'Downsizing'   .

October 13th (part I) : Matt Damon didn't, but Christoph Waltz and writer/director Alexander Payne did attend the BFI LFF premiere for 'Downsizing'.

October 13th (part II) : The Stars (minus Willem Dafoe) did eventually show up once the carpet was clean enough for the BFI LFF premiere of    "The Florida Project"   .

October 13th (part II) : The Stars (minus Willem Dafoe) did eventually show up once the carpet was clean enough for the BFI LFF premiere of "The Florida Project".

October 14th (part I): A brand new layout for a strange (but arguably cool) BFI LFF premiere - and Joaquin Phoenix eventually did take off his glasses - at    the premiere of "you were never really here"   .

October 14th (part I): A brand new layout for a strange (but arguably cool) BFI LFF premiere - and Joaquin Phoenix eventually did take off his glasses - at the premiere of "you were never really here".

October 14th (part II) : Immediately after the Joaquin Phoenix premiere, I walked briskly down to Whitehall to catch the tail end of the    2017 BFI Awards   .

October 14th (part II) : Immediately after the Joaquin Phoenix premiere, I walked briskly down to Whitehall to catch the tail end of the 2017 BFI Awards.

October 15th. Even I couldn't believe I'd finally managed to photograph (a) Woody Harrelson, (b) Frances McDormance, (c) Sam Rockwell AND (d) Peter Dinklage for the first time, all at the same premiere : for    'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'    to close out BFI LFF for 2017.

October 15th. Even I couldn't believe I'd finally managed to photograph (a) Woody Harrelson, (b) Frances McDormance, (c) Sam Rockwell AND (d) Peter Dinklage for the first time, all at the same premiere : for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to close out BFI LFF for 2017.

Summary Journal : October 3rd - 15th. Even if they never acknowledge how hard I work (!) for (?) them (?),    BFI London Film Festival    is cool enough that it warrants a summary 'Red Carpet Monochrome' journal, I say.

Summary Journal : October 3rd - 15th. Even if they never acknowledge how hard I work (!) for (?) them (?), BFI London Film Festival is cool enough that it warrants a summary 'Red Carpet Monochrome' journal, I say.

October 17th : I'd say it was a sub-par premiere at which interesting people were photographed : at    the 'Death of Stalin' premiere    held in a small cinema in Chelsea.

October 17th : I'd say it was a sub-par premiere at which interesting people were photographed : at the 'Death of Stalin' premiere held in a small cinema in Chelsea.

October 20th : I'm still not 100% sure I'm allowed to post these photos, but if you're reading this Royal Albert Hall, know that I'm doing it with intentions of Peace and Love :    the 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Birthday concert    featuring some world-class guests (and music) was awesome.

October 20th : I'm still not 100% sure I'm allowed to post these photos, but if you're reading this Royal Albert Hall, know that I'm doing it with intentions of Peace and Love : the 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Birthday concert featuring some world-class guests (and music) was awesome.

October 30th : The current prime minister, opposition leader, and 3rd in line to the throne were all present at    the Pride of Britain Awards   ... and I'm not British so my patriotic juices were under control.

October 30th : The current prime minister, opposition leader, and 3rd in line to the throne were all present at the Pride of Britain Awards... and I'm not British so my patriotic juices were under control.

NOVEMBER: Time to relax with some seriously big  and/or quirky premieres:

November 2nd : It was the    World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express'   , and I don't think I've ever had a spot this good at a premiere this big before!

November 2nd : It was the World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express', and I don't think I've ever had a spot this good at a premiere this big before!

November 5th : The whole cast attended the    World Premiere of 'Paddington 2'    - held under a bridge on a cold weekend morning.

November 5th : The whole cast attended the World Premiere of 'Paddington 2' - held under a bridge on a cold weekend morning.

November 16th : DJ Impact dressed as an Elf, host Alex Zane dressed as the Carpet, and Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson attended    the premiere of "Daddy's Home 2"   .

November 16th : DJ Impact dressed as an Elf, host Alex Zane dressed as the Carpet, and Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson attended the premiere of "Daddy's Home 2".

November 21st : Just like  last year , the Netflix series    'The Crown' had a season premiere    in Leicester Square.

November 21st : Just like last year, the Netflix series 'The Crown' had a season premiere in Leicester Square.

DECEMBER: The year may have started slow but it ended VERY big...

December 3rd : Cate Blanchett (along with Sir Patrick Stewart, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson, Keira Knightley and Poppy Delevingne) attended    the Evening Standard Theatre Awards   .

December 3rd : Cate Blanchett (along with Sir Patrick Stewart, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson, Keira Knightley and Poppy Delevingne) attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

December 4th : And just one night later, it was the    "The 2017 Fashion Awards"    at the opulence of Royal Albert Hall, featuring such notables (?) as Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, P!nk, Zendaya and Poppy Delevingne.

December 4th : And just one night later, it was the "The 2017 Fashion Awards" at the opulence of Royal Albert Hall, featuring such notables (?) as Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, P!nk, Zendaya and Poppy Delevingne.

December 6th : Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain were the main draws, but director Aaron Sorkin, composer Daniel Pemberton and the REAL 'Molly' in    "Molly's Game"    also attended the premiere.

December 6th : Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain were the main draws, but director Aaron Sorkin, composer Daniel Pemberton and the REAL 'Molly' in "Molly's Game" also attended the premiere.

December 11th : It was a cold and dark night... and there was a Burger joint with a view of proceedings that was considerably warmer and overlooked it all, at    the premiere of "Darkest Hour"   .

December 11th : It was a cold and dark night... and there was a Burger joint with a view of proceedings that was considerably warmer and overlooked it all, at the premiere of "Darkest Hour".

December 12th : The only premiere this year whose journal comes in two differently-shot, cropped and edited flavours : Star Wars : The Force Awakens : in both 'regular / colour + commentary' (above) and 'red carpet monochrome' (below) versions.

So.... hopefully until next time... in 2018?

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5 Nov - The 'Paddington2' World Premiere

November 5th, 2017.

Just a few days ago I was at Royal Albert Hall for the World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express', and I followed that up with two additional back-to-back visits to the Royal Albert Hall, for concerts by the noted film composer James Newton Howard, and the following day the noted game composer Nobuo Uematsu.

And just when it seemed safe to have a weekend day off, another world premiere! Here's how it went down:

BFI Southbank was the venue for this premiere, and though I would have liked to photograph this premiere from the footbridge overlooking the event, Security were uncertain whether it was a valid place or whether I'd be asked to leave (being security at an event is complicated..)

BFI Southbank was the venue for this premiere, and though I would have liked to photograph this premiere from the footbridge overlooking the event, Security were uncertain whether it was a valid place or whether I'd be asked to leave (being security at an event is complicated..)

"I'd dress like this even if there wasn't a premiere on"  - the first   'Paddington' movie had its premiere in Leicester Square in 2014  , and it rained.

"I'd dress like this even if there wasn't a premiere on" - the first 'Paddington' movie had its premiere in Leicester Square in 2014, and it rained.

Awesome news : jugglers now get Access All Areas to red carpets. Possibly just for this premiere, but I'd almost be willing to take it up full-time if it applied to all premieres.

Awesome news : jugglers now get Access All Areas to red carpets. Possibly just for this premiere, but I'd almost be willing to take it up full-time if it applied to all premieres.

So much going on in this photo : a deck of World Premiere Tickets, a panicked eye-glance, and possibly somebody reaching into a purse. But I'm an observer - I try not to interfere in the natural process of events if I can.

So much going on in this photo : a deck of World Premiere Tickets, a panicked eye-glance, and possibly somebody reaching into a purse. But I'm an observer - I try not to interfere in the natural process of events if I can.

"Take my word for it - there is nothing - absolutely NOTHING - happening on this side of the barrier you're glancing over. Move along. Enjoy your Sunday. Try the food markets behind the Theatre Royal - the Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese, Truffle Oil and Honey are incredible."

"Take my word for it - there is nothing - absolutely NOTHING - happening on this side of the barrier you're glancing over. Move along. Enjoy your Sunday. Try the food markets behind the Theatre Royal - the Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese, Truffle Oil and Honey are incredible."

Is it me, or are they designing cameras to look more aggressive these days? That's probably why they're hanging cheerful balloons around them as a distraction.

Is it me, or are they designing cameras to look more aggressive these days? That's probably why they're hanging cheerful balloons around them as a distraction.

Simon Farnaby is co-writer of this film, but among his imdb.com credits is not only being a writer of such TV series as 'Blunder' and 'Yonderland', but he had the role of 'Blue Five' in the Star Wars movie   'Rogue One', which has the 1yr anniversary of the abomination of its "premiere"   coming up.

Simon Farnaby is co-writer of this film, but among his imdb.com credits is not only being a writer of such TV series as 'Blunder' and 'Yonderland', but he had the role of 'Blue Five' in the Star Wars movie 'Rogue One', which has the 1yr anniversary of the abomination of its "premiere" coming up.

Karen Jankel is the daughter of Paddington creator Michael Bond, who attended   the first movie's premiere  .

Karen Jankel is the daughter of Paddington creator Michael Bond, who attended the first movie's premiere.

"If producing movies means standing up on these stages rather than taking photos from the crowd, I'm going to keep doing it, Rosie"  - David Heyman produced all the Harry Potter movies (including   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  ), as well as Gravity and   'The Light Between Oceans'  .

"If producing movies means standing up on these stages rather than taking photos from the crowd, I'm going to keep doing it, Rosie" - David Heyman produced all the Harry Potter movies (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), as well as Gravity and 'The Light Between Oceans'.

I don't know who this is, but arbitrarily I will pronounce him to be Brent Spiner, who played Commander Data in Star Trek The Next Generation and the quirky Dr Okun in both Independence Day movies?  (edited to add : he's more likely Mark Benton, not Brent Spiner; with thanks to Gray!!)

I don't know who this is, but arbitrarily I will pronounce him to be Brent Spiner, who played Commander Data in Star Trek The Next Generation and the quirky Dr Okun in both Independence Day movies? (edited to add : he's more likely Mark Benton, not Brent Spiner; with thanks to Gray!!)

"Cut-off jeans I've heard of, but cut-off ties are a thing now??"  Tom Conti's imdb listing makes for fascinating reading, as he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1984 for the movie "Reuben, Reuben"

"Cut-off jeans I've heard of, but cut-off ties are a thing now??" Tom Conti's imdb listing makes for fascinating reading, as he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1984 for the movie "Reuben, Reuben"

Tom Conti also played the role of 'Prisoner' in 'The Dark Knight Rises' - and... yeah, he does look familiar! (I think!) (he wasn't wearing a tie in the movie..)

Tom Conti also played the role of 'Prisoner' in 'The Dark Knight Rises' - and... yeah, he does look familiar! (I think!) (he wasn't wearing a tie in the movie..)

"I love how this bow tie gives me access everywhere. Although that said, I am in this movie... honestly."  - Ben Miller plays the role of 'The Colonel' in the movie.

"I love how this bow tie gives me access everywhere. Although that said, I am in this movie... honestly." - Ben Miller plays the role of 'The Colonel' in the movie.

"The bow tie has achieved sentience and will be trying to sneak me into Buckingham Palace later tonight without my consent. You've GOT to stop it somehow!!"

"The bow tie has achieved sentience and will be trying to sneak me into Buckingham Palace later tonight without my consent. You've GOT to stop it somehow!!"

"The bow tie now wants a free large popcorn and a small diet coke from the concession stand inside - give it what it wants, for goodness' sake!!"

"The bow tie now wants a free large popcorn and a small diet coke from the concession stand inside - give it what it wants, for goodness' sake!!"

"I wasn't in the third one"  - on the basis of 'I try to watch every movie I was at the premiere of.... eventually' I'm still eventually going to have to watch   "Nativity!2 Danger in the Manger" one day.   One bright, sunny, weird day. Jessica Hynes was in that one.

"I wasn't in the third one" - on the basis of 'I try to watch every movie I was at the premiere of.... eventually' I'm still eventually going to have to watch "Nativity!2 Danger in the Manger" one day. One bright, sunny, weird day. Jessica Hynes was in that one.

"I hear it even got a VHS release....."  - Jessica Hynes was also in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and played the role of Mafalda Hopkirk  in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

"I hear it even got a VHS release....." - Jessica Hynes was also in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and played the role of Mafalda Hopkirk  in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Even more fundamental to the Harry Potter alumni of cast members : Julie Walters hasn't just been nominated for Oscars, but she played Ron's mother Molly Weasley across the entire saga.

Even more fundamental to the Harry Potter alumni of cast members : Julie Walters hasn't just been nominated for Oscars, but she played Ron's mother Molly Weasley across the entire saga.

"Let's see if anybody brought any 'Educating Rita' Merch for me to sign..."  - Julie Walters has had two Oscar nominations - one from that film, the other from "Billy Elliot (2000)"

"Let's see if anybody brought any 'Educating Rita' Merch for me to sign..." - Julie Walters has had two Oscar nominations - one from that film, the other from "Billy Elliot (2000)"

"Directing movies ain't like dusting crops. You could fly straight through a star and that'd end your career real fast"  - Paul King directed (and co-wrote) Paddington 2, and also directed the first Paddington.

"Directing movies ain't like dusting crops. You could fly straight through a star and that'd end your career real fast" - Paul King directed (and co-wrote) Paddington 2, and also directed the first Paddington.

"I don't know where that earlier quote was adapted from. Probably a movie - a small independent movie whose studio would never sue me for appropriating it"

"I don't know where that earlier quote was adapted from. Probably a movie - a small independent movie whose studio would never sue me for appropriating it"

"To be fair, any question you ask me is going to come across as aggressive with that camera behind me pointing at the back of my head...."

"To be fair, any question you ask me is going to come across as aggressive with that camera behind me pointing at the back of my head...."

"The Oscar was for 'Iris' in 2002, yes, but I still feel very proud of my rendition of 'Like A Virgin' on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack...."

"The Oscar was for 'Iris' in 2002, yes, but I still feel very proud of my rendition of 'Like A Virgin' on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack...."

"People underestimate the importance of comfortable furniture"  Jim Broadbent was also Horce Slughorn (and/or a sofa) in   Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince   (where I didn't photograph him) and   The Deathly Hallows part2   (where I did)

"People underestimate the importance of comfortable furniture" Jim Broadbent was also Horce Slughorn (and/or a sofa) in Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince (where I didn't photograph him) and The Deathly Hallows part2 (where I did)

"I gotta get home in time to watch V for Vendetta..."  Madeleine Harris plays/played the young Judy Brown in Paddington2 (and the first one). And tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Remember Remember the Vth of November and all that....

"I gotta get home in time to watch V for Vendetta..." Madeleine Harris plays/played the young Judy Brown in Paddington2 (and the first one). And tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Remember Remember the Vth of November and all that....

Samuel Joslin (left) plays the other Brown sibling, although he was also in "The Impossible (2012)". And you really should watch 'V for Vendetta' - the score to that movie, like this one, was composed by academy award winning Dario Marianelli

Samuel Joslin (left) plays the other Brown sibling, although he was also in "The Impossible (2012)". And you really should watch 'V for Vendetta' - the score to that movie, like this one, was composed by academy award winning Dario Marianelli

"Is it hard being evil? Did you, like, go method and punch crying children just to get into character?"  Taking the Baton of Villainy from Nicole Kidman, who played the chief antagonist in the prior movie, is Hugh Grant

"Is it hard being evil? Did you, like, go method and punch crying children just to get into character?" Taking the Baton of Villainy from Nicole Kidman, who played the chief antagonist in the prior movie, is Hugh Grant

"I kinda want to get off stage just in case the giant organ behind me suddenly goes off and the shockwave destroys the bridge that's overhead"

"I kinda want to get off stage just in case the giant organ behind me suddenly goes off and the shockwave destroys the bridge that's overhead"

Hugh Bonneville is best known for being in 52 episodes of 'Downton Abbey' as well as such movies/premieres as   'Viceroy's House'   and   'Monuments Men'  .

Hugh Bonneville is best known for being in 52 episodes of 'Downton Abbey' as well as such movies/premieres as 'Viceroy's House' and 'Monuments Men'.

"The heat radiating from this thing is amazing. It's not radioactivity or anything, is it?"

"The heat radiating from this thing is amazing. It's not radioactivity or anything, is it?"

Hugh Grant recounted an anecdote whereby he was sent a letter offering him the role in this movie as a  'washed-out ageing, desperate-to-regain-relevance Narcissist'  as the producers thought he'd be perfect for it. He said he was mildly offended, but admitted it was a good role.

Hugh Grant recounted an anecdote whereby he was sent a letter offering him the role in this movie as a 'washed-out ageing, desperate-to-regain-relevance Narcissist' as the producers thought he'd be perfect for it. He said he was mildly offended, but admitted it was a good role.

"They said 'ageing narcissist has-been' like it was a BAD thing, but it doesn't *have* to be, Baby"

"They said 'ageing narcissist has-been' like it was a BAD thing, but it doesn't *have* to be, Baby"

Arguably this premiere's most important attendee : Ben Whishaw, who plays the voice of Paddington Bear in this movie.

Arguably this premiere's most important attendee : Ben Whishaw, who plays the voice of Paddington Bear in this movie.

"Any of y'all with anything except James Bond and Paddington stuff for me to sign? Get to the back of the queue"

"Any of y'all with anything except James Bond and Paddington stuff for me to sign? Get to the back of the queue"

"It's considerably warmer inside and, unlike everyone out here, we're legitimately famous.... so why are we out here again?"  - after introducing the movie inside, the stars all assembled in front of the giant organ for a final group shot before heading off for some kind of raucous afterparty or a game of whist at Jim Broadbent's or whatnot.

"It's considerably warmer inside and, unlike everyone out here, we're legitimately famous.... so why are we out here again?" - after introducing the movie inside, the stars all assembled in front of the giant organ for a final group shot before heading off for some kind of raucous afterparty or a game of whist at Jim Broadbent's or whatnot.

"If you want my autograph, you're not just going to have to get past a crowd, some paparazzi and motivated security, but you'll have to get past Julie Walters, and I don't recommend attempting that...."  The two Korean girls to my right look like that's a challenge that might be worth taking.

"If you want my autograph, you're not just going to have to get past a crowd, some paparazzi and motivated security, but you'll have to get past Julie Walters, and I don't recommend attempting that...." The two Korean girls to my right look like that's a challenge that might be worth taking.

"Oh, very well. Julie's distracted anyway"

"Oh, very well. Julie's distracted anyway"

So... that was that, a Sunday premiere in the cold noon of an Autumn London, under a bridge and nowhere near a train station I can directly head home from. Still... another one for The Archive of Premieres, right next to its predecessor. There's no major premieres now til a fortnight from now. Might see if I can find something to do with my time until then....

Until next time!

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2 Nov - The 'Murder on the Orient Express' World Premiere

November 2nd, 2017.

Yesterday at lunchtime, I picked up a rather worrying wristband #226 to (then) tomorrow's World Premiere of 'Murder on the Orient Express'. That number wasn't exactly great, I thought, but then I remembered that's about the wristband number I get most BAFTAs, and I seem to do okay at those.

I had no idea 24 hours later how bad... and then unexpectedly awesome... it was going to get. Here's how it went down:

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted   The Baftas   and   The Oliviers   (and composer   Michael Giacchino's 50th   Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's   Titanic in 3D  , and James Bond's   Skyfall   and   Spectre   HUGE.

This year, the Royal Albert Hall hosted The Baftas and The Oliviers (and composer Michael Giacchino's 50th Birthday). But it rarely hosts premiers... and when it does they're invariably HUGE. Like...James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and James Bond's Skyfall and Spectre HUGE.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner.  And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

It was 2pm and as at now, the venue wasn't even close to ready. Security told all us wristband holders to shift location, and then shift location AGAIN so that we were now a mass of people kinking around a corner.

And then, in an act of infamy so incomprehensibly moronic as to defy explanation, all the wristband holders with numbers 300+ to 600+ were independently led to the front of the TOP pens of the Royal Albert Hall and given the front row, leaving everyone with wristband numbers less than them queueing for the main pens at the bottom.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

AND THEN somebody at from Security had to come and admit that there ... well... maybe weren't enough spaces in the main pens to hold the number of people still waiting there, so everyone with wristbands 200-300 was now given the choice of either (a) getting a spot BEHIND everyone with wristbands 300-600 in already full pens.... or (b) not being guaranteed any spot in ANY pen at all if there was no space.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during   this year's 2017 Baftas   and that turned out okay.  Still... not happy, Jan.

Fuming, I waited for half an hour to get this spot, standing second row behind a dude considerably taller than me, and with a wristband number that should have put him THREE HUNDRED spots behind me. Then again... could be worse... this was approximately my spot during this year's 2017 Baftas and that turned out okay.

Still... not happy, Jan.

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"Next time they put together a list this big, I want it bound and in hardcover. Or made into a deck of playing cards"

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie" . it's getting colder the nights.

"The braziers are lit, the lights are on, and some dude with  a black backwards-facing baseball cap is about to start asking people to (yo, yo, yo) Make Some Noise. I wouldn't be anywhere else, Tom, but I would prefer to be wearing a beanie". it's getting colder the nights.

...... and then something remarkable happened. Security went past our pen and told us that a new pen was opening next to the Paparazzi further down, and if anyone wanted to, they could move there, like, Right Now.

And Right Now I'm not sure I've ever moved so fast at a premiere....

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

I don't believe the universe has a sense of justice. It's a vile, vindictive monster that sometimes lets you have a moment of joy just to confuse you. And, yeah, I'm confused... but also pretty damn grateful..

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between  "facebook privacy concerns"  and  "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience".  'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

If I had wristband #1 and was given a choice of any pen position that the crowd ended up being allowed to be, I would have chosen precisely this spot without hesitation.... and I just acquired it wearing a wristband with #226 at a premiere where the organisation skillz on display fit somewhere between "facebook privacy concerns" and "degree to which my train company is actually sorry for any inconvenience". 'Weird' doesn't begin to cover it!

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed   Marvel's Thor  , and the live action version of   Disney's Cinderella  ; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

A short time later, director and lead Kenneth Branagh arrives - among other movies he's directed Marvel's Thor, and the live action version of Disney's Cinderella; plus he's been nominated for five different categories of Academy Award - from Lead and Support acting to Directing and Short Film and Adapted Screenplay.

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?"  Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"Didn't I see you in Sydney back in '11 ?" Sure... (and wow that was a long time ago now)

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay"  - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (  Skyfall  )

"You cleared the carpet so I could sprint maniacally along it in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon? I'm touched... but I might just walk if that's okay" - Dame Judi Dench is in this movie, and one of the two James Bond movies that also had their premieres at the Royal Albert Hall (Skyfall)

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you"  - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

"They've all been told. You can punch any that disobey. Or ask security to punch them for you" - Dame Judi Dench suffers from an eye ailment and all the Paparazzi were instructed to turn OFF their flashes when photographing her.

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. ( both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash )

One of the weirdest things I've ever experienced at a premiere is hearing the 10fps clicking of dozens and dozens of professional photographers without seeing a single flash go off. (both of my two cameras are set up without an attached flash)

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!"  Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at   the premiere of Dark Shadows   back in 2012

"But... but... I wanted to run all along the carpet in a zig-zag pattern with gleeful abandon!" Michelle Pfeiffer, who is in this movie, has arrived. I've only photographed her once previously, and not particularly well, at the premiere of Dark Shadows back in 2012

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man"  - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"Stop calling me a 'thespian' - there's one guy that keeps doing it thinking it's some kind of ego-boosting thing. I'm just an actor, man" - noted thespian Sir Derek Jakobi is in this movie.

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

"I know he's an autograph dealer and therefore not to be trusted, but I don't see how he could have stolen your wallet from all the way over there....."

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

Michelle Pfeiffer approaches the parapazzi cordon, and a guy in our pen really wants her autograph and is calling out for her in a voice several octaves higher than his regular speaking voice, which is disconcerting.

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

My Favourite Catwoman. (Though I thought Anne Hathaway was very good)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere".  (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"Well, I hope you're feeling pleased with yourself after all those hours spent waiting in the cold and uncertainty of a world premiere". (Between you and me my photos on the night weren't entirely all that great, quality wise, especially given my proximity to the stars. All I can conclude is that usually I have to work much harder at premieres, and being given an easier spot confused me?)

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

"He's rambling ungratefully about something that has nothing to do with our movie. Let's move on"

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

And I might even have taken another shot of this scene with the camera held back a bit, and in doing so taken my first ever premiere selfie (featuring not one but FIVE noted actors). I say "might have". It was a weird night. Any number of things *might* have also have happened.

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you"  - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"That's where Judi Dench stood, but I gotta warn you, they're probably going to use their flashes at full power for you" - Tom Bateman is in this movie

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything" "...." "So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?" "....." "I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"They really REALLY want you to sign some Batman Return stuff. They asked me to tell you that. "really REALLY". Look, they made me write it on my hand and everything"
"...."
"So you're saying 'no'? I should tell them you said 'no'?"
"....."
"I'm going to tell them you said 'no'"

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!" "I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!"
"I'm only signing 'Grease2' and 'Sinbad : Legend of the Seven Seas' stuff...."

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

"I'm NOBODY!!" this man cried out. Well, firstly, nobody wearing a bow tie like that is a nobody, and secondly unlike most of the people around me I did know who he was.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

Patrick Doyle is a composer who has done the music for most of Kenneth Branagh's movies (including Thor and Cinderella), but he's also scored a Harry Potter movie (Goblet of Fire), a Planet of the Apes movie ('Rise...') and a Pixar movie ('Brave'). His two Oscar nominations were for 'Hamlet' and 'Sense & Sensibility'.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"OMG - that's Patrick Doyle. He's awesome" - I know! Lucy Boynton is in this movie, and there's no reason she wouldn't/ couldn't be a soundtrack afficionado.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess".  Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

"Somewhat impractical for wielding a lightsaber while wearing, but it's pretty, I guess". Daisy Ridley is arguably best known for a being a collectible Star Wars figurine tied to a movie series she's also in. She's also in this movie, and I'm not sure if there are collectible toys they're planning to release.

.... and I don't even like Star Wars! (ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

.... and I don't even like Star Wars!
(ps. to anyone who saw the unedited version of this image, where the pink ear of the dude behind Daisy Ridley was seemingly poking out of the side of her head... I can only apologise (again))

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?" "What's you're cousin's name?" "He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence"  Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"Could you just sign one or two lunchboxes, a few mint on card figures, a couple of posters and DVDs and this piece of paper for my cousin?"
"What's you're cousin's name?"
"He's... uh.... got the same name as I do. But that's just a coincidence"

Daisy Ridley declined to sign in our area...

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that".  Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later,  or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution .

"She wouldn't sign? Well, I can autograph those figures for you if you want, and if Disney is okay with that". Personally, I think Disney is okay with you doing anything they can sue you for later, or grab another 5% of the box office take in retribution.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!"  ... and don't we all.

"I can't afford to get sued by Disney - I'm young and pretty and I want to be in one of their franchises one day!" ... and don't we all.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious"  - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"No, seriously, it's just a simple waiver form. Everyone's signed it. You don't need to read it. This is nothing suspicious" - Sergei Polunin looks doubtful, and is also in this movie.

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"I signed it. I hope it's a contract to use my name and likeness for a smart-casual fragrance to which I'll be entitled to 51% of the profits... I hear that happens sometimes"

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?" "But I was going for a quiet low-five." "Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better"  - Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

"Spontaneously discreet fist-bump?"
"But I was going for a quiet low-five."
"Damnit.. we need to co-ordinate this better"
- Josh Gad is in this movie and best known (arguably) as the voice of the snowman Olaf in Disney's 'Frozen'

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic   'The Lobster (2015)'  ... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

Olivia Colman was excellent in the fanastic 'The Lobster (2015)'... but does that beige purse fit with the colour of that dress? I don't know the answer to that question, and it's after midnight and I can't think of any online resources to answer this question... other than literally typing it into Google I suppose.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon" . My mistake.

"It's not beige. It's freakin' Light Salmon". My mistake.

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

"They're still calling me to sign stuff. But nothing from Studio Ghibli..... all Star Wars stuff". Even I was surprised to read that Daisy Ridley was a voice in the English dub of "Only Yesterday"... also because she was born in 1992 while that movie was made in 1991. I guess that's theoretically possible....

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

It's true. I'm part of the small minority that feels Disney's 'Tangled' wasn't just better, but highly superior, to 'Frozen'. And I will defend my position.

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"She's not in the cast of the movie, but her agent says she skinned that alpaca  and hand-dyed its pelt herself, which she adds is not easy"

"yes you have".  I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

"yes you have". I was all set to say that sadly I've never watched anything Leslie Odom Jr. has been in, but it turns out he was in the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" (2012) which... well... watch it if you have to, I suppose.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

"OMG it's Leslie Odom Junior. JUNIOR!!!"

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

I don't know who this is, but she's pretty and knows it to the point where she was professional enough to turn to every single photographer but NOT me, showing she clearly realises how little pull I have in the world of fashion (this despite all the years Ive covered Tha Streetz at London Fashion Week...)

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm just going to ask you some random questions now... I'll be honest I'm mostly just waiting for Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp to show up."

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them".  Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

"I'm mostly signing this so that the dealers further below get really pissed off I'm not signing it for them". Some days there is no higher reason to do anything than To Piss Off Autograph Dealers.

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

With the arrival of Penelope Cruz, we're about nine down, two to go from the poster used to advertise this movie (and EVERYONE is set to attend this World Premiere)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?"  Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"But I wasn't even in a Star Wars movie. What could they possibly want me to sign?" Penelope Cruz won a best supporting Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, but is arguably (and possibly regrettably) best known for being in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (the 4th one)

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..." "I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Oh, to have chosen a slimming and shimmering black dress over this faux cheetah thing I'm wearing..."
"I'm sorry... are you touching my arm while regretting that?"

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at"  If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Don't worry, I'll get that other one looked at" If you backed me into a corner and asked me to name five movies Penelope Cruz was in RIGHT NOW, I think four would be me mistaking her for Salma Hayek. And vice versa.

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"Oh, very well.... I guess I can sign one or two movies I was in. Or Derek Jacobi was in - I'm pretty sure I know how his signature goes..."

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.."  Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"I don't mind. That first Spider-Man trilogy was quite a while ago now.." Willem Dafoe risks being swamped by dealers who have just discovered Johnny Depp is just behind him. He was The Green Goblin in the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise.

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?"  Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at   the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project"  .

"If I roll this dice and the number is even, I'll sign that. But if it's not.... let's just say it'll be interesting. Are you in?" Most recently Willem Dafoe was in (but technically not entirely at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of) "The Florida Project".

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

At first i was going to make a comment about how even famous film stars will look up at a large monitor and admire themselves being shown on it. But in this case I think it was broadcasting the mayhem of Johnny Depp signing for the Main Dealer Pen.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just."  - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of   "It's Johnny Dep!!!"   fame.

"I made it out alive. Sort of. Only just." - it's Johnny Depp!!! You know... he's of "It's Johnny Dep!!!" fame.

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..."  - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including   "Public Enemies"  , "  The Lone Ranger"   and   "Black Mass"

"All right. I forgot my sunglasses but I think I can get my driver to take me back to the hotel and help me with most of the stuff I need to do in the next 48 hours if you medically blind me..." - I've photographed Johnny Depp at several premieres, including "Public Enemies", "The Lone Ranger" and "Black Mass"

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Mortdecai? Really? But my moustache is so much better now...."

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this".  I say three-quarters.

"Half of the fun of wearing a bow-tie is having it lazily draped like this". I say three-quarters.

And that? Is that.

And that? Is that.

So that, unaccountably, and certainly unexpectedly, turned out to be pretty amazing in terms of being a huge reversal of fortune. But I'm tired now, so I'll reflect on it later. Maybe tomorrow. Oh wait... it's past midnight so it's ALREADY tomorrow.

Eh. I'm tired, I'm sorry about the spelling mistakes, and Until Next Time!

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17 Oct - 'The Death of Stalin' UK Premiere

October 17th, 2017.

With London Film Festival and its riches of premieres-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see now just a distant '48 hours ago' memory, my first post-BFI LFF premiere was scheduled at the Curzon Chelsea, a cinema I'd never photographed a premiere at. Not just that, but a rather big star I'd never photographed was set to attend. "I've travelled further for less" I thought to myself, not realising how close to skirting the extremities of that statement I'd be making.

Here's how it went down.

"It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

"It's been leaking red carpet all morning? That's pretty serious. You should have called us earlier"

- we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

- we're in Chelsea for this premiere, and I foresee difficulty in spotting the Silver Mercedes cars usually used to dispense premiere celebs : in Chelsea, they're overshadowed by Aston Martins, AMG Mercs, Maseratis and Rolls Royces. You might as well show up in a Ford Focus

It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

It's apparently a comedy, which I suppose might be the case for any tyrannical dictator who dies. I myself have a bottle of champagne on ice for when the CEO of my train company.... I'd probably better not finish that sentence.

"Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster".  Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

"Now, now. I can't confirm whether or not Steve, or Eric... or Leo, will be attending this premiere. Even if most of those names aren't on the poster". Ah, but I have it on good authority (Autograph Dealer authority) that Steve Buscemi IS in town. And that's why I'm here

"My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?" "No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

"My good man - does this gain me entry to this cinema?"
"No, but calling me "my good man" does...."

Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of   "Outside Bet"  , where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here:  "Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is :  "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly".  " - well played, Me In 2012.

Remarkable catch by a wizard in our pen : this was later identified as Dudley Sutton, who I last photographed at the premiere of "Outside Bet", where I wrote a comment I'm going to reheat and place right here:

"Ordinarily I'd merely comment on the hat and then move on. But my favourite sentence from his wikipedia entry is : "In August 2003, he performed the one-man 'Killing Kittens' show at Edinburgh's Underbelly". " - well played, Me In 2012.

I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

I don't know who this or if he's famous... but he's got That Kind Of Face, if you know what I mean? Famous, accomplished people have faces like this man.

"He's Big In Theatre"  was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

"He's Big In Theatre" was all I was given when I took this photo. And though I had doubts at the time, I can confirm that he is Trevor Nunn, and he is indeed "Big In Theatre" - per wikipedia he's won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.

"Hey, are you big in theatre?" "Who says I am?" "Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

"Hey, are you big in theatre?"
"Who says I am?"
"Nobody .Just something I ask of everyone I meet.."

This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

This premiere just kind of already became Worth It : this is Roger Allam, and he played the role of the sleazy opinionated broadcaster Lewis Protheroe in one of my favourite movies : V for Vendetta (or as it's written in Germany, "V wie Vendetta", and thus confusingly pronounced 'Fau vee Vendetta')

"Yeah, yeah... England prevails..."  But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

"Yeah, yeah... England prevails..." But its privatised train system will not, if there is any justice in this world. Or large enough mob to demand it.

"What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration"  - I don't know who this is, though.

"What do you mean "am I famous"? Of course I'm bloody famous. Of all the people I know well, I'm certainly the one I look up to most for inspiration" - I don't know who this is, though.

"Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

"Am I Famous, he asks me! What kind of question is that to ask of anyone wearing a jacket like this on a night like this??"

Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

Meanwhile, actually connected to this movie ("The Death of Stalin", in case you've/I've forgotten), is writer/director Armando Iannucci - who also wrote/created the multi-award winning TV comedy "Veep", and was Oscar Nominated for best original screenplay for the movie "In the Loop" which I have not (yet) watched.

It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

It's Jason Isaacs! I'm disproportionately excited because although I've certainly photographed him before, I missed photographing him on back-to-back days at London Film Festival, and I'm usually not that lax, even on as little sleep as I get during London Film Festival.

"Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..."  - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

"Yes, I'm in this movie... and yes, I'll also sign your Harry Potter merch..." - Jason Isaacs played Draco Malfoy's father Lucius in the saga.

Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

Between you and me, I took this photo because I just kind of got sick of only photographing dudes. (If that offends you, there's a dude in this picture too on the right)

Turns out the  "dude in this picture too on the right"  dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

Turns out the "dude in this picture too on the right" dude from the picture prior to this one was in the TV Series 'Luther' from 2010-2015, and even more remarkably he was 'General Madine' in Return of the Jedi (a movie I have heard of....)

It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

It's Michael Palin! He's actually in this movie! And at this premiere! And meanwhile, Steve Buscemi has cancelled his attendance, we've been informed (by the kind of people whose business, however unsavoury, it is to know such things).

"Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it"  - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

"Yeah, that rabbit was me, and years later the guy behind me still gets kick out of it" - Paul Whitehouse is in this film, and was also the voice of the crazed March Hare in the two live-action Alice in Wonderland films.

"I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

"I can't just sign any picture of any rabbit, dude. Also... I'm not a zoologist, but that's not a rabbit"

The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

The philosophy of "photograph anyone who looks interesting" (which I need when there are no A-grade Autograph Dealers better at facial recognition, or outdoor Paps to whom celebrities naturally gravitate) turns out to work here : this is the movie's co-writer David Schneider

.... and though I photographed Andrea Riseborough's parents when they entered the cinema (her PA introduced them!), and Andrea Riseborough did attend, I didn't get to photograph her as she apparently entered via another entrance (though I did here and here at London Film Festival).... but the biggest disappointment was in Steve Buscemi not turning up to the premiere despite being in town...

I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

I guess I could wait for the people who didn't show up, or come in via the front entrance, to leave via this entrance, later?

So... that was that, and very little more than that. Needless to say I missed my train home by the requisite 30 seconds, and immediately after its departure the next one was announced "delayed" .Thanks for that, a55holes.

Still... another premiere for the Archive, another Cinema for the brain bank, and another event to embellish into something sexier and more vital than, between you and me, it probably was.

Until next time!

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