12 Apr - 'Their Finest' Special Presentation + Warren Beatty

April 12th, 2017.

The movie 'Their Finest' already had its premiere at last year's BFI London Film Festival. However, when it was announced that the film would have a second 'Special Presentation', I figured I might as well head down to the BFI Southbank and see what I found.

Here's how it went down:

Not so much a world premiere, red carpet, wristbands and the finest dealers London has to offer standing three deep with their bodyweight in glossy 8x12s.... but the brick roadway leading to a small side entrance (not pictured) did look slightly more swept of gunk and debris than usual...

Not so much a world premiere, red carpet, wristbands and the finest dealers London has to offer standing three deep with their bodyweight in glossy 8x12s.... but the brick roadway leading to a small side entrance (not pictured) did look slightly more swept of gunk and debris than usual...

"I want the SWAT team on the right, patrolling ninjas over on the left, and three snipers on the rooftops over there" "Sir... we're expecting Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy" "You're right. Make it eight snipers on the roof over there..."

"I want the SWAT team on the right, patrolling ninjas over on the left, and three snipers on the rooftops over there"
"Sir... we're expecting Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy"
"You're right. Make it eight snipers on the roof over there..."

"You want my autograph? How lovely....." - Bill Nighy isn't just a nice guy, but he's also been in cinematic franchises as diverse as Underworld and Pirates of the Caribbean.... and I guess there remains the possbility that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will also spawn a cinematic universe eventually.

"You want my autograph? How lovely....." - Bill Nighy isn't just a nice guy, but he's also been in cinematic franchises as diverse as Underworld and Pirates of the Caribbean.... and I guess there remains the possbility that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will also spawn a cinematic universe eventually.

"Wait... I was in a Harry Potter movie? I don't even remember that...." - Bill Nighy played Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part1 (whose premiere I missed, sadly, though I did go to the massive Part2 premiere which he didn't attend)

"Wait... I was in a Harry Potter movie? I don't even remember that...." - Bill Nighy played Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part1 (whose premiere I missed, sadly, though I did go to the massive Part2 premiere which he didn't attend)

"Oh, I agree that Kate Beckinsale is very hot in the Underworld films. But you'll recall the first movie was in 2003, and even I was pretty hot then"

"Oh, I agree that Kate Beckinsale is very hot in the Underworld films. But you'll recall the first movie was in 2003, and even I was pretty hot then"

Gemma Arterton ran the gauntlet of dealers and fans with a skill rarely seen outside of competitive sports. Or action-thriller movies.

Gemma Arterton ran the gauntlet of dealers and fans with a skill rarely seen outside of competitive sports. Or action-thriller movies.

At this point I did something I rarely do : I RAN to the main entrance, cut around a few corners and zipped inside to the photographers' pen, hoping that my natural elan and the projected sense of truly *belonging* there (or perhaps a distracted or disinterested security) would allow me to take closer-range photos inside.

In these dangerous times, sadly the suspicion of security must even fall upon people who seek to initiate high fives at events. The last person I know who tried a fist-bump with a star at a premiere got six stitches and a broken jaw....

In these dangerous times, sadly the suspicion of security must even fall upon people who seek to initiate high fives at events. The last person I know who tried a fist-bump with a star at a premiere got six stitches and a broken jaw....

"You like it? My seamstress managed to secure a fantastic discount for purchases above 20 buttons" - Gemma Arterton has been in such movies (and premieres) as Their Finest (the other premiere) and 100 Streets last year and (say) The Boat That Rocked (which also starred Bill Nighy!)

"You like it? My seamstress managed to secure a fantastic discount for purchases above 20 buttons" - Gemma Arterton has been in such movies (and premieres) as Their Finest (the other premiere) and 100 Streets last year and (say) The Boat That Rocked (which also starred Bill Nighy!)

"You're counting buttons, aren't you?"

"You're counting buttons, aren't you?"

I had a fortuitous Paparazzi flash and a shadow recovery function in my editing software! (Also in a mundane sense, I had a camera and time after work to end this event!).

I had a fortuitous Paparazzi flash and a shadow recovery function in my editing software! (Also in a mundane sense, I had a camera and time after work to end this event!).

"Hey, weren't you also in The Boat That Rocked" "Yes, and I was that Rock, Baby"

"Hey, weren't you also in The Boat That Rocked"
"Yes, and I was that Rock, Baby"

"I saw a Vulcan do this on Star Trek once...."

"I saw a Vulcan do this on Star Trek once...."

"And by manipulating the nerves right here I can make her grin in a way that she'll make sure I'll regret later at the afterparty"

"And by manipulating the nerves right here I can make her grin in a way that she'll make sure I'll regret later at the afterparty"

"Honestly, how many photos of us do you all need? We're not even dating!"

"Honestly, how many photos of us do you all need? We're not even dating!"

"If you want to overstate the extent of our relationship, that's actually fine with me"

"If you want to overstate the extent of our relationship, that's actually fine with me"

.....
............So, that was that, and I was already set to head home when whispers of rumours were held to tell that across town, at the Picturehouse Central, actor/director Warren Beatty would be doing a Q&A. I'd never photographed him before...

Apparently London has an above-ground tube network of busses, and you can use your oyster card to pay the fares on them. Who knew?

Apparently London has an above-ground tube network of busses, and you can use your oyster card to pay the fares on them. Who knew?

So it seemed that the rumours were true : Warren Beatty would be "In Conversation", at something like 7:45pm for an introduction to an 8:30pm screening. The time right now? Just after 7pm.

So it seemed that the rumours were true : Warren Beatty would be "In Conversation", at something like 7:45pm for an introduction to an 8:30pm screening. The time right now? Just after 7pm.

Pens on either side of the Picturehouse Central entranceway were filled with the kind of dealers who would unhesitatingly annihilate you, me, or that kitten over there (not pictured, it's more of a hypothetical kitten) for an autograph of Warren Beatty, or anyone who might show up that they'd also cheerily annihilate you and me and that kitten for.

Pens on either side of the Picturehouse Central entranceway were filled with the kind of dealers who would unhesitatingly annihilate you, me, or that kitten over there (not pictured, it's more of a hypothetical kitten) for an autograph of Warren Beatty, or anyone who might show up that they'd also cheerily annihilate you and me and that kitten for.

Staying away from the Dealer-infested pens seemed the safer option from both an injury and disease point of view, so a spot on the pavement strategically removed from the road to avoid the ire and/or attention of security. And then the waiting began..... not 45mins... but almost 1.5 HOURS.

Staying away from the Dealer-infested pens seemed the safer option from both an injury and disease point of view, so a spot on the pavement strategically removed from the road to avoid the ire and/or attention of security. And then the waiting began..... not 45mins... but almost 1.5 HOURS.

About 10mins after the Q&A was set to start, a car dispenses an elderly man who moves with a sprightness and determination that screams "I have more important things to do than acknowledge you people"

About 10mins after the Q&A was set to start, a car dispenses an elderly man who moves with a sprightness and determination that screams "I have more important things to do than acknowledge you people"

Warren Beatty has been nominated for 13 Oscars in categories as diverse as Acting, Directing and Writing (both original and adapted screenplays) - he's won one (Best Director - Reds(1981), as well as the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. And he's about to snub two pens filled with Dealers by not signing autographs for any of them, which is kind of even greater as far as accomplishments go.

Warren Beatty has been nominated for 13 Oscars in categories as diverse as Acting, Directing and Writing (both original and adapted screenplays) - he's won one (Best Director - Reds(1981), as well as the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. And he's about to snub two pens filled with Dealers by not signing autographs for any of them, which is kind of even greater as far as accomplishments go.

Of course, it would be nice to get a direct glimpse, or acknowlegement, from Warren Beatty, even if I wasn't much of a fan of Dick Tracy (1990), the only movie I can currently associate him with.

Of course, it would be nice to get a direct glimpse, or acknowlegement, from Warren Beatty, even if I wasn't much of a fan of Dick Tracy (1990), the only movie I can currently associate him with.

"I'll be back. To catch my limo back to the hotel."

"I'll be back. To catch my limo back to the hotel."

So... that was that. The premiere ('special presentation') for Their Finest was pretty good (though the BFI LFF premiere was more complete and it's here at this link) and pretty easy... the Warren Beatty event for the movie "The Rules Don't Apply" somewhat less so on both counts. But you gotta take the good with the bad every now and then.

And more importantly (?) it's another entry into my Archive of Movie Premieres!

Until next time!

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