Monday, 17th September 2018.
It’s been a long, long, LONG time since I last went to a premiere where there was a lead star I’d never photographed before and really, REALLY wanted to. Possibly The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan… possibly The Avengers and Scarlett Johansson?
I dropped by BFI Southbank at 6:30am for a wristband…. and there were no fans, no barriers, no wristbands, no security. And then I returned at 11:30am for a wristband…. and there were still no fans, no barriers, no wristband, no security… but i was given #54 to write on my wrist just in case something happened.
So I returned at 3:30pm…… and here’s how it went down.
And… well… I gotta be honest, I think this might be my favourite premiere of the year so far (although Ready Player One, Mamma Mia2 , Mission Impossible Fallout and the mighty The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot all had their charms) - the crowd was cool, the dealers were distant, the stars were gorgeous and/or well dressed (and/or Stanley Tucci). And that happens pretty rarely. AND it’s a +1 for the Archive of Movie Premieres. AND it was good enough that I opened a bottle of my favourite (and achingly difficult to acquire) vodka to celebrate : Saaremaa Rabarber (rhubarb) Vodka.
And hey, even if it probably won’t be quite as good…. until next time!