PREMIERES IN 2018

So once again I had the good fortune (and in some cases the photographic equipment) to pursue this crazy unpaid hobby of mine, and overall it wasn’t too bad a year for that. Mostly….

FEBRUARY: I missed January due to being in Australia, but February provided an unexpectedly HUGE premiere, an(other) insult from Marvel/Disney, and the biggest insult of all from BAFTA. Not a good month, and also certainly a strange one.

February 6th. And there is no way I would have predicted that    THE MERCY    would give me over 2x more twitter views than any other premiere this year, and more view than any premiere I’ve EVER covered! And why? I’m still not sure….

February 6th. And there is no way I would have predicted that THE MERCY would give me over 2x more twitter views than any other premiere this year, and more view than any premiere I’ve EVER covered! And why? I’m still not sure….

February 8th. When Disney/Marvel hold a European Premiere, punch yourself in the face because Disney/Marvel won’t even bother to. Hence, a movie about    a Black Superhero    gets a premiere that is NOT INCLUSIVE. Stay Classy, Disney.

February 8th. When Disney/Marvel hold a European Premiere, punch yourself in the face because Disney/Marvel won’t even bother to. Hence, a movie about a Black Superhero gets a premiere that is NOT INCLUSIVE. Stay Classy, Disney.

February. Sadly, sickness prevented me from attending more than a single day of    London Fashion Week 2018.1    this year. (luckily there is a second week)


February. Sadly, sickness prevented me from attending more than a single day of London Fashion Week 2018.1 this year. (luckily there is a second week)

February 15th. Australia’s Margot Robbie got an Oscar Nomination while actress Alison Janney won an Oscar Statuette for    “I, Tonya”   .

February 15th. Australia’s Margot Robbie got an Oscar Nomination while actress Alison Janney won an Oscar Statuette for “I, Tonya”.

February. The Ba5tards at BAFTA celebrated making wristbands more accessible than ever by releasing less wristbands than ever…. and I missed out on getting in by NINE F&CKING places. F&cK you Bafta.

February. The Ba5tards at BAFTA celebrated making wristbands more accessible than ever by releasing less wristbands than ever…. and I missed out on getting in by NINE F&CKING places. F&cK you Bafta.

MARCH : After how awful February was, March could only get better, and in both quality and quantity, it was!

March 3rd :    Tomb Raider (2018)   . A cold night better spent indoors…. so I did!

March 3rd : Tomb Raider (2018). A cold night better spent indoors…. so I did!

March 11th. Daisy Ridley wore Daisies at the    “Peter Rabbit”    premiere.

March 11th. Daisy Ridley wore Daisies at the “Peter Rabbit” premiere.

March 13th. It’s Oprah Winfrey! At the    ‘A Wrinkle In Time’    premiere.

March 13th. It’s Oprah Winfrey! At the ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ premiere.

March 15th :    “Pacific Rim : Uprising”    - a premiere so big they shut down a narrow alleyway for it! Still, John Boyega and Scott Eastwood attended.

March 15th : “Pacific Rim : Uprising” - a premiere so big they shut down a narrow alleyway for it! Still, John Boyega and Scott Eastwood attended.

March 18th : Wow - it snowed at    the 2018 Empire Awards        !

March 18th : Wow - it snowed at the 2018 Empire Awards !

March 19th : Steven Spielberg may just sign that Jurassic Park jeep (if you ask nicely), at    “Ready Player One”

March 19th : Steven Spielberg may just sign that Jurassic Park jeep (if you ask nicely), at “Ready Player One”

March 29th : Near as I could tell, no stars dropped by… but an entire Ferris Wheel attended the    “Love, Simon”    premiere!

March 29th : Near as I could tell, no stars dropped by… but an entire Ferris Wheel attended the “Love, Simon” premiere!

APRIL : A quieter Month, but not a bad one:

April 5th : once again I feel I should query how far I’ll go to attempt to photograph what might be called a ‘premiere’ - in this case, for    “A Quiet Place”

April 5th : once again I feel I should query how far I’ll go to attempt to photograph what might be called a ‘premiere’ - in this case, for “A Quiet Place”

April 8th : There were rumours that there’d be an Avengers Infinity War premiere, but (luckily) I don’t trust Disney so I went to the slightly soggy (but still fun)    Olivier Awards 2018   .

April 8th : There were rumours that there’d be an Avengers Infinity War premiere, but (luckily) I don’t trust Disney so I went to the slightly soggy (but still fun) Olivier Awards 2018.

April 9th. Certainly the longest-titled movie premiere in 2018 :    “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

April 9th. Certainly the longest-titled movie premiere in 2018 : “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

April 22nd. They fed me free Cheese Toasties at, and Elton John attended, the    “Sherlock Gnomes”    premiere.

April 22nd. They fed me free Cheese Toasties at, and Elton John attended, the “Sherlock Gnomes” premiere.

April 11th. The Rock has something Very Important to say, at    “Rampage”   .

April 11th. The Rock has something Very Important to say, at “Rampage”.

MAY : One Event, and one non-premiere… and that’s it for May…

May 13th : OMG it’s the    2018 TV Baftas        !

May 13th : OMG it’s the 2018 TV Baftas !

May 24th :    Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom    didn’t get a premiere, but it did get a T-Rex near tower bridge (and, later, for the original film’s 25th anniversary, a Jeff Goldblum statue)

May 24th : Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom didn’t get a premiere, but it did get a T-Rex near tower bridge (and, later, for the original film’s 25th anniversary, a Jeff Goldblum statue)

JUNE : Only three events in June, as The Drought continues

June 4th : I came for one premiere, but stayed for another -    “Welcome to Curiosity”   .

June 4th : I came for one premiere, but stayed for another - “Welcome to Curiosity”.

June 13th : Sadly it was two people answering a question at once, and not an amazing power-ballad duet (at    Ocean’s Eight   )

June 13th : Sadly it was two people answering a question at once, and not an amazing power-ballad duet (at Ocean’s Eight)

June 9th : It’s not a premiere, but it’s definitely an Event : London’s    TROOPING THE COLOUR 2018

June 9th : It’s not a premiere, but it’s definitely an Event : London’s TROOPING THE COLOUR 2018

JULY was Bigger, and More, than June if nothing else.

July 4th : he’s not even in the movie, but Tom Hardy and I Share A Moment at the    “Swimming With Men”    premiere.

July 4th : he’s not even in the movie, but Tom Hardy and I Share A Moment at the “Swimming With Men” premiere.

July 8th : it was strange, and almost unexpected, but Disney/Pixar had a genuine premiere in London - for    “The Incredibles 2”   .

July 8th : it was strange, and almost unexpected, but Disney/Pixar had a genuine premiere in London - for “The Incredibles 2”.

July 9th : Just in time for the Royal Air Force’s 100th Anniversary - the    ‘Spitfire’ documentary premiere.

July 9th : Just in time for the Royal Air Force’s 100th Anniversary - the ‘Spitfire’ documentary premiere.

July 10th : And one day later, the    RAF 100th Anniversary Fly-by   !

July 10th : And one day later, the RAF 100th Anniversary Fly-by!

July 13th : A rare successful autograph-mission, at    “Mission Impossible : Fallout”

July 13th : A rare successful autograph-mission, at “Mission Impossible : Fallout”

July 16th : one of the biggest, most surprisingly enjoyable, and climatically warm premieres of the year : the world premiere for    “Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again”   .

July 16th : one of the biggest, most surprisingly enjoyable, and climatically warm premieres of the year : the world premiere for “Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again”.

AUGUST : Premieres! And Frightfest!

August 5th : The    ‘Christopher Robin’    premiere featuring force-chokes and Darkwing Duck!

August 5th : The ‘Christopher Robin’ premiere featuring force-chokes and Darkwing Duck!

August 9th : I got pretty Close to Glen Close at the premiere of    ‘The Wife’

August 9th : I got pretty Close to Glen Close at the premiere of ‘The Wife’

August 13th : it was Astroturf instead of a Red Carpet at    ‘The Festival’   .

August 13th : it was Astroturf instead of a Red Carpet at ‘The Festival’.

August 16th : Emma Thompson is always fun to photograph, here at    ‘The Children Act’   .

August 16th : Emma Thompson is always fun to photograph, here at ‘The Children Act’.

August 21st : Yellow carpet and Idris Elba at the    “Yardie” premiere   .

August 21st : Yellow carpet and Idris Elba at the “Yardie” premiere.

August 26th : I’d say it was this year’s most surprising festival, movie and premiere, though I’m still reluctant    to refer to the movie by name…

August 26th : I’d say it was this year’s most surprising festival, movie and premiere, though I’m still reluctant to refer to the movie by name…

August 26th : I learned that His Name Is Paul Raschid and His Watch Is A Diesel, after    “White Chamber”

August 26th : I learned that His Name Is Paul Raschid and His Watch Is A Diesel, after “White Chamber”

August 26th. I’m not sure how this got here, at    “Await Further Instructions”   .

August 26th. I’m not sure how this got here, at “Await Further Instructions”.

August 27th : one of my favourite tattoos of the year, alongside    “Black Site”   .

August 27th : one of my favourite tattoos of the year, alongside “Black Site”.

SEPTEMBER : things get busy, and I decide not to take a holiday…

September 4th : (clickbait!) is this the smallest outdoor redcarpet ever, at    the “Hurricane” premiere   ?

September 4th : (clickbait!) is this the smallest outdoor redcarpet ever, at the “Hurricane” premiere?

September 5th : I chose the    GQ Awards    over a premiere (and don’t really regret that!)

September 5th : I chose the GQ Awards over a premiere (and don’t really regret that!)

September 12th : I had to leave a premiere at the halfway point to go to a separate event nearby, for    “King of Thieves”   .

September 12th : I had to leave a premiere at the halfway point to go to a separate event nearby, for “King of Thieves”.

September 12th (II) : it’s Greg’n’Tommy’n’ME at the 15th Anniversary of    ‘The Room’    !

September 12th (II) : it’s Greg’n’Tommy’n’ME at the 15th Anniversary of ‘The Room’ !

September 13th : Just a few days after    ‘The Maniac’ premiere   , Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new James Bond director!

September 13th : Just a few days after ‘The Maniac’ premiere, Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new James Bond director!

September :    London Fashion Week 2 of 2018    was certainly… different.

September : London Fashion Week 2 of 2018 was certainly… different.

September 17th : Almost certainly the best-looking and best-dressed premiere of the year was for    “A Simple Favor”   .

September 17th : Almost certainly the best-looking and best-dressed premiere of the year was for “A Simple Favor”.

September 19th : two premieres in two locations within minutes of each other and I did them both! The first was    “Gloves Off”   .

September 19th : two premieres in two locations within minutes of each other and I did them both! The first was “Gloves Off”.

September 19th (II) : two premieres in two locations within minutes of each other and I did them both! The second was    “The Intent 2 : The Come Up”   .

September 19th (II) : two premieres in two locations within minutes of each other and I did them both! The second was “The Intent 2 : The Come Up”.

September 20th. Not a premiere, but undeniably a Film Event - the    2018 Prop Store Auction   .

September 20th. Not a premiere, but undeniably a Film Event - the 2018 Prop Store Auction.

September 24th : Confusion and Amusement at    “The Best Fifa Awards 2018”   . (Huh?)

September 24th : Confusion and Amusement at “The Best Fifa Awards 2018”. (Huh?)

September 26th : Shooting a premiere from outside the premiere is (still) cool… right? Here it’s for    “Black 47”   .

September 26th : Shooting a premiere from outside the premiere is (still) cool… right? Here it’s for “Black 47”.

September 27th :    “A Star Is Born”    was kind of a surprisingly good premiere (and the movie wasn’t bad!)

September 27th : “A Star Is Born” was kind of a surprisingly good premiere (and the movie wasn’t bad!)

OCTOBER : October means London Film Festival, and this year…. not so good.

October 2nd :    “The Romanoffs”    series gets a premiere.

October 2nd : “The Romanoffs” series gets a premiere.

October 3rd : The third    Johnny English movie    gets a ‘we didn’t close down the road’ premiere.

October 3rd : The third Johnny English movie gets a ‘we didn’t close down the road’ premiere.

October 10th : composer Hans Zimmer at the BFI London Film Festival opening    “Widows”   .

October 10th : composer Hans Zimmer at the BFI London Film Festival opening “Widows”.

October 11th : Rain and weirdness at    “Colette”   .

October 11th : Rain and weirdness at “Colette”.

October 12th : The Tall and Short of it at    “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”   .

October 12th : The Tall and Short of it at “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.

October 13th (I) : Alfonso Cuaron for    “ROMA”   .

October 13th (I) : Alfonso Cuaron for “ROMA”.

October 13th (II) : Timothee Chalamet from (outside)    ‘Beautiful Boy’   .

October 13th (II) : Timothee Chalamet from (outside) ‘Beautiful Boy’.

October 13th (III) : Paul Dano in a doorway for    ‘Wilderness’   .

October 13th (III) : Paul Dano in a doorway for ‘Wilderness’.

October 14th : Director Jason Reitman’s hair was the highlight (and arguably only) attendee at    “The Front Runner”

October 14th : Director Jason Reitman’s hair was the highlight (and arguably only) attendee at “The Front Runner”

October 15th :    The Wild Rose Premiere   . I don’t have much to add.

October 15th : The Wild Rose Premiere. I don’t have much to add.

October 15th : okay photos from a sub-par spot because I was kicked out of the one I was initially at, for    ‘Life Itself’   .

October 15th : okay photos from a sub-par spot because I was kicked out of the one I was initially at, for ‘Life Itself’.

October 16th : not every movie tries to break your spirit at its premiere but    ‘Suspiria’    attempted it (and mostly succeeded).

October 16th : not every movie tries to break your spirit at its premiere but ‘Suspiria’ attempted it (and mostly succeeded).

October 17th : Hurrah for an okay(ish) BFI London Film Festival premiere, at    “Outlaw King”

October 17th : Hurrah for an okay(ish) BFI London Film Festival premiere, at “Outlaw King”

October 18th (I) :    “The White Crow”    with Ralph Fiennes.

October 18th (I) : “The White Crow” with Ralph Fiennes.

October 18th (II) :    “The Favourite”    had somewhere between 2 and 3 premieres.

October 18th (II) : “The Favourite” had somewhere between 2 and 3 premieres.

October 19th (I) : A small but okay premiere for    “Can you ever Forgive me?”   .

October 19th (I) : A small but okay premiere for “Can you ever Forgive me?”.

October 19th (II) : a more or less pointless waste of time for    Some Movie I’ve Already Forgotten   .

October 19th (II) : a more or less pointless waste of time for Some Movie I’ve Already Forgotten.

October 20th : I couldn’t even get into a mostly empty pen at the farce BFI London Film Festival is becoming, at    “A Private War”   .

October 20th : I couldn’t even get into a mostly empty pen at the farce BFI London Film Festival is becoming, at “A Private War”.

October 21st : Honestly I was glad when BFI LFF 2018 was over with    “Stan & Ollie”   .

October 21st : Honestly I was glad when BFI LFF 2018 was over with “Stan & Ollie”.

BFI London Film Festival wasn’t that great for me in 2018, but I did a    RedCarpetMonochrome journal    for it…. and it’s okay, I think.

BFI London Film Festival wasn’t that great for me in 2018, but I did a RedCarpetMonochrome journal for it…. and it’s okay, I think.

October 23rd : A purple carpet and Rami Malik at the    “Bohemian Rhapsody” World Premiere   .

October 23rd : A purple carpet and Rami Malik at the “Bohemian Rhapsody” World Premiere.

October 29th : the ceremony wasn’t broadcast for another week or so, but    the Pride of Britain Awards    were in October.

October 29th : the ceremony wasn’t broadcast for another week or so, but the Pride of Britain Awards were in October.

NOVEMBER : some bigger premieres in a pretty neat sequence late in the month…

November 1st. Remember Disney f**king hates you, so instead of the    EUROPEAN PREMIERE of Nutcracker and the Four Realms    (redefined as a closed event AFTER the event), a 1:1 Scale Lego Bugatti Chiron.

November 1st. Remember Disney f**king hates you, so instead of the EUROPEAN PREMIERE of Nutcracker and the Four Realms (redefined as a closed event AFTER the event), a 1:1 Scale Lego Bugatti Chiron.

November 10th : it’s not a premiere, but it’s    the Lord Mayor’s Show   . And it’s more of an event than the last Disney European Premiere you stupidly went to thinking it was a European Premiere.

November 10th : it’s not a premiere, but it’s the Lord Mayor’s Show. And it’s more of an event than the last Disney European Premiere you stupidly went to thinking it was a European Premiere.

November 13th - Bad choices but decent outcomes at    Fantastic Beasts 2 : The Crimes of Grindelwald   .

November 13th - Bad choices but decent outcomes at Fantastic Beasts 2 : The Crimes of Grindelwald.

November 18th : Jenna Coleman and others (who weren’t Jenna Coleman) added class to the    Evening Standard Theatre Awards   .

November 18th : Jenna Coleman and others (who weren’t Jenna Coleman) added class to the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

November 21st : Large crowds for a small premiere, for    “Surviving Christmas With The Relatives”   .

November 21st : Large crowds for a small premiere, for “Surviving Christmas With The Relatives”.

November 25th : Gal Gadot at    ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’   .

November 25th : Gal Gadot at ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’.

November 27th : I’ve finally photographed Hugo Weaving ! at    ‘Mortal Engines’   .

November 27th : I’ve finally photographed Hugo Weaving ! at ‘Mortal Engines’.

November 26th : Amber Heard at    ‘Aquaman’   …

November 26th : Amber Heard at ‘Aquaman’

November 28th : 4th premiere in 4 days : Michael B Jordan for the rain-soaked    “Creed II” premiere   .

November 28th : 4th premiere in 4 days : Michael B Jordan for the rain-soaked “Creed II” premiere.

December : two events, both big, neither technically premieres..

December 2nd : I broke a couple of years of self-imposed hiatus and went out to    the 2018 BIFAs    again!

December 2nd : I broke a couple of years of self-imposed hiatus and went out to the 2018 BIFAs again!

December 10th : And to finish off the year, Victoria Beckham and I shared a lifetime’s worth of moments    at the 2018 Fashion Awards   .

December 10th : And to finish off the year, Victoria Beckham and I shared a lifetime’s worth of moments at the 2018 Fashion Awards.

… So, that was 2018. Will I do it again in 2019? Ummm…. yeah. I hope so.

It might end up being a bit of a swansong year, but that might mean I’ll put all the effort I can into it…

Until next time!

28 Nov - The 'Creed II' European Premiere

November 28th, 2018.

And so, for the fourth time in four days, London hosted a premiere - Sunday “Ralph Breaks The Internet”, Monday “Aquaman”, yesterday “Mortal Engines”, and today “Creed II”. And for the second time in two days, it rained heavily (and the rain cleared immediately after the premiere was finished) - hooray.

Tomorrow I intend to get some sleep, but for today here’s how it went down:

For the first time ever, the red carpet for a premiere at the BFI Imax wasn’t in the circular ring surrounding the cinema, but the usually disused road leading UNDERNEATH to the cinema. No idea why they’ve never done that before : and a pretty good chance for some elevated photos.

For the first time ever, the red carpet for a premiere at the BFI Imax wasn’t in the circular ring surrounding the cinema, but the usually disused road leading UNDERNEATH to the cinema. No idea why they’ve never done that before : and a pretty good chance for some elevated photos.

A few hours later, it’s dark, and I’ve had a mocha and pumpkin spice muffin from the cafe at the National Theatre (I heartily recommend both, and I’m not paid to say that).

A few hours later, it’s dark, and I’ve had a mocha and pumpkin spice muffin from the cafe at the National Theatre (I heartily recommend both, and I’m not paid to say that).

Screaming dude on the poster says   “NO MR IMPACT : YOU GOTTA STOP RHYMING ‘YO WITH ‘YO’ - THAT’S NOT ALLOWED!!!”  .

Screaming dude on the poster says “NO MR IMPACT : YOU GOTTA STOP RHYMING ‘YO WITH ‘YO’ - THAT’S NOT ALLOWED!!!”.

Screaming Poster Sez :    “Stop touching that nerve : it’s agonisingly painful!!”

Screaming Poster Sez : “Stop touching that nerve : it’s agonisingly painful!!”

Screaming Poster Sez :   “Lady you gotta change that deodourant!!”

Screaming Poster Sez : “Lady you gotta change that deodourant!!”

“Just gonna stand here waiting for the screaming to start.”  - Our first arrival is Dolph Lundgren, who played Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (and he was also in - and at    the premiere of Aquaman on Monday   ). Sadly, this premiere was not attended by the Silver Vespa himself <tm AlexCatalps / “Michel”> - Sylvester Stallone.

“Just gonna stand here waiting for the screaming to start.”
- Our first arrival is Dolph Lundgren, who played Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (and he was also in - and at the premiere of Aquaman on Monday). Sadly, this premiere was not attended by the Silver Vespa himself <tm AlexCatalps / “Michel”> - Sylvester Stallone.

“Wait - this might be the first time Dad has done something cool EVER!! I gotta photograph it and instagram it immediately”  Dolph Lundgren was also He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987), but outside of the Basil Poledouris soundtrack that is a bit of an acquired taste.

“Wait - this might be the first time Dad has done something cool EVER!! I gotta photograph it and instagram it immediately”
Dolph Lundgren was also He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987), but outside of the Basil Poledouris soundtrack that is a bit of an acquired taste.

“You want me to record a voice message so you can capture my voice and use it to crack open voice-secured vaults, right?” ”….” ”Because nobody uses voicemail anymore, right?”

“You want me to record a voice message so you can capture my voice and use it to crack open voice-secured vaults, right?”
”….”
”Because nobody uses voicemail anymore, right?”

“Go on. Ask me Why I’m called That”  For some intriguing (?) reason, according to imdb.com, Florian Munteanu is credited as “Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu” in the credits of this movie.

“Go on. Ask me Why I’m called That”
For some intriguing (?) reason, according to imdb.com, Florian Munteanu is credited as “Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu” in the credits of this movie.

“I could punch you for saying that, even though you actually said nothing, but the point is everyone else doesn’t know that and let’s face it, it would be excellent promotion for this film.”

“I could punch you for saying that, even though you actually said nothing, but the point is everyone else doesn’t know that and let’s face it, it would be excellent promotion for this film.”

“You’re right. That third ‘Kindergarten Cop’ movie would totally work with Sly in the role. Or Jason Statham, I suppose. He’s good too.”  - Dolph Lundgren was in the 2nd, Arnie in the 1st.

“You’re right. That third ‘Kindergarten Cop’ movie would totally work with Sly in the role. Or Jason Statham, I suppose. He’s good too.” - Dolph Lundgren was in the 2nd, Arnie in the 1st.

“Is that a gang sign? Please tell me it’s just a gang sign and you’re not literally going to kill me right here”  - it kind of goes without saying that Florian Munteanu plays the prime (?) antagonist Viktor Drago (Ivan’s son) in this movie.

“Is that a gang sign? Please tell me it’s just a gang sign and you’re not literally going to kill me right here” - it kind of goes without saying that Florian Munteanu plays the prime (?) antagonist Viktor Drago (Ivan’s son) in this movie.

“You’d better not ever have said, thought, or even been passingly inclined to consider anything negative about me, anyone I know, or anyone who knows anyone I know… or I’ll come up there and extract an apology from you surgically.”  And I suspect Florian Munteanu is not a trained surgeon, either.

“You’d better not ever have said, thought, or even been passingly inclined to consider anything negative about me, anyone I know, or anyone who knows anyone I know… or I’ll come up there and extract an apology from you surgically.”
And I suspect Florian Munteanu is not a trained surgeon, either.

“As long as you promise me you’ll straighten that horizon in photoshop before uploading it anywhere, I’ll accept the angle you’re shooting with”  It’s Michael B Jordan! And now that I’ve photographed him I might upload/retcon a ‘genuine’ Black Panther premiere journal to supplement the one that London (apparently) had this year.

“As long as you promise me you’ll straighten that horizon in photoshop before uploading it anywhere, I’ll accept the angle you’re shooting with”
It’s Michael B Jordan! And now that I’ve photographed him I might upload/retcon a ‘genuine’ Black Panther premiere journal to supplement the one that London (apparently) had this year.

“Hey, man. Brexit is your problem, I ain’t gonna help you negotiate that. Also… you voted to leave BEFORE you figured out where you’re going? Interesting choice, there” -  I hypothesise that this is what he said but I should caution that I can’t lip read.

“Hey, man. Brexit is your problem, I ain’t gonna help you negotiate that. Also… you voted to leave BEFORE you figured out where you’re going? Interesting choice, there”
-
I hypothesise that this is what he said but I should caution that I can’t lip read.

“All right, what is it?” ”Prithee Master, I must inform thee that the goat entrails have spoken, and thou hadst better prepareth….” ”Soothsayers don’t have to talk like that, you know. And seriously - you killed a goat??” ”Actually, No…. I got somebody else to do it….”

“All right, what is it?”
”Prithee Master, I must inform thee that the goat entrails have spoken, and thou hadst better prepareth….”
”Soothsayers don’t have to talk like that, you know. And seriously - you killed a goat??”
”Actually, No…. I got somebody else to do it….”

Under situations of less rain, I might have stood on the bridge up top and taken longer-range shots, but with the rain I felt it was better to take a central position and keep angles in reserve.

Under situations of less rain, I might have stood on the bridge up top and taken longer-range shots, but with the rain I felt it was better to take a central position and keep angles in reserve.

“I have to go back? But I just came from that direction…. it’s not elegant is what I’m saying”  Michael B Jordan played the role of (erm…) “Erik Killmonger” in the 2018 US box office champ ‘Black Panther’. If you haven’t seen the movie, the name might give away that he’s the villain.

“I have to go back? But I just came from that direction…. it’s not elegant is what I’m saying”
Michael B Jordan played the role of (erm…) “Erik Killmonger” in the 2018 US box office champ ‘Black Panther’. If you haven’t seen the movie, the name might give away that he’s the villain.

“You just remembered the movie Fant4stic, didn’t you? Please don’t”

“You just remembered the movie Fant4stic, didn’t you? Please don’t”

“I’m going easy on you, but when you tell other people about this fist-bump, you’d better big up the amount of pain and bruising it caused, understand?”

“I’m going easy on you, but when you tell other people about this fist-bump, you’d better big up the amount of pain and bruising it caused, understand?”

“You’d better not break my heart and misidentify this flag” ”…..” ”One of you guys thought ‘Barbados’, didn’t you?”

“You’d better not break my heart and misidentify this flag”
”…..”
”One of you guys thought ‘Barbados’, didn’t you?”

“You realise that the last big franchise to hit its eighth episode was Star Wars. You reckon your film is better than The Last Jedi?” ”The last thing I scraped off week-old dishes and put in the garbage was better than that film” ”Can I quote you on that?” ”Nope.” ”……” ”It’s still true, though”

“You realise that the last big franchise to hit its eighth episode was Star Wars. You reckon your film is better than The Last Jedi?”
”The last thing I scraped off week-old dishes and put in the garbage was better than that film”
”Can I quote you on that?”
”Nope.”
”……”
”It’s still true, though”

“You like the colour? You haven’t even seen the rest of the dress yet!”  - Tessa Thompson plays Bianca, Michael B Jordan’s girlfriend’s character, in the movie. She was also Valkyrie in Thor : Ragnarok.

“You like the colour? You haven’t even seen the rest of the dress yet!”
- Tessa Thompson plays Bianca, Michael B Jordan’s girlfriend’s character, in the movie. She was also Valkyrie in Thor : Ragnarok.

“I’m pretty sure they fell back there somewhere, but if you can’t find my car keys, don’t worry I think they’re letting me use the limo until tomorrow”

“I’m pretty sure they fell back there somewhere, but if you can’t find my car keys, don’t worry I think they’re letting me use the limo until tomorrow”

“On any other day I’d happily twirl it, but I think the amount of water this dress has soaked up has tripled its weight….”

“On any other day I’d happily twirl it, but I think the amount of water this dress has soaked up has tripled its weight….”

“I could deck you from over here. Do you doubt it? You should - I don’t have that much reach”  Brigitte Nielsen was in Rocky IV and reprises her role of Ludmilla in this film. She was also in the 1980s Classic “Cobra”, which features one of the most 1980s of soundtracks of the 1980s.

“I could deck you from over here. Do you doubt it? You should - I don’t have that much reach”
Brigitte Nielsen was in Rocky IV and reprises her role of Ludmilla in this film. She was also in the 1980s Classic “Cobra”, which features one of the most 1980s of soundtracks of the 1980s.

“Nah, I got heaps of time. Let’s watch your pirated copy of this movie right here and now”

“Nah, I got heaps of time. Let’s watch your pirated copy of this movie right here and now”

“Pirated copy of what, now?”

“Pirated copy of what, now?”

“This would be slightly more discreet under a nontransparent umbrella” ”And that’s why I wouldn’t do it under those circumstances”

“This would be slightly more discreet under a nontransparent umbrella”
”And that’s why I wouldn’t do it under those circumstances”

“I’ll admit Ludmilla II wouldn’t have worked as well, or logically within the canon. But don’t think I didn’t lobby hard for it”

“I’ll admit Ludmilla II wouldn’t have worked as well, or logically within the canon. But don’t think I didn’t lobby hard for it”

“We were always going to go with Creed II… even if the market research showed 80% of the market don’t understand Roman Numerals anymore”

“We were always going to go with Creed II… even if the market research showed 80% of the market don’t understand Roman Numerals anymore”

“You were awesome in that movie. Can I get a selfie?” ”Only if you elaborate on the movie….. and maybe not even then”

“You were awesome in that movie. Can I get a selfie?”
”Only if you elaborate on the movie….. and maybe not even then”

“Nope, not even then. I’m outta here”

“Nope, not even then. I’m outta here”

So… that was that. Four premieres in four days, as well as an Ennio Moriccone concert and a Taika Waitit screentalk. No premieres til late next week, now, which I’m almost glad about. And if the premiere I’m thinking of is actually a Gala, it makes Creed II my last premiere (though not event) of the year.

So with a bit more uncertainty than usual… Until Next Time!

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27 Nov - The 'Mortal Engines' World Premiere

November 27th, 2018.

After yesterday’s ‘Aquaman’ World Premiere, it was just one day later that London had another world premiere…. this one for the (I’m assuming) Young Adult (I’m assuming) series ‘Mortal Engines’. The forecast was for rain…. I just didn’t check that forecast until I got outside this afternoon, and found it was… well…. raining. Hard.

Here’s how it went down:

The forecast was for stuff falling from the skies, sometimes heavily, throughout the premiere. It failed to mention that it would also churlishly stop more or less the instant the premiere ended.

The forecast was for stuff falling from the skies, sometimes heavily, throughout the premiere. It failed to mention that it would also churlishly stop more or less the instant the premiere ended.

“I mean… I can’t say for certain, Susan… but I’m pretty sure you’re doing it wrong”

“I mean… I can’t say for certain, Susan… but I’m pretty sure you’re doing it wrong”

“So if you can rhyme something with ‘Mortal’ and something with ‘Engines’ I can fix you up with some freeness. Bonus points if you can tell me any two of the five production companies involved in this”  Your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Portal 2 Vengeance were the warmup act

“So if you can rhyme something with ‘Mortal’ and something with ‘Engines’ I can fix you up with some freeness. Bonus points if you can tell me any two of the five production companies involved in this”
Your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Portal 2 Vengeance were the warmup act

The Captain Phasma prequel was taking some interesting directions ….

The Captain Phasma prequel was taking some interesting directions ….

“Toughen up, guys. This weather is what we call a warm day in Wellington”  - Philippa Boyens is one of this film’s three screenwriters (the same ones that won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings’ third instalment The Return of the King.

“Toughen up, guys. This weather is what we call a warm day in Wellington”
- Philippa Boyens is one of this film’s three screenwriters (the same ones that won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings’ third instalment The Return of the King.

“Call it speculative young adult fiction if you want, but a London On Wheels might be just the Brexit solution you’re headed towards” (copyright Carlos Vieites)  Compared to most of the possible outcomes…. it’s probably the coolest. And most true to the notion of ‘freedom of movement’

“Call it speculative young adult fiction if you want, but a London On Wheels might be just the Brexit solution you’re headed towards” (copyright Carlos Vieites)
Compared to most of the possible outcomes…. it’s probably the coolest. And most true to the notion of ‘freedom of movement’

“Some d1ckhead is telling me to stop texting and walking” ”That’d be me.”

“Some d1ckhead is telling me to stop texting and walking”
”That’d be me.”

This well-dressed and nobody’s asking for his autograph? I’d ask just so I can google his tailor.

This well-dressed and nobody’s asking for his autograph? I’d ask just so I can google his tailor.

I haven’t seen anybody pose so confidently and yet with such potential instability. The man responsible : this movie’s male lead Robert Sheehan.

I haven’t seen anybody pose so confidently and yet with such potential instability. The man responsible : this movie’s male lead Robert Sheehan.

The prior photo was a bit of an aberration : this is the view into the main ‘posing’ area that I got for the most part…. even when guests and ticketholders WEREN’T walking in front of it.

The prior photo was a bit of an aberration : this is the view into the main ‘posing’ area that I got for the most part…. even when guests and ticketholders WEREN’T walking in front of it.

“No. I’m tired of being told to turn right….”  - Leila George is in this movie.

“No. I’m tired of being told to turn right….” - Leila George is in this movie.

It’s Australia’s own Hugo Weaving! Across nearly 500 premieres over ten years…. I’ve never previously had even an opportunity to photograph him. And given he’s been in everything from Lord of the Rings to The Matrix Trilogy, the Transformers films to Captain America… and of course V for Vendetta. In other words : he’s a big name to ‘get’… and a big name to fail to get an autograph from at an under-attended, uncrowded premiere

It’s Australia’s own Hugo Weaving! Across nearly 500 premieres over ten years…. I’ve never previously had even an opportunity to photograph him. And given he’s been in everything from Lord of the Rings to The Matrix Trilogy, the Transformers films to Captain America… and of course V for Vendetta. In other words : he’s a big name to ‘get’… and a big name to fail to get an autograph from at an under-attended, uncrowded premiere

“I had more hair in the Matrix? Well, that was my residual self-image, boy”  I have all kinds of trouble with my flowing windswept blonde hair in the Matrix. So much so that it’s almost a relief to return to the real world.

“I had more hair in the Matrix? Well, that was my residual self-image, boy”
I have all kinds of trouble with my flowing windswept blonde hair in the Matrix. So much so that it’s almost a relief to return to the real world.

“The Magic Pudding? An Australian classic. You should totally track it down”  - Hugo Weaving provided the voice of Bill Barnacle in that film, which I’m very certain you’ve never heard of.

“The Magic Pudding? An Australian classic. You should totally track it down” - Hugo Weaving provided the voice of Bill Barnacle in that film, which I’m very certain you’ve never heard of.

“Oh yeah: I was the guy in the mask in that! Totally forgot” . Sadly, Hugo Weaving’s large bodyguard/attendant/soothsayer/stylist/investment strategist in the foreground blocked him from more or less signing anywhere EXCEPT the dealer area, where he was buffeted by more and more things to be signed by the same people. Damnit.

“Oh yeah: I was the guy in the mask in that! Totally forgot”.
Sadly, Hugo Weaving’s large bodyguard/attendant/soothsayer/stylist/investment strategist in the foreground blocked him from more or less signing anywhere EXCEPT the dealer area, where he was buffeted by more and more things to be signed by the same people. Damnit.

“They certainly seem to like that Matrix fellow. How much money did HIS movie make?” ”Less than yours, Dear” ”That’s right. They ALL made less than the one I was in…. “  Stephen Lang is best known for being in    James Cameron’s “Avatar”    which despite Disney’s purchase of Marvel and Star Wars currently remains the highest grossing movie of all time.

“They certainly seem to like that Matrix fellow. How much money did HIS movie make?”
”Less than yours, Dear”
”That’s right. They ALL made less than the one I was in…. “

Stephen Lang is best known for being in James Cameron’s “Avatar” which despite Disney’s purchase of Marvel and Star Wars currently remains the highest grossing movie of all time.

It’s New Zealand’s own Peter Jackson! He directed The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies,a and I missed out on getting his autograph by just one (1) person back in 2009 at the premiere of    “The Lovely Bones”

It’s New Zealand’s own Peter Jackson! He directed The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies,a and I missed out on getting his autograph by just one (1) person back in 2009 at the premiere of “The Lovely Bones”

Just to make things more challenging : the front element of the Nikon is now so waterlogged that it’s focussing on the raindrops rather than the people in front of it. I’d wipe it with something dry, but not much that I’m wearing constitutes “something dry” right now.

Just to make things more challenging : the front element of the Nikon is now so waterlogged that it’s focussing on the raindrops rather than the people in front of it. I’d wipe it with something dry, but not much that I’m wearing constitutes “something dry” right now.

The Nikon valiantly shoots past the greasy streaks my sleeve has put on the lens, as she appraoches the stage to be interviewed and be asked, I’m guessing, what &lt;insert name of member of cast and/or crew&gt; was like to work with. I’m guessing they were lovely.

The Nikon valiantly shoots past the greasy streaks my sleeve has put on the lens, as she appraoches the stage to be interviewed and be asked, I’m guessing, what <insert name of member of cast and/or crew> was like to work with. I’m guessing they were lovely.

“Quite lovely, actually. And by that I mean the weather everywhere I’ve been in the last six months. Right here and now? Not so much”

“Quite lovely, actually. And by that I mean the weather everywhere I’ve been in the last six months. Right here and now? Not so much”

And….. just like eight years ago, but this time because of a large personal assistant / psychic guide / fashion consultant / human mountain, I once again missed out on getting Peter Jackson’s autograph by just one (1) person when I put down the camera moments after taking this shot. Siiiigh. I know he’s from New Zealand and I’m from Australia… but REALLY?? Damn.

And….. just like eight years ago, but this time because of a large personal assistant / psychic guide / fashion consultant / human mountain, I once again missed out on getting Peter Jackson’s autograph by just one (1) person when I put down the camera moments after taking this shot. Siiiigh. I know he’s from New Zealand and I’m from Australia… but REALLY?? Damn.

“But none of you are young girls? What on earth do I have to offer you, and why DO you want my autograph?”  - Robert Sheehan is no doubt somebody your teenage daughter of has as a poster on her wall (or… hologram on her iCube or whatever teenage girls have now)

“But none of you are young girls? What on earth do I have to offer you, and why DO you want my autograph?” - Robert Sheehan is no doubt somebody your teenage daughter of has as a poster on her wall (or… hologram on her iCube or whatever teenage girls have now)

“You have a thing with Alex Zane?” ”yeah.. .is that a problem?” ”As long as you’re not looking at the look on my face, absolutely not”

“You have a thing with Alex Zane?”
”yeah.. .is that a problem?”
”As long as you’re not looking at the look on my face, absolutely not”

Robert Sheehan’s shoes might be slightly more stylish than my ‘dangerous on slippery ground’ Sketchers… but I’m pretty sure they’re just as waterlogged.

Robert Sheehan’s shoes might be slightly more stylish than my ‘dangerous on slippery ground’ Sketchers… but I’m pretty sure they’re just as waterlogged.

We shared a moment over our waterlogged shoes, and it was quite the entirely uncomfortable, sodden thing.

We shared a moment over our waterlogged shoes, and it was quite the entirely uncomfortable, sodden thing.

“He’s going to ask you what it was like to work with Peter Jackson. It sounds like a trick question, but it’s not.”  - Christian Rivers is the director of this movie, and is previously best known for his art department roles in Peter Jackson-directed films like King Kong, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit(ses)

“He’s going to ask you what it was like to work with Peter Jackson. It sounds like a trick question, but it’s not.” - Christian Rivers is the director of this movie, and is previously best known for his art department roles in Peter Jackson-directed films like King Kong, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit(ses)

“HE WAS AWESOME TO WORK WITH - HE’S A TRUE GENTLEMAN!!!” ”I’m just the guy holding your umbrella, Sir. And Alex was asking about Leila George”

“HE WAS AWESOME TO WORK WITH - HE’S A TRUE GENTLEMAN!!!”
”I’m just the guy holding your umbrella, Sir. And Alex was asking about Leila George”

“Nothing personal, yeah?”  Eh. ‘Nothing personal’ is typically just code for ‘I don’t care enough abouty you to give a specific crap’. And I’m just an entitled whiner. I’m still not even grateful for all the hard work Disney put into those star wars sequels…. (where was I? getting wet and mad at a mortal engines premiere?)

“Nothing personal, yeah?” Eh. ‘Nothing personal’ is typically just code for ‘I don’t care enough abouty you to give a specific crap’. And I’m just an entitled whiner. I’m still not even grateful for all the hard work Disney put into those star wars sequels…. (where was I? getting wet and mad at a mortal engines premiere?)

“The guy with the umbrella is doing that thing again, isn’t he? I love it”  The Umbrella Guy had an annoying habit of holding the umbrella between the subject and the light source causing a shadow to fall on the face of the person being interviewed.

“The guy with the umbrella is doing that thing again, isn’t he? I love it”
The Umbrella Guy had an annoying habit of holding the umbrella between the subject and the light source causing a shadow to fall on the face of the person being interviewed.

“Little to the left. No, your left. Actually, both of our lefts. Or the opposite. And don’t mention Avatar again”  - I think it might be a bit of a spoiler for imdb.com to state that Stephen Lang is in the next FOUR Avatar sequels. You know… given his character freaking DIED in the first one?

“Little to the left. No, your left. Actually, both of our lefts. Or the opposite. And don’t mention Avatar again” - I think it might be a bit of a spoiler for imdb.com to state that Stephen Lang is in the next FOUR Avatar sequels. You know… given his character freaking DIED in the first one?

I was one to the right of the guy whose face is in the top right hand corner. And he got his item signed by Hugo Weaving. Me? Autograph-less. Only Gal Gadot cared enough to sign my Moleskine journal. And yes, I realise that makes me the ultimate winner here :)

I was one to the right of the guy whose face is in the top right hand corner. And he got his item signed by Hugo Weaving. Me? Autograph-less. Only Gal Gadot cared enough to sign my Moleskine journal. And yes, I realise that makes me the ultimate winner here :)

“Yeah… signed for a couple of ‘em. Left the rest wanting. It’s what we do, Alex”  It’s certainly some kind of thing.

“Yeah… signed for a couple of ‘em. Left the rest wanting. It’s what we do, Alex”
It’s certainly some kind of thing.

The enigmatically named Korean singer ‘Jihae’ has certainly brought out the best in Umbrella Guy. That shadow is also being captured by the INTERVIEW CAMERA that’s broadcasting this interview, bro! Think three-dimensionally, man : it’s the 21st Century!

The enigmatically named Korean singer ‘Jihae’ has certainly brought out the best in Umbrella Guy. That shadow is also being captured by the INTERVIEW CAMERA that’s broadcasting this interview, bro! Think three-dimensionally, man : it’s the 21st Century!

According to the ever-useful imdb.com, Jihae is best otherwise known for being in 12 episodes of the National Geographic series ‘Mars’, something I’m more aware of the soundtrack of than the series, but that’s how twitter’s algorithm has profiled me…

According to the ever-useful imdb.com, Jihae is best otherwise known for being in 12 episodes of the National Geographic series ‘Mars’, something I’m more aware of the soundtrack of than the series, but that’s how twitter’s algorithm has profiled me…

Hera Hilmar is both Icelandic and the lead in this movie. The shadow on her face, in case you’re interested, is migrating inevitably rightwards

Hera Hilmar is both Icelandic and the lead in this movie. The shadow on her face, in case you’re interested, is migrating inevitably rightwards

A hairswish and neck-twist a day keeps the umbrella shadow at bay. Briefly.

A hairswish and neck-twist a day keeps the umbrella shadow at bay. Briefly.

“Robert said that about me? That’s so sweet! But only if it was unprompted. Otherwise it’s just base politeness, and I won’t stand for that”

“Robert said that about me? That’s so sweet! But only if it was unprompted. Otherwise it’s just base politeness, and I won’t stand for that”

so.. that was that. My shoes were waterlogged, my cameras waterlogged, and water had fortunately only penetrated through two of my four upper layers and one of my lower layers. I’ve done three premieres in three days, and tomorrow is set to be the fourth. but it’ll be tough : it’s not as central as these, and arguably cast-wise it’s the biggest.

Until next time? If not tomorrow then possibly perhaps once or twice more next month…

For now it’s +1 to the Archive of Premieres, and the hope that I will one day soon have more genuine twitter followers than persons-with-primarily-mysterious-Indonesian-political-agendas-who-started-following-me-for-some-reason. That’ll be nice. As for facebook? Eh… those journals get me hardly any links, and all their advertising is based on profiling of me that is basically insulting. (It’s always nice to be misunderstood by an ‘advanced’ algorithm)