9 Apr - 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' World Premiere

April 9th, 2018.

Just one day after The Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, it was already time for a premiere. I had a late-night phone call, and was working from home, and it was expected to rain. Good times, with high stakes, as it were.

Here's how it went down.

 Fake cherry blossoms! pens three-quarters dedicated to media and only one quarter for fans... and only about 40 people having wristbands for the event! It was set to be quite the unusual evening (ps. I'm not sure, but I think the trees were fake)

Fake cherry blossoms! pens three-quarters dedicated to media and only one quarter for fans... and only about 40 people having wristbands for the event! It was set to be quite the unusual evening (ps. I'm not sure, but I think the trees were fake)

  "Do I REALLY have to type every letter into google to search for this movie?... doesn't predictive text give me ANYTHING?"  - This movie's title is such that I've been referring to it as "The Guernsey Blahblahblah...." in my notes, though I've bucked that line of thinking for the title of this journal.

"Do I REALLY have to type every letter into google to search for this movie?... doesn't predictive text give me ANYTHING?" - This movie's title is such that I've been referring to it as "The Guernsey Blahblahblah...." in my notes, though I've bucked that line of thinking for the title of this journal.

 The camera lady is certainly pretty, but from where I sit a few hours later, I almost wish I'd focussed more on the foreground, at the lady with the  "but whatever shall I do if Michiel Huisman doesn't show up?"  expression of imminent despair.

The camera lady is certainly pretty, but from where I sit a few hours later, I almost wish I'd focussed more on the foreground, at the lady with the "but whatever shall I do if Michiel Huisman doesn't show up?" expression of imminent despair.

  "I know you. You're the guy who keeps saying that people owe him five dollars".  Tom Courtenay has had two Academy Award nominations - in 1966 and 1984 - and has won three BAFTAs. But I don't talk about the Baftas anymore. Not since the Thing that happened... happened this year.

"I know you. You're the guy who keeps saying that people owe him five dollars". Tom Courtenay has had two Academy Award nominations - in 1966 and 1984 - and has won three BAFTAs. But I don't talk about the Baftas anymore. Not since the Thing that happened... happened this year.

  "I'll sign autographs if you pay in cigarettes. That's the deal I'll commit to. Also don't tell my wife."

"I'll sign autographs if you pay in cigarettes. That's the deal I'll commit to. Also don't tell my wife."

  "It's true. It's the first time ever we couldn't fit the name of the movie on the Curzon's Marquee. But I think we came to a decent compromise"

"It's true. It's the first time ever we couldn't fit the name of the movie on the Curzon's Marquee. But I think we came to a decent compromise"

 Graham Broadbent is a producer, who was academy award nominated for Best Picture for    'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'    this year.

Graham Broadbent is a producer, who was academy award nominated for Best Picture for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' this year.

  "The tie isn't for sale. And I'm not signing That"  - Mike Newell directed this film. The last film he directed was an adaptation of    "Great Expectations" that was featured in the 2012 BFI London Film Festival   ... and he famously directed the fourh Harry Potter film : The Goblet of Fire.

"The tie isn't for sale. And I'm not signing That" - Mike Newell directed this film. The last film he directed was an adaptation of "Great Expectations" that was featured in the 2012 BFI London Film Festival... and he famously directed the fourh Harry Potter film : The Goblet of Fire.

  "I'll happily accept compliments on the hat. It is, indeed, a great hat. But I'm still not signing That"

"I'll happily accept compliments on the hat. It is, indeed, a great hat. But I'm still not signing That"

  "The expression on my face that you're looking at is the one I call the 'I don't need a ticket to see this movie, because of the expression on my face' face"  . It's an expression I'm still working on.

"The expression on my face that you're looking at is the one I call the 'I don't need a ticket to see this movie, because of the expression on my face' face" . It's an expression I'm still working on.

  "If I find out you've been selling my autograph at a discounted rate, I will be very displeased. Keep the price high, don't flood the market, and we'll all make out like thieves. Don't get greedy"  - I kind of think it would be awesome if dealers had to face the demands of their stars.

"If I find out you've been selling my autograph at a discounted rate, I will be very displeased. Keep the price high, don't flood the market, and we'll all make out like thieves. Don't get greedy" - I kind of think it would be awesome if dealers had to face the demands of their stars.

  "This is how I make sure you only photograph my good side"  - Jessica Brown Findlay was in 20 episodes of 'Downton Abbey', as well as the movie    'A New York Winter's Tale'    which... well... let's not mention A New York Winter's Tale any more than we have to.

"This is how I make sure you only photograph my good side" - Jessica Brown Findlay was in 20 episodes of 'Downton Abbey', as well as the movie 'A New York Winter's Tale' which... well... let's not mention A New York Winter's Tale any more than we have to.

  "Awww... come on. That was another me... from, like, a parallel universe or something... who was in that film"  - Jessica Brown Findlay was also in 11 episodes of the TV show 'Harlots'

"Awww... come on. That was another me... from, like, a parallel universe or something... who was in that film" - Jessica Brown Findlay was also in 11 episodes of the TV show 'Harlots'

  "I think that this facial expression worked for another dude who came in earlier, and I wish to invoke that very expression and all the rights and privileges attendant to it"  - much like that other gentleman, I have no idea who this is, but the expression on his face is quite determinedly compelling.

"I think that this facial expression worked for another dude who came in earlier, and I wish to invoke that very expression and all the rights and privileges attendant to it" - much like that other gentleman, I have no idea who this is, but the expression on his face is quite determinedly compelling.

  "There sure are a lot of them" "Actually, they cut the numbers drastically for this premiere" "But they're making the same amount of noise as a full herd... how is that possible?" "We're still not sure"

"There sure are a lot of them"
"Actually, they cut the numbers drastically for this premiere"
"But they're making the same amount of noise as a full herd... how is that possible?"
"We're still not sure"

  "I think you guys are all right. And I say that without knowing, or wanting to get to know, any more of you than this"  - Glen Powell is in this movie, and was also in the excellent "Hidden Figures (2017)"

"I think you guys are all right. And I say that without knowing, or wanting to get to know, any more of you than this" - Glen Powell is in this movie, and was also in the excellent "Hidden Figures (2017)"

  "What if I don't sign or do selfies .... and instead just kind nod in your direction" . Personally, as somebody who comes to premieres to take photos, I think Lily James is pretty enough for this bargain to have merit.

"What if I don't sign or do selfies .... and instead just kind nod in your direction". Personally, as somebody who comes to premieres to take photos, I think Lily James is pretty enough for this bargain to have merit.

 Weird off-angle flash high-key photography : yes we can.

Weird off-angle flash high-key photography : yes we can.

 ...comment required.

...comment required.

 I will say one thing for this premiere : spirits were exceedingly high. Maybe it was the ratio of Media to Autograph Dealers being particularly high.

I will say one thing for this premiere : spirits were exceedingly high. Maybe it was the ratio of Media to Autograph Dealers being particularly high.

  "Maybe if I don't look at them, they'll conclude I can't see or hear them"  I've photographed Lily James looking very pretty at premieres as diverse as "   The Darkest Hour   " (last year),    "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"    (in 2016) and Disney's live action    "Cinderella" remake    (2015).

"Maybe if I don't look at them, they'll conclude I can't see or hear them" I've photographed Lily James looking very pretty at premieres as diverse as "The Darkest Hour" (last year), "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" (in 2016) and Disney's live action "Cinderella" remake (2015).

  "Hold that thought. I think I hear an autograph dealer who needs me" . Glen Powell also had a role in the third Expendables film.... AND played the role of 'Trader 1' in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises!

"Hold that thought. I think I hear an autograph dealer who needs me". Glen Powell also had a role in the third Expendables film.... AND played the role of 'Trader 1' in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises!

  "And by not looking at them you've convinced them that not only do you not exist, but you've made them question whether they THEMSELVES possibly don't exist? That's brilliant!"

"And by not looking at them you've convinced them that not only do you not exist, but you've made them question whether they THEMSELVES possibly don't exist? That's brilliant!"

 I like Lily James, I've decided. Sure, eye-contact is basically impossible to obtain, but that just makes it all more interesting. Until next premiere, Lily James  (wait... did that come out totally creepy? I didn't mean it to come out creepy)

I like Lily James, I've decided. Sure, eye-contact is basically impossible to obtain, but that just makes it all more interesting. Until next premiere, Lily James (wait... did that come out totally creepy? I didn't mean it to come out creepy)

 Much as I like Lily James (and I very much do) I'm kind of also taken by the expressions and body language of the people behind her : the glowering shadowy man, and the transfixed cameraman. Alternatively, sure, maybe I'm just using them as pretext to post another photo of Lily James in this journal. Hold your horses, Michiel Huisman fans... he hasn't shown up yet.

Much as I like Lily James (and I very much do) I'm kind of also taken by the expressions and body language of the people behind her : the glowering shadowy man, and the transfixed cameraman. Alternatively, sure, maybe I'm just using them as pretext to post another photo of Lily James in this journal. Hold your horses, Michiel Huisman fans... he hasn't shown up yet.

  "Sure you can tell  us we look pretty. Why would you think you couldn't??"

"Sure you can tell  us we look pretty. Why would you think you couldn't??"

  "And you want me to sign this for your 'Cousin'? Just exactly how many cousins who are fans of mine do you have, and why aren't they here? Just kidding, keep those posters coming, guys"

"And you want me to sign this for your 'Cousin'? Just exactly how many cousins who are fans of mine do you have, and why aren't they here? Just kidding, keep those posters coming, guys"

  "You know me from that one role I've been in 20 episodes of Game of Thrones? That's quite the accomplishment"  Michiel Huisman is best known for playing Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, one of the few TV series I actually watch.

"You know me from that one role I've been in 20 episodes of Game of Thrones? That's quite the accomplishment" Michiel Huisman is best known for playing Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, one of the few TV series I actually watch.

 <insert surprised exclamation here>

<insert surprised exclamation here>

  "They're really not going to stop chanting unless you sign something, you know. It's part of their... um.... "charm" " . ON the plus side, it's started to rain and some of those posters and photos are going to get wet.

"They're really not going to stop chanting unless you sign something, you know. It's part of their... um.... "charm" ". ON the plus side, it's started to rain and some of those posters and photos are going to get wet.

  "Okay, I've decided that I like you. What, hypothetically, do you want me to sign that's NOT from Game of Thrones?"  Michiel Huisman was also, rather surprisingly, in both Brad Pitt's "World War Z" and "The Age of Adaline"

"Okay, I've decided that I like you. What, hypothetically, do you want me to sign that's NOT from Game of Thrones?" Michiel Huisman was also, rather surprisingly, in both Brad Pitt's "World War Z" and "The Age of Adaline"

So.. that was that. A bit rushed, a bit short, and very congested in an overcrowded pen that the organisers decided was better than using all the space available in the setup that had been laid out. But hey... who doesn't like having views blocked by umbrellas and being surrounded by surging packs of autograph dealers who suddenly decide that they're fans of Tom Courtenay.

I was pretty glad to get out of there and head home for dinner and a phone conference.... and of course it's always fun to photograph the many expressions on the versatile face of Lily James (A quick side-question : Compliments... how do they work?)

Until next time!

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