15 Mar - The 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Special Screening

March 15th, 2018.

According to the spreadsheet upon which I keep track of all past, present and future events, this is my 500th 'official' Event ('official' in this context meaning that I'm still a member of the public with no official status whatsoever). And I suppose it's appropriate that for the five hundredth event, it was not technically a premiere, it did not involve wristbands, and it did not even have an outdoor red carpet. It was an indoor-only event, closed to fans and onlookers, with even the windows blacked out to 'discourage' unauthorised views, and a small alleyway serving as the stars' entry into the cinema's side entrance was the only way to photograph them.

I guess some days you gotta bring your own party to your 500th.

Here's how it went down:

 Before they moved giant black exclusion screens in front of it to cut down on all views from outside, I had a brief chance to press my camera against the door of the Vue West End and take a photo of the sure-to-be-glamour of the event still being set up. If that sounds pathetic, it's.... it's.... damnit, who are you to judge?!

Before they moved giant black exclusion screens in front of it to cut down on all views from outside, I had a brief chance to press my camera against the door of the Vue West End and take a photo of the sure-to-be-glamour of the event still being set up. If that sounds pathetic, it's.... it's.... damnit, who are you to judge?!

 I know my place, and it is in the side alley of the cinema, where the organisers spared no expense in installing the finest metal barriers, and letting the natural texture of the fine brickwork distract from the fact that they didn't even put posters inside the glass-fronted posterboxes to promote this movie. I forget what it's called.

I know my place, and it is in the side alley of the cinema, where the organisers spared no expense in installing the finest metal barriers, and letting the natural texture of the fine brickwork distract from the fact that they didn't even put posters inside the glass-fronted posterboxes to promote this movie. I forget what it's called.

  "Oh, hey guys. Got any 'Attack the Block' stuff for me to sign? Thought not....."  Our first arrival is John Boyega, arguably best known for portraying the character of Finn in Star Wars episode VII and    episode VIII   . I also photographed him at last year's    Olivier Awards    and the premiere of    'Detroit'

"Oh, hey guys. Got any 'Attack the Block' stuff for me to sign? Thought not....." Our first arrival is John Boyega, arguably best known for portraying the character of Finn in Star Wars episode VII and episode VIII. I also photographed him at last year's Olivier Awards and the premiere of 'Detroit'

  "Nononono... I love hearing Star Wars fan theories about my character's parentage and stuff. And though I can't really comment or confirm.... Obiwan?? Really?"

"Nononono... I love hearing Star Wars fan theories about my character's parentage and stuff. And though I can't really comment or confirm.... Obiwan?? Really?"

  "I may already have said too much. Disney are going to be pissed"

"I may already have said too much. Disney are going to be pissed"

  "As long as there are no laser dots on my suit, I might have gotten away with it".   Disney has lawyers, and they're probably armed.

"As long as there are no laser dots on my suit, I might have gotten away with it".  Disney has lawyers, and they're probably armed.

 Laughter. It's the best medicine, and also the best excuse to walk past autograph dealers who have walked the entire length of the single pen with you, seeking multiple autographs.

Laughter. It's the best medicine, and also the best excuse to walk past autograph dealers who have walked the entire length of the single pen with you, seeking multiple autographs.

 As a result of having photographed (the outside of) numerous London Fashion Weeks, I'd like to think I have an eye finely attuned to avant garde attire and dresses with strange shoulder flourishes. It is also the reason why I conveniently / inadvertently photographed Steven S. DeKnight, director of this movie, walking behind this lady.

As a result of having photographed (the outside of) numerous London Fashion Weeks, I'd like to think I have an eye finely attuned to avant garde attire and dresses with strange shoulder flourishes. It is also the reason why I conveniently / inadvertently photographed Steven S. DeKnight, director of this movie, walking behind this lady.

 Once the lady with the green dress had entered the cinema, I was no longer too distracted to observe the fetching vest/jacket/shirt ensemble being worn by Steven S.DeKnight; who imdb.com informs me has many production credits to his name, as well as having directed episodes of TV shows as diverse as Angel, Smallville, Daredevil and Dollhouse.

Once the lady with the green dress had entered the cinema, I was no longer too distracted to observe the fetching vest/jacket/shirt ensemble being worn by Steven S.DeKnight; who imdb.com informs me has many production credits to his name, as well as having directed episodes of TV shows as diverse as Angel, Smallville, Daredevil and Dollhouse.

  "You want to loan me a tie to complete my look. But WHY? That makes no sense whatsoever"

"You want to loan me a tie to complete my look. But WHY? That makes no sense whatsoever"

  "Hey, people. Looks like you've got some kind of gauntlet for me to run through. Do you guys do that for everyone coming to their first event?"  It's Scott Eastwood!

"Hey, people. Looks like you've got some kind of gauntlet for me to run through. Do you guys do that for everyone coming to their first event?" It's Scott Eastwood!

 I've never previously photographed Scott Eastwood before, though he was in numerous movies that have had London premieres, such as    "Invictus"    (which his father Clint Eastwood attended),    "Fury"  ,     "Snowden"    and    "Suicide Squad"   . He was even in    "Fast & Furious 8"    whose Berlin premiere .... he also didn't attend.

I've never previously photographed Scott Eastwood before, though he was in numerous movies that have had London premieres, such as "Invictus" (which his father Clint Eastwood attended), "Fury", "Snowden" and "Suicide Squad". He was even in "Fast & Furious 8" whose Berlin premiere .... he also didn't attend.

  "I'm not a trained engineer, but it seems to me the load-bearing beams on the north side won't be able to hold the full capacity. Here, let me show you what I mean..."

"I'm not a trained engineer, but it seems to me the load-bearing beams on the north side won't be able to hold the full capacity. Here, let me show you what I mean..."

  "Steve... I think I'm going to want my special calligraphy pen to sign this autograph with"

"Steve... I think I'm going to want my special calligraphy pen to sign this autograph with"

  "I just want to pause here, not for dramatic purposes as much as just to show off my cool watch. They give these to you for free if you're famous or good looking enough, you know..."  And meanwhile I bought my last watch from a table in Covent Garden and paid 3x more to have it restored to working order...

"I just want to pause here, not for dramatic purposes as much as just to show off my cool watch. They give these to you for free if you're famous or good looking enough, you know..." And meanwhile I bought my last watch from a table in Covent Garden and paid 3x more to have it restored to working order...

  "Don't be sad... I'm sure your mobile phone tells good time and maybe even takes okay photos. I didn't mean to make you feel bad.."

"Don't be sad... I'm sure your mobile phone tells good time and maybe even takes okay photos. I didn't mean to make you feel bad.."

  "Is that a crappy 1960s secondhand Seiko you paid 3x more to have repaired than it cost you?"  No... that one's back home somewhere.

"Is that a crappy 1960s secondhand Seiko you paid 3x more to have repaired than it cost you?" No... that one's back home somewhere.

 Scott Eastwood and I share a moment. It passes.

Scott Eastwood and I share a moment. It passes.

 Eventually.

Eventually.

  "I'm not sure what happened or for how long it happened. Anybody got a timepiece that measured what happened?"

"I'm not sure what happened or for how long it happened. Anybody got a timepiece that measured what happened?"

So... that was that. Not exactly the glitz and glamour of a World Premiere, or a larger event like the original 'Pacific Rim's premiere was back in 2013... but it was some kind of thing, and some kind of thing is exactly the kind of thing I've been doing in London for some time now. For 500 times now.... as evidenced by the mighty Archive of Movie premieres.

And then..... there's an event on the coming Sunday, and another one next Monday.... so there's no immediate plans to rest.

Until next time!

  "500, huh? Doesn't that mean you're kind of old?"  .... ummmm.... no? also, edited to add :   "BLURRY, THERFORE 'ART' "

"500, huh? Doesn't that mean you're kind of old?"
.... ummmm.... no? also, edited to add : "BLURRY, THERFORE 'ART' "

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