9 July - The 'Spitfire' Documentary World Premiere (+RAF 100th Anniversary)

July 9th, 2018

Just one day after Disney's "Incredibles 2", London had yet another premiere! To coincide with the RAF's (Royal Airforce's) 100th Anniversary, it was for a documentary for the Spitfire WW2 plane. And because my level of British-ness on any given day hovers somewhere around "negligible", and also because I'm presently surrounded on all sides by ENGLAND as I write this... I'm going to make sure I keep this journal as respectful as possible. ish.

Here's how it went down:

  "If the parking hasn't been validated, we could tow it, I suppose?"  - to my vast surprise, not only had they closed the road for this premiere, but there were basically no dealers (or "fans" if the RAF has 'fans')

"If the parking hasn't been validated, we could tow it, I suppose?" - to my vast surprise, not only had they closed the road for this premiere, but there were basically no dealers (or "fans" if the RAF has 'fans')

 I could do the normal thing and pretend I know anything about British aviation, so here's a direct link to the wikipedia article on    the Supermarine Spitfire   .

I could do the normal thing and pretend I know anything about British aviation, so here's a direct link to the wikipedia article on the Supermarine Spitfire.

 " ....." "I know...."

"....."
"I know...."

  "Just for once, forget about me and make sure you get the PLANE'S good side"

"Just for once, forget about me and make sure you get the PLANE'S good side"

 two British icons in one image : Spitfire plane and Henry vacuum cleaner.

two British icons in one image : Spitfire plane and Henry vacuum cleaner.

  "No tie? At this event? You're lucky you're in rock'n'roll"  Nick Mason is the drummer for Pink Floyd.

"No tie? At this event? You're lucky you're in rock'n'roll" Nick Mason is the drummer for Pink Floyd.

  "This man has zero Pink Floyd tracks in his iTunes collection, a collection which may or may not include any of Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or a spoken-word version of Pulp's "Common People" by William Shatner. Do with him as you will..."

"This man has zero Pink Floyd tracks in his iTunes collection, a collection which may or may not include any of Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or a spoken-word version of Pulp's "Common People" by William Shatner. Do with him as you will..."

 The documentary's two co-directors Ant Palmer (L) and David Fairhead (R) flank Carol Vorderman, described on the Paparazzi's guest list as "Host For The Evening". A pity your friend and mine DJ Impact wasn't hosting this event - rhyming anything with 'Spitfire' probably treads the boards of treason in this country.

The documentary's two co-directors Ant Palmer (L) and David Fairhead (R) flank Carol Vorderman, described on the Paparazzi's guest list as "Host For The Evening". A pity your friend and mine DJ Impact wasn't hosting this event - rhyming anything with 'Spitfire' probably treads the boards of treason in this country.

  "I ain't rhyming nothin' with nothin' "  - I'm not entirely sure of the precise nature of the fame of Carol Vorderman, but then to be honest outside the fields of movies and soundtracks I know relatively nothin' about nothin'.

"I ain't rhyming nothin' with nothin' " - I'm not entirely sure of the precise nature of the fame of Carol Vorderman, but then to be honest outside the fields of movies and soundtracks I know relatively nothin' about nothin'.

 Mary Ellis - RAF Veteran.

Mary Ellis - RAF Veteran.

 Mary Ellis - RAF  Veteran.

Mary Ellis - RAF  Veteran.

 As indicated by the finger of the woman in the background, Brian Johnson is notable as being lead singer of the band I'm cautiously claiming as "Australia's Own" AC/DC from 1980 to 2016.

As indicated by the finger of the woman in the background, Brian Johnson is notable as being lead singer of the band I'm cautiously claiming as "Australia's Own" AC/DC from 1980 to 2016.

  "I can point just as well as you can, ma'am"  - and in doing so, Brian Johnson shows off a rather cool RAF-inspired (?) wristwatch. And just for once I'm glad I'm "only" wearing a Japanese-made quartz watch rather than an even more incendiary Kienzle German Aviator watch to this premiere.

"I can point just as well as you can, ma'am" - and in doing so, Brian Johnson shows off a rather cool RAF-inspired (?) wristwatch. And just for once I'm glad I'm "only" wearing a Japanese-made quartz watch rather than an even more incendiary Kienzle German Aviator watch to this premiere.

 Mary Ellis and Allan Scott, RAF Veterans.

Mary Ellis and Allan Scott, RAF Veterans.

 David Fairhead's other documentary directing effort was on the mission controllers of the NASA moon landings. Interesting....

David Fairhead's other documentary directing effort was on the mission controllers of the NASA moon landings. Interesting....

 Allan Scott, Joan Fashawe, Mary Ellis and Paul Farnes - all RAF Veterans.

Allan Scott, Joan Fashawe, Mary Ellis and Paul Farnes - all RAF Veterans.

  "That might be me. Alternatively it might not be"  Alex Kingston is best known (on imdb) for having played the character Elizabeth Corday across over a decade of the TV Series E.R., as well as the character "River Song" across 17 episodes (and 7 years) of Dr Who.

"That might be me. Alternatively it might not be" Alex Kingston is best known (on imdb) for having played the character Elizabeth Corday across over a decade of the TV Series E.R., as well as the character "River Song" across 17 episodes (and 7 years) of Dr Who.

 Supercool pin.

Supercool pin.

  "I'm sorry, I don't give out diagnoses based on photos on an iphone. Also, based on the body in that swimsuit, that's not you...."  Doctor Hilary Jones is apparently a TV personality/doctor.

"I'm sorry, I don't give out diagnoses based on photos on an iphone. Also, based on the body in that swimsuit, that's not you...." Doctor Hilary Jones is apparently a TV personality/doctor.

  "A documentary about the autofocus issues of Pentax DSLRs? Kind of a narrow target market, and arguably quite a depressing topic" . Eh... I was single-camera packing at this one as I had to rush home immediately after the event. I chose the Pentax. Ask me again why.

"A documentary about the autofocus issues of Pentax DSLRs? Kind of a narrow target market, and arguably quite a depressing topic". Eh... I was single-camera packing at this one as I had to rush home immediately after the event. I chose the Pentax. Ask me again why.

 John Nichol was an RAF pilot shot down in Iraq during the first Gulf War.

John Nichol was an RAF pilot shot down in Iraq during the first Gulf War.

  "Try this kind of thing on an airforce base and you're looking at a possible court martial young lady. On this carpet, though? Sure thing!"

"Try this kind of thing on an airforce base and you're looking at a possible court martial young lady. On this carpet, though? Sure thing!"

  "Don't talk to me about Tyrion. Actually, don't talk to me about Cersei or Jaime either...."  - Charles Dance is the narrator of the documentary (and he was also patriarch Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones)

"Don't talk to me about Tyrion. Actually, don't talk to me about Cersei or Jaime either...." - Charles Dance is the narrator of the documentary (and he was also patriarch Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones)

 Not so much a good photo as one photoedited to within an inch of its life. You're welcome.... also I'm sorry.

Not so much a good photo as one photoedited to within an inch of its life. You're welcome.... also I'm sorry.

  "I liked you in that thing...." "Always a pleasure, to be sure...."  As well as being easily overlooked for his cool presence in the largely dismissed Alien3, Charles Dance was similarly in the unfairly not-as-highly-regarded-as-it-deserves    "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"    which I actually do endorse as a fun film.

"I liked you in that thing...."
"Always a pleasure, to be sure...."

As well as being easily overlooked for his cool presence in the largely dismissed Alien3, Charles Dance was similarly in the unfairly not-as-highly-regarded-as-it-deserves "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which I actually do endorse as a fun film.

 Group Shot!

Group Shot!

So... actually that was a really great premiere. Our pen had less than 10 people in it, they were respectful, the crowd were fully entitled to be there, and the guests varied greatly and represent a considerable level of British history. There's apparently an RAF 100th Anniversary flyby of London tomorrow, too, so I'm looking forward to that.

Until next time!

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And one day later, in Trafalgar Square:

RAF100
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RAF 100 Anniversary
Red Arrows RAF100

More photos from the RAF100 flyby here