premieres

23 Oct - The 'BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY' World Premiere

October 23rd, 2018.

And so, after just a one day break since 12 consecutive days of premieres of London Film Festival, it’s time (already) for another premiere (#18 in 14 days!) - and it’s a World Premiere, in Wembley, with a Purple carpet and everything.

Here’s how it went down:

The story of how I got my wristband for this premiere would fill a viking saga, and/or be used as testimony against me in a court of law, depending how much of the blood, violence, threats, recrimination, friendship and betrayal was true and how much was hyperbole.

The story of how I got my wristband for this premiere would fill a viking saga, and/or be used as testimony against me in a court of law, depending how much of the blood, violence, threats, recrimination, friendship and betrayal was true and how much was hyperbole.

It’s mild, it’s autumn, and for those interested I am starting to unveil the lineup of beanies I hope to take into the more glamorous premieres in the colder months.

It’s mild, it’s autumn, and for those interested I am starting to unveil the lineup of beanies I hope to take into the more glamorous premieres in the colder months.

“Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger….. Hold on. Wait. There are kids here, are we allowed to be singing these lyrics??”

“Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger….. Hold on. Wait. There are kids here, are we allowed to be singing these lyrics??”

“This hair swish is about as rock’n’roll as I’m willing to get. Or at least for now, until Aiden Gillen shows up. He’s the guy I really want to impress.”

“This hair swish is about as rock’n’roll as I’m willing to get. Or at least for now, until Aiden Gillen shows up. He’s the guy I really want to impress.”

Excellent news : your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ Nuffin Reely Matterz were officiating in the warm-up, and though a friend of mine coined the term “Bohemian Rap-Rap-Rhapsody”, he never said it. I maintain one of the gold backpacks on offer would have been his had he put it forth.

Excellent news : your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ Nuffin Reely Matterz were officiating in the warm-up, and though a friend of mine coined the term “Bohemian Rap-Rap-Rhapsody”, he never said it. I maintain one of the gold backpacks on offer would have been his had he put it forth.

The girls on the right were robbed of freeness by their edge-spot in the long secondary pen. They had more kinds of scary exuberance than most.

The girls on the right were robbed of freeness by their edge-spot in the long secondary pen. They had more kinds of scary exuberance than most.

The list for this world premiere is a very impressive one by size : a four by four grid per page, running for at least three pages. And with my spot being side-on to the posing board, and directly along the pathway all the stars would take AND my spot being directly behind the first media interview station all stars would be…. it couldn’t really be any easier.

The list for this world premiere is a very impressive one by size : a four by four grid per page, running for at least three pages. And with my spot being side-on to the posing board, and directly along the pathway all the stars would take AND my spot being directly behind the first media interview station all stars would be…. it couldn’t really be any easier.

I reiterate. COULD. NOT. BE. EASIER. This is my GoPro at probably 2.5metres. Implausible for detailed shooting. But clearly… this thing is less a premiere than an oldschool post-Christmas sale.

I reiterate. COULD. NOT. BE. EASIER.
This is my GoPro at probably 2.5metres. Implausible for detailed shooting. But clearly… this thing is less a premiere than an oldschool post-Christmas sale.

Jim Beach is the only person I was able to photograph long-range to the posing board before The Hordes descended upon the carpet. He is/was the band’s manager.

Jim Beach is the only person I was able to photograph long-range to the posing board before The Hordes descended upon the carpet. He is/was the band’s manager.

Kashmira Bulsara is the late Freddie Mercury’s sister. I suppose a similar precedent was set at the premiere of    The Beatles’ Eight Days A Week    concert film, where ex-wives and relatives attended in place of members unable to attend.

Kashmira Bulsara is the late Freddie Mercury’s sister. I suppose a similar precedent was set at the premiere of The Beatles’ Eight Days A Week concert film, where ex-wives and relatives attended in place of members unable to attend.

“It’s not so much inspired by Freddie as it is a generic, and somewhat ill-timed disguise. Oops.”

“It’s not so much inspired by Freddie as it is a generic, and somewhat ill-timed disguise. Oops.”

“Did it hurt?” ”Not as much as removing the tattoo of Beethoven I used to have there… after which my chamber orchestra colleagues also made me feel really bad.”

“Did it hurt?”
”Not as much as removing the tattoo of Beethoven I used to have there… after which my chamber orchestra colleagues also made me feel really bad.”

“The tickets to see the movie were cheap, but I paid extra to have mine specially embossed”.  I endorse this. Only lame people print out QPR codes or use their mobiles.

“The tickets to see the movie were cheap, but I paid extra to have mine specially embossed”.
I endorse this. Only lame people print out QPR codes or use their mobiles.

Lucy Boynton arrives and I get my first real taste for the mayhem the people in my barely 1-deep pen are capable of. I might even have had a miniature step-stool I briefly stood upon, but when I vacated it even momentarily some girl stood on it and… well…. you try being a dude whose property has been co-opted during the Time’s Up era wanting his stuff back. Dude… I’m part of the patriarchy. I’m pretty sure I’m meant to deserve this.

Lucy Boynton arrives and I get my first real taste for the mayhem the people in my barely 1-deep pen are capable of. I might even have had a miniature step-stool I briefly stood upon, but when I vacated it even momentarily some girl stood on it and… well…. you try being a dude whose property has been co-opted during the Time’s Up era wanting his stuff back. Dude… I’m part of the patriarchy. I’m pretty sure I’m meant to deserve this.

“I have me the enemy, and they are Dealer”  - in retrospect, the layout of the premiere meant that there was no ‘best’ pen - all that weren’t affected by some 5000+ people marching past them or standing wherever they wanted with minimal effort by security to move them on, had limited direct views. The Dealers did okay, though. Please don’t worry about The Dealers.

“I have me the enemy, and they are Dealer” - in retrospect, the layout of the premiere meant that there was no ‘best’ pen - all that weren’t affected by some 5000+ people marching past them or standing wherever they wanted with minimal effort by security to move them on, had limited direct views. The Dealers did okay, though. Please don’t worry about The Dealers.

“This is how they high-five in Hollywood now!!” ”But which of these hands are yours and which ones are mine and what do we do with them?”  - I have photographed Lucy Boynton once before, at the equally massive    World Premiere for ‘Murder on the Orient Express   ’ last year.

“This is how they high-five in Hollywood now!!”
”But which of these hands are yours and which ones are mine and what do we do with them?”
- I have photographed Lucy Boynton once before, at the equally massive World Premiere for ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ last year.

“Are the eye-lashes real? Well, there might be a kind of magic involved.” ”Were you contractually required to use the lyrics of at least one Queen song into your answers?” ”I’m not allowed to say”

“Are the eye-lashes real? Well, there might be a kind of magic involved.”
”Were you contractually required to use the lyrics of at least one Queen song into your answers?”
”I’m not allowed to say”

Good news (for me) - the most reliable angle for my photography currently involves shooting over and through the crowd of the third side of the triangle I’m on the second side of, long range. Generally speaking I prefer long-range at events because (a) there are less people futilely holding up mobile phones to capture such shots, and (b) my Nikon’s autofocus reliably nails focus at that distance, and (c) I like the challenge.

Good news (for me) - the most reliable angle for my photography currently involves shooting over and through the crowd of the third side of the triangle I’m on the second side of, long range. Generally speaking I prefer long-range at events because (a) there are less people futilely holding up mobile phones to capture such shots, and (b) my Nikon’s autofocus reliably nails focus at that distance, and (c) I like the challenge.

Allen Leech plays Freddy Mercury’s manager ‘Paul Prenter’ in the movie, but is arguably best known for being in 45 episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’d like to think features several songs by Queen played discreetly on harpsichord to see if anyone is paying attention.

Allen Leech plays Freddy Mercury’s manager ‘Paul Prenter’ in the movie, but is arguably best known for being in 45 episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’d like to think features several songs by Queen played discreetly on harpsichord to see if anyone is paying attention.

“Shouldn’t you be wearing dark sunglasses?” ”Why?” ”I have it on good authority that the guy you play will turn up wearing sunglasses”  Ben Hardy plays Queen bandmember Roger Taylor in this film.

“Shouldn’t you be wearing dark sunglasses?”
”Why?”
”I have it on good authority that the guy you play will turn up wearing sunglasses”

Ben Hardy plays Queen bandmember Roger Taylor in this film.

“Standing here with me now …. Queen’s very own Roger Taylor!! Meanwhile, I hear Ben Hardy decided to attend the premiere sunglasses-less. I’ll be asking him about that later..”

“Standing here with me now …. Queen’s very own Roger Taylor!! Meanwhile, I hear Ben Hardy decided to attend the premiere sunglasses-less. I’ll be asking him about that later..”

“Curse him and his stylish ways”  Up until seconds ago I had no idea Ben Hardy played ‘Angel’ in    X-Men Apocalypse   .

“Curse him and his stylish ways”
Up until seconds ago I had no idea Ben Hardy played ‘Angel’ in X-Men Apocalypse.

This premiere’s other Queen bandmember in attendance is Brian May, who has been wearing Brian May’s Amazing Hair with considerable aplomb for some time now. I last photographed him wearing the same hair at    this year’s Olivier Awards, I think.

This premiere’s other Queen bandmember in attendance is Brian May, who has been wearing Brian May’s Amazing Hair with considerable aplomb for some time now. I last photographed him wearing the same hair at this year’s Olivier Awards, I think.

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good about the fact that my hair is more Brian May-like than my next guest up here : Gwylim Lee - who plays Brian May in this movie!!”

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good about the fact that my hair is more Brian May-like than my next guest up here : Gwylim Lee - who plays Brian May in this movie!!”

Shooting through the media ain’t as easy at this premiere as I’d hoped. And at the ‘leading’ edge of the pen where I once stood, it quickly got three-deep with people holding up mobile phones that I couldn’t shoot past, or through.

Shooting through the media ain’t as easy at this premiere as I’d hoped. And at the ‘leading’ edge of the pen where I once stood, it quickly got three-deep with people holding up mobile phones that I couldn’t shoot past, or through.

I briefly get a chance to shoot high-and-blind into the interview area and catch a few in-focus shots before she moves into another, more distant spot.

I briefly get a chance to shoot high-and-blind into the interview area and catch a few in-focus shots before she moves into another, more distant spot.

It’s Mike Myers! I’ve never previously photographed him, and I might be ever so slightly more excited than he is about that.

It’s Mike Myers! I’ve never previously photographed him, and I might be ever so slightly more excited than he is about that.

“NO! If you put any more salt than this much into it, it’s not just RUINED, but you might as well burn down the kitchen you’re using to make

“NO! If you put any more salt than this much into it, it’s not just RUINED, but you might as well burn down the kitchen you’re using to make

“Not one of you so-called journalists has asked me about the medal I’m wearing around my neck. Now I ask YOU - do you think I’d be wearing it if I didn’t want to be asked about it??”  Mike Myers is probably still best known for any number of roles in the Austin Powers movies - Austin Powers, Doctor Evil, Fat Bastard…whatever the villain in that third movie was called…

“Not one of you so-called journalists has asked me about the medal I’m wearing around my neck. Now I ask YOU - do you think I’d be wearing it if I didn’t want to be asked about it??”
Mike Myers is probably still best known for any number of roles in the Austin Powers movies - Austin Powers, Doctor Evil, Fat Bastard…whatever the villain in that third movie was called…

“He plays Freddy Mercury’s boyfriend in the movie, his look of Blue Steel is stunning and he’s more stylishly dressed than I am so I won’t be having him up here long : it’s Aaron McCusker!!”

“He plays Freddy Mercury’s boyfriend in the movie, his look of Blue Steel is stunning and he’s more stylishly dressed than I am so I won’t be having him up here long : it’s Aaron McCusker!!”

It’s Rami Malek! He plays Freddie Mercury himself in the film, and he’s probably the one person in the cast this journal really couldn’t have afforded to be without (which is to say : the crowd in our public pen is still milling arond the media corner, and shooting long-range to the stage is still kind of hit-or-miss)

It’s Rami Malek! He plays Freddie Mercury himself in the film, and he’s probably the one person in the cast this journal really couldn’t have afforded to be without (which is to say : the crowd in our public pen is still milling arond the media corner, and shooting long-range to the stage is still kind of hit-or-miss)

I was pretty close to deleting the dual ‘ET’ signs on the interviewer’s microphone, but this mid-range shot that somehow the people in the pen were too cool / oblivious to see was mainly due to them. Also : Rami Malek seems very nice : I’ve photographed him only once before, as a guest at    the “Lost City of Z” premiere   .

I was pretty close to deleting the dual ‘ET’ signs on the interviewer’s microphone, but this mid-range shot that somehow the people in the pen were too cool / oblivious to see was mainly due to them. Also : Rami Malek seems very nice : I’ve photographed him only once before, as a guest at the “Lost City of Z” premiere.

No longer as interested since I’m not saying anything about him, but keeping an ear out just in case. That’s the mark of a professional.

No longer as interested since I’m not saying anything about him, but keeping an ear out just in case. That’s the mark of a professional.

“You play #2, who was subsequently replaced by #3. Were you as hurt by this even as an actor as the character in question?”  - Aiden Gillen plays Queen’s Second Manager, John Reid.

“You play #2, who was subsequently replaced by #3. Were you as hurt by this even as an actor as the character in question?” - Aiden Gillen plays Queen’s Second Manager, John Reid.

“I’ll answer that question as soon as I’ve heard what Aaron says for his. I’m not saying I’ll copy his answer… but maybe I’ll adapt it, changing some of the minor details and elaborating further on some things. I’m an actor. it’s what I do”  - Aiden Gillen is best known for being Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish across 41 episodes of Game of Thrones.

“I’ll answer that question as soon as I’ve heard what Aaron says for his. I’m not saying I’ll copy his answer… but maybe I’ll adapt it, changing some of the minor details and elaborating further on some things. I’m an actor. it’s what I do” - Aiden Gillen is best known for being Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish across 41 episodes of Game of Thrones.

“It wasn’t self-bestowed, if that’s what you’re implying. And I hope youre NOT implying…”

“It wasn’t self-bestowed, if that’s what you’re implying. And I hope youre NOT implying…”

Trying to figure out what to do when a girl says she LOOOOOVES bass guitarists from famous bands, and you only play the bass guitarist in a movie about a famous band…… Joseph Mazzello plays Queen bassist Joe Deacon in the film

Trying to figure out what to do when a girl says she LOOOOOVES bass guitarists from famous bands, and you only play the bass guitarist in a movie about a famous band…… Joseph Mazzello plays Queen bassist Joe Deacon in the film

“So they’re letting people stand on barriers at this event?” ”Only if they’re REALLY fans. It helps identify them” ”I see….”

“So they’re letting people stand on barriers at this event?”
”Only if they’re REALLY fans. It helps identify them”
”I see….”

“We’re just to stop talking now and see what the guy does next. Is he scared of heights? Has he somehow gotten stuck? Is he at the wrong premiere and trying to find his way elsewhere? Part of me wants to get him up here and ask. I’m a journalist at heart, Brian. You understand”

“We’re just to stop talking now and see what the guy does next. Is he scared of heights? Has he somehow gotten stuck? Is he at the wrong premiere and trying to find his way elsewhere? Part of me wants to get him up here and ask. I’m a journalist at heart, Brian. You understand”

Rami Malek climbs the stage, and the crowd is stilled…. … except for the excited braying of autograph dealers. I think they want Aiden Gillen at the moment.

Rami Malek climbs the stage, and the crowd is stilled…. … except for the excited braying of autograph dealers. I think they want Aiden Gillen at the moment.

“I took care of it, Alex” ”That’s cool. I just wanted to know what happened to that guy standing on the railings” ”Like I said. I took care of it”

“I took care of it, Alex”
”That’s cool. I just wanted to know what happened to that guy standing on the railings”
”Like I said. I took care of it”

“This kiss for you. Just you, Sir. If anyone else catches it and thinks it’s for them, it’s not. And you’d better hand it over to him”

“This kiss for you. Just you, Sir. If anyone else catches it and thinks it’s for them, it’s not. And you’d better hand it over to him”

And finally….

“They asked me if I wanted to be in a Queen biopic and I said absolutely, as long as I could play the Duchess of York. They told me I was the third person who’d made a similar joke, but they still wanted me in the film. It was a close call, Alex.”

“They asked me if I wanted to be in a Queen biopic and I said absolutely, as long as I could play the Duchess of York. They told me I was the third person who’d made a similar joke, but they still wanted me in the film. It was a close call, Alex.”

So… that was that. A big, impressive, and yet difficult-to-photograph premiere. I came away with some lucky shots, but missed a lot more. Then again, this wasn’t exactly my first rodeo. It just felt like I’d been thrown around a bit more than usual. From here, it’s a bit quieter on the premieres front, though there is one a bit over a week from now to look forward to. My Archive of Premieres does need occasional feeding.

Until next time!

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27 Sep 2018 - The 'A Star Is Born' UK Premiere

September 27th, 2018.

Yesterday, prior to photographing the “small but it counts towards my goal of 500premiere for “Black 47” I already managed to pick up my wristband for today’s “A Star Is Born” premiere, which despite its massive size and huge expected crowds I managed to get wristband #2 (!!!) for in the pen of my choice (and I had friends with #1 and #3). That’s pretty unprecedented.

And before it had even started I’d ditched my spot to stand next to a friend with wristband #99 because, indeed, he’d managed to find a great spot in the pen that the 98 people in front of him (including me) had all missed. And…? He was completely right.

Here’s how it went down.

The setup for this premiere had started the prior day, and took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square, with the long Red Carpet stretching from M&Ms world to Vue cinema via The Fountain, a large stage, and a dedicated pen for the most hardcore autograph dealers.

The setup for this premiere had started the prior day, and took up the entirety of the centre of Leicester Square, with the long Red Carpet stretching from M&Ms world to Vue cinema via The Fountain, a large stage, and a dedicated pen for the most hardcore autograph dealers.

Now you might well ask why anyone with wristband #2 and a choice of where to stand would select a spot with a (freaking) TREE in front of them. And the answer is : safety. With nobody likely to sign where I stood (refer : tree) : I had a view to the posing board ahead, the dealer pen (also ahead), the pen to my side…. AND :

Now you might well ask why anyone with wristband #2 and a choice of where to stand would select a spot with a (freaking) TREE in front of them. And the answer is : safety. With nobody likely to sign where I stood (refer : tree) : I had a view to the posing board ahead, the dealer pen (also ahead), the pen to my side…. AND :

I had a view diagonally into the media interview pens to my left, AND the stage to my right, AND another front-facing pen behind me. I’ve never had this many angles at a premiere before! Meanwhile, The List for this premiere had plenty of guests, but only five (5) members of the cast and crew.

I had a view diagonally into the media interview pens to my left, AND the stage to my right, AND another front-facing pen behind me. I’ve never had this many angles at a premiere before!
Meanwhile, The List for this premiere had plenty of guests, but only five (5) members of the cast and crew.

Not sure of the relevance, but who DOESN’T like pizza? Sadly, even if Alec Baldwin likes pizza, it was not enough to induce him to come to London (he plays the role of “Alec Baldwin” in the film’s imdb.com credits)

Not sure of the relevance, but who DOESN’T like pizza? Sadly, even if Alec Baldwin likes pizza, it was not enough to induce him to come to London (he plays the role of “Alec Baldwin” in the film’s imdb.com credits)

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless they can get them this thin and portable - and they can’t - they’re just pointless, no matter the sensor size or low-light capabilities. Because this also has youtube.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless they can get them this thin and portable - and they can’t - they’re just pointless, no matter the sensor size or low-light capabilities. Because this also has youtube.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless you can mod them so they look like this, they’ll never impress anyone who truly matters.”

“Forget the Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Frank. Unless you can mod them so they look like this, they’ll never impress anyone who truly matters.”

Wasn’t Born This Way. Had to buy the hat at a later date.

Wasn’t Born This Way. Had to buy the hat at a later date.

“You’re a Lady Gaga fan, George. Is it just a coincidence that you volunteered for a triple shift today?”  - the Odeon in the background is still being renovated, sadly. They’ve even torn down the poor mini-Costa that used to do a booming trade pre-premiere in colder months.

“You’re a Lady Gaga fan, George. Is it just a coincidence that you volunteered for a triple shift today?” - the Odeon in the background is still being renovated, sadly. They’ve even torn down the poor mini-Costa that used to do a booming trade pre-premiere in colder months.

“It could be a tree because it looks like a tree, and not because Lady Gaga might have chosen to dress like one. If you know what I mean.” ”Well.. yeah. But it’s still a pretty good-looking tree”

“It could be a tree because it looks like a tree, and not because Lady Gaga might have chosen to dress like one. If you know what I mean.”
”Well.. yeah. But it’s still a pretty good-looking tree”

Excellent news : Lady Gaga has arrived, and is NOT dressed as a tree! Instead she’s dressed as a… uh….. ummmm…. ah…. erm…. Well, actually I once saw a toilet-roll holder cozy that kind of looked like this, but if I’m honest the design DOES actually look better as a couture dress than a toilet roll holder. So… yay!

Excellent news : Lady Gaga has arrived, and is NOT dressed as a tree! Instead she’s dressed as a… uh….. ummmm…. ah…. erm…. Well, actually I once saw a toilet-roll holder cozy that kind of looked like this, but if I’m honest the design DOES actually look better as a couture dress than a toilet roll holder. So… yay!

“I totally want you to make sure I always have an angelic halo spotlight. You can do that with… like… drones and wires or something, right?”  - Lady Gaga’s imdb credits centre around video clips and playing the role of herself in such things as The Simpsons and Men in Black 3…

“I totally want you to make sure I always have an angelic halo spotlight. You can do that with… like… drones and wires or something, right?” - Lady Gaga’s imdb credits centre around video clips and playing the role of herself in such things as The Simpsons and Men in Black 3…

“Yes, absolutely I want to know all about the holiday photos you took ”

“Yes, absolutely I want to know all about the holiday photos you took

I have no idea why an old grey-haired dude is standing in front of me holding some kind of battery/antenna above his head, and standing directly in front of Lady Gaga in order to do so. Have we really not progressed beyond the point where old people need to hold batteries above their head?

I have no idea why an old grey-haired dude is standing in front of me holding some kind of battery/antenna above his head, and standing directly in front of Lady Gaga in order to do so. Have we really not progressed beyond the point where old people need to hold batteries above their head?

“Plain-dressed minion behind me: Point To The RIGHT… because this dress weighs a ton and the sleeves are half the weight ” - the mighty wireimage.com identifies this as “Shangela”. I think her hair might weigh more than my camera(s)

“Plain-dressed minion behind me: Point To The RIGHT… because this dress weighs a ton and the sleeves are half the weight” - the mighty wireimage.com identifies this as “Shangela”. I think her hair might weigh more than my camera(s)

“No I did not get to order a different chair to sit in for each of my duties, sadly.”  - Bradley Cooper isn’t just the voice of a raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy… he’s the Director, Writer, Producer and Male Lead in this movie. (And the moire pattern on his jacket is pretty sweet.)

“No I did not get to order a different chair to sit in for each of my duties, sadly.” - Bradley Cooper isn’t just the voice of a raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy… he’s the Director, Writer, Producer and Male Lead in this movie. (And the moire pattern on his jacket is pretty sweet.)

“Don’t worry about the guy behind me. He’s studying how to do my autograph so he can sign all your Avengers crap… I mean stuff… I mean awesome merchandise.. when I’m off doing interviews.”

“Don’t worry about the guy behind me. He’s studying how to do my autograph so he can sign all your Avengers crap… I mean stuff… I mean awesome merchandise.. when I’m off doing interviews.”

“Girlfriend, I promise you I had my hair done up just like you… but then Bradley smiled at me and.. well….”

“Girlfriend, I promise you I had my hair done up just like you… but then Bradley smiled at me and.. well….”

Ah yes. I did want to talk about how her lawyers had my photo of her from V Fest in 2009 taken down off Redbubble about five years after I posted it. Seems unfair. Probably not the right circumstances to bring it up.. but happy to sit down for a coffee and a chat…

Ah yes. I did want to talk about how her lawyers had my photo of her from V Fest in 2009 taken down off Redbubble about five years after I posted it. Seems unfair. Probably not the right circumstances to bring it up.. but happy to sit down for a coffee and a chat…

“Nice one, Janice” - There reason why I’m posting so many black’n’white shots of Lady Gaga is because while she’s wearing a dress that I’m laughably calling “subtle”, her assistant (front left in this photo, front right in the prior one) is wearing a dress that’s on the PINK side of BRIGHT CRIMSON. Nice one, assistant Lady.

“Nice one, Janice” - There reason why I’m posting so many black’n’white shots of Lady Gaga is because while she’s wearing a dress that I’m laughably calling “subtle”, her assistant (front left in this photo, front right in the prior one) is wearing a dress that’s on the PINK side of BRIGHT CRIMSON. Nice one, assistant Lady.

“Actually, the designer wanted the collar to be two foot wide all around. I agreed with him on everything except that one thing” . And there’s the assistant, to her left…. colour unadjusted.

“Actually, the designer wanted the collar to be two foot wide all around. I agreed with him on everything except that one thing”. And there’s the assistant, to her left…. colour unadjusted.

“I wanna concentrate on what you’re saying… but those nails look dangerous. I’m guessing you have them like that to protect the precious pearls in your dress?”

“I wanna concentrate on what you’re saying… but those nails look dangerous. I’m guessing you have them like that to protect the precious pearls in your dress?”

“No… I’m not wearing meat, or shards of glass, or shredded newspaper. I’ll understand if you want me to move on….”  - wireimage says : “Emma Weymouth”

“No… I’m not wearing meat, or shards of glass, or shredded newspaper. I’ll understand if you want me to move on….” - wireimage says : “Emma Weymouth”

“My fans do want to see me, you know. They’re not all here for Lady Gaga, you know”  - the security presence at this premiere was on the ‘high’ side of ‘standard’ - though we all had to take a sip of any liquid we were carrying into the premiere. That was a first.

“My fans do want to see me, you know. They’re not all here for Lady Gaga, you know” - the security presence at this premiere was on the ‘high’ side of ‘standard’ - though we all had to take a sip of any liquid we were carrying into the premiere. That was a first.

It’s Tom Jones! He’s best known for being Welsh Singer Tom Jones - recipient of a knighthood and also a Grammy Award Winner… for best new artist in 1966, in a career that has subsequently spanned six decades.

It’s Tom Jones! He’s best known for being Welsh Singer Tom Jones - recipient of a knighthood and also a Grammy Award Winner… for best new artist in 1966, in a career that has subsequently spanned six decades.

“You like that song I did with Art Of Noise back in the 1980s? Me too!”  - it’s still on my iPod. (Also : I still have an iPod)

“You like that song I did with Art Of Noise back in the 1980s? Me too!” - it’s still on my iPod. (Also : I still have an iPod)

“Who’s got two thumbs and is feeling pretty good right now? This guy!!”  - along with partnering with a tree in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has four Oscar Nominations, was in all the Hangover Movies AND was a voice on the phone in “10 Cloverfield Lane”

“Who’s got two thumbs and is feeling pretty good right now? This guy!!” - along with partnering with a tree in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has four Oscar Nominations, was in all the Hangover Movies AND was a voice on the phone in “10 Cloverfield Lane”

“Thanks for the offer, but the day I sign anything with a black sharpie is the day I hang up this dress and start wearing jeans and a blazer top and calling it ‘smart-casual’ . The word you’re looking for is “never”, incidentally“

“Thanks for the offer, but the day I sign anything with a black sharpie is the day I hang up this dress and start wearing jeans and a blazer top and calling it ‘smart-casual’ . The word you’re looking for is “never”, incidentally“

“Your hat is NOT fabulous. NOT!!”   - I don’t know much about Shangela (aka “DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce”) but I kind of already have enough issues with how facebook/google profile me that I don’t really want to give them more misinformation by doing an exhaustive search for “Shangela”

“Your hat is NOT fabulous. NOT!!” - I don’t know much about Shangela (aka “DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce”) but I kind of already have enough issues with how facebook/google profile me that I don’t really want to give them more misinformation by doing an exhaustive search for “Shangela”

“If you can’t find the tools to adjust the dress, Barry, look on the other side. That’s where I keep the spanners and wrenches. And don’t worry, Barry, those aren’t euphemisms.”

“If you can’t find the tools to adjust the dress, Barry, look on the other side. That’s where I keep the spanners and wrenches. And don’t worry, Barry, those aren’t euphemisms.”

With Lady Gaga signing in the far distance, Bradley Cooper being interviewed to my left and dress wranglers busily adjusting or lowering or adding chrome rims to Shangela’s dress on stage, I’m really having to multitask to cover all the angles my spot affords me… this is dropoff.

With Lady Gaga signing in the far distance, Bradley Cooper being interviewed to my left and dress wranglers busily adjusting or lowering or adding chrome rims to Shangela’s dress on stage, I’m really having to multitask to cover all the angles my spot affords me… this is dropoff.

“Help me, Beryl. They all want me to sign stuff and tell me about their holidays, and Security Dave behind me has that bloodthirsty glint in his eye again, and last time he did that… I suppose I’d better not finish that sentence in case anyone else is listening….”

“Help me, Beryl. They all want me to sign stuff and tell me about their holidays, and Security Dave behind me has that bloodthirsty glint in his eye again, and last time he did that… I suppose I’d better not finish that sentence in case anyone else is listening….”

It’s taken 45 minutes and some 2500 frames, but I think I might finally have eye-contact with Lady Gaga!!! (Now… about that takedown notice from redbubble back in 2013…)

It’s taken 45 minutes and some 2500 frames, but I think I might finally have eye-contact with Lady Gaga!!! (Now… about that takedown notice from redbubble back in 2013…)

Well, the flowers would go a long way to easing five years of pain… but selfishly I kind of want to be given gifts from my favourite Estonian vodka makers….. can that be arranged instead?

Well, the flowers would go a long way to easing five years of pain… but selfishly I kind of want to be given gifts from my favourite Estonian vodka makers….. can that be arranged instead?

With not one but two bouquets of flowers thrown into the crowd by Lady Gaga, Aussie-Rules style (with apologies to 99% of the planet to whom this means little), the final (and possibly) best angle for my spot in the pen is about to be revealed. At 90% of premieres, the interview subject stands on the left side of the host… and that’s (a) seemingly the setup here, and (b) where the space is…. but I really need for her to stand on the RIGHT of the stage.

With not one but two bouquets of flowers thrown into the crowd by Lady Gaga, Aussie-Rules style (with apologies to 99% of the planet to whom this means little), the final (and possibly) best angle for my spot in the pen is about to be revealed. At 90% of premieres, the interview subject stands on the left side of the host… and that’s (a) seemingly the setup here, and (b) where the space is…. but I really need for her to stand on the RIGHT of the stage.

“….. I’d rather not answer that”  But you’re standing on the RIGHT side of the stage while not answering!! Woohoo!!

“….. I’d rather not answer that” But you’re standing on the RIGHT side of the stage while not answering!! Woohoo!!

“…. fine. Yes. I’ll concede that taken literally, the lyrics to the song “Hair” are a slap in the face to bald-headed people everywhere”  . Seriously, those lyrics go “I just want to be myself and for you to love me for who I am… and I am my hair” and “this is my prayer : that I’ll die living just as free as my hair”.  Damnit, Lady : we’re a minority : be nice to us!!

“…. fine. Yes. I’ll concede that taken literally, the lyrics to the song “Hair” are a slap in the face to bald-headed people everywhere” . Seriously, those lyrics go “I just want to be myself and for you to love me for who I am… and I am my hair” and “this is my prayer : that I’ll die living just as free as my hair”. Damnit, Lady : we’re a minority : be nice to us!!

“Please be careful. Pretty much every part of this dress is both expensive and load-bearing, Edith”.  Also… those shoes are interesting. But this journal is long and I don’t want to make it longer.

“Please be careful. Pretty much every part of this dress is both expensive and load-bearing, Edith”. Also… those shoes are interesting. But this journal is long and I don’t want to make it longer.

A mere four days after being one of only three (3) people I recognised at the    “Fifa The Best” Awards for football,    it’s Noel Gallagher! Again! Looking too cool to be impressed! Again!

A mere four days after being one of only three (3) people I recognised at the “Fifa The Best” Awards for football, it’s Noel Gallagher! Again! Looking too cool to be impressed! Again!

“I’m not posing here until that guy behind me manages to look less bored than I am. It’s vital for my image, you understand.”  - apparently this is “Courtney Act”.

“I’m not posing here until that guy behind me manages to look less bored than I am. It’s vital for my image, you understand.” - apparently this is “Courtney Act”.

"Please elaborate further upon that rumour you’re spreading about me”

"Please elaborate further upon that rumour you’re spreading about me”

“We were going for something small and intimate. But at least it is intimate, Edith.”

“We were going for something small and intimate. But at least it is intimate, Edith.”

“I’d prefer it if you didn’t call it a ‘scheme’, Edith. Also, it’s not technically illegal… at least insofar as we don’t know specifically whether it’s LEGAL, that is”

“I’d prefer it if you didn’t call it a ‘scheme’, Edith. Also, it’s not technically illegal… at least insofar as we don’t know specifically whether it’s LEGAL, that is”

“I really want to keep you on stage longer, so I’m going to let this silence ride until it gets all awkward and somebody feels the need to break it. But I gotta tell you.. it won’t be me”

“I really want to keep you on stage longer, so I’m going to let this silence ride until it gets all awkward and somebody feels the need to break it. But I gotta tell you.. it won’t be me”

<it’s late/early and I can’t think of a caption right now…>

<it’s late/early and I can’t think of a caption right now…>

“The way the dress flows down stairs is creepy and hypnotic. It’s not actually made of fabric is it?” ”Well… let’s just say the snacks my assistant is carrying aren’t in case *   I   * get hungry”

“The way the dress flows down stairs is creepy and hypnotic. It’s not actually made of fabric is it?”
”Well… let’s just say the snacks my assistant is carrying aren’t in case *
I* get hungry”

Pretty much the last shot I took… and it’s probably the most candid. There’s something about it I really like (and I’m as much of a fan of Elizabethan collars as the next guy)

Pretty much the last shot I took… and it’s probably the most candid. There’s something about it I really like (and I’m as much of a fan of Elizabethan collars as the next guy)

So… that was large, and yet also very enjoyable. And it brings to a close a 16 day period that featured 11 events (and I’m counting four separate days of London Fashion week as a single event) - King of Thieves, The Room, Maniac, London Fashion Week, A Simple Favour, Gloves Off, The Intent 2, The Prop Store Auction, The Best Fifa Awards, Black 47 yesterday…. and this premiere today. Whew!

My Archive of Premieres certainly has had fun. And I look forward to getting some sleep on the weekend before hopefully a choice of three events next week followed by London Film Festival the week after that.

Until next time!

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19 Sep 2018 - The 'Gloves Off' Premiere

September 19th, 2018.

In a bit of an unprecedented scenario, London had not one but THREE scheduled premieres today. But rather than choose which one to go to, I looked at the name of my own website (which is premiereS.co - plural not singular) and decided why not do two of them, rather than just one.

Here’s how it (that being the first one) went down:

It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

“This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?” ”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

“This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?”
”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (   “Welcome to Curiosity”   ) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (“Welcome to Curiosity”) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

“The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me”  - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

“The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me” - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

“Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

“Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

“I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself”  - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com. (edited to add : he’s Adam Fogerty, and his film roles include Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” and the dual-Tom-Hardie-roles movie “Legend” : with thanks to : THIS MOVIE’S OWN GREG ORVIS!)

“I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself” - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com. (edited to add : he’s Adam Fogerty, and his film roles include Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” and the dual-Tom-Hardie-roles movie “Legend” : with thanks to : THIS MOVIE’S OWN GREG ORVIS!)

“You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off”  - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

“You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off” - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

“What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.” ”…….?” ”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

“What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.”
”…….?”
”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

“Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

“Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

“Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

“Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

“One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.”  - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

“One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.” - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

“You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me”  - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

“You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me” - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

“Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

“Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight.  But hey… I know, right?

I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight. But hey… I know, right?

I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

And        London Fashion Week    is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

And London Fashion Week is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like  “mine’s bigger than yours”

Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like “mine’s bigger than yours”

Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the    Blake Lively premiere on Monday   , but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the Blake Lively premiere on Monday, but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

“Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

“Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

So…. that was that. Time to head home and reheat those leftovers and… wait… there’s ANOTHER premiere in Leicester Square, you say?

….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

…. so that was….. NOT QUITE that. I still have another premiere to go to!

but in the meantime:

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