I go to a lot of premieres... some 50+ per year. But for all of that, I do particularly love the BAFTAS. Unlike the Oscars in Hollywood, the weather is not sunny and glamorously warm. Actually, it's typically freezing, you need to queue for hours, it has occasionally rained, and in one case it's even snowed.
But it's also kind of awesome. Some of my friends no longer 'do' the Baftas, citing a particularly unpleasant experience (which I can understand : it's one thing to waste a nice pleasant sunny day, but another to suffer through bone-chilling temperatures and find out it's been a waste). But so far, for now, I haven't yet had a bad Baftas experience. The photo opportunities are great, the editing takes AGES, the journals are about 2-3 times larger, and due to the delayed screening, I get the rare "privilege" (?) of sitting at home editing photos of the event WHILE WATCHING THE EVENT. That's kind of cool... if (like me) you think that kind of thing is cool. Which I do.
Here's the links:
The First one: 2010. I had a weird spot in an isolated pen in a layout that hasn't been repeated in future ceremonies. Photographed James Cameron, Mickey Rourke, Quentin Tarantino, shared what I'd call a "genuine moment" with Kate Winslet, and photographed R-Patz and K-Stewz at the peak of their Twilight-era fame.
The second one : 2012. I was in Australia until May 2011, so I missed the one for that year, but I was back in 2012 with a new / better camera, and this time got to photograph Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt... among many others. Oh, and I photographed Tom Hiddleston hugging Chris Hemsworth. Get your fanfics ready....
The third one : 2013. This is the one that broke the spirits of many of the regular attendees : first it was freezing. Then it rained. Then it sleeted. THEN IT SNOWED. I couldn't get the smile off my face... because just for once, the Red Carpet wasn't filled with people milling about rubbernecking at the famous people. It was awesome, and it's the only time as yet that I've photographed Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis. Oh, and J-Lawz and I shared a moment.
The Fourth one : 2014. It was back to the usual crowded-ness and long queues and cold, as this one was held on a surprisingly clear night. My spot was decent, so no complaints, but I was also under siege for hours defending it from people wanting to eke out a spot next to me (and no, it's not because I'm good looking and a sparkling conversationalist, this was Real Estate, pure and simple). Still... photos of Brangelina, Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman and some weird robotic ipads-on-segways were the highlights.
Can't wait for 2015... although I concede on the whole that I'm statistically due for a failure any time now.