14th Oct - The 'Testament of Youth' Premiere

October 14th, 2014.

After sadly giving yesterday's Reese Witherspoon premiere a miss (but triumphantly getting to listen to composer Patrick Doyle speak at the Royal Albert Hall), I returned to Leicester Square to resume my self-imposed BFI London Film Festival duties. (I also have a 9-5 job and what I laughably call "A Life" but those are secondary concerns of mine...)

Here's how it went down:

For the first time this year at BFI LFF, while skies were ominous they weren't actually teeming with the unleashing of Biblical quantities of rain. Kind of a pity - I feel it makes my photography more dynamic.

For the first time this year at BFI LFF, while skies were ominous they weren't actually teeming with the unleashing of Biblical quantities of rain. Kind of a pity - I feel it makes my photography more dynamic.

Actor Colin Morgan is almost certainly best known for portraying "Merlin" in the TV Series "Merlin".... which I myself never watched. I gather he's kind of a younger Dumbledore?

Actor Colin Morgan is almost certainly best known for portraying "Merlin" in the TV Series "Merlin".... which I myself never watched. I gather he's kind of a younger Dumbledore?

This is director James Kent, and this ('Testament of Youth') is his first feature film - he's directed several TV movies, series, documentaries and possibly even home movies before this.

This is director James Kent, and this ('Testament of Youth') is his first feature film - he's directed several TV movies, series, documentaries and possibly even home movies before this.

"Who are those people on the list?" "The cast of the film you directed, dude" "I did not direct that tall blonde... I'm certain of it" "That's the Lord Mayor of London" "Oh"

"Who are those people on the list?"
"The cast of the film you directed, dude"
"I did not direct that tall blonde... I'm certain of it"
"That's the Lord Mayor of London"
"Oh"

"Game of Thrones? Love that show. Jon Snow? Oh, he knows NOTHING. Wait... he's right behind me, isn't he?"

"Game of Thrones? Love that show. Jon Snow? Oh, he knows NOTHING. Wait... he's right behind me, isn't he?"

This is politician Shirley Williams, whose mother Vera Britain's Autobiography this movie is based on. It seems a bit weird to have a politician at something as trivial (or 'vital') as a movie premiere, but this is also The Lord Mayor's gala at the BFI London Film Festival, so we can look forward to at least one more politician tonight.

This is politician Shirley Williams, whose mother Vera Britain's Autobiography this movie is based on. It seems a bit weird to have a politician at something as trivial (or 'vital') as a movie premiere, but this is also The Lord Mayor's gala at the BFI London Film Festival, so we can look forward to at least one more politician tonight.

"I'll just be taking my dubstep and teen gang signs over here"

"I'll just be taking my dubstep and teen gang signs over here"

A friend identified the tall man as the president of Lions Gate Films, so I guess in theory if you're not planning to watch this movie, he'll definitely want you to check out the next movie in the Hunger Game franchise, which is due next month.

A friend identified the tall man as the president of Lions Gate Films, so I guess in theory if you're not planning to watch this movie, he'll definitely want you to check out the next movie in the Hunger Game franchise, which is due next month.

As you probably already know (or soon would if you observed the gist of what the nearby autograph dealers were asking him to sign) Kit Harington is best known for being (and knowing nothing as) Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

As you probably already know (or soon would if you observed the gist of what the nearby autograph dealers were asking him to sign) Kit Harington is best known for being (and knowing nothing as) Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

Emily Watson has two Oscar nominations to her name, and as such would kindly request that you stop asking her to sign Harry Potter stuff, as she did not play Hermione in those films : that was Emma Watson.

Emily Watson has two Oscar nominations to her name, and as such would kindly request that you stop asking her to sign Harry Potter stuff, as she did not play Hermione in those films : that was Emma Watson.

David Heyman is probably best known for producing all of the Harry Potter films, as well as Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". I'm still a bit hazy as to what exactly a producer does, but if anyone does it well, you'd reckon it would have to be David Heyman.

David Heyman is probably best known for producing all of the Harry Potter films, as well as Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". I'm still a bit hazy as to what exactly a producer does, but if anyone does it well, you'd reckon it would have to be David Heyman.

"For this film, we wanted to make it as broadly appealing as possible. Kids will love it because parents will buy them popcorn. Women will love it because it's a romance. And Men will love it because their wives and girlfriends will be grateful". Well... I'm sold. Julie Alison is one of nine producers of this film.

"For this film, we wanted to make it as broadly appealing as possible. Kids will love it because parents will buy them popcorn. Women will love it because it's a romance. And Men will love it because their wives and girlfriends will be grateful". Well... I'm sold. Julie Alison is one of nine producers of this film.

"If Jon Snow knows one thing : it's how to make a quick exit". In a bold and rather controversial move, Kit Harington zipped past almost all the media, most of the fans and apparently all of the dealers and chose to get away from the Red Carpet. That's... kind of not cool.

"If Jon Snow knows one thing : it's how to make a quick exit". In a bold and rather controversial move, Kit Harington zipped past almost all the media, most of the fans and apparently all of the dealers and chose to get away from the Red Carpet. That's... kind of not cool.

"Can't stop to sign. My direwolf is double-parked out back". Jon Snow is also laying fire-tracks the likes time-traveling DeLoreans would be proud of with the speed at which he's getting off this red carpet.

"Can't stop to sign. My direwolf is double-parked out back". Jon Snow is also laying fire-tracks the likes time-traveling DeLoreans would be proud of with the speed at which he's getting off this red carpet.

"Check it out : my screensaver is the cast of 'Now You See Me' " "I wasn't that kind of magician in Merlin" Colin Morgan, in contrast, seemed happy to meet with the fans on the red carpet.

"Check it out : my screensaver is the cast of 'Now You See Me' "
"I wasn't that kind of magician in Merlin"

Colin Morgan, in contrast, seemed happy to meet with the fans on the red carpet.

Safely out of range of thrown fruits and vegetables, and the hurt glares of hordes of autograph dealers, Kit Harington surveys his domain next to a giant letter "O"

Safely out of range of thrown fruits and vegetables, and the hurt glares of hordes of autograph dealers, Kit Harington surveys his domain next to a giant letter "O"

London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives, wheeling what is almost disappointingly NOT a Boris Bike up the red carpet. Mayors don't usually sign autographs, or high-five babies... and indeed neither did he.

London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives, wheeling what is almost disappointingly NOT a Boris Bike up the red carpet. Mayors don't usually sign autographs, or high-five babies... and indeed neither did he.

Sadly, the woman in the hat whose face was blocked by the arm of the security guard was actress Maryam D'Abo, best known for being the Bond girl in "The Living Daylights (1987)". Still... at least she didn't have to waste valuable hours having to figure out herself where the door to the cinema at the end of a red carpet is. Well done, security guard.

Sadly, the woman in the hat whose face was blocked by the arm of the security guard was actress Maryam D'Abo, best known for being the Bond girl in "The Living Daylights (1987)". Still... at least she didn't have to waste valuable hours having to figure out herself where the door to the cinema at the end of a red carpet is. Well done, security guard.

"I can sign two.... maybe 2.5 autographs. So one of you is getting 'K-Hatz' because I'm making that into a Thing" . Maybe my friend Mo really does have magic powers (or dirt on Kit Harington), but Kit Harington returned and briefly signed a few autographs before the dealers at the other end of the public pen could gather, zombie-like and make their shambling way to where we were.

"I can sign two.... maybe 2.5 autographs. So one of you is getting 'K-Hatz' because I'm making that into a Thing" . Maybe my friend Mo really does have magic powers (or dirt on Kit Harington), but Kit Harington returned and briefly signed a few autographs before the dealers at the other end of the public pen could gather, zombie-like and make their shambling way to where we were.

"Please excuse the small font... but I think you'll agree that my Jon Snow fanfic is really going where the fans of the show want it to go". Kit Harington might yet be making a beeline for the door of the Odeon much sooner than the hordes of Autograph Dealers make it to where we are.

"Please excuse the small font... but I think you'll agree that my Jon Snow fanfic is really going where the fans of the show want it to go". Kit Harington might yet be making a beeline for the door of the Odeon much sooner than the hordes of Autograph Dealers make it to where we are.

This is apparently actor Jonathan Bailey, who according to imdb is best known for his role in the movie "5 Children and it" which I've heard of because my local CEX Secondhand DVD shop had it as the first movie on their shelf alphabetically (?) and I staunchly refused to buy it no matter how cheap it got or how spectacularly and enjoyable drunk I knew I'd have to be to successfully watch it.

This is apparently actor Jonathan Bailey, who according to imdb is best known for his role in the movie "5 Children and it" which I've heard of because my local CEX Secondhand DVD shop had it as the first movie on their shelf alphabetically (?) and I staunchly refused to buy it no matter how cheap it got or how spectacularly and enjoyable drunk I knew I'd have to be to successfully watch it.

Our final arrival from the film is sadly not the very pretty Alicia Vikander, but the rather more masculine-looking (and coincidentally male) Dominic West, arguably best known for his roles in '300', 'The Wire' and 'John Carter'

Our final arrival from the film is sadly not the very pretty Alicia Vikander, but the rather more masculine-looking (and coincidentally male) Dominic West, arguably best known for his roles in '300', 'The Wire' and 'John Carter'

"What do you mean 'there probably won't be a sequel to 'John Carter''? That movie was great". Well.. it was good, at least.

"What do you mean 'there probably won't be a sequel to 'John Carter''? That movie was great". Well.. it was good, at least.

"Catch y'all later. Or sooner than that, possibly"

"Catch y'all later. Or sooner than that, possibly"

"I don't care if it gets me fired... I'm never parting with this. Don't ever let go, Dominic". The 'selfie-post' hasn't really been used much by the stars at this London Film Festival. I know Keira Knightley had a go, and I think Benedict Cumberbatch used something like it to take a group shot, but otherwise it's looked like a vaguely threatening flat white robot on the red carpet.

"I don't care if it gets me fired... I'm never parting with this. Don't ever let go, Dominic". The 'selfie-post' hasn't really been used much by the stars at this London Film Festival. I know Keira Knightley had a go, and I think Benedict Cumberbatch used something like it to take a group shot, but otherwise it's looked like a vaguely threatening flat white robot on the red carpet.

The cast assemble in front of the privileged VIP indoor paps, and I get one last chance to blurrily photograph the word "CINEMA" with a whole bunch of actors and politicians and producers behind it. (The clean-shaven guy second from left is Taron Egerton, who I didn't get a good photo of outside. He's arguably best known for being in this film if my taste in TV can be taken as credible)

The cast assemble in front of the privileged VIP indoor paps, and I get one last chance to blurrily photograph the word "CINEMA" with a whole bunch of actors and politicians and producers behind it. (The clean-shaven guy second from left is Taron Egerton, who I didn't get a good photo of outside. He's arguably best known for being in this film if my taste in TV can be taken as credible)

So... that's another one and accordingly it joins "The Archive of Movie Premieres" - albeit as a rather odd one as it's not actually being released until 2015, ie. In The Future, where we'll have hoverboards, power laces on our Nikes, self-drying jackets and the Cubbies win the World Series.

Tomorrow I'll be hurriedly rushing back in to town after a business meeting outside London finishes to get to the London Film Festival. (I'm actually leading the talking at that meeting, so I'll be speaking about twice as fast as usual to get out sooner, and if anyone asks questions that can't be answered with a simple "yes", "no" or "that's a dumb question" I'll get back to them later.)

In this case, then, hopefully "Until Next Time" = "Until Tomorrow"!

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