15th Oct - the BFI LFF 'Love is Strange' Premiere

October 15th, 2014.

Mere half an hour before the premiere of the bigger and bolder (and wetter) premiere for "Whiplash", I happened to meander to the much more petite carpet in front of the Odeon West End to discover... not exactly a 'Premiere'... but more of a 'Premierelet' - a star and a director, two interviewers and a few photographers.

And a few confused-looking tourists.

Here's how it (briefly) went down.

"Premiere going down. Right here. Right now. No... seriously. Where are you going? Alfred Moline is about to be In Da House!"

"Premiere going down. Right here. Right now. No... seriously. Where are you going? Alfred Moline is about to be In Da House!"

If you don't recognise Alfred Molina, it's possibly because in his most famous recent(ish) role as Doc Ock in the second Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, he was clean-shaven and usually wore sunglasses. And had four giant robotic metallic arms emanating from his back.

If you don't recognise Alfred Molina, it's possibly because in his most famous recent(ish) role as Doc Ock in the second Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, he was clean-shaven and usually wore sunglasses. And had four giant robotic metallic arms emanating from his back.

"Check it out! It's me! I'm on a movie poster. No... not the grey-haired dude in front. That's John Lithgow. He's not here. I'm very sorry if that disappoints you"  

"Check it out! It's me! I'm on a movie poster. No... not the grey-haired dude in front. That's John Lithgow. He's not here. I'm very sorry if that disappoints you"
 

"No, I'm not the ticket stub collector at this cinema. I'm the director of this film. That said, I'm pleased you're attending cinema. It keeps the industry going"

"No, I'm not the ticket stub collector at this cinema. I'm the director of this film. That said, I'm pleased you're attending cinema. It keeps the industry going"

If you haven't heard of Ira Sachs (and I haven't) then that's your (my) own damn fault. He's almost certainly won more film awards than you have (not you, if you're reading this Steven Spielberg) - for instance he won the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury prize for his film "Forty Shades of Blue". Which I'm guessing YOU didn't.

If you haven't heard of Ira Sachs (and I haven't) then that's your (my) own damn fault. He's almost certainly won more film awards than you have (not you, if you're reading this Steven Spielberg) - for instance he won the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury prize for his film "Forty Shades of Blue". Which I'm guessing YOU didn't.

It's not the biggest media pen I've ever seen. But on Sunday I saw a completely empty carpet with nobody there at all, so this is considerably grander (and brighter) than that.

It's not the biggest media pen I've ever seen. But on Sunday I saw a completely empty carpet with nobody there at all, so this is considerably grander (and brighter) than that.

"Seriously? You wore THAT to interview me? Oh, I'm sure it's very comfortable. But that's not really the issue at hand". I have no evidence that Ira Sachs said this as I had my headphones on. For all I know he might have negotiated to buy the jacket this guy was wearing because it looked so stylish and comfortable.

"Seriously? You wore THAT to interview me? Oh, I'm sure it's very comfortable. But that's not really the issue at hand". I have no evidence that Ira Sachs said this as I had my headphones on. For all I know he might have negotiated to buy the jacket this guy was wearing because it looked so stylish and comfortable.

"What was it like working with John Lithgow? Why don't you ask him... oh, that's right. He didn't bother to come. Also, asking him that question would have been slightly weird. I'm sorry : I don't know where I'm going with this."

"What was it like working with John Lithgow? Why don't you ask him... oh, that's right. He didn't bother to come. Also, asking him that question would have been slightly weird. I'm sorry : I don't know where I'm going with this."

"What was it like working with John Lithgow? I kept asking him to sign Spider-Man toys for my kids. He didn't like it. It was this thing we had throughout the shoot"

"What was it like working with John Lithgow? I kept asking him to sign Spider-Man toys for my kids. He didn't like it. It was this thing we had throughout the shoot"

Alfred Molina is possibly even more famous as the young kid at the start of Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark who won't throw Indy the whip until Indy throws him The Idol. I won't spoil it by saying what happens next.. you should totally watch the movie if you haven't seen it (also : why haven't you seen it?)

Alfred Molina is possibly even more famous as the young kid at the start of Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark who won't throw Indy the whip until Indy throws him The Idol. I won't spoil it by saying what happens next.. you should totally watch the movie if you haven't seen it (also : why haven't you seen it?)

"Seriously, you should check out my high score on this. It impresses even me, quite frankly"

"Seriously, you should check out my high score on this. It impresses even me, quite frankly"

"To the left. No... more to the left. Now turn around. Now look over your left shoulder. No, your OTHER left shoulder. There. Now you know how dumb you guys sound whenever you do that" Alfred Molina exacts easy vengeance on a couple of Paparazzi.

"To the left. No... more to the left. Now turn around. Now look over your left shoulder. No, your OTHER left shoulder. There. Now you know how dumb you guys sound whenever you do that" Alfred Molina exacts easy vengeance on a couple of Paparazzi.

"This man? Is the Shit. Am I allowed to say "The Shit" in this country? It's totally a compliment"

"This man? Is the Shit. Am I allowed to say "The Shit" in this country? It's totally a compliment"

So... that was that. A short journal. Hey... if you have have Short Stories, Short Films and.... Short People, you can have short journals. And obviously it still goes into the Archive of Movie Premieres

Time for me to drag myself off to the next premiere, mere moments later, for "Whiplash". Until Next Time...... (which sounds a bit weird since I posted the "Whiplash" premiere before I posted this one. Still... tomorrow there's another premiere as BFI LFF continues.

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