29 Oct - The "Interstellar" European Premiere

October 29th, 2012.

Months ago I agreed to a fairly-early evening social engagement on 29th October. Then a month ago the premiere for Interstellar was announced for the 29th October. And then... about two weeks ago I was booked into an out-of-town business meeting on the 29th October.

And just when I'd somehow finagled my way into possibly getting to that premiere for at least some of its duration, the day beforehand it had been forecast that it would rain heavily all day on the 29th October.

....so here's how it surprisingly went down:

 

Rather amazingly, I've GOT A SPOT. It's far from the stage because one way or another I need to leave by 7pm latest (about half an hour before the premiere finishes).

Rather amazingly, I've GOT A SPOT. It's far from the stage because one way or another I need to leave by 7pm latest (about half an hour before the premiere finishes).

"Tom, I'm standing here on a blue carpet wearing ripped jeans and a coat lined with the fur of an alpaca. Also, I don't know what this movie is about and the buttons of my blouse are spontaneously coming undone. It's all happening here in Leicester Square. Back to you in the studio".

"Tom, I'm standing here on a blue carpet wearing ripped jeans and a coat lined with the fur of an alpaca. Also, I don't know what this movie is about and the buttons of my blouse are spontaneously coming undone. It's all happening here in Leicester Square. Back to you in the studio".

"Tom, I'm standing here in Leicester Square practising my super-ballad for next year's Eurovision contest. Let me know what you think..."

"Tom, I'm standing here in Leicester Square practising my super-ballad for next year's Eurovision contest. Let me know what you think..."

Our first arrival is David Oyelowo (whose name imdb.com helpfully advises is pronounced "Oh-Yellow-Oh"), and the pretty fantastic suit he's brought and is wearing. I too am wearing a suit for once, but compared to this one I might as well be wearing a hoodie, jeans and and thinsulate beanie (as usual)

Our first arrival is David Oyelowo (whose name imdb.com helpfully advises is pronounced "Oh-Yellow-Oh"), and the pretty fantastic suit he's brought and is wearing. I too am wearing a suit for once, but compared to this one I might as well be wearing a hoodie, jeans and and thinsulate beanie (as usual)

David Oyelowo is perhaps best known for his roles in The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jack Reacher, but a case could seriously be made for the suit being his most impressive casting choice to date.

David Oyelowo is perhaps best known for his roles in The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jack Reacher, but a case could seriously be made for the suit being his most impressive casting choice to date.

Michael Caine is one of several returning actors from previous Christopher Nolan movies to be in this film. I kind of remember him saying he intended to retire from acting a few years ago... but since then I've photographed him at "The Dark Knight", as well as "Harry Brown" and "Cars2".

Michael Caine is one of several returning actors from previous Christopher Nolan movies to be in this film. I kind of remember him saying he intended to retire from acting a few years ago... but since then I've photographed him at "The Dark Knight", as well as "Harry Brown" and "Cars2".

"Once The Internet started pronouncing my name as "My Cocaine" my career got kind of an extra boost. How could I say no to that?" Meanwhile it would appear that his security dude is picking Sir Michael's suit pocket.

"Once The Internet started pronouncing my name as "My Cocaine" my career got kind of an extra boost. How could I say no to that?" Meanwhile it would appear that his security dude is picking Sir Michael's suit pocket.

"Sure, it's true I've won 2 Oscars, but I get just as much enjoyment standing in front of pyramid-shaped lights that make me look like I'm wearing a conical hat to anyone who's photographing me". Well.... damnit.

"Sure, it's true I've won 2 Oscars, but I get just as much enjoyment standing in front of pyramid-shaped lights that make me look like I'm wearing a conical hat to anyone who's photographing me". Well.... damnit.

Our third arrival is Jessica Chastain, who got a Best Actress nomination for 'Zero Dark Thirty', and was really good in the movie "The Debt". Her dress  I believe is best described as "salmon" coloured?

Our third arrival is Jessica Chastain, who got a Best Actress nomination for 'Zero Dark Thirty', and was really good in the movie "The Debt". Her dress  I believe is best described as "salmon" coloured?

There was just enough occasional light drizzle mixing with dry ice and errant Paparazzi flash that this kind of photograph occasionally presented itself.

There was just enough occasional light drizzle mixing with dry ice and errant Paparazzi flash that this kind of photograph occasionally presented itself.

I ... kind of like this photo too. In contrast to most premieres, I did not head towards the stage where people are typically interviewed : indeed, I had to commit to leave in time to be at the IOD by 7pm and the only way to accomplish this was to be closer to the weirdos and freaks closer to the drop-off point.

I ... kind of like this photo too. In contrast to most premieres, I did not head towards the stage where people are typically interviewed : indeed, I had to commit to leave in time to be at the IOD by 7pm and the only way to accomplish this was to be closer to the weirdos and freaks closer to the drop-off point.

Anne Hathaway seems to be wearing chainmail to protect herself from rampant autograph dealers, some of whom have infested the area near where I'm standing (and/or being leaned upon and crushed). She brings the number of arrivals who have either won or been nominated for an Oscar to 3 out of 4

Anne Hathaway seems to be wearing chainmail to protect herself from rampant autograph dealers, some of whom have infested the area near where I'm standing (and/or being leaned upon and crushed). She brings the number of arrivals who have either won or been nominated for an Oscar to 3 out of 4

Mackenzie Foy, you will of course know, played young Bella and Edward's human(ish) child in the final chapters of the by-now hopefully legendary TWILIGHT series of films.

Mackenzie Foy, you will of course know, played young Bella and Edward's human(ish) child in the final chapters of the by-now hopefully legendary TWILIGHT series of films.

These items you can see in front of me are not being held by me. However since the space in front of me was only occupied by the camera I was holding, a whole bunch of desperates behind me immediately shoved posters, notebooks, mobile phones and possibly a live chicken past me and in front of Anne Hathaway to deal with

These items you can see in front of me are not being held by me. However since the space in front of me was only occupied by the camera I was holding, a whole bunch of desperates behind me immediately shoved posters, notebooks, mobile phones and possibly a live chicken past me and in front of Anne Hathaway to deal with

"I can't personalise my signatures, I'm sorry. Though if by some chance your name also happens to be "Anne"  this is your lucky day".

"I can't personalise my signatures, I'm sorry. Though if by some chance your name also happens to be "Anne"  this is your lucky day".

Jessica Chastain also signs in our area, to the chagrin of my ribcage and personal space. The dealer crowd in our midst immediately attacked from all angles with renewed effort. Jessica Chastain remains quite cool and calm about it ...I don't actually have enough arm-room to alter my shooting angle or breathe much.

Jessica Chastain also signs in our area, to the chagrin of my ribcage and personal space. The dealer crowd in our midst immediately attacked from all angles with renewed effort. Jessica Chastain remains quite cool and calm about it ...I don't actually have enough arm-room to alter my shooting angle or breathe much.

Once again, these items are (honestly) not being held by me to sign but somehow it seems two different people are simultaneously hugging me from behind. Both male.... because this is turning into one of those kinds of days.

Once again, these items are (honestly) not being held by me to sign but somehow it seems two different people are simultaneously hugging me from behind. Both male.... because this is turning into one of those kinds of days.

"Will you go out with me? I'm avoiding eye-contact because I want to make it vague enough so that either of you can answer in the affirmative with some degree of assurance I'm asking you."

"Will you go out with me? I'm avoiding eye-contact because I want to make it vague enough so that either of you can answer in the affirmative with some degree of assurance I'm asking you."

"Can't stop - I'm off to hug Matthew McConaughey"

"Can't stop - I'm off to hug Matthew McConaughey"

I don't usually see people literally rubbing their hands together with almost supervillainesque glee, but I'm seeing it now.

I don't usually see people literally rubbing their hands together with almost supervillainesque glee, but I'm seeing it now.

"Oscar win or nomination? Well obviously I got mine for Dallas Buyers Club. Feel kind of sorry for Mackenzie... but then again she's only 13 years old".

"Oscar win or nomination? Well obviously I got mine for Dallas Buyers Club. Feel kind of sorry for Mackenzie... but then again she's only 13 years old".

"Don't worry, I'll be fine - I'm just Scarecrowing". From the people who brought you the briefly ubiquitous 'planking' and 'owling' fads on the internet...

"Don't worry, I'll be fine - I'm just Scarecrowing". From the people who brought you the briefly ubiquitous 'planking' and 'owling' fads on the internet...

"Air Quoting NWP, Losers". I think that's a Dungeons & Dragons reference?

"Air Quoting NWP, Losers". I think that's a Dungeons & Dragons reference?

Jessica Chastain and I appear to have made a connection. Alternatively, those are metal claws on her dress and I'm about to get impaled. But... like... friendly-ly.

Jessica Chastain and I appear to have made a connection. Alternatively, those are metal claws on her dress and I'm about to get impaled. But... like... friendly-ly.

Writer/Director Christopher Nolan and Producer/Wife Emma Thomas arrive. I will admit that Christopher Nolan is one person I'd put down my camera to obtain the autograph of... but would he sign (and would it be more coherent than a vaguely indistinct "C.N." squiggle?)

Writer/Director Christopher Nolan and Producer/Wife Emma Thomas arrive. I will admit that Christopher Nolan is one person I'd put down my camera to obtain the autograph of... but would he sign (and would it be more coherent than a vaguely indistinct "C.N." squiggle?)

Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey glances in my/our direction, and the autograph dealers around me prepare to unleash a flurry of posters and photos to get signed by him. A guy about two rows back has essentially crowd-surfed so he's next to and almost in front of me, asking whether I mind if he grabbed a photo with The Man.

Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey glances in my/our direction, and the autograph dealers around me prepare to unleash a flurry of posters and photos to get signed by him. A guy about two rows back has essentially crowd-surfed so he's next to and almost in front of me, asking whether I mind if he grabbed a photo with The Man.

The sheer weight of people pushing has seen me drop about 30cm downwards, plus be swamped, and my camera showed aside. Matthew McConaghey meanwhile has Found A Happy Place to retreat to.

The sheer weight of people pushing has seen me drop about 30cm downwards, plus be swamped, and my camera showed aside. Matthew McConaghey meanwhile has Found A Happy Place to retreat to.

"That guy over there really, REALLY wants a Matthew McConaughey autograph. Is there anything you can do?". Point about ninety degrees left for a start, lady.

"That guy over there really, REALLY wants a Matthew McConaughey autograph. Is there anything you can do?". Point about ninety degrees left for a start, lady.

"I don't want this to sound like a cheesy pitch for a script I've written that I want you to take a look at but.. but... it kind of is. It involves Batman. I assume you're interested?" If anyone can make me interested in Aquaman, it's James Cameron. But to revive The Green Lantern might actually require Christopher Nolan.

"I don't want this to sound like a cheesy pitch for a script I've written that I want you to take a look at but.. but... it kind of is. It involves Batman. I assume you're interested?" If anyone can make me interested in Aquaman, it's James Cameron. But to revive The Green Lantern might actually require Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan has chosen a spot about three to my left to start signing autographs, and heading in a direction moving AWAY from me.....ARGH. Incredibly, after getting his Inception suitcase signed by the Director, Mo (my Sensei and Guide) grabbed my Moleskin and reached across to Chris Nolan, but it was to no avail. Argh.

Christopher Nolan has chosen a spot about three to my left to start signing autographs, and heading in a direction moving AWAY from me.....ARGH. Incredibly, after getting his Inception suitcase signed by the Director, Mo (my Sensei and Guide) grabbed my Moleskin and reached across to Chris Nolan, but it was to no avail. Argh.

Fan : "Check it out! Inception looks almost as good on my iPhone as it did in Imax!!" Christopher Nolan : "If I wasn't busily admiring Hans Zimmer's awesome score right now, I'd probably punch you"

Fan : "Check it out! Inception looks almost as good on my iPhone as it did in Imax!!"
Christopher Nolan : "If I wasn't busily admiring Hans Zimmer's awesome score right now, I'd probably punch you"

And then weirdly former Queen guitarist Brian May showed up.

And then weirdly former Queen guitarist Brian May showed up.

So, with all chance of a Chris Nolan autograph having dissipated, the weather worsening and me being in no way in range of the giant stage in the far distance, I decided that enough was enough, and that I'd say 'yes' to a great meal and good civilised company elsewhere, which makes a change from rushing back home and editing while eating reheated leftovers (I try to make what I do sound sexy....).

Until next time!

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