I'd never been to a Hobbit premiere, and this was the final one and my last chance.
I missed the 2012 Hobbit premiere because I was in Australia and it was London, then I missed the 2013 Hobbit premiere because I was in London and the premiere was in Berlin. And this time the premiere was on a Monday and people had been camping out from the previous THURSDAY, while I was going to be in (of all countries) Germany until the Sunday evening the night before.
So I got to Leicester Square early on Monday morning, to find that 1,600 wristbands had already been given out for the premiere a day earlier, and the queue for an unknown number of the remainder was over 100 people long at 6:30am. I couldn't stay. By the time I returned at 11am, there were multiple queues numbering some 400 long, and security were turning people away, not even knowing how many wristbands remained ('not enough' was the clear message).
Needless to say, things were looking very grim. Here's how it rather unexpectedly went down.
Settle in.. because this is a long one (In my defence : it's a world premiere and this movie features a LOT of dwarves).
How much longer can this journal get? Yeah... I'm sorry about that. It's a world premiere and an all-star-cast kind of thing, though... (I'm off to make a tea myself..)
The noise of the crowd Redoubles yet again, and...
Is this premiere journal EVER going to end?? Even I'm beginning to hope so. I'm holding out for Director Peter Jackson, obviously. But first..
Last person on stage.. I promise...!
So... that was that.
I'd taken about 700% more photos than I thought I'd be able to post when I first faced the calamity of effectivley being 2000th in line for a premiere I coudn't even get into.
So I kind of dodged a bullet there. That is if you think this kind of hobby and/or film is important in any way. And to me.. it kind of is. Plus it's another entry into "The Archive of Movie Premieres' - the first and only Lord of the Rings related one.
Until next time!