03 Dec 2014 - The 'Exodus : Gods and Kings' World Premiere

December 3rd, 2014.

A mere two days ago I managed the seemingly impossible task of taking photos of just about everyone at The World Premiere of the third and final Hobbit film, but for this one I had a prime front-row spot. But in a related matter, sometimes adversity is required to accomplish great things.

This? Wasn't quite such a great thing. Here's how it went down.

"I got three delivery trucks full of columns here for a Mr Ram Zees. Can I get this signed by Mr Zees?"

"I got three delivery trucks full of columns here for a Mr Ram Zees. Can I get this signed by Mr Zees?"

A few hours later and... ahhh, Balsa wood and audio/visual equipment. They're really working hard to make this "Ancient Egyptian" setup authentic. Feels like Thebes, here. Thebes in the winter, mind you.

A few hours later and... ahhh, Balsa wood and audio/visual equipment. They're really working hard to make this "Ancient Egyptian" setup authentic. Feels like Thebes, here. Thebes in the winter, mind you.

Our two hosts for this evening are Alex Zane and Jenny Falconer (?). I'm not necessarily a massive fan of either, but I am celebrating because this is one of only a couple of photos of the stage that my Pentax Managed to get properly in focus on the night. Damn you, Pentax K3.

Our two hosts for this evening are Alex Zane and Jenny Falconer (?). I'm not necessarily a massive fan of either, but I am celebrating because this is one of only a couple of photos of the stage that my Pentax Managed to get properly in focus on the night. Damn you, Pentax K3.

"Wait... The guy who directed Blade Runner is now directing a film where Batman is taking on Uncle Owen while Gandhi cameos???" Should be fascinating.

"Wait... The guy who directed Blade Runner is now directing a film where Batman is taking on Uncle Owen while Gandhi cameos???" Should be fascinating.

I don't want to deny this person their right to have an opinion and put it on a placard, but this movie already has an Australian pharoah fighting against a Welsh Moses, so I don't think strict historical accuracy is the only aim of this film

I don't want to deny this person their right to have an opinion and put it on a placard, but this movie already has an Australian pharoah fighting against a Welsh Moses, so I don't think strict historical accuracy is the only aim of this film

Wait...this movie also has a Terminator in it? I'm going to have to pick up a copy of The Bible for the first time in a long time... I don't remember that particular Book. (Wait... wait... would that be the .... Book of Genisys??) (insert CSI Miami "Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!" Here)

Wait...this movie also has a Terminator in it? I'm going to have to pick up a copy of The Bible for the first time in a long time... I don't remember that particular Book. (Wait... wait... would that be the .... Book of Genisys??)
(insert CSI Miami "Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!" Here)

Wait.. this movie also has Iron Man 3's The Mandarin in it? Well... that should make sure it's a disappointment by the end. (also... again..... that's in the Bible?)

Wait.. this movie also has Iron Man 3's The Mandarin in it? Well... that should make sure it's a disappointment by the end. (also... again..... that's in the Bible?)

"What's it like working with Ridley Scott? I have no idea -- I'm not actually in this movie. But you didn't care about that when you waved me over to interview me either, did you?" Well played, ma'am.

"What's it like working with Ridley Scott? I have no idea -- I'm not actually in this movie. But you didn't care about that when you waved me over to interview me either, did you?" Well played, ma'am.

This is possibly Andrew Tarbet, who plays Moses' brother 'Aaron' in the film. And since Pharoah is an Aussie and Moses himself is Welsh, this would make sense... as Tarbet was born in Canada.

This is possibly Andrew Tarbet, who plays Moses' brother 'Aaron' in the film. And since Pharoah is an Aussie and Moses himself is Welsh, this would make sense... as Tarbet was born in Canada.

Sir Ben Kingsley arrives, and between Him, Security Dude and me, we momentarily have a near-alignment of three bald-or-balding heads of the kind that NASA might consider landing probes on.

Sir Ben Kingsley arrives, and between Him, Security Dude and me, we momentarily have a near-alignment of three bald-or-balding heads of the kind that NASA might consider landing probes on.

"I love and respect all my fans. To a degree" The person two to my left was crazedly screaming "SIR BEN! SIR BEN!! in a voice that verged on hysterical for Ben Kingsley to come over to us and sign. What made it all the more amusing was that, when challenged, he could not actually state "Sir Ben"'s surname.

"I love and respect all my fans. To a degree"
The person two to my left was crazedly screaming "SIR BEN! SIR BEN!! in a voice that verged on hysterical for Ben Kingsley to come over to us and sign. What made it all the more amusing was that, when challenged, he could not actually state "Sir Ben"'s surname.

I think these are two of the production designers.... but there are lot in the credits, and sadly wireimage didn't identify them. Still... they've worked on a Ridley Scott film. Which I have not.

I think these are two of the production designers.... but there are lot in the credits, and sadly wireimage didn't identify them. Still... they've worked on a Ridley Scott film. Which I have not.

Ridley Scott's natural resting face tends to be frown-like, but I choose to believe that this expression is one of unmitigated joy......  at the thought of being inside his car, heading back to the hotel and getting out of the cold.

Ridley Scott's natural resting face tends to be frown-like, but I choose to believe that this expression is one of unmitigated joy......  at the thought of being inside his car, heading back to the hotel and getting out of the cold.

The lady in front of actor Joel Edgerton is wearing the most highly pink coat manufactured outside of product testing and CIA interrogations, so I've gone black'n'white for this photo.

The lady in front of actor Joel Edgerton is wearing the most highly pink coat manufactured outside of product testing and CIA interrogations, so I've gone black'n'white for this photo.

"Sign my pen! Sign my pen with your pen!!" Fan requests are migrating from weird 'selfies on a stick' to ever-increasingly strange request at premieres. (Meanwhile, the "Sir Ben" guy near us has started yelling for "JOE Edgerton").

"Sign my pen! Sign my pen with your pen!!" Fan requests are migrating from weird 'selfies on a stick' to ever-increasingly strange request at premieres. (Meanwhile, the "Sir Ben" guy near us has started yelling for "JOE Edgerton").

"You'll notice I signed my name "Joe" just like you asked". You rock, Joel Edgerton (if indeed that's what you did in real life, not just my imagination)

"You'll notice I signed my name "Joe" just like you asked". You rock, Joel Edgerton (if indeed that's what you did in real life, not just my imagination)

"Woahwoahwoah... I don't care WHAT your weird furry mutated hybrid dual-grafted phallic microphone thing is, just keep it away from me. Except... I note that it is rather cold tonight, so I reserve my right to change my mind on that"

"Woahwoahwoah... I don't care WHAT your weird furry mutated hybrid dual-grafted phallic microphone thing is, just keep it away from me. Except... I note that it is rather cold tonight, so I reserve my right to change my mind on that"

"Nice thermal jacket... but since it would clash with my dress I'll save you the bother of offering it to me... I'll just keep freezing". Our next arrival is Spanish actress María Valverde, who plays Séfora in the movie.

"Nice thermal jacket... but since it would clash with my dress I'll save you the bother of offering it to me... I'll just keep freezing". Our next arrival is Spanish actress María Valverde, who plays Séfora in the movie.

"No problem... I love autographing stuff. Autgraphs mean writing, and writing creates friction, and friction means heat... even FIRE, if I'm lucky!"

"No problem... I love autographing stuff. Autgraphs mean writing, and writing creates friction, and friction means heat... even FIRE, if I'm lucky!"

Meawhile, up on the themed stage, there are not just one but two burning braziers of the kind I suspect María Valverde is going to find all sorts of excuses to hang around

Meawhile, up on the themed stage, there are not just one but two burning braziers of the kind I suspect María Valverde is going to find all sorts of excuses to hang around

"What was Christian Bale like to work with? Allow me to spend a few hours answering that, before I go on to what Ridley Scott, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton and every one of the catering, effects, and costuming departments was like"

"What was Christian Bale like to work with? Allow me to spend a few hours answering that, before I go on to what Ridley Scott, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton and every one of the catering, effects, and costuming departments was like"

"I don't care if it's already next Tuesday and Ridley Scott is still waiting to be interviwed up here.... it's warm and I ain't leaving this spot".

"I don't care if it's already next Tuesday and Ridley Scott is still waiting to be interviwed up here.... it's warm and I ain't leaving this spot".

"No... it's good. I'll wait. I've got an assistant getting me another hot chocolate from the cafe nearby"

"No... it's good. I'll wait. I've got an assistant getting me another hot chocolate from the cafe nearby"

A welcome guest at this premiere is Andy Serkis - second unit director of The Hobbit as well as Gollum in Lord of the Rings (and Caesar in the 'Apes prequels/reboots). I missed photographing him at the premiere of The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies on Monday.

A welcome guest at this premiere is Andy Serkis - second unit director of The Hobbit as well as Gollum in Lord of the Rings (and Caesar in the 'Apes prequels/reboots). I missed photographing him at the premiere of The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies on Monday.

"He directed Russell Crowe is such memorable films as Robin Hood, Gladiator, A Good Year, Body of Lies and American Gangster... it's Director Ridley Scott!!!"

"He directed Russell Crowe is such memorable films as Robin Hood, Gladiator, A Good Year, Body of Lies and American Gangster... it's Director Ridley Scott!!!"

"Best Russell Crowe acting performance? Virtuosity (1995), Alex. ANd he was decent in Man of Steel' " Which is better than a lot of people involved in that movie were.

"Best Russell Crowe acting performance? Virtuosity (1995), Alex. ANd he was decent in Man of Steel' " Which is better than a lot of people involved in that movie were.

That feeling of sullen moodiness you're experiencing is the arrival of actor Christian Bale..... as well as also photo editing on my part.

That feeling of sullen moodiness you're experiencing is the arrival of actor Christian Bale..... as well as also photo editing on my part.

"I like this set. It's nice". Christian Bale is one of those actors who can make innocuous sentences like that seem quite threatening.

"I like this set. It's nice". Christian Bale is one of those actors who can make innocuous sentences like that seem quite threatening.

Among other powers attributed to Christian Bale : astral projection.

Among other powers attributed to Christian Bale : astral projection.

For his next role, Christian Bale may yet go Zany. That should be a test of his Method.

For his next role, Christian Bale may yet go Zany. That should be a test of his Method.

"You were at that thing I was at!! By which I mean This Premiere. Right now. Which I'm at"

"You were at that thing I was at!! By which I mean This Premiere. Right now. Which I'm at"

A lack of faith in my efforts (and the K3's truly abysmal autofocus in the conditions) meant I elected to wait ten minutes for the stars to leave and have one last chance to photograph them properly, through the power of prayer more than technique...

Me : Prometheus 2 will be awesome as long as David Lindelof stays away from the script, and Charlize Theron ends up being in it because she's a whole series of Robots. (even if she's not, somebody needs to get onto that)

Me : Prometheus 2 will be awesome as long as David Lindelof stays away from the script, and Charlize Theron ends up being in it because she's a whole series of Robots. (even if she's not, somebody needs to get onto that)

One last shot of Mr Bale, aka. Moses, aka Bruce Wayne.

One last shot of Mr Bale, aka. Moses, aka Bruce Wayne.

So... that was a cold night, slightly frustrating but not unworthwhile. There are three premieres scheduled before this and Christmas, of which I'll hopefully be able to do at least two.

Until that time, it's another one for my "Archive of Movie Premires"

The last couple of which were:

Until next time!