25 Aug - The 'Dark Light' Frightfest World Premiere

August 25th, 2019

After taking yesterday off, I was back in town with a vengeance today - I had a ticket already in hand for one screening, I had a pile o’ soundtracks inside the Cineworld to reacquaint myself with, and, well… anywhere between 1 and an unknown number of Premieres to potentially, casually, discreetly, photograph.

Fortunately, the first one was my locked-in guarantee, as I’d bought my ticket to see it a while back…..

Here’s how it went down:

“The floor looks disgusting and will almost certainly deter many potential customers” ”I know — I’ve had numerous offers from cafes and pubs to install them….”  Those illuminated stairs continue to confuse, amaze and ensnare (and that’s just my camera’s autofocus)

“The floor looks disgusting and will almost certainly deter many potential customers”
”I know — I’ve had numerous offers from cafes and pubs to install them….”
Those illuminated stairs continue to confuse, amaze and ensnare (and that’s just my camera’s autofocus)

“Hey now…. just you all remember who the star of this movie is…” ”What - The monster?” ”Definitely the Monster” ”Yeah - I’m going to say The Monster” ”Okay… sure.… But it’s not here.” -  almost the whole cast attended this world premeire!

“Hey now…. just you all remember who the star of this movie is…”
”What - The monster?”
”Definitely the Monster”
”Yeah - I’m going to say The Monster”
”Okay… sure.… But it’s not here.” -
almost the whole cast attended this world premeire!

“Okay, we see what you’re doing with the dark and the light and our movie being called “Dark Light”… that’s very clever. Please stop”

“Okay, we see what you’re doing with the dark and the light and our movie being called “Dark Light”… that’s very clever. Please stop”

“So do you think England can somehow win that third cricket test?” ”Is cricket one of your made-up English games …. like Quidditch or Brexit?” ”More or less….”

“So do you think England can somehow win that third cricket test?”
”Is cricket one of your made-up English games …. like Quidditch or Brexit?”
”More or less….”

“This thing I’m holding up! Don’t look at it! Look at the camera! Don’t get distracted by it no matter how much I wave it around!”  Jessica Madsen and Padraig Reynolds are the lead and director (respectively) of this film.

“This thing I’m holding up! Don’t look at it! Look at the camera! Don’t get distracted by it no matter how much I wave it around!”
Jessica Madsen and Padraig Reynolds are the lead and director (respectively) of this film.

“He’s a complete nightmare to work with” ”She’s probably the worst human being on the planet” ”Well, I’m going to the bar - do you want anything?” ”Absolutely - catch you there…”  Weston Meredith and Kristina Clifford are also in this movie.

“He’s a complete nightmare to work with”
”She’s probably the worst human being on the planet”
”Well, I’m going to the bar - do you want anything?”
”Absolutely - catch you there…”

Weston Meredith and Kristina Clifford are also in this movie.

“You have something stuck in your throat! Is it pustulent? Phlegmmy? Gross? Blood-stained? Mucus-y?” ”Sorry - just a regular throat lozenge…” ”Damn… “   I believe this is Ed Brody, currently a grey silhouette on imdb in spite of having 7 credits to his name.

“You have something stuck in your throat! Is it pustulent? Phlegmmy? Gross? Blood-stained? Mucus-y?”
”Sorry - just a regular throat lozenge…”
”Damn… “

I believe this is Ed Brody, currently a grey silhouette on imdb in spite of having 7 credits to his name.

“Fine. Which one of you is going to ask me about my next completed role and what movie it was for?”  Frightfest or no, my journals probably shouldn’t mention it. I try to keep more obscure biological actions in reserve for when my train service (yet again) fails to reliably get me back to The Homestead. Again.

“Fine. Which one of you is going to ask me about my next completed role and what movie it was for?”
Frightfest or no, my journals probably shouldn’t mention it. I try to keep more obscure biological actions in reserve for when my train service (yet again) fails to reliably get me back to The Homestead. Again.

“Absolutely I want you to answer the question… but if you could pose like the guy behind you I could get a really neat silhouette…. it’s kind of my ‘art’, if you will….”  - Jessica Madsen is scheduled to be in the upcoming (and supposedly final Rambo : Last Blood movie.

“Absolutely I want you to answer the question… but if you could pose like the guy behind you I could get a really neat silhouette…. it’s kind of my ‘art’, if you will….” - Jessica Madsen is scheduled to be in the upcoming (and supposedly final Rambo : Last Blood movie.

Jessica :  “He was the most fun director I’ve ever worked with”  Padraig :  ”Damnit… I’d prepared my answer based on her saying something completely different. Pass.”

Jessica : “He was the most fun director I’ve ever worked with”
Padraig : ”Damnit… I’d prepared my answer based on her saying something completely different. Pass.”

“That guy! That guy over there! He owes me five dollars, I owe that other guy photographing me five dollars, and I think from memory he owes Robert Rodriguez five dollars for That Thing”  Woah….. I have no recollection of that.

“That guy! That guy over there! He owes me five dollars, I owe that other guy photographing me five dollars, and I think from memory he owes Robert Rodriguez five dollars for That Thing”
Woah….. I have no recollection of that.

“Pose like I’m a friend you haven’t seen for decades” ”I don’t think I’ve ever even met you” ”That’s perfect - hold it exactly like that”

“Pose like I’m a friend you haven’t seen for decades”
”I don’t think I’ve ever even met you”
”That’s perfect - hold it exactly like that”

Left, drinking water : Gerald Taylor. The airconditioning at the Cineworld suffers a bit for a lot of lighting, a lo of people, and a really bright LED wall….. but if you can make it past the Saharan conditions (which are even hotter outside, albeit slightly less humid) you might pick up one of the last eight or so signed    Dario Argento “Fear” books    they have left…

Left, drinking water : Gerald Taylor. The airconditioning at the Cineworld suffers a bit for a lot of lighting, a lo of people, and a really bright LED wall….. but if you can make it past the Saharan conditions (which are even hotter outside, albeit slightly less humid) you might pick up one of the last eight or so signed Dario Argento “Fear” books they have left…

Kristina Clifford is making a beeline for what I fear is the soundtracks table…. they told me they were down to the last sixteen titles (though they had multiples of some)… but what if they lied? What if its a battle between me and Kristina Clifford for something I’m really interested in, and what if she wins? Fortunately, I think she went to get a Pepsi from the refreshment area….

Kristina Clifford is making a beeline for what I fear is the soundtracks table…. they told me they were down to the last sixteen titles (though they had multiples of some)… but what if they lied? What if its a battle between me and Kristina Clifford for something I’m really interested in, and what if she wins? Fortunately, I think she went to get a Pepsi from the refreshment area….

“It’s the most frighteningly hideous thing I’ve ever seen. And, yes,our creature effects people were top-notch … but that guy’s Man-Bun is something out of my darkest nightmares….Also, I think I’m getting an idea for my next movie….”

“It’s the most frighteningly hideous thing I’ve ever seen. And, yes,our creature effects people were top-notch … but that guy’s Man-Bun is something out of my darkest nightmares….Also, I think I’m getting an idea for my next movie….”

Possibly the most heroically awesome photo I’ve taken for some time. I mean…. sure, I’d prefer if it was of Charlize Theron or Jason Statham….but it’s cool that it’s Ed Brody, too.

Possibly the most heroically awesome photo I’ve taken for some time. I mean…. sure, I’d prefer if it was of Charlize Theron or Jason Statham….but it’s cool that it’s Ed Brody, too.

“I don’t know…. I’ve seen some pretty horrific things in my time. Where is this guy with the Man-bun - can you point him out to me?”

“I don’t know…. I’ve seen some pretty horrific things in my time. Where is this guy with the Man-bun - can you point him out to me?”

It’s all fun and games with photography and commentary, but I should notice that there are some here at Frightfest for whom this is a passion and a job, and Julie Edwards is the queen bee of Frightfest photography, and her work at premieres is also pretty fantastic : she’s one of only two photographers I follow on twitter… and I figured a quick discreet shot might be warranted!

It’s all fun and games with photography and commentary, but I should notice that there are some here at Frightfest for whom this is a passion and a job, and Julie Edwards is the queen bee of Frightfest photography, and her work at premieres is also pretty fantastic : she’s one of only two photographers I follow on twitter… and I figured a quick discreet shot might be warranted!

“You’re obviously still shell-shocked from that guy’s Man Bun… I can let you sit out the next few questions if you prefer?”

“You’re obviously still shell-shocked from that guy’s Man Bun… I can let you sit out the next few questions if you prefer?”

“And that’s how easy it would be for someone more nefarious than I to download a copy of your movie straight from the distributor’s server” ”But…. we haven’t even shown it yet : the cast hasn’t even SEEN it yet…” ”I don’t know what to tell you. You wanna see the next Star Wars movie while you’re here?” ”oh, god no….”

“And that’s how easy it would be for someone more nefarious than I to download a copy of your movie straight from the distributor’s server”
”But…. we haven’t even shown it yet : the cast hasn’t even SEEN it yet…”
”I don’t know what to tell you. You wanna see the next Star Wars movie while you’re here?”
”oh, god no….”

“I’m honoured that you would go to all the effort of bringing that here just for me” ”Well… I kinda brought it here for you to sign it for ME, actually” ”I’ll remember to treasure it always and hang it on my wall and think of you every time I see it… .” Weston Meredith might yet have charm enough to dispossess a fan of his collection.

“I’m honoured that you would go to all the effort of bringing that here just for me”
”Well… I kinda brought it here for you to sign it for ME, actually”
”I’ll remember to treasure it always and hang it on my wall and think of you every time I see it…
.”
Weston Meredith might yet have charm enough to dispossess a fan of his collection.

“So…. wait, I’m the last person from the cast left that you need to sign this? If so, then surely that’s gotta be worth something, no? How much you got in your wallet?” ”Erm…. actually I also still need the Key Grip’s autograph…” ”Forget him. Give me that pen”

“So…. wait, I’m the last person from the cast left that you need to sign this? If so, then surely that’s gotta be worth something, no? How much you got in your wallet?”
”Erm…. actually I also still need the Key Grip’s autograph…”
”Forget him. Give me that pen”

And then…. pausing only to take photos at the premiere of “Stalked”, I zipped across to the Prince Charles Cinema for the screening, after which…..

“You! Over there! You call yourself a fan?? Who was the Best Boy on this movie??” ”Shalva Lagadze, Sir” ”….. somehow against all odds my plot to public humiliate you has failed. Well played, Sir”

“You! Over there! You call yourself a fan?? Who was the Best Boy on this movie??”
”Shalva Lagadze, Sir”
”….. somehow against all odds my plot to public humiliate you has failed. Well played, Sir”

“Well, obviously if Disney wanted to integrate this into Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Unverse we’d all be very excited. And I’d love to work with Chris Pratt…..”

“Well, obviously if Disney wanted to integrate this into Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Unverse we’d all be very excited. And I’d love to work with Chris Pratt…..”

“Anyway, thanks for watching. We’d invite you all to the afterparty, but don’t want to put you into the uncomfortable position of having to decline, so we won’t. Peace, out!”

“Anyway, thanks for watching. We’d invite you all to the afterparty, but don’t want to put you into the uncomfortable position of having to decline, so we won’t. Peace, out!”

So… that was that! Premiere 1 of what turned out to be FOUR that I got to photograph on the day - the second one being photographed in the 20 minutes gap between THIS movie’s premiere and its starting time! More on that later… by which I mean… Next! So….

Until Next time!

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