Dunkirk – Survival kit to assist a movie premiere in London

I am a Christopher Nolan fan, so as soon as I’ve learnt that Dunkirk world premiere was in London, I got myself ready for the big day. This was my first premiere in London, and the first time I had (part of) my movie collection with me, so I was very excited to attend and try my luck at getting Nolan to sign my Batman Begins Blu-ray (did I get it? Scroll down to find out!). The difference between any Los Angeles premiere I had attended was huge.

Here I explain, step by step, all you have to do to attend a movie premiere in London, what to expect and my top recommendations.

#1 STAY INFORMED

Movie premieres are something that stays under the radar, and cannot be booked in advance. If you want to stay well-informed, you should check online for future events. I usually check Premierescene.net and Markmeets.com

#2 GET AN ACCESS BRACELET

British are very well-organised, and you really appreciate this when you are in the middle of a crowd waiting for hours, you really do. Once you’ve learned when and where, you have to get down to the actual cinema where the premiere will take place the day before. Premieres usually happen in Leicester Square, in either Odeon, Vue or Empire. They can also take place at BFI on Waterloo or at O2 Arena – my recommendation is, ALWAYS double-check the location so you don’t miss out.

When you get to the cinema, there will be a table with a map with has coded-areas and bracelets that go with each area. Choose your area wisely!

Recommendation: Once you access the actual premiere, you’ll be asked to enter the area according to the number written on your bracelet.. The earlier you get into the cinema to ask for your bracelet, the better. (Not me, I barely made it on time!)

#3 PREPARE FOR THE BIG DAY

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, you’ll be standing/sitting on the floor for a long time.
  • Prepare your assets – movie posters, magazines, pictures, Dvds, Blu-rays and other items that you wish to get signed by the artists. Top Tip: Leave the actual DVDs/Blu-rays at home, you don’t want to damage those.
  • Bring a Scrappie – Light Scrappie for dark images (white, silver or golden) and black Scrappie if you are a classic or you if you have light images.
  • Charge your phone, clean your camera and bring a fully charged power bank. You don’t want to miss a thing!
  • If like me, you are an adult with a full tie job, make sure you request a day off a few days in advance! – I personally had to request it with less that 24h in advance, as Prince Charles was attending the premiere and the security doors were closed earlier.

#4 ACCESS THE EVENT

I wouldn’t worry too much about getting there earlier than expected. The only number that matters when accessing the event is not your place on the queue but the number on your bracelet. Do not distress!

The event is so well prepared that, whatever area you are in, it won’t be overcrowded. I found myself in the middle circle and I could even sit during the 2 hours previous to the event.

#5 HAVE FUN AND MEET THE STARS!

The press will arrive, and you’ll able to see the stars arriving on the big screen so you won’t miss a thing. When positioning yourself, try to get as closer to the press and tv as possiblem as they’ll be passing through that area for sure. When a star approaches, try to get as many autographs, photos and smiles as possible! Top Tip: don’t make them take the selfie, it can get awkward.

My full experience at the premiere. Yes, I got Nolan’s autograph on my Batman Blu-ray. Yes, it was awesome.

 

Waiting

Waiting

Starting!

Starting!

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Fionn Whitehead

Fionn Whitehead

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

Nolan's autograph - Batman Begins

Nolan’s autograph – Batman Begins

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at ODEON Wimbledon

Everything you’ve been reading so far about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 it’s true, all of it. It’s so great that I’ve already watched 2 times and this is not just about my weird habit of watching twice movies I consider masterpieces (Last two were La La Land and Birdman) but because of the ginormous level of entertainment. I knew I wasn’t wasting my time, I knew I will have even more fun the second time around.

Second parts have reached a whole new level in the last few years, most of the movies, especially action and adventure titles are expected to have 2, 3 or 4 parts (10 if you are Fast & Furious) but we cannot pretend to forget all the infamous second parts, and we tend to judge. Not this time. Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 is not just an extension of the first, but an evolution. James Gunn has learned how to connect with his audience, and that’s why is it considered one of the best films of the year. His unique essence shapes this Marvel adventure into a new concept, a new classic. Irreverent, out-of-the-box sci-fi with so many references from the 80s that will make any millennial cry of excitement.

This unusual team of super-heroes are the perfect anti-heroes. Their irreverence and insubordination (maybe just comparable to Deadpool) makes them super badass and basically… they crack me up. But wait for it, this is not an adventure-spaceship movie, this is a comedy, a pretty good one. Make comedy is not easy, make space comedy? impossible. Not for James Gunn. But what were we all expecting anyway? Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Brandly Cooper (Rocket’s voice) both have comedian origins, and they lead the way to a fabulous Dave Batista (Drax) and an always extraordinary Michael Rooker (Yondu) my favorite character: “I’m Mary Poppins y’all!”. (You’ll understand when you watch. Yes, it will be epic for you too)

Everybody knows comedy is not an easy genre…. space comedy? No way, impossible. Well, not for James Gunn. But what were we all expecting anyway? Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket’s voice) both have comedy origins, and they lead the way to a fabulous Dave Bautista (Drax), a charming and glacial Zoe Saldana (Gamora and queen of the nerds) and an always extraordinary Michael Rooker (Yondu) my favorite character: “I’m Mary Poppins y’all!”. (You’ll understand. Yes, it will be epic for you too)

And of course, we have Baby Groot. The greatest (surprise?) and most precious team member that, even with his lack of communication skills he always saves the day. When Baby Groot dances to the rhythm of the (amazing) soundtrack you know you are watching the right movie as you are about to see the best opening credits. Ever.

This movie can take so much credit for reaching high levels of uniqueness that the only thing I could have possibly left to say is: GO WATCH IT! And bring your kids with you, they will love it.

About the cinema: I’ve done it! I moved into a new place and that was about my only criteria to have a Limitless card: an easily accessible cinema with lots of movies to watch at any given time. ODEON Wimbledon is a big surprise that blends with the environment: With 12 screens, 3D and IMAX sessions it offers about everything you need and could expect from the average commercial chain.

ODEON Limitless card advantage: watch all the movies you want as often as you like. And if like me, you chose the £19.99 option, you can go to any cinema in LondonThat’s THE dream. In any other countries I’ve lived I’ve never seen something like this before, even in Los Angeles! I adore every single feature of this card, and for that I bless Britain and it’s audacity to keep movie fanatics closer, much closer. Be ready to pay extra for 3D & IMAX sessions and for premium seats but feel free to book any movie online as there are no charging fees!

Just a heads up! I would always like to give amazing reviews, especially to a cinema I will be visiting often, but not all that glitters is gold. Screens: seats are located in comfortable steps that ensure no one is covering you the view, but the seats are old and far from the screen, so make sure to book your seat as close from the screen as possible (even if it looks closer on the map, it’s not!) also, heads up for all tall people, there’s no so much leg room, so try to pick corridor seats to spread your legs as much as you can. The staff could be friendlier, and a bit more cooperative, but not all of them are a pain, I got this awesome cardboard poster by just asking with a big smile… not bad right?


The general sense is comfortable, but it could use a renovation, everyone will be happier, especially locals! Anyway, I love having a cinema close with so many options, it adds an enormous value to my new home.

The Best: Initial and ending credits. It’s exhilarant humor. The Soundtrack.
The Worst: Not having more epic Yondu lines.
Popcorn: Salty. Good. Way too expensive for a Wimbledon cinema.
Tip: Look out for front lines. Premium seats have more leg room and armrests come up (perfect for lovebirds).

BONUS

The Soundtrack is not to be missed!