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

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How to celebrate Star Wars day in London | May the 4th be with you

Happy May the 4th! Also known as Star Wars day.

Today is a very special date for me. Star Wars is and it will always be one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all times. I grew up watching classics in my granda’s living room, and Star Wars couldn’t miss the list. I was fascinated and it marked my profound love for Sci-Fi from the age of 4. Today, besides showing us my humble fan-collection, I bring you the best activities you can do in London this May the 4th 2017.

I’ve prepared a very special post today for all Star Wars lovers out there. While we wait impatiently for the release of Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, here are a few activities that you can do in London to celebrate the special occasion:

  • STAR WARS Identities at The O2  Are you ready to see original models, props and costumes for the original Star Wars films? This is probably the most real-life experience you will get, and you get to pick up a lightsaber!
  • Madam Tussauds Star Wars experience  Feel like a Jedi in the real-size decorations from the most famous scenes of the saga. Darth Vader, Jabba’s Throne room or the famous cantina are just some of the scenarios where you can revive every story of the saga. Beware Madam Tussauds, the day I come in I’m not going to want to go. On my sick days, I usually watch “Star Wars IV: A new hope”, can I get a VIP pass to wonder around on my moody days? They may be open to suggestions.
  • Lego Store What London has is one of the biggest and coolest Lego Store of all times. Be sure that Lego is preparing something awesome for today, I’ve been told that for a few days, Princess Leia and Kylo Ren have been guarding the store.
  • Disney Store We don’t have a Disney themed park in London, but we do have hours of fun and some majestic Star Wars merchandising that somehow blends with Cinderella carriage. This is one of the few perks of Disney buying every entire cool saga on the planet: they make it accessible to everyone.

BONUS

I know you’ve all seen it by now, but… this needs a special space on this special date.