May 2013~ Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

The long awaited sequel to the 2009 Star Trek was finally here. The whole cast from the first film were back, this time joined by Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke.

I was a bit shocked by this premiere. You had to get a ticket to get a good view and people were herded like cattle. Everything was enclosed within black fencing.

I went along with  a few of my good friends whom I met at DSTL the previous year. Some of them were lucky enough to get autographs and appear on TV and in the press. Overall it was a good laugh.


November 2005- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire European Premiere

The premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire would be the last premiere I would attend for this film franchise. From the fifth film onwards, the premieres were held on a weekday and would prove hard to attend what with work.

This took place on a very wet and cold Sunday evening. Large umbrellas caused problems for all. I nearly lost an eye!

For once I managed to get a few autographs, namely the actors who play the Weasley twins and Neville Longbottom. I also got one from the actor who plays Draco Malfoy but he was so rude and arrogant, after he signed it I tore it up in front of him.

Felt very sorry for Eric Sykes. Poor guy was soaked through.

May 2005- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith European Premiere

It was a very wet May evening. I arrived in Leicester Square with my friend Oliver to see what we could see.

The area was swarming with Star Wars Geeks! There was an amazing turnout for the premiere.

Most of the cast were there and many signed autographs and posed for pics. Unfortunately I wasn’t close enough. Managed to get a few good pics though.


May 2004- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban European Premiere

Another Harry Potter premiere. Another chance for photos…

This was held on a fairly sunny Sunday afternoon on May. Again, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were there as were many others. The Knight Bus also put in an appearance. Only downside was the young girl stood next to me who suffered from narcolepsy and kept hitting the floor (or the metal barrier) at random intervals!

November 2002- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets European Premiere

It had only been a year since the last film was released. Warner Bros. were pushing full steam ahead with their film versions of JK Rowlings best sellers involving Harry Potter.

The setup in Leicester Square was nowhere near as grand but Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and all the supporting cast were in attendance. Again, no real autograph chances but plenty of photos.

November 2001- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone World Premiere

It was a cold, wet Sunday in November.

Leicester Square had been turned into the grounds of Hogwarts. Access to the front of the cinema was by wristband only. Luckily, I got one.

We were ushered to bleacher seating, right up close to where the actors would be. I was about 3 rows back. Close enough for photos but not close enough for autographs. Still, managed to get a few good snaps! Most of the main cast was present, as was JK Rowling herself.

It would be a year til the next film was released…