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.
Nolan’s autograph – Batman Begins