BATFAs Throughout The Years-2014

And so we reach 2014. Warning… this one is a bit long!

2014 was a fairly uneventful year queue wise- we were in the in the queue super early and so had the joy of the music and drunk people from the night club opposite. At one point a *very* drunk man came and sat with us and chatted for ages about how he was Michael Balls son, telling us all about his life. We were soon left to sleep and by the time we woke up the queue was getting pretty impressive behind us. This year we didn’t get moved on, as we kept all the fire exits clear and rubbish to a minimum. They did come out and check on us every now and again throughout the day but for some reason this year they didn’t seem to mind. Saturday night passed with awful music and more drunk people; and by Sunday morning  the queue was looping around the entire theatre.

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BAFTAs Throughout The Years -2013

Ahhh 2013, the year in which the weather decided that we had had it too good last year and gave us two years worth of weather in the space of 2 hours. RAIN AND SNOW!

Queueing was a little less dramatic this year, we arrived super early Saturday morning ( it was more still Friday night lol) and set up for the long wait. The queue was sent away at one point but as we were the front of it we were allowed to keep a list until we were allowed back, and people HAD to come back. If they weren’t there by the time we a settled in for the night they got crossed off – no sneaking in and pretending you’ve been there all night.

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BAFTAs Throughout The Years- 2012

We kick off this week with a look back at 2012’s Frozen Carpet… Oh sorry, I mean Red Carpet.

We all arrived early Saturday morning, this year we were joined by Beckie, another girl called Sam and our Sam’s cousin. We passed the time in the queue a lot quicker as my friend Bex was using this opportunity to film a documentary for her final university project. The weeks leading up to the BAFTA’s she had got all the correct permissions and had even gone to BAFTA to interview some of the people who organise the awards. On these two days she would be getting footage of the crowds and interviewing the fans. Continue reading

BAFTAs Throughout The Years – 2011.

I arrived at the 2011 BAFTA wristband queue early Saturday morning, early enough that I was number 8 in the line. It was here that I really got to know the first of my queue friends, who you’ll see a lot of over the next few posts. It was Emma’s first BAFTAs, I think she was only 15 at the time, and Sam I had crossed paths with before but never got to know properly.  Having made friends with the rest of the people around us… we waited.

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BAFTAs Throughout The Years – 2009.

Having well and truly caught the Red Carpet bug last year, in 2009 we were a tad more prepared. As luck would have it I worked just around the corner at The Novello Theatre and  on the night before the BAFTAs they were doing an overnight get out, which meant access to the toilets. Because of this we decided to do our first “camp out”-and by that I mean stay awake all night because we were still not *that* prepared for the cold. A work friend Emma had decided to join Bex and I. She was from America and was up for experiencing all that London had to offer, so we gave her the experience of putting  your feet in a bag because you can’t quite feel your toes. Oh and meeting a few celebrities!

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BAFTAs Throughout The Years-2008.

I have spent this morning playing with my blog and came to the realisation that even though I have been to the EE BAFTAS 9 times, I have only every actually blogged about it once… last year.

I honestly thought I had written about it more.

So in the next few weeks leading up to the 2017 EE BAFTAs, this year being held at the Royal Albert Hall ( a new adventure for all of us) I thought I’d do a recap post of each Red Carpet I have been too.

Working from the first BAFTAs I went to, which was in 2008.

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The EE BAFTAs Red Carpet 2016

Not your usual Monday Look Back this week – as most of my week revolved around our annual camp out for the EE British Academy Film Awards, otherwise known as the BAFTAs!

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Our traditional spot on the barrier…

I will go into more detail tomorrow about what camping for the BAFTAs entails and the build up to the red carpet itself, as that is most definitely a long blog post on its own, never mind this photo heavy ramble you are about to read! Warning – This is a long post!

As per usual the Red Carpet arrivals started in the daylight which gave me a good chance to get to grips with my Olympus OMD EM10 – it was its first proper red carpet outing and I had no idea how it would react to the ever changing light. I shouldn’t have worried, it was A DREAM to work with!

So let’s kick off the arrivals.

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BAFTAS – February 12th 2012

Having a film award ceremony in February in the UK has always struck me as odd. If it’s not raining it’s snowing, and no matter what – it is going to be very cold.
That said, the BAFTAS were held last weekend, and as with age old tradition, I decided to camp out for the red carpet.

In previous years this has not been too traumatic, never below zero anyway. But this year was an exception. Over the past few weeks we have had some of the coldest temperatures ever, in some places plummeting to -16. Did this put us off, it did not!

So at 2am Saturday morning, we arrived, camping chairs, sleeping bags and all, and set up shop down the side of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. We were numbers 1 to 4 in the line,  ( personally I was number 4)

 That night it got down to -7. I can safely say I have never been so cold in my life. The worst part of all this was at about 5.30 am, when nature called, and I had to make myself get out of my sleeping bag, and walk 15 mins to the nearest 24 hours facilities.  As soon as I returned I was back in that bag.

As the day went on, more people (very slowly) joined the queue. Very slowly. In previous years by 11am on the Saturday there are 50+ people, but by then there was only 10. We think this is due to the weather putting people off. ( That and there being no Twilight stars in attendance).
To pass time during the day we made human pyramids for a stag party, got free ice cream, and owled away.
There were a lot of difficulties with the Theatre Royal this year that there have not been in past years, they did not like the fact that we were waiting down the side of their building, even though all the fire exits were clear, and half the path. This was something that obviously BAFTA had assumed would be ok, and never liaised with the theatre. Consequently there was always the threat of being moved out of the way, and loosing our place in the line.

When the evening show happened the theatre decided that we were in the way and told us to leave. So we decided to take it upon us to create a list of the people in the line, and told people to go, and not come back till the theatre had locked up at 10.30. This method was actually very successful, both that evening, and in the morning when the wristbands were given out, as we had a list of the first 100+ people in the line, and therefore no one could push in, and people could not sneak their friends in in the morning.

Wristbands were handed out at 8am on the Sunday, after which we were free to go, and come back at 12.30. Being very protective of our place in line, there was always two from our troupe there, to ensure our place, as people can be very rude and pushy, even if their wristband says 504, and not 004.

They moved us into the pens around 1pm, to avoid problems with the theatre, who had a Sunday Matinee, and from then on, in all honesty, it’s a bit of a blur.
We watched the carpet be put down, and the comings and goings of crew members. As this is possiably an area I could go into when I graduate, I am normally watching the entire thing, making mental notes as to what is going on, and who does what.

The stars started arriving just before 5pm, and by 7pm it was all over. The following photos are a few of what I took that night, in no particular order…

This is what you look like after 2 nights at -7

I really do like this picture of Tom Hiddleston and me – even if I look rough as!

And the general madness of the red carpet.

It was all very much worth it, and as much as I say it was really cold, I will most likely do it again next year, that is unless I am working for the company that sets it all up!

Much love

A-

(top to bottom)
Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, Chris Hemsworth, Christina Hendricks, Chris O’Dowd, Eddie Redmayne, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, Me and John Hamm, Richard E Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hiddleston and me, and just general carpetness!)