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 BFG UK Premiere.

The UK premiere for The BFG took place in Leicester Square on Sunday 17th of July. I have never been to a Sunday premiere so wasn’t hugely sure what to expect in regards to timing and busyness.

My friend Aimie, who I have known since 2011 when we met at the Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows Premiere, was going to be “camping” out overnight for the wristbands at 6am. Because of the early wristband handout she had to camp as public transport that early on a Sunday – Nope.

So I decided to keep her company. At the time I knew I’d be moving back to Norfolk in the next month or so ( actually in 2 weeks I have discovered as I am writing this) so thought this would be a good little premiere to go out on.

The BFG is one of my favourite childhood books. The copy that I still have at my parents house is falling apart it’s been read so many times. For this occasion, I bought a nice hardback special edition from Waterstones to get signed.

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Captain America Civil War Premiere – April 26th 2016.

I don’t do as many red carpets as I used to. Partly because I work full time and partly because the queueing thing has got way out of hand – the two combined make it quite difficult.

There are however some exceptions, in which I make the effort and book the time off work for. One is the BAFTAs, the other is Marvel premieres.

I was unsure up until the last minute whether I was going to do the Captain America Civil War premier, due to my never ending ankle injury. But when it was announced that they were giving out the wristbands two days before the premiere I decided that I would – as it would give me plenty of rest time between queues.

We queued outside Westfield Shepards Bush overnight on Saturday, luckily we had security with us all night as it’s *not* the most pleasant of areas on a Saturday night. By the time Sunday morning came around we were all extremely tired, slightly damp and more than ready for our wristbands. The premiere itself was cordoned off into 5 pens – two #TeamIronMan – two #TeamCap and then the balcony area upstairs.

Now even though I am 90% #TeamCap I chose pen A – which was on #TeamIronMan‘s side. This was because the spot we wanted on the barrier happened to be there. We were aiming for the base of the escalator as we had fab luck there at the Avengers Age of Ultron premiere in 2015.

Whilst we were around the late 30’s in the main queue, because of this splitting up we ended up with super low numbers for the pens, pretty much guaranteeing we would get our spot!

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The Danish Girl Premiere- Blogmas Day 9. 

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have been attending film premieres in London ever since I moved to London in 2007.

Well, when I say attending film premieres I mean I have been at the red carpet barrier taking photos. There have been hundreds of competitions and chances to walk the carpet and watch the film, and I have never won any of them.

Until this weekend! I entered a competition on Instagram ( @amzh87 fyi) through Universal Studios and won two tickets to the UK premiere of The Danish Girl.

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Throwback Thorsday!

According to Facebook time hop, it is two years to the day since the Thor: The Dark World Premiere in London’s Leicester Square.

So what better post to write than a Throwback Thorsday.

This premiere was one that I was not expecting to be very successful at. On the day itself I was at work till 11am, only around the corner from Leicester Sq thankfully, but I still arrived so much later than I usually would have done. I was 111th in line ( the things that stick in my memory…)

The queue looped around Leicester Square and was very excitable. By then I was not expecting to get a barrier place, and as a short person that can be an issue, but I was pretty confident that I would be second row and just decided to go with the flow.

Security called us up to the barrier in groups of 50 so I did end up in the second row, but I was on a bend in the carpet so able to get more chances to take photos.

I was also opposite the stage!

Part of the premier was a cosplay competition, with the winner getting the chance to go in and see the film. There were A LOT of Loki’s. Besuited Loki’s, Horned Loki’s, Jotunn Loki’s, the list was endless. The best of the best were put into their own pen to be pulled up on stage at a later time and be judged by the man himself – Tom Hiddleston.An abundance of Lokis

Whilst the final touches were being made to the carpet we had the usual awkward pre-premiere entertainment.

Although this time it was a little more interesting than usual.

An abundance of Thors

The stars started to arrive around 6pm. The atmosphere was electric, the crowds were screaming and the cameras were flashing.

Tom Hiddleston bounced onto the carpet in his usual energetic fashion and dived straight into signing and talking to his fans.

Tom Hiddleston Arrives

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