Aware that there might be some sort of preview of One Day at Westfield Shopping Centre yesterday, my friend and I headed over there to do a bit of shopping and see if we could get tickets. As a slightly obsessive fan of the book, I was keen to see the film as soon as possible. We arrived at the cinema to find it closed off and it soon transpired that it was in fact the European Premiere of One Day going on later that day. We joined the surprisingly small number of people waiting around the pink carpet, purchased two copies of the book (with two different covers) and proceeded to wait the next few hours as the area got steadily fuller. Shortly before the 5.15 starting time we were joined by my friend’s brother who had the American version of the book.
Then the excitement started. All those of us with books (i.e. the true fans) were ushered into the circle in the middle of the pink carpet and as the stars began to come out, we had prime position for autographs. Celebrity guests included Jonathan Ross and family, Dermot O’Leary, and most of the cast of Made In Chelsea. Then of course there were the stars of the film itself, and I was proud to secure the autographs of Jim Sturgess (Dexter Mayhew), Jodie Whittaker (Tilly), Georgia King (Suki), Lone Scherfig (the director), and most excitingly for me, David Nicholls himself. Those of us in the inner circle were then informed that there were several tickets remaining. Near the back of the queue we doubted our chances but as the security guard held up the last three I pretty much threw myself at him and that is how, wearing no make up and practically in tracksuit bottoms, I went to a movie premiere.
Stay tuned for a review of the film itself, I thought I’d do that in a separate post…
Keep it Rio,