Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Desperately Seeking Cate Blanchett - Sydney Film Festival 2011

What really* happens during a Red Carpet film launch...

Chinese Media Delegation A_600_1161

Damian Walshe-Howling in Rocky tee shirt. B_600_1305

Photographer with big lens, Sydney Film Festival. C_600_6030

Anna McGahan, Black Lace Dress, D_600_6055

Matt Day  E_600_6073

Michelle Vergara Moore, John Winter, Maia Thomas, Katherine Hicks and Anya Beyersdorf F_600_5932

Sophie Lowe, Floral Dress Sydney Film Festival G

Group of four actors Sydney Film Festival Red Carpet 2011, H_600_5974

Best Dressed male actor Sydney Film Festival..I_600_5986

April Rose Pengilly, J_600_1205

Phoebe Tonkin, Hatty Dolton &  Zhu Lin, Zoo Lim K_600x3_1283

An excited bystander, sydney film festival red carpet. L_600_6048

Cate Blanchett and Film Festival Director Clare Stuart M_600_6107

I can't believe it has been a whole year since I last helped out my mate (we will call him Bob for this post) shooting the red carpet for the Sydney Film Festival. This year he could not make it at all and sent me along in his place. Yes its true; you need to be there at least an hour before the scheduled *start* of the whole shebang and then probably a good two odd hours before its all over.

Seasoned Pros just zone-out and check their phones from time to time but what is interesting is that there really is a bit of talking going on between the celebrities on 'the carpet' and the media in the corral! And of course the big celebrity of the night was Cate Blanchett and she was the main reason about a good half of the media where there for.

Of course I did not get there early because I am VERY tall and can shoot over the top of even the very LARGE photographer I did choose to stand behind. But this did make it tricky to get a shot off of Cate when she did come at a somewhat different pace and rhythm to all who had come before-and the photographers pit did go crazy!

No one actually said the things I have 'speech ballooned' them with but... everyone in the pit was very much wondering about Cate, when, if; have you got a good shot before; Cate, Cate, Cate... So I have had a bit of fun with that! Some fabulous frocks and the men by and large were very well turned out fashion wise as well; so many more shots I could have shown. Oh and April; so sorry, I just couldn't resist, and your dress was so lovely too.

Enjoy; and till next time...
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