Last month, London was hit with its annual Film FestivalFilm Festival. I was lucky enough to be invited along to a gala premier by my lovely friend Bernie. The film we were seeing was Black Mass, and attendees on the red carpet included Johnny Depp AND Benedict Cumberbatch. This of course meant I had to dress up for the occasion.
I’d bought this dress months ago in the Coco & Cleo sale (still there for only a fiver!) but hadn’t found the right event to wear it to, until now. I love the off-the-shoulder sleeves, a big trend this past summer. This dress falls quite short on me, so tights were very much needed. I went for blue so I could wear my white brogues. If I was to wear this on a night out, I might try white tights with my navy blue velvet high heeled Chelsea boots.
Before making our debut on the red carpet, we grabbed some cocktails…
Bernie had suggested popping in to the Charlotte Street Hotel for a cocktail or two. Of course, I jumped at the idea! The dining area is bright, with a colourful mural across the main wall, and windows along the front. The staff are also lovely and very welcoming, they even bring you some free popcorn whilst you decide what to order. They’re more than happy to take a snap or 2. We’d spotted some people having afternoon tea which looked amazing, but we just about had time for a cocktail over a catch-up. I obviously went for the Lady Charlotte, but was immediately jealous of Bernie’s mojito which can with a cute little macaroon.
With our whistles whet, it was off to the premier!
Walking the red carpet when you’re a nobody, is not so exciting. You’re herded down like sheep, told to keep moving so there’s no chance of taking a quick pic of the stars. But ho-hum, the stars would be joining us inside the cinema for a quick Q+A and to introduce the film. We had VIP tickets, so we had the added bonus of free chocolate and water waiting for us on our seats.
I really enjoyed the film. Johnny Depp manages to make himself unrecognisable, again, this time playing notorious criminal, Whitey Bulger. The film features some brutally violent scenes, so if you’re not a fan of blood, I’d stay well away. If you love a bit of gore, then you’ll be happy to know that the film has its UK release on 25th November.