28 November 2012

The Hobbit premiere: red carpet pictures

Photos from Courtenay Place this afternoon, in the lead-up to this evening's world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in what has now become a trilogy of Tolkien's classic fantasy novel. The capital was packed with visitors and locals and Courtenay Place was heaving. Traditional Wellington film premiere weather had also turned up, with clear skies, sprightly sunshine and a rising thermometer. I wasn't able to get a particularly good vantage point, but still managed to secure a few good shots, particularly of return visitor Elijah Wood and the legendary Barry Humphries, who flattered red carpet interviewer Carol Hirschfeld outrageously and unstintingly. Just like last time at the King Kong premiere I wasn't able to get a good shot of actor and now 2nd unit director Andy Serkis - he just moves too quickly!

Click to enlarge any of the photos below.

Neil Finn performing

Martin Freeman on the big screen

Andy Serkis

Courtenay Place panorama

On every lamppost

Hugo Weaving's beard (+ Hugo Weaving, somewhere in there)

Air NZ 777 fly-over

Sylvester McCoy

Hugo stopped by to say hello

Cate Blanchett

Ian Taylor

Barry Humphries!

Peter Jackson (top right)

Dean O'Gorman

Dean O'Gorman

Avatar & Titanic director / NZ resident James Cameron

Aidan Turner

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman

Adam Brown

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Three generations of hobbits

See also:
Photos: Eastern Promises premiere, London, 17 October 2007
Photos: King Kong premiere, Wellington, 14 December 2005
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