I was just at the LOTR premiere in Sydney - no I didn't have tickets, but I was there to see the films' stars..So here's my story:
We were told the stars would arrive at the George St. cinemas around 6:30-7:00 so we got there at 5:15pm. The red carpet was rolled out and we secured a position within the cinema towards the end of the line.
Already there were quite a large number of people lined up. Without dragging this story on too far, the stars were very late. They started arriving at about 7:40ish. First to arrive was Hugo Weaving, then came the films producer Barrie Osborne, Orlando Bloom and finally three of the hobbits (Elijah, Dominic and Billy).
It took some time for Hugo to get to the end of the line. He was quite friendly and signed a lot of autographs, but not mine...... burn...
Along came Osborne who was very friendly. He greeted the crowd on both sides signing autographs and chatting with everyone...Thankyou very much Mr Osborne!!
Anyway this is when the real burn occurred.. The time was 8:15 and I guess whoever was organising the whole thing decided that this was late enough so they rushed the stars through the line telling them not to sign autographs.. They were shoved through so quickly I didn't even have time to take photos. Dominic halted towards the end of the line to sign one autograph. Both he and Billy looked a little sorry/guilty for not stopping to sign autographs.. but they weren't to blame. Whoever is should be shot.
Anyway to sum it up, the atmosphere was good, it would've been nice to see more of the cast and it would've been great if we could see more than half a second of them. So it was quite disappointing, maybe I expected too much.