Earlier this week I received the following email inviting me to come down to the Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway photocall for Moet & Chandon’s party at The Mint on Macquarie Street tonight celebrating the premiere of their Love & Other Drugs movie.
MoÃ«t & Chandon Post-Premiere Celebration
with special guests
Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway
MONDAY 6th December 2010
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Furthering its century-long love affair with generations of film actors, writers and directors, MoÃ«t & Chandon will host a fabulous party to honour Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway and celebrate the Australian premiere of their new film Love & Other Drugs
8.30 â€“ 9.15PM Black Carpet Guest Arrivals
8.45 â€“ 9.15PM Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway photo call at Black Carpet/Media Wall
- All photographers and crews are welcome to capture talent and guests at the MoÃ«t Media Wall at The Mint. No photographers or camera crews are allowed in the event space
- Interviews may be conducted on the â€˜black carpet\’ with guests (except with Jake & Anne)
- House photography of guests/talent will be available from midday Tuesday 7th December (contact MPagency)
CONFIRMED CELEBRITY GUESTS ATTENDING: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Sophie Lowe, Teresa Palmer, Maeve Dermody, Krew Boylan, Tahyna Tozzi, Jessica McNamee, Alyssa McClelland, Gracie Otto, Rodger Corser, Wes Carr, James Mathison, Stephen Mahy, Rebecca Breeds, Penne Dennison, Sophie Katinis, Jessica Tovey, Hugh Sheridan, Lara Bingle, Luke Ford, Collette Dinnigan, Gyton Grantley, Bianca Spender, Pip Edwards.
PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUERIES TO
Georgia Macmillan XXX XXX XXX or Mark Patrick XXX XXX XXX
I nearly fell off my chair and I wrote back saying I would love to come the whole time thinking, they will come back to me and say I’m so sorry but we made a mistake, we didn’t mean to invite you, I’m used to that, I don’t get invited to stacks of stuff, that’s just the way of the media world here and I get it!
So I booked a photographer and confirmed that I would be attending with my photographer and the response back from MP Agency was:
Hi Sam great to hear!
Thanks for letting me know. I’ll add you both to the photo call list.
I wrote back and said we were both so very excited and couldn’t wait, I wanted to know what time media usually get there to set up ’cause the biggest celebrity photocall I’ve been to is Jennifer Hawkins and Jake & Anne are a little bit bigger than that, MP Agency wrote back with:
Best to generally arrive at 8.30pm for the photo call. I’m hoping there won’t be too much of a scrum, we’re trying to limit it where possible!
So off me and my photographer toddled, we got there early, met with Mark Patrick himself although he did make sure I knew I wasn’t going into the party … ummm yes Mark I’m wearing thongs & pants, so yes I’m well aware of that, I really didn’t have a problem with not going, I’m just interested in getting the photos and my story … we had a squizz at the photowall that was in a dreadful position with light shining behind us which created shadows onto the photowall, not a good start …
Georgia my contact who invited me came over and was shocked to see us there and made a comment how both of us couldn’t really be there and that I would have to wait outside on the street, I said that I wanted to stand next to the carpet out of the way to find out what everyone was wearing ’cause that was what my blog site was about, nope couldn’t do that.
Anyway, we were there for about 1/2 hr and Georgia came over and told us we both had to leave … I was gobsmacked and asked her if she was kidding … nope we had to leave, only accredited media could be here and I said, “but you invited us down here” and she said “I know but I didn’t know and Jake & Anne’s people don’t want you here.”
So we had to leave and do a walk of ‘shame’ like we’d gate-crashed their party!
I have pretty good traffic and these are the stories that you my readers love, but I totally get the pecking order and that’s fine, I can work with that but please don’t waste my time and treat me that way.
Clearly someone was on those ‘other drugs’ …
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Note: You know I NEVER write these types of posts, NEVER, I’m always about sunshine and lollipops but I have to find a funny side to this story, ’cause not only was it the biggest waste of time and money for the photographer and me, but it was incredibly unprofessional and I decided to share one story of many although this is the worst I’ve experienced and no I’m not being a bitchy blogger, it’s just not okay to be treated like that no matter who you are.