Film Event: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 UK Premiere Gala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Gala
This week, I was lucky enough to attend one of the biggest premiere events of the year - the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Gala in London. With a prime spot on the blue carpet and a ticket to see the film ahead of release, here's a little look at my evening...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Gala pass
Held at The Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, hundreds of lucky Marvel fans and press gathered for the UK's advanced screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 which hits cinemas later this week. With the film's director, James Gunn, and majority of the cast in attendance, the Gala was set to be a memorable event and your's truly had a spot in the front row of the media pen. I may have had to wait out in the cold for a short while, but I'd do it again one hundred times over because I was fortunate enough to snap these shots as the stars made their way on to the carpet and I even got to have a chat with a few of them too... 

Kurt Russell Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Michael Rooker Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Pom Klementieff Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Karen Gillian Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy Red Carpet
Pictured above, of course, is the legend that is Kurt Russell (who plays Peter Quill's father, Ego), Michael Rooker (best known as Yondu and from The Walking Dead); Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Chris Pratt (Starlord) and wife Anna Faris, Karen Gillian (Nebula), and the stunning Zoe Saldana (Gamora). One by one they made their way across the carpet and in to the building for interviews. And so, with the cast now inside, it was time for me to venture indoors and take our seats for the main event. 

As you can see, everyone looked absolutely stunning. You see pictures of them online and in magazines all the time but, until they're a few feet from your own eyes, you don't realise just how beautiful they all are in real life. I had a very brief chat with Chris Pratt and Anna Faris and both were so lovely and friendly - despite the cold and some very shouty photographers demanding their time.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 UK Gala
Media room Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 UK Premiere Screening
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 UK Premiere
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Cast Screening
The rumour floating round that Disney had chosen the venue for the Gala based on the sound quality and, if so, it did not disappoint. In the foyer, there was a selection of photo backdrops and booths as well as exclusive merchandise and the bar area. Once in our seats, we were all treated to a DJ set using classic songs from both The Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol.2 (you can see clips of this on my Facebook and Twitter). The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. To finish up the night, the cast made their way on to the stage to introduce the film (alongside presenter, Edith Bowman) and it was finally time to sit back and enjoy the movie. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Hammersmith Apollo
Well, that's it for another film event. If you do get a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 this weekend I cannot recommend it enough. I truly believe that this could be one of my favourite films of the year already. Fingers crossed I'll find some time before it's release to give you guys a full film review. 

But tell me, will you be seeing Vol.2 this weekend? What expectations do you have of the film? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones down below. 

A ginormous thanks to ODEON Cinemas - I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. 

Until next time film fans,
Disclaimer: Please note that all images in this post were photographed by myself and are not for free or public use. They are protected under copyright and are property of Popcorn & Glitter.


  1. I can't wait to see this one! I was especially excited to find out, when I first saw the trailer, that they cast Kurt Russell as Starlord's dad ��

    That's so awesome that you got to meet Chris Pratt and Anna Faris! I can't imagine a cuter couple than those two ��

    1. Yay! It's amazing - can't wait to hear what you think of it. I know! Kurt Russell is such a legend. It was awesome seeing him in the flesh as he's such a hero. They're so adorable aren't they? xx

  2. I am so excited to see the film! Ahhhhh :)
    This post in amazing and the shots you got are the best.
    Thanks for sharing it with us. X

    1. Ah it's so so good, you'll love it. Thank you hun, made the cold outdoors worth it meeting them all :) xx

  3. wow! how lucky ! I loved the 1st one and I am so looking forward to see No2. Great review. :)

    1. It's a really great film, hope you love it! Thanks hun xx

  4. WOW Sophie! This is fantastic - I can't believe you met my hero Chris Pratt!!! Kurt Russell really is such a hollywood icon and Zoe Saldana looks fabulous. Very jealous of this so thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos. Looks like you had an excellent spot on the carpet!!!

    Ashley xx

    1. Aw thanks so much hun. It really was so surreal but amazing . The atmosphere from the whole event was just awesome :) xx

  5. This is an amazing post! I'd be werting myself at something like thos but you sounded cool as "i had a very brief chat with Chris Pratt and Anna Faris" as you do!! Amazing.
    It looks really brilliant. The photographs you've taken are well worrh the wait in the cold!
    Cannot wait for the film review now! :)

    1. Haha I'll admit I was pretty star struck but they were all so lovely. Thanks hun, was pretty chuffed I managed to get so close. Will try my best to get a review live for Friday or Saturday xx

  6. Those are superb photos, Sophie! Ah, it won't come out for general release in the US until next week :( I suppose I will rewatch the first film this weekend. I have good expectations that it will be very entertaining and I'm very pleased that Kurt Russell is part of Marvel Cinematic Universe! I'm looking forward to understanding more about the various characters and I've heard the after-credit scenes are especially noteworthy :)

    1. Thanks so much Gil :) Thats a good idea - the first one was on TV the other night and was good to rewatch it before the screening. So many new jokes! Yes there's 5 I believe - all are very good! I really hope you enjoy the film - please do let me know what you think of it :)


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