Nov 30, 2012

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A first-hand account of the World Premiere

World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Larry D. Curtis, a senior member of the staff, was on hand for the Wellington premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and offers this report…

WELLINGTON — “Wellington has already proved it knows how to party, so this takes things to the next level!”

So said Peter Hambleton from the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington, New Zealand. It was an amazing spectacle with well over 100,000 people gathered on 600 meters of red carpet to watch the stars of the film arrive.

The event was carried live on websites around the globe with nine cameras, including helicopter shots. Some fans arrived early in the morning to choose the best spots in hopes of getting autographs and photos of stars such as Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and of course, Sir Peter Jackson, the film’s director and co-screenwriter and the toast of the town.

Andy Serkis, who reprises his role as Gollum, also brought an enormous cheer when he showed up with his wife and a big grin and signed autographs for fans. Every actor seemed to make a big splash but Cate Blanchett, despite playing a relatively small role in the film, seemed to make fans the most manic for an autograph. She, like others in the cast, brought along her family to experience the wonder of the event.

Katie Jackson was also in attendance. In an interview shown on the big screen at the event, she revealed that she had not seen the movie yet, on the advice of her father who wanted her to experience it for the first time at the premiere.

The big showing was at the Embassy Theater, which featured high frame rate equipment, the latest in Dolby sound and RealD 3D technology. Attendee James Cameron quipped, “High frame rate is the future.”

Peter Jackson at the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Kate Blanchette at the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Richard Armitage at the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  1. LOTR nerd :) says:


    • LegolasPippin says:

      agreed 🙂 we still have to wait two more weeks! oh the agony…..

    • benim adım mert. ben türküm. 5 ordulu savaşı okudum size yalvarıyorum. the hobbit An Unexpected Journey’de olduğu gibi thorin meşekalkan dahil hiçbir cüce ölmesin lütfen. peter jacksın lütfen bu yazdıklarımı okusun. ingilizcem pek iyi değil ama çevirmeye çalıştım. My name is mert. I am from Turkey thorin Oakenshield and dwarves led by not die. please. five army war not die. I’m begging. THEY NOT DİE


  3. LegolasPippin says:

    Wow, I had one of the first replies! I feel so accomplished 🙂 Hahaha I can’t wait!!! ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS WOOT WOOT!!! C’mon people, leave some comments. Where are all my dedicated Hobbit blog peeps? Oh yeah, I’m talking about LOTRCRAZY, folco townsend, and LOTR Nerd 🙂 Hahaha I just noticed this but all four of us have been consistently leaving comments for the past few months!!! I feel like we’re all best friends even though we’ve never met and I don’t even know your names…..but who cares we all love the Hobbit (obviously) so we’re just like friends!

    All you other people out there, comment!!! Circles of friends can always grow 🙂

    Wow that sounded like a Barbie movie….ok haha


  4. hadrielia undomiel says:

    i’m sooo hyper! this weeks are just crazy, the hobbit everywhere, even on the news on tv! 🙂 it’s asome! I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THIS PRECIOUS MOVIE! ^^
    i’m be waiting and following it for over 3 years! :p

  5. I’m so excited!! London premiere in less than two weeks!

  6. Flibbertgibbet says:

    So wanted to go to NZ this year for the release, but tickets magically doubled in price hahaha. Perhaps if I buy for the third movie now I can get a decent rate… ;-D

    In the meantime I’ll just have to keep myself satisfied with building my own little hobbit hole. Anyone know where I can get a round door? =p

  7. Tajana Eowyn says:

    I hope I’ll get tickets for the Slovak premiere but even here they’re pretty hard to get 😀 Soo many people love the Hobbit 🙂

  8. great to see the photo of Cate

    and to read James Cameron’s endorsement of the 48

  9. SpellingSavant says:


    Oh… Don’t mind me, it’s just the frustration of having to wait another two weeks!

  10. It’s been decades since I heard Glenn Yarbrough “sing” about letting the world go drifting by in the Rankin-Bass Return of the King cartoon from the early 80s… (“it’s so easy not to try… let the world go drifting by… if you never say hello… you won’t have to say goodbye”). I had always thought this was from The Hobbit originally, but it doesn’t matter – the message is the same for me. It’s taken me the thirty-two years since then to realize that Bilbo’s story is such a great metaphor for personal growth in the “real” world. During a recent discussion about my struggles with anxiety in moving some writing projects forward, a friend repeated to me a quote from a book he’s reading: “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” I really locked onto this idea because it’s so similar to Bilbo’s story and how he at first didn’t want to part with the familiar – his home, his garden, his food – but he actually took the first step on a path without knowing where it would go. He just needed to meet the dwarves for that first day’s ride; he didn’t have to reach the Lonely Mountain by the end of the first day. We tend to swing for the fences or not pick up the bat at all when the only thing we really have to do for most of our lives to grow is just get a base hit. So, in a few weeks when I watch the first installment, I’m going to be thinking about baseball.

  11. Mariana Santoro says:

    we still have to wait two more weeks! oh the agony…..
    Oh my God I will read the book for the third time … O.O *-*
    I S2 Hobbits

  12. I have read the book like 7 times!

  13. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited! 11 days left!

  14. jacintabloo says:

    its crezy i love it the whole cast its blooming and once again peter jackson has done it right from lord of the rings which i still love

  15. I’m already mad. In my area, all the theatres are playing it in 3D. I can’t watch it like that. I never understand why that nonsense is pushed. Nobody is strictly a 3D movie watcher, but some of us are strictly 2D movie goers. We had a large group who planned on going, but won’t be seeing it opening day now. Doesn’t anyone realize making an area almost strictly 3D format will hurt sales? Oh well, I will have to just lose out on the fun and excitement about going to the opening. Boo to all involved in this blunder. Next time, think about what you’re trying to accomplish.

  16. What about reviews? Some people are complaining, about the movie -> :/

    • In the reviews I’ve read it seems people are complaining more about HFR than the movie. I still want to go in HFR though:)

  17. Martha Archer says:

    Dear Mr. Jackson: I have a student who is considered to be exceptional in that he was a near drowning victim when he was three and was in a coma for 3 months. He survived and is now 18, in a wheelchair, uses a voice output device for communication, is very intelligent and absolutely loves you and your movies. He and his family will be at the midnight showing this Thursday night in Ft. Lauderdale, as he aspires to be a film student one day. He would love to have an autographed photo of you. He doesn’t know I am requesting this. His name is Mathew Reardon and he is a student at South Plantation High school. I am his Speech Language Pathologist and would be eternally grateful to you if you would do this. The address of our school is South Plantation High School, 1300 SW 54th Avenue, Plantation, Florida 33317. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Martha Archer

  18. Hey there! Any idea where can I enjoy the best of 48FPS of ‘Hobbit’ in Delhi/NCR (India)? Don’t think there is an IMAX in here. Been asking everywhere, as I want to experience Peter’s magic to the hilt.

  19. Will Peter appear (cameo) in The Hobbit like in TLOR, or not?

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  21. Two days left for the Cyprus premiere. Posters are everywhere in Nicosia the capital. So excited!! Middle Earth here we come again :)!!

  22. On Thursday evening I made a special trip to Leicester Square to try and see the stars at the new Hobbit film premiere. After all last week Tom Cruise has spent over an hour meeting fans at the premiere of his new film.

    But when I got to Leicester Square the whole area was cordoned off with double security barriers and high screens so that no-one could see anything at all and certainly not get close to the ‘stars.’ All surrounding shops were also blocked off. So I left, it was too cold to bother staying.

    It was as though Peter Jackson – in his obvious arrogance – wanted to ban fans from seeing his stars. Why?

    Will I now see the Hobbit part 1 – NO probably not, I have two years to catch up. Will I see the new Snowman film – YES!!

  23. Can’t wait until tonight to watch it! Been watching this in the mean time..a new comedy series called ‘A simple walk to Mordor’ Brilliant.

  24. Watched the hobbit last nite, first impression was very impressed with the film as I loved reading all the books. My only gripe is that PJ has modified a few scenes which are clearly better the way they are written in the book, don’t know if PJ is trying to make his own stamp over Tolkien’s book, but I prefer the book to the movie. Saying that the movie is good as one would expect, but it should have been made as the book was written.
    PJ did the same thing with LOTR.

  25. So does PJ fancy a crack @ The Silmarillion ?
    That would make an interesting movie ;-P

  26. Terrible movie ever in lifetime

  27. Is there no full-length version of the Misty Mountains? The soundtrack is only 1m43sec and it’s NOT ENOUGH! Please record the whole poem – contact Russian Basso Profundo Monks for additional voices – but retain the opening exactly as it is.
    If released as a single it will go straight to number 1 and recoup the meagre cost of recording, ten thousandfold.

  28. There needs to be video of the world premier, where is the video.

  29. Just amazing

  30. Michelle says:

    The Prince is soooooooooooo cool!

  31. fabio de brito says:

    quando vai lançar o próximo capitulo?

  32. mithrandir says:

    This is an awesome film, i’ve seen it five times!!!!! can’t wait for it to come out on dvd!

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