LOS ANGELES: West Hollywood
Hollywood held the US premiere of The Water Diviner this week, a much smaller premiere compared to the world premiere held in Sydney, Australia of December 2014. Russell Crowe, Ryan Corr, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz and other cast members attended the red carpet premiere. Although smaller, nothing in Hollywood is technically small as fans were lined up along the boulevard. Since it has been released and promoted in various other countries, much of the cast did not attend. Paparazzi and press were in full force regardless of the absence of A-Listers Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney who also starred in the film.
“The film opens in 1919, after the end of World War I. Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) is an Australian farmer, and water diviner. He is shown locating and digging a well. When he returns home after his exertions, his wife Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie) discloses that his three sons Art, Edward (James Fraser) and Henry (Ben O’Toole) left for war to serve with the ANZACs at the Battle of Gallipoli 5 years previously and have not returned. All are presumed dead. As the story unfolds Eliza unable to deal with the grief commits suicide and Connor pledges to bring the bodies of his sons home to be buried alongside their mother.”
The after party was held nowhere near by at the Chateau Marmont. Guests drove ten minutes to West Hollywood where attendees enjoyed a few selfies and cocktails before the party came to an early close. With the film having been released four months previously, it makes sense that both the premiere and post party were comprised of a more intimate crowd. It felt like a New York premiere, smaller, fewer celebrities and over prior to midnight. Still, less crowded post parties give ample opportunity to have better conversations and actually meet the cast members, on this case, Russell Crowe.