Entertainment behind the scenes
How NOT to walk the red carpet
As a mere reporter, it is not often I get to mix with the rich and famous on the red carpet. But I got a rare chance this week when the organisers of the annual amfAR AIDS charity bash asked me and a few other reporters along to cover their star-studded event just outside Cannes.
After waiting an hour in a traffic jam just outside Mougins, where the giant marquee for 700 dinner guests is put up, the short walk along the packed red carpet to the entrance felt almost as long. Rows of reporters, including several colleagues, shouted out to just about everyone except me, or so it seemed. When one cameraman I know did finally acknowledge my presence, it was not to take a picture of me but to ask if I would take a picture of him. With a sigh and a smile, I did.
Treading on the back of elaborate and doubtless expensive dresses was a major concern, as was getting hold of a cocktail or two before the dinner and charity auction began. No surprises for guessing that the organisers put me in the far corner from the stage and we even had different crockery from the rest of the tables. But that’s not a complaint. Most of the guests paid for their places at the charity event to see Sharon Stone, Madonna, Dennis Hopper, Sean Combs and others on stage. The food and wine was the same, at least.