One Direction fans take over London

2013-08-21 09:29
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London - Thousands of One Direction fans were massing in central London on Tuesday with the British boyband due to launch their first film with a glitzy red carpet premiere.

Teenage girls have camped out since Sunday to secure prime spots, hoping to catch a glimpse of the five singers when they turn up for the first screening of One Direction: This Is Us.

The film, made by Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock, shows the group in concert at London's O2 Arena, along with fly-on-the-wall footage showing life inside one of the world's biggest bands.

They have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming the first British act to top the Billboard chart with their debut album.

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With thousands of fans already in place, organisers fear tens of thousands more may try to descend on Leicester Square, the cinema-packed home of UK film premieres.

'I didn't sleep at all'

They set up special areas so fans, nicknamed "Directioners", could see the band arriving but urged others to follow the action online.

"The red carpet is being streamed live all over the world, so they can get the best views from the comfort of their own homes," organisers said.

The group comprises Irish-born Niall Horan, 19, Zayn Malik, 20, Liam Payne, 19, Harry Styles, 19, and Louis Tomlinson, 21.

Fans sang and chanted to pass the time, holding up dolls of the band members, flags, home-made placards and messages including: "Harry you wanna marry me?"

Emily Gee, 16, from Solihull in central England, camped out while her mother stayed in a nearby hotel.

"I didn't sleep at all. I'm completely shattered," she said.

"I don't know how to explain in words how I feel. I'm buzzing - I can't wait.

"I like them all equally but I love Niall."

Global superstars

The band were put together in 2010 during the television singing competition The X Factor. They came third in the public vote but the show's mogul Simon Cowell signed them up and they have gone on to become global superstars.

Their hits include What Makes You Beautiful from their debut album Up All Night and Live While We're Young from their follow-up album, Take Me Home.

Iraia Landaluze, 18, is visiting London with her family and they joined the throng in Leicester Square.

"I have come down as I'm a big fan. I like One Direction as they are normal boys. Liam's my favourite," the Spaniard said.

Of the crowds, she added: "It's crazy."

'Tough' for their parents.

One scene from the film features Payne's father talking about how much he misses his son because of the constant touring.

The singer told BBC television: "For me that was a bit difficult to watch. He's always so happy when I see him and happy to have me home; to actually see what he's like when I'm not there was a bit mad."

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Tomlinson agreed it was "tough" for their parents.

"It kind of just happened out of the blue and our mums just had to wave goodbye to us on The X Factor so I think it was a lot for them to take in at first," he said.

Spurlock said fans would enjoy seeing how "normal" the band are.

"You see five guys who are the same five guys they were three years ago," he said. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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