A most fantastic start to the BFI London Film Festival yesterday, as stars and fans packed out Leicester Square in what promises to be the biggest, glitziest film festival yet. If some are lamenting the state of the British film industry it was not apparent last night, as Ben Kingsley, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker and George Clooney attended the opening gala, the world premiere of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox.
The faces behind the festival were there too, including Artistic Director of the event Sandra Hebron, who reminded the film-going public that the team watch ten films for every one selected. Anyone doubting the quality of what's offer can rest assured that only the best offerings get through the selection process.
In a typical fashion for the film festival lots of screenings are sold out, but you can still book for a variety of events including a discussion tomorrow evening with Monsieur Provocateur a.k.a.Gaspar Noe, whose Enter The Void screens tomorrow, lovable part documentary, part fiction Paper Heart on Saturday, and fantastical, speedily paced MICMACS on Sunday.
Image of George Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at the premiere last night, from imagenet.com