- Title: Royal kick off: Olivia Colman, Sarah Ferguson attend BFI LFF preview gala
- Date: 1st October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ACTOR JOAN COLLINS ARRIVING NATHALIE EMMANUEL POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS "ROCKETMAN" ACTOR TARON EGERTON POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS/ EGERTON WITH OTHER GUEST EMMANUEL SPEAKING TO REPORTER, WITH FERGUSON IN BACKGROUND SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, NATHALIE EMMANUEL, ON ADVICE SHE WOULD GIVE NEW FILMMAKERS, SAYING: "I think that when dealing with sensitive issues, like race or gender or religion, make sure that you do your research, get people who do know what they are talking about when it comes to these specific issues. You know, we are having things like intimacy consultants now to make sure like during sex scenes we have, everyone's made to feel comfortable. You have have that same thing when it comes to issues of, when you are portraying racism, portraying sexism, when you are portraying homophobia, etc., etc., you know, or religious discrimination, or whatever. You need to find people that can support the actors and other people on your set who might be affected by these issues. I think that's really important." ACTOR TUPPENCE MIDDLETON SPEAKING TO REPORTER, WITH ACTOR CARA HORGAN (IN WHITE) BEHIND HER SPEAKING TO THE CEO OF THE BFI, AMANDA NEVILL (IN PINK) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, CARA HORGAN, ON ADVICE SHE WOULD GIVE NEW FILMMAKERS AND ON FEMALE DIRECTING, SAYING: "Regardless of gender, for first-time filmmakers, if you are making something that you feel uniquely, is a story that you feel you must tell, I think that passion comes across and it is still harder for female filmmakers than it is for male filmmakers, but the climate is changing." "FLEABAG" ACTOR, SIAN CLIFFORD, SPEAKING TO REPORTER ACTOR LESLEY MANVILLE POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS MANVILLE SPEAKING TO REPORTER, WITH PAN TO ACTOR EMILY BEECHAM SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, LESLEY MANVILLE, ON WHAT TO COME AND SEE AT THE FESTIVAL, SAYING: "My friend, Jim Broadbent has a very good rule with the London Film Festival. He said every year he will get the brochure, he'll turn the pages with his eyes closed and stick a pin in and whatever it is, he will do that twice and he will go and see whatever. And that's a good thing to do because you could trawl through it and just think, well I don't know much about that and do I know much about the film scene in Germany at the moment, or Poland - just go and see something that you know absolutely nothing about. (REPORTER SAYS THEY LOVE THAT IDEA). It's a good idea, isn't it?" "SHAUN OF THE DEAD" DIRECTOR EDGAR WRIGHT POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS "FREE FIRE" AND "HIGH-RISE" DIRECTOR BEN WHEATLEY SPEAKING TO REPORTER FINALISTS FOR THE IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN FILMMAKER BURSARY AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BFI (L-R): "MONSOON" WRITER-DIRECTOR, HONG KHAOU, "RIALTO" DIRECTOR, PETER MACKIE BURNS, NEVILL (IN PINK), "SAINT MAUD" WRITER-DIRECTOR, ROSE GLASS, CEO OF IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN, CHRISTOPHER GRAINGER-HERR AND ANOTHER POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS GLASS (R) WITH HOST, BROADCASTER JONATHAN ROSS (L) SPEAKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) "SAINT MAUD" WRITER-DIRECTOR, ROSE GLASS, ON OVER HALF BEING FEMALE DIRECTORS/CO-DIRECTORS AT THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL, SAYING: "Totally, it's obviously a much needed kind of shift that is happening, feels like it's gradual but, diversity of voices is always a good thing. It means you get more diverse stories, and hopefully more interesting, varied experiences for audiences, so it's all good." ROSS (L) AND FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, TRICIA TUTTLE (R) SPEAKING TO REPORTERS
- Embargoed: 15th October 2019 23:52
- Keywords: Ben Wheatley Tuppence Middleton Joan Collins Olivia Colman Natalie Emmanuel Dev Patel Edgar Wright Sarah Ferguson Taron Egerton Lesley Manville Terry Gilliam Duchess of York Cara Horgan
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA003AZ9PLXP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The Queen and a duchess walked the blue carpet at the British Film Institute's London Film Festival fundraising gala on Tuesday night (October 1), on the eve of the film festival's opening night.
Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman who plays Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix TV series, "The Crown", and Queen Anne in "The Favourite" arrived at London's Roundhouse to hear who would be awarded the Â£50,000 IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI at the "LUMINOUS" gala that recognises outstanding UK filmmaking talent.
She was joined by Sarah Ferguson, Britain's Duchess of York, who recently welcomed the news of her eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice's engagement to Italian property developer, Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi.
Ferguson told Reuters Edo and her other son-in-law, Jack Brooksbank who is married to her youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie, were "beautiful boys". She also hinted that the wedding would be in Britain and not Italy, Mapelli Mozzi's homeland.
Actor Dev Patel who stars in the opening night film, "The Personal History of David Copperfield" by director Armando Iannucci, also turned up on the night, calling the film "the best of British" talent.
Other actors in attendance included Joan Collins, Taron Egerton, Gemma Arterton, Tuppence Middleton, Natalie Emmanuel, Cara Horgan and Lesley Manville. They were joined by filmmakers Terry Gilliam, Edgar Wright and Ben Wheatley.
Emmanuel and Horgan welcomed the growth of more diverse voices and stories in filmmaking, including from female directors who make up over half of the films from 75 countries being screened this year.
"Game of Thrones" actor Emmanuel called on all aspiring filmmakers to do their research thoroughly, especially when dealing with sensitive topics like race, gender and religion.
Finalists nominated for the film bursary included "Saint Maud" writer-director Rose Glass, "Monsoon" writer-director Hong Khaou, and "Rialto" director Peter Mackie Burns. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle acted as lead juror. Glass won the award.
The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 2 until October 13, when Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman", starring Robert De Niro closes the festival.
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