- 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*** VARIOUS OF "THE QUEEN" ACTOR, OLIVIA COLMAN ARRIVING AT BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL FUNDRAISING GALA "LUMINOUS", A DAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL STARTS AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OF BRITAIN'S DUCHESS OF YORK AND PRODUCER OF "THE YOUNG VICTORIA", SARAH FERGUSON SPEAKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITAIN'S DUCHESS OF YORK AND PRODUCER OF "THE YOUNG VICTORIA", SARAH FERGUSON, ON ADVICE SHE WOULD GIVE NEW FILMMAKERS AND RESPONDING TO REPORTS THAT HER DAUGHTER, PRINCESS BEATRICE MAY NOT BE GETTING MARRIED IN ITALY NOW, DUE TO THE QUEEN NOT BEING ABLE TO FLY, SAYING: "As I was saying, it took me 15 years to make 'Young Victoria' and I never gave up - and as you know, Fergie never does give up but I am still here, nearly 60 years old, 60 in two weeks - you have got some shopping days, and I'm excited to stand here with great pride in Britain is good and put the 'great' back into Britain." REPORTER (OFF CAMERA): "Congratulations, the second daughter, the other daughter getting married." FERGUSON: "I know. Beautiful boys, Jack (Brooksbank) and Edo (Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi) - aren't they fantastic? And Edo I have known all my life, and Alby (Shale) is my godson, his brother." REPORTER (OFF CAMERA): "In terms of, if it (the wedding) is not happening in Italy, are they desperately now trying to find somewhere else (to hold the wedding) because I hear that the Queen cannot fly, I mean if it is not Italy, where else would it be?" FERGUSON: "It can only be Britain. Anyway, don't believe what you read." ACTOR DEV PATEL, WHO STARS IN THE FESTIVAL'S OPENING NIGHT FILM, "THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD" POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OF DIRECTOR AND "MONTY PYTHON" STAR, TERRY GILLIAM ARRIVING WITH WIFE MAGGIE WESTON PATEL (RIGHT) AND "GAME OF THRONES" ACTOR NATHALIE EMMANUEL (LEFT) SPEAKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, DEV PATEL, ON BEING IN THE OPENING NIGHT FILM, SAYING: "It's incredible, like what a crazy, crazy thing to happen. Yeah, I mean I don't take any credit for it. I just think that Armando (Iannucci) is a genius and like a wonderful cast in the movie. It really is the best of British, so let's see."
- 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: LVA001AZ9PLXP
- 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.
(Production: Ben Makori and Lisa Giles-Keddie)
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