Wednesday, 7 September 2011
I made my way into the cinema to find none other than film critic and national treasure Robbie Collin sitting by himself. I don't know why he'd arrived alone and so early but I could probably hazard a guess.
Eventually the BFI's Artistic Director took to the stage for her final London Film Festival introduction in a magnificent pair of knee-high black FMBs that completely distracted attention from every word she said. You can't see them in this picture but they're permanently etched in a dark and troubled recess of my mind, so that's where you'll need to go to see them in all their shiny, wipe-clean glory.
After the vaguely meh announcements of opening film 360 (now officially pronounced "Three Sixty", FYI) and closing film The Deep Blue Sea, it's good to see that the films that have been clogging up all the other festivals around the world are getting an airing here next month.
Stand by for a long and boring rundown of what I'm looking forward to in the next few days, but the obvious big draws are Clooney/Goslingasm The Ides Of March, silent beauty The Artist (I'VE ALREADY SEEN IT, LOOK AT ME EVERYONE), a cast of alarmingly hot talent (and Keira Knightley) in Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Steve McQueen's long-awaited second feature Shame and the Cannes-impressing We Need To Talk About Kevin.
All that remained was to grab my goodie bag and devour the Green & Black's chocolate I'd been looking forward to. Alas, due to a massive administrative balls up, the chocolate had been replaced by this:
The fun starts on October 12th and ends at about 9pm on the 27th. No fun is permitted after that time.