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Sunday 25 August 2019

LFF director eagerly awaits Pitt

Brad Pitt's film Fury will close the London Film Festival
Brad Pitt's film Fury will close the London Film Festival
Clare Stewart says she's looking forward to Brad Pitt attending the London Film Festival

London Film Festival director Clare Stewart has admitted one of the highlights of her job has been finding out that Brad Pitt will close the festival.

Brad is due to attend the premiere of his upcoming World War II film Fury on the final day of London Film Festival as part of the event's closing ceremony.

Clare said of his booking: "It's not too shabby, is it? That's one of those great highlights being a festival director, when someone picks up the phone and tells you that Brad's going to be on the carpet."

She continued: "Fury is a really extraordinary cinematic achievement, directed by David Ayer, who of course was with the festival two years ago for his film End Of Watch. The same gripping action direction that he demonstrates there is very present here.

"It's five men in a tank, in Germany, at the end of the war, and he shows the real human aspects of being in the trenches."

London Film Festival opened last night (October 8) with The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing's breaking of the Enigma code which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley who are both from London.

Clare said at the film's premiere: "I was delighted to hear Benedict say how honoured and proud he was to be front and centre of what is his home festival. I think Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, here on the red carpet, it does feel like a home coming."

The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, runs until October 19.

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