SCREEN IDOLS The star-stud­ded launch of the Lon­don Film Fes­ti­val

Bri­tish cin­ema’s bright­est names came to­gether to toast the launch of the Lon­don Film Fes­ti­val By TERESA FITZHERBERT

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The red car­pet was rolled out at the Rose­wood in Hol­born for the open­ing gala of the Lon­don Film Fes­ti­val. Hosted by Amanda Nevill, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the BFI, and IWC Schaffhausen’s Ge­orges Kern, the party was

brim­ming with Bri­tish tal­ent. Dou­glas Booth, Luke Tread­away and Sai Ben­nett were among those pos­ing against the gold walls of the 3-D photo booth, while Ju­lian Fel­lowes

and Tom Hooper caught up over glasses of Ruinart Cham­pagne. Rob Bry­don, who was the com­père for the

night, kept guests en­ter­tained be­tween cour­ses of Cor­nish-crab crum­ble and fil­let of beef, with im­pres­sions of Al Pa­cino and an im­promptu waltz with David Wal­liams. Yet the star of the evening was Cate Blanchett, who pre­sented

the first ever Bur­sary Award to the film-maker Hope Dick­son Leach, be­fore a heart-stop­ping per­for­mance of film

scores by the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Con­cert Orches­tra.

Cate Blanchett in Gucci

David Wal­liams Char­lotte Til­bury

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Erin O’Con­nor

Sam Rollinson in La Ma­nia

Der­mot O’Leary

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Sai Ben­nett

Dou­glas Booth

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Ju­lian Fel­lowes

Am­ber Le Bon

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