The London Film Festival got off to a mixed start last night with a red carpet gala screening of Fernando ‘City of God’ Meirelles’s new film ‘360’ (above), followed by a swanky black-tie bash at Saatchi Gallery. The main drawback to proceedings was that the film – written by ‘Frost/Nixon’ scribe Peter Morgan and starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins amid a sprawling cast of unknowns – was largely awful, a flat, insight-free globetrotting portmanteau piece in the ‘Babel’ mold, with no memorable characters or scenes. Think of it as ‘Love Actually’ without the jokes. Matters improved at the gallery, however, with free-flowing champagne, ‘interesting’ canapes and plenty of banter. It seems, however, that the LFF party planning committee have failed to learn the lessons of last year: twice now, a party which seemed to be in full swing has ground to a screeching halt when the bars closed at 11pm on the dot, at which point the burly bouncers began manhandling the great and good of the British film industry out the door and into the street.
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