‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (above) won the Best Film award at the 55th BFI London Film Festival last night at a ceremony in Clerkenwell attended by Terry Gilliam, Liam Neeson and Gillian Anderson. This bold adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel, directed by Lynne Ramsay, had its British premiere at the festival last Monday as the Time Out Special Screening and opened in cinemas last Friday – where it’s already taken a whopping £786,000 in six days. Werner Herzog won the Grierson Award for best documentary for ‘Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life’, an anatomy of a murder and a subtle plea for the end of the death penalty. Also, both David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes were made BFI fellows – with Liam Neeson handing the award to Fiennes, his ‘Schindler’s List’ co-star. The London Film Festival closes tonight with the British premiere of Terence Davies’s ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, starring Rachel Weisz.
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