London Film Festival blog: day 8

21 October 2009

an education

Day eight of the London Film Festival and – having already spent 17 hours in darkened rooms, watching 10 films – we’re starting to develop a slightly early case of seasonal affective disorder.

Add to that the fact that yesterday we cried all the way through the astonishingly harrowing post-apocalyptic movie The Road (an Oscar contender, for sure), then sobbing for Ben Whishaw’s Keats in Bright Star, while on Friday we were weeping to Tom Ford’s grief-stricken directorial debut, A Single Man (starring Colin Firth) – and it’s all getting a bit emotional.

Thank goodness for the glamour, then, for keeping us on an even keel. And last night was fabulous, being the premiere of An Education.

The gorgeously-styled 1961 period piece has already received critical acclaim and is guaranteed to catapult Carey Mulligan into stardom (her rumoured romance with Shia La Beouf isn’t hurting either). She’s being hailed as the new Audrey Hepburn and has even caught Anna Wintour’s eye. After seeing the film Anna told reporters Carey 'is going to be a big star. She is a stunning and talented young woman.' And Anna has impeccable taste.

So Carey Mulligan is the name on everyone’s lips in Hollywood, but what did you think of her Vionnet dress? A bit grown up for the 24-year-old, perhaps? Or totally in tune with the vintage feel of the film? Whatever you thought of her on the red carpet (and we thought she looked stunning), you’ll completely understand the fuss when you see her wonderful performance.

And today, we’re back in the cinema for The Scouting Book For Boys and, another weepie, The Boys Are Back. Brilliantly, two men we have a soft spot for (but for very different reasons) will be hitting the red carpet – little Thomas Turgoose for Scouting and the much bigger Clive Owen The Boys. Then tonight we’ll be bathing in the light of a SAD lamp.

- Hannah Marriott and Holly Fraser


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