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Royal kick off: Olivia Colman, Sarah Ferguson attend BFI LFF preview gala

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Royal kick off: Olivia Colman, Sarah Ferguson attend BFI LFF preview gala

Royal kick off: Olivia Colman, Sarah Ferguson attend BFI LFF preview gala

Britain's Duchess of York hints that her daughter, Princess Beatrice's upcoming wedding will be held in Britain.

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Royal kick off: Olivia Colman, Sarah Ferguson attend BFI LFF preview gala

The Queen and a duchess walked the blue carpet at the British Film Institute's London Film Festival fundraising gala on Tuesday night (October 1), on the eve of the film festival's opening night.

Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman who plays Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix TV series, "The Crown", and Queen Anne in "The Favourite" arrived at London's Roundhouse to hear who would be awarded the £50,000 IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI at the "LUMINOUS" gala that recognises outstanding UK filmmaking talent.

She was joined by Sarah Ferguson, Britain's Duchess of York, who recently welcomed the news of her eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice's engagement to Italian property developer, Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi.

Ferguson told Reuters Edo and her other son-in-law, Jack Brooksbank who is married to her youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie, were "beautiful boys".

She also hinted that the wedding would be in Britain and not Italy, Mapelli Mozzi's homeland.

Actor Dev Patel who stars in the opening night film, "The Personal History of David Copperfield" by director Armando Iannucci, also turned up on the night, calling the film "the best of British" talent.

Other actors in attendance included Joan Collins, Taron Egerton, Gemma Arterton, Tuppence Middleton, Natalie Emmanuel, Cara Horgan and Lesley Manville.

They were joined by filmmakers Terry Gilliam, Edgar Wright and Ben Wheatley.

Emmanuel and Horgan welcomed the growth of more diverse voices and stories in filmmaking, including from female directors who make up over half of the films from 75 countries being screened this year.

"Game of Thrones" actor Emmanuel called on all aspiring filmmakers to do their research thoroughly, especially when dealing with sensitive topics like race, gender and religion.

Finalists nominated for the film bursary included "Saint Maud" writer-director Rose Glass, "Monsoon" writer-director Hong Khaou, and "Rialto" director Peter Mackie Burns.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle acted as lead juror.

Glass won the award.

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 2 until October 13, when Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman", starring Robert De Niro closes the festival.

(Production: Ben Makori and Lisa Giles-Keddie)




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