Party Of The Week: Glorious wartime spirit hits Soho
Friday 30 October 2009
The Glorious 39 director Stephen Poliakoff and the film's star Romola Garai headed to an intimate private drinks reception at Kettner's in Soho, to celebrate the film's British premiere at the London Film Festival.
Garai, 27, who recently starred in a BBC1 adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma (adapted by Poliakoff's screenwriter wife Sandy Welch, who was also at the soiree) had taken off her platform sandals by the end of the night, because they were sky high.
Dressed in Burberry and bright red lipstick, Garai had invited a group of her pals to join the Glorious 39 cast at the party.
Jenny Agutter and Hugh Bonneville mingled with Bill Nighy, who, with Garai, reprises the father-daughter relationship first seen in the 2003 movie I Capture the Castle.
Poliakoff's new British thriller is set against a backdrop of pre-World War Two Britain and the party's music included the film's soundtrack by Poliakoff's long-time collaborator Adrian Johnston, as well as some wartime classics.
The film marks Poliakoff's return to the cinema after an 11-year absence his previous feature films include the 1991 hit Close My Eyes.
Arriving at the premiere early, David Tennant, who plays a family friend in the film, appeared in an expansive mood. And Poliakoff was also in celebratory mode, saying of his new leading lady, Garai: "I'd been following her with great interest. I needed an extraordinary talent and she is an extraordinary talent that holds this film together. I think she is our next big star, our next Kate Winslet."
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Laurie Lee's Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer's work and be immortalised forever on the page?
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Doctor Who series 8: Time Heist pictures revealed ahead of episode 5
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'