Centrepiece Gala: Testament of Youth at BFI London Film Festival
Date posted: 15.10.2014
Last night saw the stars of Testament of Youth descend on the BFI London Film Festival red carpet for the Centrepiece Gala, supported by the Mayor of London and Film London.
Red carpet glamour
The film, an adaptation of Vera Brittain's well-loved memoir of the same name, received its world premiere. Produced in the UK featuring a host of home grown talent, the film was partly shot in London, including locations such the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and a Smithsfield church.
Stars on the red carpet included Kit Harington, Emily Watson, Dominic West and Colin Morgan.
The Gala was also attended by the Mayor of London, who arrived on a bicycle to greet the red carpet photographers.
Getting down to business
Speaking on stage before the screening, Boris Johnson heralded London as a booming centre for production and thanked Film London's role in making it happen.
The Mayor revealed new statistics which showed that more features are being shot in the capital than ever before. Over 100 features were shot on location in London in 2013, compared to 60 in 2012.
The Mayor credited the "creativity and dynamism" of the capital's filmmakers for helping to elevate London to its current position as "an important global hub for film production."
He continued, "We are working closely with Film London to ensure that this city continues to compete with those other great filmmaking centres New York and LA. I am delighted to support this hugely important sector, which generates billions for our economy and brings thousands of jobs to the capital."
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, added that he was proud to be working alongside the Mayor of London to support the Festival. "Not only a flagship cultural event for our great capital, it has also become an important event on the international film industry calendar."