The 54th London Film Festival continues its great tradition of a momentous start and finish with this year's Opening and Closing Night Gala films - Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go and Danny Boyle's 127 Hours.
Never Let Me Go, adapted from the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as young adults with dark destinies at a mysterious British boarding school. Here Artistic Director Sandra Hebron explains why the film makes an excellent start for the Festival, followed by an extract from an onstage interview with producers Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich at BFI Southbank, shot by Empire Magazine during Movie-Con 2010.
Closing Night film 127 Hours is the much anticipated realisation of the story of Aron Ralston, an American climber who was forced to take drastic action when his arm was trapped by a boulder in Utah. Again Sandra Hebron discusses the film's ideal fit for the Festival, and director Danny Boyle then describes the project's origins in another onstage interview at BFI Southbank shot by Empire Magazine at Movie-Con 2010.