BFI London Film Festival Guests: Atom Egoyan

This year’s BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL has just concluded. Here is one of the guests whom I met at the event:

Autographed drawing of director Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan. The Canadian stage and film director Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. His latest feature GUEST OF HONOUR, a story of family secrets with David Thewlis screened in the Festival’s Thrill category also on Tuesday 8 October.

His work is known for exploring the themes of alienation and isolation. One of my favourite Atom Egoyan films is THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997) with Ian Holm. It won the Grand Prix and Jury Prizes at the 50th Cannes Film Festival and Atom was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director Oscars. He also took part in the LFF Connects series at the BFI on 8 October, where he signed my sketch.

BFI London Film Festival Guests: Rian Johnson

This year’s BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL has just concluded. Here is one of the guests whom I met at the event:

Autographed drawing of director Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson. Described as a ‘genre-hopping’ director, Rian’s fifth feature film, KNIVES OUT, a ‘wickedly witty and stylish murder mystery’, featuring Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Michael Shannon to name a few, had Gala screenings at both the Odeon Luxe and the Embankment Garden’s pop-up cinema on Tuesday 8 October. Rian, who wrote and directed one of the most successful movies of all time, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI also did a Screen Talk on the same day at the BFI on London’s Southbank where he signed my sketch afterwards.

BFI London Film Festival Guest: Alejandro Landes

This year’s BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL has just concluded. Here is one of the guests that I met at the event:

Autographed drawing of director Alejandro Landes

Alejandro Landes. The Brazilian-born Colombian-Ecuadorian director’s third feature MONOS, the hallucinogenic and intoxicating thriller about child soldiers, set on a remote mountain top in Latin America is one of the most talked-about films of the year and won the top prize at the London Festival, adding to the numerous accolades already collected, including the Jury Prize at Sundance where it premiered in January and is Colombia’s Official entry for the Academy Awards.

Alejandro signed my sketch at the first screening of MONOS at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square.

Drawing: Kenneth Lonergan

Autographed drawing of writer Kenneth Lonergan

American film director, screenwriter and playwright Kenneth Lonergan was in London recently, visiting Wyndham’s theatre where his play THE STARRY MESSENGER opened last month with Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern. The original 2009 off-Broadway production also featured Matthew and Kenneth’s wife, J.Smith-Cameron.
Kenneth’s playwriting prowess came to prominence in 1996 with THIS IS OUR YOUTH, followed by THE WAVERLY GALLERY three years later, earning him a Pulitzer Prize nomination and LOBBY HERO in 2002. All three plays collected Tony Award nominations for their respective revivals.

Kenneth’s most notable film work is YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (2000) and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016), both written and directed by him and both included Matthew in their cast. He received Academy Award Best Original Screenplay nominations the two films, collecting the Oscar for the later. He also won the BAFTA Award. David Fear, writing in Rolling Stone said that MANCHESTER proved Kenneth was “practically peerless in portraying loss as a living, breathing thing without resorting to the vocabulary of griefporn.” In 2002 he co-wrote Martin Scorsese’s GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002), once again receiving Academy recognition with an Original Screenplay nomination.

It was great to meet Kenneth at Wyndham’s Theatre, where he kindly signed my drawing.