The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival closed last night with the world premiere of Sam Taylor Wood’s John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy (October 29).
Taylor-Wood attended the screening along with cast members Aaron Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff and David Morrissey.
The first time feature film director said it was a “huge honour” to be closing the festival, and dedicated the film to the late Anthony Minghella, who produced her short film Love You More. Douglas Rae, who produced Nowhere Boy with Kevin Loader and Robert Bernstein, said that “Anthony’s legacy has lived on through this film.”
The closing night gala rounded off two weeks of screenings and industry events, including the festival’s first stand alone awards ceremony. BFI director Amanda Nevill, who introduced the film at the Odeon Leicester Square, described it as the “highest profile London Film Festival we’ve ever had”.
“It’s put the spotlight on to London and reminded the world that London and Britain is a centre of creativity,” she added.
According to festival organisers the festival saw record attendance this year with audiences increasing from 115,000 last year to 124,000 this year.
The festival has played host to 15 world premieres, 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK.
Last night’s screening was followed by a black tie after party at One Marylebone.