London Film Festival Closes With 'Steve Jobs'
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin provided the star power on the closing night.
Having opened with Suffragette, honored Cate Blanchett with the BFI Fellowship (the British Film Institute's highest award), given its top film prize to Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari (for Chevalier) and welcomed Geena Davis for a conference about gender inequality in the industry, the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday went against its own grain and closed with a film about a man, directed by a man and starring a man.
Universal's Steve Jobs brought the curtain down on the 59th edition of the event, with lead star Michael Fassbender, director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin on the red carpet alongside fellow cast members Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston.
The film, which has already been released in the U.S. but was having its European premiere in London, marked Boyle's third as the festival closing title following Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. The director, who is set to start shooting the follow-up to his 1996 breakthrough Trainspotting next year, commented that he'd edited Steve Jobs "just 200 meters" from the cinema in Leicester Square.
At the festival's awards on Saturday night, Blanchett was the star attraction, accepting her BFI Fellowship from Lord of the Rings co-star and "friend" Ian McKellen, with an array of filmmakers, including Peter Jackson, offering their praise of the actress via a video message.
"For Galadriel, we needed someone with grace, poise, sophistication and culture ... and you don't normally look to Australia" for that, joked Jackson.
On collecting her award, a "flabbergasted and dumbstruck" Blanchett responded to a concern her husband had offered at the start of her career.
"He told me, 'darling, you're wonderfully talented but you might only have a five-year window in the film industry,' " she said. "Well, fuck you darling, I'm still here!"
The festival also marked the last with Greg Dyke as chairman of the BFI after eight years. BFI CEO Amanda Nevill praised Dyke — who is stepping down next spring — for his stewardship and asking her just hours after joining the institute to "stop being so polite!"
Warner Bros.' U.K. chief Josh Berger is among those considered the favorites to replace Dyke.