London Film Fest opens with 'Scotland'


LONDON -- This year's Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening with the unspooling of Kevin Macdonald's fictional feature debut "The Last King Of Scotland" at the Odeon Leicester Square. The red carpet gala, one of a baker's dozen of special gala events programd by the organizers of the 50th edition of the U.K.'s largest non-competitive film festival, was introduced to a packed house by festival director Sandra Hebron. Oscar winner Macdonald was on hand to introduce his film. The next two weeks will see a host of glittering events in the U.K. capital, with gala bows from the U.S. including Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus" and "Stranger Than Fiction," directed by Marc Forster. To help celebrate the festival's 50th year, organizers are planning to make "behind the scenes" video podcasts available to subscribers. The festival runs Oct. 18-Nov. 2.