Keira's latest flick opens film festival
A MOVIE shot in Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare has opened the 54th BFI London Film Festival.
Production of Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go caused a stir in North Somerset last year when film crews used Clevedon Pier and beach, some streets in the town and the Regent Restaurant and Coffee Lounge in Weston as locations.
Fans came to see Keira Knightley and co-stars including Carey Mulligan, who has since found fame for her Bafta-winning starring role in An Education, as they spent three days filming scenes for the movie.
Speaking at the festival launch yesterday Pirates Of The Caribbean and Atonement star Knightley said that she loved her role in Never Let Me Go because her character is so obnoxious.
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The 25-year-old plays the villain in the film, adapted from a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro.
She said: "I saw that the character was fascinating – for me it was kind of a study of jealousy and fear. She commits great harm and I thought it was interesting trying to get into her head.
"I didn't like her, and it's tricky playing people that you don't like and finding a way to empathise with them."
Mulligan was also at the festival launch along with co-star Andrew Garfield, who has become a hot property in Hollywood after starring in new blockbuster The Social Network, which tells the story of the creation of website Facebook, and landing the role of Spider-Man in the next film for the superhero franchise.
Caroline Norbury, chief executive of South West Screen, said: "The South West is home to one of the healthiest film and television industries outside of London, and we're delighted to see an excellent film made using our locations and crew open such a prestigious event in the film calendar.
"Last year, film and television production brought in £62 million to the South West, a significant economic impact, and this kind of exposure shows how far the cultural impact reaches too."
North Somerset Council's executive member for tourism Felicity Baker said: "We are very pleased to have attracted filming such a high-profile production to our part of the country and wish it every success at the box office."
Never Let Me Go will be in UK cinemas from 21 January 2011.
It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month before having its first UK showing at the BFI London Film Festival yesterday.
The festival is the largest public film event in the UK, and is showcasing 197 features and 112 shorts, including international premieres presented by cast members and filmmakers, before closing on October 24 with Danny Boyle's film 127 Hours.