Samantha Morton reveals two sequels to The Unloved, while Alice Lowe pitches a flick cross between Madame Bovary and Trainspotting
Morton on the moveHow good to be back after a long summer gathering nuggets.
Venice was interesting – Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is a mighty piece and Susanne Bier's romcom Love Is All You Need a surprise charmer that, handled right, could be a big hit.
But the lack of a British flick presence was lamentable - all the Brits have gone to Toronto hoping for distribution deals and Oscar buzz.
I'd have thought Joe Wright's Anna Karenina would have been well received there, just as Atonement was in 2007.
Between you and me, I hear the British industry has decreed Venice too expensive now, although I think Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy did pretty well out of it last year.
It was left to the brilliant Samantha Morton to fly the flag on the Lido, which she did as a spectacularly committed and thoughtful jury member.
When I shared a glass of prosecco or two with her, she was thrilled to reveal that she's been commissioned to do two more parts to her excellent debut flick The Unloved.
"They won't be sequels as such," she told me, "but they'll examine the care system through different girls and situations." Sam has moved to the countryside with her husband Harry Holm to write in peace and quiet.
"Not sure it was the best idea for me," she says, "but time will tell and if I knuckle down and get the scripts done then it'll all be worth it."
Sight to beholdOne of the stars at the new-look London flick festival launch – apart from new boss Clare Stewart – was Alice Lowe , about to have a huge breakout success in Ben Wheatley's terrific black comedy Sightseers.
The flick is sure to be a highlight of the LFF as it was in its sidebar at Cannes and at its screenings in Toronto.
The film's international appeal is perhaps surprising because much of its charm is its very English specificity, an erotic odyssey checking out Midlands beauty spots such as Redditch.
"We played it in Germany and it took them a while to start laughing," Alice told me.
"Different audiences laugh at very different bits, but as long as they laugh, we're all right." Indeed, considering the flick is about a murderous couple, playing it for comedy was always a risk.
"We took research very seriously actually," says Alice, who wrote the script with her co-star Steve Oram.
"We looked at Fred and Rosemary West and the Moors murderers very closely."
Alice revealed she workshopped her character Tina using ideas from her favourite film, the Maysleses' Grey Gardens, with a smattering of Ronnie Corbett's Timothy from the 80s sitcom Sorry! "Tina's kind of me if I'd stayed at home and not dared to go into acting," she says.
She's going into directing next.
"The Sightseers experience has finally given me confidence," she says with delight.
"I'm working on making a flick called Lilly, which I'm pitching as Madame Bovary meets Trainspotting.
Usually, I'd be laughed out of the room with that, but after Sightseers, people hear that and think: hmm, interesting…"
Sightseers is scheduled for UK release on 30 November after premiering at the LFF on 20 October.
Goody two shoesI was lucky enough to be at the Hackney Picturehouse for the premiere of Shut Up and Play the Hits, a rocking concert doc about the last gig of James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem.
James is a very funny and eloquent fellow, and he told me he's been working on a novel since retiring his band from the dance music scene.
He's also been racking up the ailments and we spent much time backstage discussing injuries.
You know it's time to call it a day on dance music when you've got a perforated eardrum (from scuba diving) and a nasty case of gout (he blames his dad's genes and an overdose of champagne at a recent wedding).
Meanwhile, a guest at the premiere was Klaxons bassist Jamie Reynolds, who told me he's directing his first film, a doc about 80s star Adam Ant and his comeback tour.
"I was approached to do the film," he says.
" And the chance to get into film-making was too good for me to turn down.
We've been filming on and off for over a year and it's been eye-opening but I think it's getting there.
I'm hopeful it'll be ready to show pretty soon." While his bandmate James Righton is also dipping into the flick world by getting engaged to Keira Knightley, Reynolds promised me this doesn't mean Klaxons are quitting music.
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