Tricia Tuttle lifts the lid on her final London BFI Film Festival with ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ | New

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The BFI London Film Festival (LFF) 2022 closed with a tribute to outgoing Festivals Director Tricia Tuttle from CEO Ben Roberts; and a look at inspirations from Rian Johnson’s closing film Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads of the star cast.

Roberts credited Tuttle with steering the festival for the past five editions “through a few tough years, towards the renewed festival we have just enjoyed. Unfortunately for us, she takes off her BFI cowboy boots.

“We started at the BFI around the same time; I know I speak for so many colleagues when I say you’re just a fantastic colleague and a truly amazing person – and it’s sad you’re leaving,” Roberts told Tuttle, who will remain in his post until in early 2023. while the BFI recruits a replacement.

Tuttle then received a bouquet of flowers from BFI Festivals Producer Olivia Howe; and an “all-access” festival wristband from Roberts. “Never say we don’t spend money on the BFI,” the chief executive joked.

The famous festival director joked that she “thought Ben was going to make me sing ‘Islands In The Stream’ with him” like he did during rehearsal.

“The whole festival team and all of the filmmakers have really enjoyed being in spaces with audiences that we’ve frequented over the past two weeks, sharing incredibly powerful films, series and immersive work,” Tuttle said.

“I think it’s one of the best LFF to date, and it depends on the team. I’m incredibly visible, but I can tell you with absolute clarity that I’m not doing it myself. L he commitment, professionalism and love of this team in this festival is so incredible.

Roberts began his remarks by celebrating “one of the busiest and most lively editions of the festival that I can remember”.

“We knew early in the week that we were going to exceed our audience’s expectations for this year,” he said. “We did, and I think it’s a much needed celebration of screen culture; and an affirmation of new voices at the festival.

Last month, the BFI unveiled its ten-year strategy titled Screen Culture 2033, with Roberts saying the institute must “do more with less” going forward.

At the closing event of the LFF, he appealed for financial support from those present. “We are a charity; all of our charitable work, including the national archives, our education programs, this festival — it’s expensive,” Roberts said. “So if you had a big festival; if you came to Southbank; if you were moved by this trailer for the National Archives; you can help in small ways. You can also help in a big way! »

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The festival ended with the European premiere of Rian Johnson’s Netflix thriller Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads. “We want you tonight to just follow my lead – loosen your ties a bit, relax and have a good time,” Johnson said as he introduced the film.

It also kept itself from spoilers on several occasions. “To everyone here – we’re seeing this early on so we don’t know spoiler we’re all cool here!”

Johnson was joined by several of his star cast including Daniel Craig, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick, Leslie Odom Jr. and Madelyn Cline.

The film is the first of at least two Knives out sequels, following an unprecedented Netflix deal in March 2021, worth $450 million.

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After the screening, the cast, writer-director and producer Ram Bergman returned to the LFF stage for a Q&A. “It’s bigger because of who and what it’s about,” said Johnson, who credited Agatha Christie for reimagining the show. “I wanted to let the audience know that going forward, that’s what we’re going to try to do with this – give everyone their own purpose, their own identity.”

The film features cameos from late-screen legends Angela Lansbury, who died last week aged 96; and Stephen Sondheim, who died in November 2021 at the age of 91.

Both will receive dedications in the final credits cut when the film is released. Glass Onion will be the first Netflix title to play in each of the three major UK cinema chains, with an exclusive cinema window from November 23-29 – the same dates it will play in the US, as well as territories such as Ireland , Italy, Germany and Spain.

The film will then debut on Netflix worldwide on December 23.

A year after his final film as James Bond, Craig reprises the role of Detective Benoit Blanc, who must solve a case on a remote island where a tech billionaire has gathered a group of friends.

“I was so desperate to get it right, not to do a pastiche of the previous movie,” Craig said. With speaking further Knives out titles beyond the third, Craig added that he would work with Johnson “for the rest of my life”.

Norton plays Miles Bron, Glass Onionthe tech billionaire; and hinted at the real-life tech moguls he studied for inspiration. “We’ve all seen the Shelon Husk documentaries [Tesla founder Elon Musk]Schmelizabeth Scones [former Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes] and Schadam Ceumann [WeWork founder Adam Neumann]”, Norton said. “The tech illuminati are everyone’s favorite target right now, we all want to see them taken down, so that was a lot of fun.”

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