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Frost/Nixon opens 52nd London Film Festival

Frost/Nixon London Film Festival premiere

Story by Jack Foley

FAMED broadcaster Sir David Frost was one of the surprise guests at the opening night gala of Frost/Nixon, which kicked off this year’s London Film Festival.

The TV personality joined Michael Sheen, the actor who portrays him in the film, on the red carpet, and chatted to reporters as well as movie fans.

The film, directed by Ron Howard, is inspired by Sir David’s infamous 1977 interviews with disgraced US President Richard Nixon, during which the former political leader was made to apologise for some of his “mistakes” of office.

It began life as an acclaimed stage play, written by Peter Morgan, at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and featured Sheen and Frank Langella in the same roles they reprise in the film.

Among the other stars at the red carpet premiere were Langella, director Ron Howard, and Hollywood stars Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt.

The screening of Frost/Nixon marked the start of two weeks’ worth of film events in the capital, to mark the Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival.

Further highlights include Oliver Stone’s W., a biopic of President George W Bush, and the first public screening of new Bond film Quantum of Solace, as well as new films from Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married).

Other stars expected to attend gala screenings include Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Colin Firth and Ryan Phillippe, as well as directors such as Sir Richard Eyre, Spike Lee and Michael Winterbottom.

View photos from the Frost/Nixon premiere