Royal premiere for ‘Lovely Bones’

Posted by · 6:45 pm · October 16th, 2009

Mark Wahlberg in The Lovely BonesSorry for getting to this news a day late, but you may have heard by now that “The Lovely Bones” has been selected as this year’s Royal Film Performance, an annual British charity event that entails a world premiere in London in late November, with the Royal Family in attendance. Peter Jackson states in the press release:

I am honoured that The Lovely Bones has been selected to be this year’s Royal Gala film, in support of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. This film has been an extraordinary journey, for myself as a filmmaker and for all of those who worked on it. On behalf of everyone involved, we are thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses and the CTBF audience will be amongst the first people in the world to see it.

For the film, the selection is a nice little feather in the cap, though truthfully, it doesn’t mean anything much. Last year’s choice, after all, was the Burt Reynolds comedy “A Bunch of Amateurs,” which sank without trace in the UK and never even made it across the Atlantic. (To be fair, it was a last-minute replacement for the postponed Harry Potter flick.)

It’s better news, in fact, for London, which seems to be becoming an increasingly desirable place to unveil Hollywood product, and for the Royal Film Performance itself. It could use a major draw after last year’s dismal outing and the washout of 2007, which saw the event cancelled after the selection of Sarah Gavron’s harmless culture-clash drama “Brick Lane” prompted fears of Muslim protests. Here’s hoping the royal seal of approval proves luckier for “The Lovely Bones.”

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  • 1 10-16-2009 at 9:24 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    the big question mark of the year, im still hoping best pic

  • 2 10-17-2009 at 2:27 am

    Alex said...

    What will the Queen make of Marky Mark?

  • 3 10-17-2009 at 3:44 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    To be honest, I doubt the Queen even sits through the films.

  • 4 10-17-2009 at 7:03 am

    Alex said...

    I think she would. It’s not like she’s got anything better to do. Maybe she’ll be working on her Christmas message that night. Maybe she can host the Oscars.

  • 5 10-19-2009 at 2:28 pm

    alfie said...

    quantum of solace was last years choice. not a bunch of amateurs.