SCF were in London once more on October 13th to once again support our fave guy at the BFI London Film Festival Gala Screening of his latest film Their Finest. Below, Jemma from the team tells us all about it!
Arriving in Leicester Square at 8:30am, I got my number (5!) ready to line up for the red carpet later on that evening. It can be a long day, but with lovely fans of Sam coming up all the time & wanting to chat about him & his work it makes the time pass so quickly! And by 4:30pm it was time to start lining up, ready for the red carpet to begin. It’s so cool to watch it all coming together, from the photographers pens being set up, to the posters getting attached to the railings, to finally that all important red carpet going down! And before you know it, the cars are pulling up & it is showtime!
On September 11th, Sam’s latest film Their Finest had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival and Sam was there alongside co-stars Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy to promote it. The comedy drama, which follows a group of filmmakers charged with creating an inspiring film during the Blitz of London during World War II, will have its UK premiere on October 13th at the London Film Festival & it is already attracting some incredible reviews, including this one from Variety, in which Sam’s performance is praised highly:
Claflin reveals an entirely different side of his performing talents. His youthful good looks obscured by thick Joycean glasses, a slightly receded hairline, and that particular type of poor posture that can’t help but scream “writer,” the actor translates the insinuating arrogance of his “Hunger Games” role into tetchy, neurotic sarcasm with admirable success.
It looks like Sam had an incredible time at Giffoni Film Festival! Despite the heat of the Italian summer, he arrived with a cheery smile, greeting fans lined up outside the venue and then heading in for a Q&A session (that was fortunately live-streamed for international fans!) to start the day. From fatherhood to football, LAMDA, love and Finnick Odair, he entertained the audience with his stories; reminding everyone that it’s always important to keep yourself surrounded by friends & family.
SCF were in London once again to support our fave guy at the long-awaited European premiere for Me Before You! And we are so excited to be able to tell you all about it!
Although we knew that it was unlikely that Sam would make the premiere (as he is really busy filming My Cousin Rachel at the minute!) we wanted to be there, as always, to support him & his incredible work in this film! And of course, he was due to present a fan screening later on that evening! We went to the Curzon Mayfair (where the premiere was to be held) at 11am on Wed 25th May in order to get our wristbands for the premiere. Then it was a case of waiting until the excitement of the night!
When the time arrived for us to take our places at the premiere we managed to get a great spot where we could see the cars pulling up & catch all the stars as they arrived on the red carpet! We saw Jojo Moyes and told her how thrilled we were that Sam had been chosen to play Will & that we knew he would do an incredible job. We also saw the director Thea Sharrock & thanked her for choosing him for this amazing role! And, as always, we would like to thank Sam’s lovely Mum & Dad (& little brother Joe!) for coming over to say hi & have a little chat with us on the way in -they are always so kind and it is always a pleasure to see them!
After all the stars went in to watch the film, it was time to wait for Sam’s arrival! He posted on Instagram to say that he had just finished filming & was on his way back to London, so we took our spot next to the door and waited for our fave guy to arrive! After Sam introduced the film to the lucky fans inside the screening, he came out to see the fans patiently waiting at the front. And then it was our turn! It was so lovely to see him again! As always, he was so happy to see us there and thanked us for coming. We told him that we would always be here to support him & that we couldn’t wait to see the film and that we knew he would be incredible and he was genuinely touched. It truly is a pleasure to support such a kind and talented man each & every day.
So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed reading about our latest premiere adventure and we are looking forward to the next one! Very excitingly, SCF were also invited to attend a press screening for Me Before You on Thursday 26th! Be sure to check back with us in the next few days to see our article all about that (including spoiler free video review!)