trumbo film screening
26 October 2015

Met Competition Winner attends Red Carpet Gala Screening of Trumbo

By Danny Kelly | Categorised in News, Film Festival Diary, Met Competitions, Movie reviews, Film News

Met Film School held a special London Film Festival competition this month, offering two tickets to the Leicester Square Headline Gala of Trumbo to one lucky winner.

All applicants had to do was tell us, in 100 words, why they want to see the film. We then asked that our reporter write us a 400 word review of the screening to publish on our website.

The two tickets went to Louise Cavey, who had the following to say about her experience…

The BFI London Film Festival 2015 is finally here. Thanks to Met Film School, I managed to snap up tickets to attend the Gala Screening of Trumbo, it’s European Premiere. We were allowed to walk the red carpet after Helen Mirren (looking fabulous) had finished her photocall. Then once inside and in our seats, a Compton Organ rose up from the beneath the stage for musical entertainment whilst waiting. I’ve been to Odeon Leicester Square many times and never even knew it was there, it’s a shame it doesn’t get more use. It certainly set the scene for a more bygone era of cinema which suited the film we were about to see.

The film stars Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and also a Communist. It begins in 1947, just after World War 2, with Trumbo and some of his friends (the ‘Hollywood Ten’) being asked to testify at the House Un-American Activities Committee. Down to pressure put on by Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne (David James Elliott) on the studio heads, the Hollywood Ten found themselves facing a spell in prison, accused of contempt, and were blacklisted from working in Hollywood.

Returning from prison Trumbo enlists the help of his family, in their downsized home, to turn his anonymous writing for trashy film producer Frank King (John Goodman) into a family business. He also brings his other blacklisted friends into the writing team using many false names and the discreet delivery of scripts. The stalemate of the blacklist goes on for many years and during that time two of Trumbo’s screenplays win Academy Awards, to which his name is not credited to. He is relegated to watching the awards ceremony from home.

In 1960 the blacklist finally breaks with Trumbo finally being credited for two major films, Exodus and Spartacus. He pushes his family to breaking point and yet at the same time inspires his daughter Nikola (Elle Fanning) to become an activist herself.

I found it a moving and inspiring story and I think it still has relevance today where people’s civil liberties are still broken in the name of preventing terrorism.

We are so pleased that Louise enjoyed the film and the red carpet experience of attending the London Film Festival gala.  For more competitions, keep an eye on our Facebook page.


Read our blog post on why we think Trumbo is an effective biopic – featuring the cast discussing the film’s Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers) and Screenwriter John McNamara.

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