THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD | Opening Night Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2019
It’s opening night of the London Film Festival! And we’re kicking it off with a very, very good, best of British film. The Personal History of David Copperfield! We saw this film: The Personal History of David Copperfield. I knew when I heard Armando Iannucci was making it, that it was one that we really were going to look at for opening or closing night. And when we saw it we were so thrilled, it really delivers! I’ve never had a film at the London Film Festival, so that is exciting. And then, to be the opening night – great! It’s a film: The Personal History of David Copperfield. It sort of celebrates London in a way, really. It’s set in London, set in 1840 London, but I wanna make it feel like the people in it are living their lives now, really. It’s a massive honour. I don’t know what Armando was thinking, but I’m forever grateful And he allowed me to make it my own. I think it’s very, sort of, touching and optimistic film. I felt very good after seeing it. Couldn’t really explain why. And it doesn’t happen often! What’s clever about the film is David Copperfield relating his experiences and gradually you realise he can write about his experiences. And you realise, you’re watching an autobiographical film about Dickens. So, it’s cleverly done by Iannucci. He’s not as clever as he thinks he is but he’s fairly clever. I never thought I’d be in a classic like this. I never thought I’d be playing a, sort of, lady of the manor, high status, wealthy, very scary woman. Every time you’re meeting a new character on set, it was like ‘What are they going to be like?’ Cause you had all these ideas of, like, what Micawber would be like and all stuff like this. And then, everyone would come with what I would imagined and more, so it was just great. Everyday was like a treat for me. I’m dressed as the magician David Copperfield because I didn’t get the memo. Even though I was in the film. I did get the memo. I just thought I’d be silly. I’m really excited. This is really big! Wow! Everyone’s really nice and supportive. They’ve helped me settle in and it’s nice. Dickens talks about so many issues, that will forever affect us as a society. You know, we deal with issues of mental health in this movie, dyslexia, class struggles, identity. Armando’s managed to extract so much humour from that world as well he’s really given some real life to these vibrant characters.