McDonagh closes London Film Festival with revenge comedy

McDonagh closes London Film Festival with revenge comedy
By Robert Hackwill

The 61st BFI London Film Festival has closed with the latest movie from writer-director Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

Frances McDormand stars in an Oscar-tipped role, and McDonagh said he was happy to close a festival dogged by the Weinstein affair with a story with a woman at its heart. The film enjoys an extremely strong cast to whip up an ink-black revenge comedy.

“I think what Hollywood should do is use Hollywood to serve the people and not their own pockets. I think that Hollywood should be used to educate the people rather than dumbing them down. I think that Hollywood should probably find some way to pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” said Clarke Peters, who plays Abercrombie.

“I think the allegations are horrible and I think it’s a horrible thing and it’s good that there’s been some light being shed on the issue, yeah,” agreed Sam Rockwell, partnering up with McDonagh again after “Seven Psychopaths”.

“Yeah, I think it’s great. Of course it should have happened years and years ago,” said McDonagh with some feeling.

Woody Harrelson came to talk about the movie, and nothing else; “You know everybody’s asking about Harvey, that’s about the last thing I wanna talk about,” he growled aimiably.

This is only McDonagh’s third feature-length outing in nearly 10 years, but it’s quite a CV already as “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths” are highly-regarded, and the latter also featured Harrelson, along with fellow returnees Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell and Amanda Warren. It is always a good sign when actors and actresses happily re-sign to work with the same man.