Stars arrive for film festival

Stars of the silver screen have arrived for the 57th BFI London Film Festival, which kicked off last night with a fundraising gala. Sir Christopher Lee is to receive a fellowship for outstanding contribution to TV and film later this week.

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London Film Festival kicks off with fundraising gala

Stars of the silver screen and television arrived for the 57th annual British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival and began the week with a fundraising gala.

Homeland star Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCroy, arrive at 8 Northumberland Avenue for the BFI LUMINOUS Gala. Credit: PA

A number of potential big screen hits are scheduled for this year's event, including Tom Hanks' turn in Paul Greengrass' account of the 2009 hijacking of a US container ship by Somali pirates, Captain Phillips.

Hanks will be back in 12 days time, when the festival closes, for a showing of Saving Mr Banks, where he plays Walt Disney.

Actress and Burberry model Sienna Miller signs autographs for waiting fans. Credit: PA

Sir Christopher Lee will be honoured with a Fellowship for his contribution to film and television.

Lee, 91, who has played Dracula, a Bond villain and an evil wizard in the Lord of the Rings, described the award as "a great privilege".

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