It was a strange, unplanned day at the BFI’s annual science and technology awards on Wednesday, with the director and stars of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ having been invited to speak at the opening night dinner, which included a rare opportunity to meet the actors.
‘FANTASTIC BEAST’ director David Yates and co-stars Ben Affleck and Eddie Redmayne were also on hand to accept their awards, and their appearance was part of a ceremony that highlighted the role of women in the industry.
It’s a rare moment when the actors are allowed to take part in the ceremony, but the two were asked to sit down with the journalists who covered the event, and to share their own personal experiences of making a film about a powerful wizard.
‘It’s a bit of a challenge to sit here and share that journey,’ Affleck said, ‘but you feel that you’ve given your life to this.
We just feel like we have to share this journey and not just a piece of it.
‘So I feel it’s a little bit of an honour and privilege to be here.
We’ve worked very hard.
We have made this film, and we have done this for four years and we’re still not done.’
The idea of working on a movie like this, that has a magic, that’s a dream that’s hard to wrap your head around.
It is so difficult.’
When you think about the amount of people who have come together in such a big way, it’s really hard to keep up with all the information that’s out there and to be able to put your life into something that is so huge and complex.
‘I think we are so lucky that we have been able to make this movie, and I hope people understand the level of sacrifice that we put into it.’
But it’s the work that’s at the heart of the story, and it’s something that has been at the centre of the conversation.
‘You’ve just got to understand that this is a movie that is about this story,’ said Redmaynes.
‘That’s why it’s such a compelling, hard-hitting film, because it is about these two characters, and the fact that they both are just so, so vulnerable.’
You’re not going to get to the heart, but you’re going to have to really sit down and look at their stories, and that’s what makes this movie special.’
There are no words that I can say about the work we’ve put in to make it this way, and all the people that have put in the same time and effort, but it’s been such a privilege to have been a part of it.’
Affleck agreed, saying: ‘It is a difficult job, but I feel that we’re so lucky to be a part with them.’
And he was also clear that he felt there was no need to share much of his personal life as he and the film were being honoured at the event.
‘There are so many other people that I know who have done so much more to make these films, and so many of the other amazing stories that we’ve told,’ he said.
‘This is my story, this is my journey, and this is how we got to this place.
I feel like I’m so lucky and I know that the people who made this movie have made it their own and that they deserve to be given the opportunity to share that story and share it with people.
‘But it’s just like, we don’t really have the right to talk about that.
There’s not a whole lot that we can share that’s intimate about ourselves.’
The BFI said in a statement that the event was ‘designed to celebrate the achievements of women working in science and tech’.
‘The BFI welcomes diverse voices in the film industry, and is proud to be one of the most diverse in the world,’ it said.
The event was the second time in two years that a film was given the honour of appearing at the science and industry awards, as a film has been nominated for Best Director at the London Film Festival this year.
But this year’s ceremony is the first time that a director has won a major award in the field.
The BAFTA nominations were announced on Tuesday, and nominations are still being announced.
The winners are announced on January 28.
The ‘Fantine’ film is set in the 1970s and stars Mark Rylance, Tom Holland, and Lucy Davis, who will also appear in the upcoming ‘Fisher of the Dead’.