Actor backs workers' fight for better wages

Co-stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy at the premiere of Breathe on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday.
Co-stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy at the premiere of Breathe on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON • Strike for higher wages? Actor Andrew Garfield feels that his character in Breathe - which opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday - would have supported that cause.

The hoopla surrounding the European premiere of that movie was hijacked by some staff members of British cinema chain Picturehouse - one of the venues for the festival - in a campaign for more pay.

"It's wonderful that we have a protest for the living wage. It's something I'm sure my character Robin (in Breathe) would have fought for and I wish I could be with them now," Hollywood Reporter quoted Garfield as saying.

Lending extra star power to the occasion that evening was the movie's leading actress, Claire Foy.

The film, a debut from Andy Serkis, tracks the work of disability rights activist Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and his wife, Diana Blacker (Foy).

Foy said that she had spent time with Blacker to flesh out her character.

The 12-day festival will get further shine from Oscar winner Emma Stone, who will be in London to promote her Battle Of The Sexes movie.

All in, the 61st edition of the festival will showcase 243 feature films from 67 countries as well as a spread of shorts and documentaries.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2017, with the headline 'Actor backs workers' fight for better wages'. Print Edition | Subscribe