To begin this much-delayed roundup of London Film Festival 2016, here are some time-stamped thoughts on a trailer I had to watch thirty or so times in the space of a fortnight.
0:10 - I don't know how many films are showcased in this trailer - and to be honest, the formula in recent years has been to highlight the big gala presentations, which I largely ignore. Nevertheless, as far as I can make out, there are only two shots in this trailer that come from films I saw at the LFF this year. This is the first one.
0:13 - Dammit, Dev Patel turned into Naveen Andrews so gradually we didn't even notice it happening.
0:27 - I didn't see Arrival at the LFF, but I've subsequently caught up with it on general release, and it's rather great.
0:29 - No. Not 14 cinemas. I can't quite see how you can count the venues used by this year's festival and make it 14, unless you say BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX are the same thing or somesuch. Anyway, it's probably better that it's an underestimate rather than the other way.
0:46 - And this is the other one. (No, you work it out.)
0:53 - Why is Willem Dafoe in the online version of this trailer but not the one they showed in cinemas?
0:54 - That moment right there? The 'it is time' one? I think that's the best work that the LFF's publicity department has done in the last five years. They should be proud of the way they repurposed that shot to jolt you into a state of readiness for whatever film was about to follow it. (Meanwhile, the best work that the BFI's publicity department has done over the last five years is almost certainly the Black Star trailer that frequently followed this one, which you can watch thirty-odd times in a row and still be thrilled by it. Shame that the only version available online is this baggy two-minute thing, rather than the snappy one-minute edit we got at LFF screenings.)