Magazine article Screen International

#Hebronrules

Magazine article Screen International

#Hebronrules

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Last night was not only the climax of this year's BFI London Film Festival, it was also the last time outgoing artistic director, Sandra Hebron, would come onto the stage to introduce a film.Sandra Hebron with Terence Davies at LFF 2011 closing night

When BFI head Amanda Nevill introduced Hebron there was a standing ovation in the cinema (Nevill compared her to Joan of Arc at one point). Hebron thanked everyone: including the filmmakers, production companies, the organisers, the audience, as well as all the well-wishers, revealing she received copious numbers of emails and Tweets (there was a campaign to get #hebronrules to trend on Thursday). "This also means that from tomorrow I have to learn how to Tweet", she noted. (Actually, her next career move is into psychotherapy ... and at the closing night party there were a number of film execs who noted they might need her services on that side of life too.)

When Terence Davis came to the stage to introduce his closing night film The Deep Blue Sea, he immediately took her hand and said that the two of them first met in 1992 but today "she is still as beautiful and chic as she was back then". …

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