Coming-of-age comedy bows in U.K.

West Wales arrived in the Smoke with Tuesday’s U.K. preem of Optimum Releasing’s “Submarine.”

Held at London’s eminent Thames-fronted film haunt, BFI Southbank, pic’s talent Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige and Craig Roberts trod the red carpet.

Debut helmer Richard Ayoade introduced the coming-of-age comedy, whilst critiquing the room’s seating. To a guest sitting at the far end of the front row, he said, “You might as well just leave now — it’s not like a Renaissance painting, where it’s actually all in the perspective. It’s a weak seat, that’s all I’m saying. Your enjoyment is a maximum of 47%. It’s already overlong and quite weak in places, so yeah, with that and the angle, you’re in for a bad night.”

Post-screening, Ayoade returned to the stage for a Q&A, where he was asked whether the pic had been cut since its world preem in Toronto, on Harvey Weinstein’s recommendation, to which he wryly replied, “Yeah, he’s doing a three-minute cut down for an iPhone. It’s just all the shouting. We’ll be releasing that soon.”

The guests then moved upstairs to the after-party, where the drinks flowed into the early hours. — Helen Jackson

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