LONDON — At Monday’s world gala premiere of “Lions for Lambs,” helmer Robert Redford did not sidestep the controversial subject matter of his pic, which examines U.S. government strategies in the Middle East.

Introducing the film on stage at London’s Odeon, Leicester Square, Redford said the film “asks us to look at the consequences and effects that the last couple of years have had” and suggested it might be considered a “call to arms” by some in the U.S.

The presence of Redford and Tom Cruise at the Times BFI London Film Festival gala screening was a big boost for the public fest, which closes Nov. 1.

Also on hand to tubthump for the pic were thesps Michael Pena andAndrew Garfield as well as writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, who joined guests at the Waldorf Hilton after-party.

Quill Awards honor writers

Stephen Colbert spoke his mind at Monday’s Quill Awards in Gotham. The event honored nearly two dozen writers at the Time Warner center.

‘Rails & Ties’ premieres

Tuesday’s ‘Rails & Ties’ premiere in L.A. proved to be a family affair as director Alison Eastwood chatting with dad Clint Eastwood.