LONDON — The Brit film industry turned out on a cold Oct. 15 night for the world premiere of Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon,” which opened the 52nd Times BFI London Film Festival to a warm reception.

Howard praised Michael Grandage‘s original 2006 stage play at London’s Donmar Warehouse, which inspired him to make the movie; “As soon as I stepped out on the sidewalk, I called my agents and said, ‘Get me this job.’ ”  

David Frost, declared the movie “even more brilliant than the stage version.”

Sandra Hebron, London Film Fest artistic director, told attendees that 80% of the 124,000 fest tix available to the public have already been scarfed up.

Following the screening, guests including Ron Meyer, Alan Parker, Stephen Frears, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent, Greg Dyke, Gurinder Chadha and Christian Grass were spirited to a swanky after-party at the Hilton on Park Lane.