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Money talks at the launch of the London Film Festival

By Duncan Brown  

Surrounded by journalists and sponsored bottled water, hundreds of us are sitting in the snug leopard-print chairs of the Leicester Square Odeon awaiting the commencement of the 54th London Film Festival. House lights that are usually raised on trodden popcorn and the dregs of super-size soft drinks glow down on uncannily pristine seats – journalist politely converses with PR; miniature croissants are carried in from the lobby, and the pseudoclassical sculptures looming on either wing of the screen seem,…

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