This evening the BFI Southbank played host to the European premiere of Ben Affleck’s latest film as director, Live By Night in London. Affleck also wrote the screenplay, adapted from Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel, and leads a cast which includes Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper.

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Ben Affleck Live By Night European Premiere Photo by Colin Hart

This is the second collaboration between Affleck and Lehane, the first being Gone Baby Gone which was Affleck’s directorial debut. The cast assembled at the riverside BFI venue and Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the red carpet to interview the cast.

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During out interview with Ben Affleck, he speaks about Lehane’s books are so cinematic, how they jump off the page and how great they are visually and counted himself lucky to be able to have worked on two of the movies. He also spoke about what it was like working with the classic guns, costumes and 18 months to get the movie made was all worth his time.

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Ben Affleck Live in by Night

Producer Jennifer Todd (who runs Production companies for both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) spoke about how she was ‘so excited’ to work on a gangster movie. She also spoke about working around Affleck’s Batman shooting schedule and working on Justice League. This movie actually began the planning stages before Gone Girl which shows just how long these projects really take to make. Finally she spoke about how people just ‘love to work with him’ as he’s able to understand the actors needs as well as being a great director.

Sienna Millers speaks of her love for the Gangster movie, the villains, the weapons and how she’ll never get bored of watching them. She also spoke of how much respect Affleck is given on set by his fellow co-stars and production crew and the intelligence he has which has been evident ever since making Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon which ultimately bagged them both an Oscar.

Check out the interviews below and you can check out the movie when it’s released this Friday. If you’ve not seen the trailer for the film, click this way.

Live By Night is released in UK cinemas January 13.

Live By Night European Premiere Interviews

Live By Night Movie Synopsis

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.”  Affleck also wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane;

What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict.  Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature.  Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent.  Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen.  Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love.  Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.