Yesterday evening, with the echoes of the London Film Festival ringing down the distant alleyways of the capital, a host of comedy legends approached, announcing The Death of Stalin. Writer/director Armando Iannucci’s latest film takes another swipe at the insecurities of politics and skewers the pompous powerplay of fear and bravado inherent in the system. We stood proudly on the red carpet to catch a word with the Stalinites.

Steve Buscemi heads up the cast which features Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Monty Python’s Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse and Jeffrey Tambor. That’s an astonishing collection of comedy talents, and Iannucci knows what he’s doing with the ensemble.

Daniel Goodwin and Colin Hart stood bravely facing the rain to capture these moments, here are their interviews:

The Death of Stalin Premiere Interviews


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The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin is a Quad and Main Journey production, directed by Armando Iannucci, and produced by Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky, and Laurent Zeitoun. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.