The Glasgow Film Festival opened with a red carpet gala screening of In the Loop, the debut feature film from Glasgow-born comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci.
Armando was in town himself to introudce the film, along wtih Peter Capaldi and Chris Addison, two of its stars, and with the producers and writers.
"I'm very excited" he said. "I always wanted to make a comedy film from when I was 14 watching Annie Hall in Manahttan and hearing a whole cinema laughing."
He apologised in advance to the more senior members of his family who were in the audience for some of the fabulously ferocious swearing which peppers the film's dialogue.
Peter Capaldi, who plays the warmongering Prime Minister's terriyfingly angry spin doctor, said he thought he had, "a facility for comedy. People just think I'm stupid looking."
He added that working with Armando was always a pleasure. His co-star Chris Addison agreed.
"Working with Armando is the most fun you can have" said Chris. "He creates a a nice atmosphere, he's not one of those directors who insists, 'You will do it my way'."
Jesse Armstrong, one of the four writers, who was also attending, revealed that the first draft of the script ran to 400 pages. "The script was thicker than a breeze-block", he said. "But Armando cut it all down in the end."
Also attending the gala were a smattering of other film people including actresses Daniela Nardini and Barbara Rafferty, actor Sean Biggerstaff, and director Annie Griffin, alongside members of Armando and Peter's families.
Developed from some of the characters from Armando's hit TV show, The Thick of It, the film is a political satire about a hapless government minister opposed to a war with some unsepcified country in the middle east. He tries to make common cause with a senior American politican who shares his view but they are both ground down by political manoeuvering all around them