Michael Palin and Andrea Riseborough amongst stars on the red carpet in London for the UK premiere of 'The Death of Stalin'. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The abuse of power was the common theme on the red carpet at the UK premiere of film-maker Armando Iannucci's new political satire, 'The Death of Stalin'. Co-writers, Iannucci and David Schneider based their script on graphic novels "The Death Of Stalin" and its follow-up "Volume 2 - The Funeral" by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin. The movie follows the story of the fierce two-day fight for succession amongst Stalin's subordinates, desperate to manoeuvre themselves into prime position and ensure their rivals were disposed of before the great leader died and his successor was named. The cast reflected on how the themes are relevant to politics today. The film, which has yet to be released in Russia but has a Russian distributor, has come under criticism from Russian hard-liners, with a Russian Communist Party spokesman calling it "abominable filth" according to the Reuters Moscow Bureau. 'The Death of Stalin' is set to be released in UK cinemas on October 20.