Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Stars trade tributes at premiere

Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver at the premiere of Conviction in central London
Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver at the premiere of Conviction in central London

Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver lit up the red carpet at London Film Festival premiere of their new film Conviction.

Two-time Oscar winner Swank glittered in a shimmering silver and black Donna Karan gown and Judith Leiber clutch, as Driver upped the style stakes by wearing a gorgeous Grecian-style teal dress by Marchesa, .

The two actresses play best friends in Conviction, which is based on the inspirational real-life story of unemployed single mother Betty Anne Waters, who worked tirelessly for a decade to exonerate her brother Kenny after he was wrongly jailed for murder.

"Minnie is fantastic, and so wonderful. She's got a great sense of humour and is a real girl's girl," said Swank, 36.

Returning the praise, Driver, 40, added: "She's an amazing woman. I love her. She's a gorgeous actress."

Swank - who won two Academy Awards for her performances in Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry - hopes the film, which also stars Sam Rockwell as Waters' brother Kenny, will raise awareness of the flaws in the US judicial system.

"Hopefully this will shine a bright light on the flawed judicial system in the United States," she said.

"Kenny Waters spent 18 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. I have a friend who was exonerated so I've learnt a lot from him."

She added: "Betty Anne is fabulous. She is my real-life hero."

Ms Waters, who also attended the premiere in London's West End, claimed her late brother would have loved the big-screen adaptation of their story. He died after a tragic accident three months after he was released from prison.

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