Belfast Telegraph

Stars trade tributes at premiere

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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