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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 19:22 GMT 20:22 UK
Kidman attends UK film premiere
Nicole Kidman in Leicester Square
Kidman signed autographs for fans before the screening
Actress Nicole Kidman has attended the UK premiere of her latest movie The Interpreter with director Sydney Pollack in London.

The Australian actress plays Silvia Broome, an interpreter at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Fellow Academy Award winner and co-star Sean Penn did not attend the screening in Leicester Square because of filming commitments in the US.

The political thriller is released nationwide on Friday.

Kidman, wearing a purple velvet coat dress, signed autographs for the crowd gathered in Leicester Square before the screening.

Speaking at the premiere, Pollack said: "This is the first time I have the pleasure of working with Nicole. It was like being given a great gift."

The Interpreter became the first feature film to be shot in the UN headquarters after the veteran US director won permission from Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Invented language

The drama follows an interpreter who overhears a plan to assassinate an African leader during his address to the General Assembly.

It sees Kidman, 37, master an invented language, Ku - a dialect of a fictional African country.

Security was tight during filming at the UN and despite her well-known face, Kidman told journalists she was required to produce identification throughout the three-month shoot.

"There was no cutting corners. It would take five or 10 minutes just to get through the gate and no matter how many times they saw you that day they'd check your identification."

Pollack's previous films include Tootsie, Out of Africa and The Firm.

Kidman is interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme at 1730 BST on Saturday.



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