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Moore shimmers at Flawless gala

By Michael Osborn
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were the stars of the premiere

Hollywood star Demi Moore, along with husband Ashton Kutcher, have attended the charity premiere of her latest film, Flawless, in London's West End.

The 46-year-old actress, who plays a 1960s businesswoman frustrated by the glass ceiling, said scooping film roles as an older woman was a challenge.

"It's not difficult, but different. It's not ageism, but as human beings we're captivated with what's new".

Moore stars opposite Sir Michael Caine in the movie, which opens on Friday.

'Tough times'

Moore, who was dressed in an eye-catching Chanel gown, said there was no reason why she should not continue acting into her seventies like the Oscar-winning actor.

The pair form an alliance in the film, which tells the story of an ambitious diamond robbery.

Michael Radford
The film industry is being affected really, really badly
Flawless director Michael Radford on the economic downturn

Moore's 30-year-old husband posed for photographs, but did not speak to reporters at the gala.

Flawless director Michael Radford described his pleasure at working with its leads.

"It's great working with people who know their business. You don't direct Michael Caine. There is nothing to say to him. He's so inch-perfect and very professional.

"I was asking Demi to play her age, and that's not kind," he added.

The British film-maker, whose previous credits include Il Postino, revealed that his current film project has been halted as a result of the global financial crisis.

"The film industry is being affected really, really badly. I am supposed to be making a film in Spain at the moment, and on 10 November all Spanish banks ceased their cash flow for movies.

"It's stopped us in our tracks. I'm waiting to find if there's another way of getting money for pre-production that's not from the banks.

Sir Michael Caine and Demi Moore in Flawless
Sir Michael Caine and Demi Moore form an unlikely alliance in the film

British actor Nathaniel Parker said the chance to work with Radford had been an immediate attraction to taking a role in Flawless.

"He's one of the best storytellers we've seen in the last 30 or 40 years," said the star.

He also revealed that the premiere was his first glimpse of the finished movie.

"On the flights from Los Angeles I saw it was available, but said 'Nope! I'm not going to watch it'."

He agreed that Flawless was an old-fashioned film with "no action, no sex and no violence - and it's a thriller!"

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