Angelina Jolie brings grown-up brood to premiere

"Hey, uh, I know this is the Toronto International Film Festival and the guest list is tight and everything, but... could I have a 'plus six'?"

Angelina Jolie has attended the premiere of her new film joined by all six of her children.

The actor, who separated from husband Brad Pitt in September 2016, turned up to the premiere of First They Killed My Father at the Toronto International Film Festival with her sizeable brood in tow.

Joined by Maddox, 16, and Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, both nine, Jolie swept her children up the red carpet posing for photos on Monday.

Maddox was arguably attending the event in a professional capacity: the teenager is as a producer on the film, which is based on the 2000 book of the same name, written by Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, based on her experience of life under the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Born in the south-east Asian nation, Maddox was adopted as a baby by Jolie in 2002.

Although the Jolie-Pitt crew have often joined their parents at red carpet events, it has historically been quite rare for this many of the children to be in the one (public) place at the one time. However, family red carpet time is something Jolie has recently favoured: all six of the children attended the First They Killed My Father world premiere in Cambodia in February.

The sextet also tagged along for the film's US premiere in Colorado earlier this month.

On Sunday, the four youngest children accompanied their mother to the premiere of her film, The Breadwinner.

After a period of silence, Jolie has started to speak publicly about her separation from Pitt, telling Vanity Fair in July that her children have been "very brave".

"We're all just healing from the events that led to the filing ... They're not healing from divorce. They're healing from some... from life, from things in life."

Shortly after the couple's divorce, Pitt was investigated and cleared of possible child abuse after allegedly losing his temper in front of some of the couple's children during a flight.

Speaking to the UK Telegraph earlier this month, Jolie said being single was "not something [she] wanted".

"There's nothing nice about it, it's just hard," she said.

"Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days."

She added that she was trying to protect her children from any stress she was experiencing.

"I feel sometimes that my body has taken a hit, but I try to laugh as much as possible," she said. "We tend to get so stressed that our children feel our stress when they need to feel our joy."

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