London Film Festival 2016 programme revealed

 Free Fire

Free Fire

Has it come around again already? London's premiere film festival - the BFI London Film Festival - unveiled its 2016 edition this morning. The Smoke Screen is already devouring it and will be publishing a 'top ten to see' later this month before the festival proper. But you can read the entire programme here.

Already revealed were the opening and closing films. The festival opens with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The European premiere of the film, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, will be on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.A UNITED KINGDOM is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.  

 A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Closing the festival is a gala screening of Free Fire - Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) returns with this all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

Interestingly, the festival's competition line up will include a Japanese animated film for the first time, as Makoto Shinkai's (The Garden of Words, Journey to Agartha, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days) animated body-swapping drama Your Name is booked to play, having had big box office success in its home country.

This LFF will also continue with the LFF Connects series of talks and interviews, bringing in talent from various media industries to discuss their work in front of audiences. The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan was the premiere guest at last year's LFF talks. This year sees eight-time Oscar® winner Dennis Muren, the effects master responsible for so many iconic effects in the history of cinema including the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, joining the LFF Connects line up. Joining Muren will be David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from the two-year-old Industrial Light and Magic VFX London studio. Also booked are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, co-creators of the hit dystopian sci-fi TV series, Black Mirror.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016.

 

Festival Information & Ticket Booking about LFF 2016

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 8 September - join at www.bfi.org.uk/join 

Public booking opens 10.00am, 15 September

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30

Online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff 

In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:00 – 20:30

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Twin Peaks Festival UK is upgrading to Picturehouse Central this year

Twin Peaks UK Festival is coming to Picturehouse Central this year, at time when anticipation for the return of the cult series- created by David Lynch and Mark Frost- is at an all time high. After two seasons and one of the most talked about cliffhanger endings in the history of TV, Twin Peaks is returning with a new season in 2017 – 25 years later.

Now in its seventh year, TPUK is coming to London's West End for the first time on Saturday 12 November. There will be screenings of classic episodes, the feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, immersive experiences and areas, a chance to meet some the stars of the show, and much more.

This year, TPUK will be joined by Hank Jennings himself and Chris Mulkey – more guests will be announced very soon.

To celebrate Twin Peaks UK Festival at Picturehouse Central, TPUK are offering 10% off tickets.

To see exactly what you get for your money and to take advantage of this offer, visit www.twinpeaksukfest.comand enter the promo code PHC10

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Frightfest is back for 2016. Here is the line up...

Though it's hard to imagine anything could match the horror of the last few days in British politics, you can count on Frightfest, London's premier horror festival, to give it a fair go. The full line up was announced today, with the festival staying in its new home at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London.

The festival will run from Aug 25 - Aug 29, showcasing 62 films from 16 countries, 19 World and 35 UK & European premieres.


The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of MY FATHER DIE, Sean Brosnan’s feature debut – an "ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents." 

The closing night film is the UK Premiere of TRAIN TO BUSAN, a film that apparently could be called "The Commuting Dead’, from director Sang-ho Yeon.

Find out more at the Frightfest site. This year’s special events, retrospective programme, the guest list and the Short Film Showcase entries will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Festival and day pass sales will go on sale Sat 2 July at noon and will only be available to buy online:  http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
 
Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 23 July.

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

London Film Festival 2016 to open with the European premiere of A United Kingdom

Signalling that another year has nearly passed us filmgoers by, the BFI announced today the opening film of the 2016 London Film Festival, and the coveted spot goes to Amma Asante’s A UNITED KINGDOM, the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The European premiere of the film, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, will be on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

 A UNITED KINGDOM is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.  

The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, said: “Amma Asante’s A UNITED KINGDOM is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history. We are proud to be opening the 60th BFI London Film Festival with a film of such contemporary relevance, one that celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression, and that confirms Asante as a distinctive and important British filmmaker.”

 Director Amma Asante commented: “It's a great privilege that A UNITED KINGDOM has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the BFI London Film Festival. The Festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my very first film, A Way of Life, here and been honoured with the UK Film Talent Award. I'm a proud Londoner and in A UNITED KINGDOM we've been able to film in some of the most beautiful parts of the city as well as in the wonderful landscapes of Botswana.”

Festival Information & Ticket Booking about LFF 2016

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 8 September - join at www.bfi.org.uk/join 

Public booking opens 10.00am, 15 September

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30

Online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff 

In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:00 – 20:30

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

Sundance London is back after a year away. Here's the programme...

After a year away, and having clearly decided the East London O2 wasn't working out as a venue for a major film festival (maybe due to the fact that it really can't be called a centrally-located spot) Sundance London is back for 2016. Sundance London isn't a replay of the more famous and bigger US indie film festival, more a culled selection of highlights. This time the Sundance team are making use of the conveniently central and newly-ready Picturehouse Central space to host the entire festival.

Sadly, when it comes to what films made it over, there are a couple of notable absences, including The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker’s film about the Nat Turner slave revolt, bought by Fox Searchlight for a record  $17.5 million after it won the Grand Jury Prize.

Highlights include:

Life, Animated (Director: Roger Ross Williams).

Awards its already picked up: Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story. (Documentary)

Morris From America (Director: Chad Hartigan.)

Awards its already picked up:  Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic; U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance (Craig Robinson)

Thirteen-year-old Morris, a hip-hop loving American, moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his father. In this completely foreign land, he falls in love with a local girl, befriends his German tutor-turned- confidant, and attempts to navigate the unique trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Weiner (Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg.)

Awards its already picked up:  Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds, and it offers an unfiltered look at how much today’s politics are driven by an appetite for spectacle. (Documentary)

Register for Festival and VIP Passes today. Priority booking for Picturehouse Members opens on Friday 6 May and general sales open on Monday 9 May. Visit picturehouses.com/sundance for more information. 

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Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.