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63rd BFI London Film Festival American Express Gala is European Premiere of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that this year’s American Express Gala will be Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce Knives Out, written and directed by Rian Johnson, and starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer, will be this year’s American Expre...

WILD: London FF Review

Wild, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014, US      It is rather a common thing to push ourselves beyond the borderline in an attempt to see what it takes to confront our fears. This challenge now has potentially evolved into the journey of encountering our dreams and testing our capability to either pursue or quit them; but is it easy to define a dream as a ‘to quit’ or ‘to live’, before knowing the cost?    Wild is about dreams. Or, to be m...

London Calling: Small Films In The Big City

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  For the past ten years, the London Film Festival, in collaboration with Film London, has been presenting the LONDON CALLING program of new short films by emerging British filmmakers. On Monday evening at the National Film Theatre, the movie mecca on London’s Southbank, a capacity crowd filled the NFT’s largest cinema to view the world premieres of six short films that showcased the talents of these up-and-comers. Film London (www.filmlondon.org.uk) is the capital’s film and ...

London Film Festival Stays Exciting Despite Industry Downturn

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  Despite the current successes of such UK exports as NEVER LET ME GO by Mark Romanek and NOWHERE MAN by Sam Taylor-Wood and the highly anticipated new entry in the mega-successful HARRY POTTER series opening next month, the British film industry is rather in the doldrums. The ending of key tax credits and the shuttering of the UK Film Council (accused of lavish lunches and other extravagances in a period of austerity)  has given pessimism the upper hand in British film circles. Of...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast - Day 5

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Highlights from last night include The second filmmakers afternoon tea, with interviews with Cristian Mungiu director of Tales from The Golden Age, Peter Esmonde director of Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, Rumle Hammerich director of Headhunter Emily Watson interview, at the premiere of Cold Souls From Time To Time premiere with interview with Juliana Fellowes Jean-Pierre Jeunet interview, director of MICMACS   Official London Fil...

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution Trailer

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution: 3 Day Internet Film Screening on Rethos & Alternitive Channel 31st July / 2nd Aug 2008          What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a documentary about the people building a new Venezuela.

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution

What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a documentary about the people building a new Venezuela. Watch this amazing documentary in full during an exclusive 3 day screening from the 31st July - 2nd Aug only with Renderyard in association with Rethos and the Alternative Channel. To find out more please go to www.renderyard.com

London Film Festival Announces Prizes At Closing Gala

 Friday, November 2---------At the Closing Gala of the 51st Times bfi London Film Festival, held last evening at the close of the 14-day festival marathon, a host of awards were announced. While the Festival does not have a Competition Section per se, films screening in its various sections are eligible for some special awards.The Sutherland Trophy is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened at Festival. The winners were the French directing team ...

Awards Announced At London Film Festival Closer

 Thursday, November 1---------At the Closing Gala of the 51st Times bfi London Film Festival, a host of awards were announced. While the Festival does not have a Competition Section per se, films screening in its various sections are eligible for some special awards.The Sutherland Trophy is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened at Festival. The winners were the French directing team of Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for the animated film...

THE DARJEELING LIMITED Closes 51st London Film Festival

 Thursday, November 1---------Hopping from its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival to its Opening Night Gala last month at the New York Film Festival, the Wes Anderson film THE DARJEELING LIMITED closes the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival tonight.  The film will open theatrically in the UK on November 23rd via distributor Twentienth Century Fox. THE DARJEELING LIMITED presents the fractured fable of three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year, who set o...

THE DARJEELING LIMITED Closes 51st London Film Festival

 Thursday, November 1---------Hopping from its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival to its Opening Night Gala last month at the New York Film Festival, the Wes Anderson film THE DARJEELING LIMITED closes the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival tonight.  The film will open theatrically in the UK on November 23rd via distributor Twentienth Century Fox. THE DARJEELING LIMITED presents the fractured fable of three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year, who set o...

Paul Greengrass Honored At London Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 31--------Truth be told, I left the London Film Festival on Monday morning, October 29th (also my birthday in case anyone wants to send me a belated box of chocolates). So, unfortunately, I missed an event that I truly wanted to cover. But through the art of the press release, I am able to report that on that same Monday evening (when I was blowing out I won't tell you how many candles), the Times BFI London Film Festival along with trade publication Variety presented the 20...

Director Paul Greengrass Honored At LFF

 Wednesday, October 31--------Truth be told, I left the London Film Festival on Monday morning, October 29th (also my birthday in case anyone wants to send me a belated box of chocolates). So, unfortunately, I missed an event that I truly wanted to cover. But through the art of the press release, I am able to report that on that same Monday evening (when I was blowing out I won't tell you how many candles), the Times BFI London Film Festival along with trade publication Variety presented the 20...

Pioneers Of The Digital Revolution

 Tuesday, October 30----“We realized pretty quickly that the existing system was not going to work in our benefit…..so we decided it was easier to create a new alternative rather than battle the system that was in place”, filmmaker Lance Weiler declared at the Power To The Pixel Conference last Friday at the London Film Festival. And thus, the gauntlet was launched, as a new generation of filmmakers, distributors and marketers discussed the myriad ways that the digital revolution is upend...

The Final Week of Red Carpet Arrivals

 Tuesday, October 30---------As the London Film Festival moves into its final days, it has, it might be argued, saved the best for last. In the next few days, the Festival will present a strong array of films and will welcome an international group of film talents to the Red Carpet. On Tuesday, the Festival will offer the UK Premiere of FAR NORTH, director Asif Kapadia's thrilling epic tale set in the forbidding tundra of the Arctic North. Joining the director on the Red Carpet are co-writers ...

SAVAGE GRACE: Crossing Moral Boundaries

 Monday, October 29----------In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festiva...

Michael Moore's Letter To London Film Festival Audiences

 Saturday, October 27-------When SICKO had its premiere screening at the Festival earlier this week, director Michael Moore had been expected to attend. However, due to family obligations, his trip to London had to be cancelled. However, he did send the following letter, which Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron read to a packed audience. SICKO opened in UK theaters this weekend.Please accept my sincerest apologies for not being able to be there tonight. All through the making of the film,...

Controversial Films Premiere At London Film Festival

 Saturday, October 27----------The London Film Festival is not necessarily against the idea of premiering controversial films......in fact, they generate good press and audience interest. But two such films had their premieres just hours apart on Friday, making it a red-hot day for the press and opinionmakers. Locally, it was BRICK LANE, the adaption of the best selling novel by local author Monica Ali, that generated the most media buzz. The film had its world premiere last evening and was the...

World Premiere of LIONS FOR LAMBS At London FF

 Thursday, October 25---------It was quite a coup for the London Film Festival to snag the World Premiere of the hotly anticipated LIONS FOR LAMBS, the latest directorial (and acting) effort of the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. Heading an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the highly topical drama is Redford's pointed commentary on the zeitgeist of wartime America, the complicity of politicians and the press, and the indifference of the general public who are not b...

London FF Red Carpet: THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

 Thursday, October 25--------Susanne Bier premiered her first English language film THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE last evening at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square. Walking the red carpet was the director Susanne Bier and the film's lead, Halle Berry, who co-stars opposite Benicio del Toro in the intense drama. The film marks Halle Berry's return to serious drama after her Oscar winning turn in MONSTER'S BALL a few years ago. Her performance as a upper class wife and mother who loses it all ...

Industry Screenings At The London Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 24--------Although it is not on the radar of the public attending the London Film Festival this week, there has been a low key parallel event that has unspooled at the Curzon Soho Theater, where film sellers had the opportunity to showcase their newest films for industry buyers and programmers. The Industry Screenings is one of several resources available to industry delegates at the Festival, which combine with the excitement of the public screenings to highlight films look...

Industry Screenings At The London Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 24--------Although it is not on the radar of the public attending the London Film Festival this week, there has been a low key parallel event that has unspooled at the Curzon Soho Theater, where film sellers had the opportunity to showcase their newest films for industry buyers and programmers. The Industry Screenings is one of several resources available to industry delegates at the Festival, which combine with the excitement of the public screenings to highlight films look...

A Taste of Italy at the London Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 23--------Having just been in Italy for the past 12 days (a week of vacation in Venice, mainly seeing art and sampling the food and wine, and 5 days in Rome to attend the Rome Film Festival), I've got Italy on the brain these days. Well, coming to London, there is still lots of Italian to appreciate, especially here at the London Film Festival. While it is not exactly an official section of the Festival, there are a good number of superb Italian films to be seen, mainly in the...

A Taste Of Italy at the London Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 23--------Having just been in Italy for the past 12 days (a week of vacation in Venice, mainly seeing art and sampling the food and wine, and 5 days in Rome to attend the Rome Film Festival), I've got Italy on the brain these days. Well, coming to London, there is still lots of Italian to appreciate, especially here at the London Film Festival. While it is not exactly an official section of the Festival, there are a good number of superb Italian films to be seen, mainly in the...

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