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12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen to become BFI Fellow

12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen to become BFI Fellow

The BFI is to bestow its highest honour, a Fellowship, on the acclaimed British artist and director, Steve McQueen. McQueen rose to prominence when he won the Turner Prize for modern art in 1999, with a short film that reflected on the work of Buster Keaton. But his subsequent directing career, star...

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs to close LFF 2015

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs to close LFF 2015

Danny Boyle is to close the London Film Festival for the third time, with his eponymous biopic of the Apple founder, Steve Jobs. The British director has previously had the honour with Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 hours two years later – both films featuring prominently at the Oscars, f...

Suffragette to open London Film Festival

Suffragette to open London Film Festival

The London Film Festival has announced its opening film – more than four months before the start of the event. Suffragette – about women fighting for the vote in the early twentieth century – will receive its European premiere in Leicester Square on 7th October, attended by many of...

Fury – Review

Fury – Review

Director: David Ayer - Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Brad William Henke, Jim Parrack, Kevin Vance, Xavier Samuel, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg...

International politics creeps into LFF Awards

International politics creeps into LFF Awards

At an unusually political set of awards at the 2014 London Film Festival, it’s almost as if the BFI is trying to solve the world’s conflict through film; its main honours have been handed to films from Ukraine, Russia and Syria. Despite the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, film maker...

Brad Pitt war film Fury to close London Film Festival

Brad Pitt war film Fury to close London Film Festival

Returning to the Second World War for the first time since Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt will close the London Film Festival with Fury, in which he stars as a sergeant, leading a tank crew behind enemy lines in April 1945. Fury is directed by David Ayer, whose End of Watc...

Cumberbatch and Knightley to open London Film Festival with Turing biopic

Cumberbatch and Knightley to open London Film Festival with Turing biopic

The BFI has picked The Imitation Game, about the life of the wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, top open the 58th London Film Festival in October. The film’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are expected to attend its European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, alongside the ...

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

The BFI has hailed the success of Clare Stewart’s second London Film Festival at the helm, with last year’s record audience attendance being broken, with the figure passing the 150,000 mark for the first time. Sandwiched between two Tom Hanks films, the piracy drama Captain Phillips at t...

Master and pupil honoured by LFF on the same night

Master and pupil honoured by LFF on the same night

A visiting tutor at the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire has won the top prize at the London Film Festival Awards and one of his pupils has collected the award for the Best First Film on the same night. Pawel Pawlikowski, the Polish director best known for the films My Summer o...

BFI Fellowship for Sir Christopher Lee

BFI Fellowship for Sir Christopher Lee

The BFI has announced that the veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee will be awarded a Fellowship of the British Film Institute at the awards ceremony towards the end of this year’s London Film Festival. The BFI’s Chief Executive Amanda Nevill said its Fellowship was awarded to those at the ...

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