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63rd BFI London Film Festival

The Personal History of David Copperfield

63rd BFI London Film Festival 3rd-13th October 2019 by Alex Plant The 2019 BFI London Film Festival rolled into town this October, bringing some of the best films featured at the Cannes, Toronto and Venice film festivals, as well as a host of its own premieres. The opening night gala was Armando Ianucci’s Dickens adaptation, […]

BFI London Film Festival: La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque Directed by Nicolas Bedos Starring Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Doria Tillier by Alex Plant Nicolas Bedos’ second feature, La Belle Époque has a set up that feels reminiscent of a cross between Westworld and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. However, with its liberal dashing of sharp french humour it manages […]

BFI London Film Festival: Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith Directed by Alexandre O Philippe by Alex Plant In its 46-year lifespan, The Exorcist has left an indelible mark upon the cinematic landscape, terrifying audiences, delighting critics and inspiring countless filmmakers with its shocking and stylish depiction of demonic possession. In Leap Of Faith, acclaimed documentarian Alexandre O Philippe turns his inquisitive […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Irishman

The Irishman

The Irishman Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale and Anna Paquin Screening at LFF October 13th, 2019 by Alex Plant Discourse surrounding Martin Scorsese’s latest has largely been focused on the the magical CGI de-aging techniques it’s said to employ, its three-hour-plus runtime […]

BFI London Film Festival: Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty Directed by Craig Roberts Starring Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe and David Thewlis Screening at LFF October 8th and 9th 2019 by Alex Plant Writer/director Craig Roberts has said that one of his goals whilst making his second feature, Eternal Beauty, was that he wanted to see if it was possible to recast the […]

BFI London Film Festival: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Directed by Marielle Heller Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper Screening at LFF October 12th & 13th 2019 by Alex Plant Who do you get to play the most beloved children’s television host in American history? Why, America’s most beloved actor, of course! Mr. […]

BFI London Film Festival: Judy & Punch

Judy & Punch

Judy & Punch Directed by Mirrah Foulkes Starring Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Tom Budge, Benedict Hardie and Lucy Velik Screening at LFF October 12th and 13th, 2019 by Gemsy This meta-macabre retelling of the most famous violently abusive couple in puppet theatre history takes place in Seaside – which is, in fact, landlocked. It’s a […]

BFI London Film Festival: Knives Out

Knives Out

Knives Out Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer Screening at LFF October 8th, 9th, 11th and 13th 2019 by Alex Plant After his 2017 Star Wars effort The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson seemed to garner fanboys and detractors in equal measure. However, his follow […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Directed by Robert Eggers Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson and Valeriia Karaman Screening at LFF October 5th, 6th, 11th and 13th 2019 by Alex Plant The Witch was a hell of a debut feature. In the company of movies like It Follows, Get Out and Hereditary it helped push the term “elevated horror” […]

BFI London Film Festival: Le Mans ’66

Le Mans '66

Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari) Directed by James Mangold Starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe and Tracy Letts Screening at LFF October 10th and 11th 2019 by Alex Plant The great success of Ron Howard’s 2013 film Rush, was that it managed to make a movie about Formula One racing accessible […]