Andrea Arnold Heads Up London Film Festival Jury

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Andy Serkis' directorial debut 'Breathe' will kick off the event on Wednesday.

Andrea Arnold — the celebrated British director behind American Honey, Fish Tank and Red Road — has been named jury president for the official competition of the BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday. 

The helmer will lead a group of jury members including filmmaker Babak Anvari, who won a BAFTA last year for his debut feature Under the Shadow; actor Eric Bana; film journalist and programmer Ashley Clarke; actress and model Lily Cole; Russian filmmaker Alexei Popogrebsky; and Emma Thomas, producer of Dunkirk, the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception.

Elsewhere, documentary filmmaker and Passion Pictures head John Battsek will lead the documentary competition, producer Melissa Parmenter (The Trip, The Face of an Angel) will preside over the first feature competition and Michael Dudok De Wit, who won an Oscar for his short Father and Daughter in 2000, will head up the short film competition.

The 61st edition of the London Film Festival will open with Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe and will also include Battle of the Sexes, Call Me by Your Name, Downsizing, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.