BFI London Film Festival Programs Announce Lineup Additions

"Underground" dramatizes the late teen life of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange while "Japan in a Day" knits together footage from more than 8,000 YouTube submissions in the wake of last year's devastating earthquake.

LONDON -- Robert Connolly's Underground, a drama based on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's late teens life, starring newcomer Alex Williams, Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia, has been added to this year's BFI London Film Festival line-up.

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Connolly's contemporary drama about Assange’s early years as a teenage hacker from the book by Suelette Dreyfus, is one of two last minute edition to the festival which kicks off Oct. 10 with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

The other addition to this year's lineup is Japan in A Day, the product of a collaboration between Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Fuji TV marking the first anniversary of the catastrophic great east Japan earthquake.

Inspired by Kevin McDonald’s Life in a Day, the film backersasked people across Japan to pick up a camera and capture something about their day.

Japanese director Gaku Narita, along with British director Philip Martin and editor Kristina Hetherington, fashioned footage from more than 8,000 films shot by contributors from 12 different countries and uploaded onto YouTube.

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It will screen during the BFI LFF at a time scheduled to coincide with the film's world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct. 20.