London Film Fest Sets Letitia Wright, Riz Ahmed Screen Talks

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

Filmmakers Christian Petzold, Michel Franco, Miranda July, Tsai Ming-liang and musician David Byrne will discuss their careers, and Tilda Swinton will join a session in the Treasures strand.

The 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express on Tuesday unveiled its lineup of Screen Talks and events that will be available for free via YouTube and the fest's social channels, including sessions with Letitia Wright and Riz Ahmed.

Among filmmakers, this year's virtual event will feature the likes of Michel Franco, Miranda July, Tsai Ming-liang, Christian Petzold, musician and performer David Byrne and artist Es Devlin discussing their careers.

Meanwhile, the fest's Treasures strand, which features recently restored cinematic classics and discoveries from archives around the world, will include a discussion of Peter Wollen's restored Friendship's Death that will feature Tilda Swinton and Bill Paterson, producer Rebecca O'Brien and cinematographer Witold Stok.

In addition, the festival will also host discussion events tackling subjects emerging from the films, organizers said. Among others, Anna Bogutskaya, co-founder of horror film collective The Final Girls, will lead a conversation exploring the female horror renaissance; British filmmaker Yemi Bamiro, director of 'One Man and His Shoes,' will be joined by sneaker archivist Kish Kash and author Jason Coles to "explore the history and cultural significance of sneakers;" and film critic Kaleem Aftab will discuss "issues of identity in the depiction of the British Asian experience with After Love director Aleem Khan, Hardeep Pandhall (Happy Thuggish Paki) and Dawinder Bansal (Jambo Cinema).

"In a new initiative, the LFF [has] worked with BFI Film Academy to support young curators and programmers to develop and produce events designed by them which are of relevance to younger film lovers from 16-25 years old," they added. "Both playful and political, these talks touch on issues of identity and representation on-screen as well as the barriers facing young people entering the film industry and developing workable solutions to redress this. "

"It was important to us to offer many ways to engage with the festival for free this year, and we are excited that this incredible range of speakers and talks is available for free, not just to anyone in the U.K., but also wherever you are in the world," said Tricia Tuttle, the BFI London Film Festival's director.