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‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ World Premiere to Open London Film Festival

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The annual fest, scheduled for Oct. 5-16 and held in partnership with American Express, unveiled its opening night gala on Thursday. Matilda will gets its world premiere in London on Oct. 5 at the Southbank Centre, “ahead of Sony Pictures U.K. and […]

Iranian Director Panah Panahi’s ‘Hit the Road’ Wins London Film Festival Top Prize

Hit the Road, Iranian writer-director Panah Panahi’s first feature, has won the top prize at the BFI London Film Festival. The movie, which first bowed in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes, won the official competition’s best film award, which was selected by a jury led by Mug director Małgorzata Szumowska that also included film […]

From Prank Zoom Video to Blumhouse Deal: How ‘Host’ and ‘Dashcam’ Director Became a “Pandemic Profiteer”

Of the handful of films that — incredibly — managed to be conceived, developed, shot and even released during the pandemic last year, one stands out from pack as having not just been a critical smash but launching a career in the process. Host, from British writer-director Rob Savage, was a hugely inventive display of […]

Top U.K. TV Writers Talk ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Squid Game’ Impact: “There Is a Wave Crashing Down”

Steven Knight (Spencer, Peaky Blinders), Lucy Prebble (Succession, I Hate Suzie) and Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, Enola Holmes), arguably three of the most in-demand and acclaimed British screenwriters working right now, sat down for a panel discussion on the second day of the BFI London Film Festival on Thursday. While the talk’s focus was […]

Regina King, Idris Elba, Jay-Z Open London Film Festival With “Revolutionary” Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

After a pandemic-impacted year where the BFI London Film Festival was, like so many others, forced to scale back much of its offerings with very limited in-person events and almost zero international guests, Wednesday night saw the U.K.’s biggest cinema event roar back to life. The Royal Festival Hall, on the banks of the River […]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Joins London Film Festival Jury

Fresh from seeing No Time to Die — which she co-wrote — have its glittering world premiere in London earlier this week, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has now joined the BFI London Film Festival. The Fleabag creator is set to head up the judging panel for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary award and will team with British Film Institute […]

London Film Festival Industry Program to Include Talks With ‘Succession’ Writer, ‘Normal People’ Producer

Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue and the European editorial director of Vogue, is set to headline the 2021 London Film Festival‘s industry program. In a special conversation taking place on Oct. 7 — part of the long-running LFF Connects strand celebrating the intersection between film and other creative industries — Enninful, who was named editor […]

London Film Festival Adds George Clooney’s ‘The Tender Bar,’ Unveils In-Person Talks Lineup

The BFI London Film Festival — which launches on Oct. 6 — has added another high-profile feature to its already heady lineup of films. George Clooney’s coming-of-age Amazon drama The Tender Bar — starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan and Lily Rabe — will have its international premiere on Oct. 10 at the Southbank Centre’s Royal […]

London Film Festival: ‘Last Night in Soho,’ ‘French Dispatch,’ ‘Succession’ Added as Full Lineup Unveiled

The 2021 BFI London Film Festival — set to run Oct. 6-17 — has unveiled its full program, with a sizeable haul of major titles joining the lineup. Alongside already announced opener, The Harder They Fall, gala screening The Power of the Dog, closing night film The Tragedy of Macbeth and the official competition titles, other […]

London Film Festival Unveils 8 Competition Titles

The 65th BFI London Film Festival has unveiled the eight movies in its competition program, from which the winner of the best film award will be chosen. The titles are Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, Justin Kurzel’s Nitram, Harry Wootliff’s True Things, Belle from Mamoru Hosoda, Michelangelo Frammartino’s Il Buco, Panah Panahi’s Hit the […]

Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ to Close London Film Festival

Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is set to close the 65th BFI London Film Festival. The A24 and Apple film — written and directed by Coen and starring Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson and Kathryn Hunter — will receive its European premiere on Oct. 17 […]

London Film Festival Adds Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’

Jane Campion’s hotly anticipated next feature The Power of the Dog is to get a special gala screening at the BFI London Film Festival. The Netflix film — which is due to have its world premiere in Venice next month — is set to receive it’s U.K. premiere Oct. 11 at London’s famed Royal Festival […]