London Film Festival Gets New BFI Boss In Tricia Tuttle

British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill said Sunday at the close of the organization’s London Film Festival that Tricia Tuttle has been appointed Director, BFI Festivals. Tuttle had led this year’s festival as interim artistic director aft…

British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill said Sunday at the close of the organization’s London Film Festival that Tricia Tuttle has been appointed Director, BFI Festivals. Tuttle had led this year’s festival as interim artistic director after Clare Stewart went on sabbatical last year. Stewart has now decided to step down from the position. The news came as the 62nd annual fest wrapped Sunday with the world premiere of Stan & Ollie, the biopic starring Steve Coogan and…

London Film Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’

Stan Laurel, the slimmer British half of Hollywood double act Laurel and Hardy, was not one to wax lyrical about the art or mystique of comedy: “You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly,” he said, making vaudevi…

Stan Laurel, the slimmer British half of Hollywood double act Laurel and Hardy, was not one to wax lyrical about the art or mystique of comedy: “You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly,” he said, making vaudeville performance sound altogether as methodical and prosaic as shopping for groceries. No matter […]

‘Joy’, ‘Girl’ & ‘What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?’ Win At BFI London Film Festival

Joy, Girl and What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? were among winners revealed tonight at the BFI London Film Festival.
Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy took home the Best Film Award in the Official Competition. Winner of both the first ever H…

Joy, Girl and What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? were among winners revealed tonight at the BFI London Film Festival. Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy took home the Best Film Award in the Official Competition. Winner of both the first ever Hearst Film Award 2018 for Best Female Direction and the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at the 75th Venice International…

London Film Review: ‘Been So Long’

Michaela Coel plays a character called Simone in Tinge Krishnan’s neon-bright urban musical “Been So Long” — and whether that’s coincidental, or intended to humor internet fan calls for the up-and-comer to headline a Nina Simone…

Michaela Coel plays a character called Simone in Tinge Krishnan’s neon-bright urban musical “Been So Long” — and whether that’s coincidental, or intended to humor internet fan calls for the up-and-comer to headline a Nina Simone biopic, the message gets across anyway. Not that there’s anything Simone-like about the blend of perky showtunes and steamy […]

London Film Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

“Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918” claims the very final credit of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” buried in small print once a veritable army of magic-working technicians’ names has scrolled. It’s a …

“Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918” claims the very final credit of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” buried in small print once a veritable army of magic-working technicians’ names has scrolled. It’s a cute throwaway detail that nonetheless defines what’s special about Peter Jackson’s path-breaking First World War documentary, composed as […]

Film Review: ‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’

“Reboot” is a word bandied about so much in the film industry these days that its meaning has become entirely elastic, referring to anything from a sequel to a remake to a mildly delayed franchise chapter. A lo-fi, high-volume original char…

“Reboot” is a word bandied about so much in the film industry these days that its meaning has become entirely elastic, referring to anything from a sequel to a remake to a mildly delayed franchise chapter. A lo-fi, high-volume original character piece from Ben Wheatley, “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead” is none of these things […]

Keira Knightley On Redefining Corset Dramas & Raising Female Voices With ‘Colette’ – London Film Festival

If there’s one question Keira Knightley gets tired of hearing, it’s ‘So, another period drama?’
“There’s the assumption that they’re all the same, and to me they’re different; just because one is a dress …

If there’s one question Keira Knightley gets tired of hearing, it’s ‘So, another period drama?’ “There’s the assumption that they’re all the same, and to me they’re different; just because one is a dress and another is a dress doesn’t mean it’s the same movie,” asserted the two-time Oscar nominated actress at a BFI Screen Talks session at the London Film Festival Friday. On Thursday, Knightley premiered what might appear to be another costume drama here in London, 

New London Gang Moves Into Fresh H.Q., Hits Gender Targets

In its 62nd year the BFI London Film Festival saw a new management team face one of the festival’s biggest challenges, the absence of its flagship venue. Despite this, the 12-day event returns (Oct. 10-21) with a packed and vibrant lineup of 225 featur…

In its 62nd year the BFI London Film Festival saw a new management team face one of the festival’s biggest challenges, the absence of its flagship venue. Despite this, the 12-day event returns (Oct. 10-21) with a packed and vibrant lineup of 225 features representing 77 countries, including 21 world premieres and a program that […]

Naziha Arebi Fields Libyan Women Soccer Documentary

When the Arab Spring arrived in Libya in 2011, ending the 42-year reign of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, it brought with it a dizzying sensation that anything was possible. For a determined group of women who’d spent eight years training on an all-female …

When the Arab Spring arrived in Libya in 2011, ending the 42-year reign of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, it brought with it a dizzying sensation that anything was possible. For a determined group of women who’d spent eight years training on an all-female soccer team, the revolution offered the tantalizing prospect of playing their first competitive […]

Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer to Judge London Film Festival Competitors

“Game of Thrones” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” star Emilia Clarke will be on the jury of the Official Competition of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 10-21. Another “Thrones” star, Natalie Dormer, is on the fest’s F…

“Game of Thrones” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” star Emilia Clarke will be on the jury of the Official Competition of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 10-21. Another “Thrones” star, Natalie Dormer, is on the fest’s First Feature Competition jury, which hands out the Sutherland Award. Joining Clarke on the […]

Netflix Acquires Indian Social Media Drama ‘Rajma Chawal’

Netflix will give a worldwide release to Indian drama “Rajma Chawal. The film is set to have a theatrical premiere at October’s London Film Festival, before releasing online on Nov. 30. Set in the chaotic, vibrant Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, Rajma Cha…

Netflix will give a worldwide release to Indian drama “Rajma Chawal. The film is set to have a theatrical premiere at October’s London Film Festival, before releasing online on Nov. 30. Set in the chaotic, vibrant Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, Rajma Chawal captures the relationship between a father attempting to reconnect with his estranged son through […]

‘Outlaw King’ Filmmaker David Mackenzie Trims Netflix Epic By 20 Minutes Post Toronto Premiere

EXCLUSIVE: David Mackenzie has heard the people.
Coming away from the opening night TIFF premiere of his Netflix epic Outlaw King, the filmmaker has cut 20 minutes from the movie before its Oct. 17 debut at the London Film Festival, spurred by the Toro…

EXCLUSIVE: David Mackenzie has heard the people. Coming away from the opening night TIFF premiere of his Netflix epic Outlaw King, the filmmaker has cut 20 minutes from the movie before its Oct. 17 debut at the London Film Festival, spurred by the Toronto audience response. A passion project for the Hell or High Water Scottish-director, Outlaw King tells the story about Scottish King Robert the Bruce (played by Chris Pine reteaming with Mackenzie post HOHW), William…

London Film Festival Full Line-Up: Bros Doc ‘After The Screaming Stops’, Simon Amstell’s ‘Benjamin’ & ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Score World Premieres

Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops and Simon Amstell’s Benjamin are among the 21 world premieres at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The festival has announced its full line-up for the festival, which runs 10 – 21 October, including nin…

Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops and Simon Amstell's Benjamin are among the 21 world premieres at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The festival has announced its full line-up for the festival, which runs 10 – 21 October, including nine international premieres and 29 European premieres. There will be onstage Q&As with talent including Alfonso Cuaron, Keira Knightley, Lee Chang-dong and Sir David Hare. In addition to the already announced opener and closer…

Robert Redford’s ‘The Old Man & The Gun’ & Ben Wheatley’s ‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ To Play In Competition At LFF

Robert Redford’s The Old Man & The Gun, Nicole Kidman’s Destroyer and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to Free Fire, are among the titles to play in competition at the London Film Festival.
The 62nd run of the festival has a…

Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun, Nicole Kidman's Destroyer and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley's follow-up to Free Fire, are among the titles to play in competition at the London Film Festival. The 62nd run of the festival has also revealed that Room director Lenny Abrahamson, whose horror adaptation The Little Stranger is released in September, has been named Jury President. Other titles to play including Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's Birds of Pas…

London Film Festival Sets ‘Stan & Ollie’ Biopic Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Closing Night

“Stan & Ollie” will open in the UK and other countries in 2019.

The Closing Night gala of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival (October 10 – October 21) is Jon S. Baird’s Old Hollywood biopic “Stan & Ollie,” starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. The word oremiere will take place on October 21 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, along with simultaneous preview screenings at cinemas across the UK.

The true story follows Hollywood comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s hectic farewell tour around the UK and Ireland with their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda). Reilly also stars in the Jacques Audiard western “The Sisters Brothers” this fall season.

Read More:  ‘Stan and Ollie’: John C. Reilly is Unrecognizable in Laurel and Hardy Biopic

“This beautiful tribute to cinema’s early comedy odd couple, Laurel & Hardy,” stated BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle, “a truly funny and touching story about a tender life-long friendship…is also exploring the twilight years of two mega-watt performers who had a meteoric rise to fame.  These two prove that true comic timing is eternal.”

Entertainment One will open “Stan & Ollie” in the UK and Ireland on January 11, 2019. North American plans — including 2018 Oscar-qualifying bookings — are yet to come.

The full Festival program will be announced on August 30.

UK Union Plans “Strikes & Demonstrations” During London Film Festival Over Cinema Pay Dispute

UK entertainment union BECTU is planning a “series of strikes and demonstrations” during this year’s BFI London Film Festival due to an on-going pay dispute with with art-house cinema chain Picturehouse.
BECTU head Gerry Morrissey wro…

UK entertainment union BECTU is planning a “series of strikes and demonstrations” during this year’s BFI London Film Festival due to an on-going pay dispute with with art-house cinema chain Picturehouse. BECTU head Gerry Morrissey wrote to BFI CEO Amanda Nevill last week to inform her of the plans. He also called on the festival not to screen films at the Cineworld-owned Picturehouse venues. The union tweeted a copy of the letter today. News: BFI urged to stop using…

Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn’s ‘Widows’ To Open 2018 London Film Festival

Steve McQueen’s Widows is set to open this year’s London Film Festival. The feature, which is written by McQueen and Gone Girl and Sharp Objects author Gillian Flynn and stars Viola Davis, will kick off the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 10.

Steve McQueen's Widows is set to open this year's London Film Festival. The feature, which is written by McQueen and Gone Girl and Sharp Objects author Gillian Flynn and stars Viola Davis, will kick off the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 10. The film is a complex thriller about a group of women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. It also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin…

Film Review: ‘Journeyman’

On the face of it, “Journeyman” seems a misnomer of a title for a film about a championship boxer who faces the most grueling challenge of his life after defending his world title at the denouement of his career. A scrappy, up-from-nothing underdog drama it is not. As Paddy Considine’s sophomore directorial effort progresses, however, the […]

On the face of it, “Journeyman” seems a misnomer of a title for a film about a championship boxer who faces the most grueling challenge of his life after defending his world title at the denouement of his career. A scrappy, up-from-nothing underdog drama it is not. As Paddy Considine’s sophomore directorial effort progresses, however, the […]

Film Review: ‘My Generation’

There’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty’s “My Generation,” a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s. Loaded with great footage from the era and accompanied by superbly cleaned-up music tracks from the Kinks, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others, this love […]

There’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty’s “My Generation,” a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s. Loaded with great footage from the era and accompanied by superbly cleaned-up music tracks from the Kinks, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others, this love […]

Busan Film Review: ‘Beyond the Clouds’

Majid Majidi is a long way from home in “Beyond the Clouds,” a socially conscious underworld melodrama that sees the veteran Iranian humanist taking to the slums of Mumbai with a hint of Bollywood swagger. It’s a commendable departure, even if you can sense the helmer struggling to get the lay of the land at […]

Majid Majidi is a long way from home in “Beyond the Clouds,” a socially conscious underworld melodrama that sees the veteran Iranian humanist taking to the slums of Mumbai with a hint of Bollywood swagger. It’s a commendable departure, even if you can sense the helmer struggling to get the lay of the land at […]

‘Strong Women’ at the Fore at London Film Festival

The 61st BFI London Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 4-15, is one of the few top movie events to be headed by a woman, but female-directed films only represent 25% of the features in the program. That is far from where festival director Clare Stewart would like it to be, although it is up […]

The 61st BFI London Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 4-15, is one of the few top movie events to be headed by a woman, but female-directed films only represent 25% of the features in the program. That is far from where festival director Clare Stewart would like it to be, although it is up […]