This October sees the 58th BFI London film Festival take place between the 8th and 19th October. 248 films will be shown across 17 different venues in London, including BFI Southbank, the Empire Leicester Square, the Odeon Covent Garden and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
A firm favourite with the team at DUKES, if you’re staying with us do feel free to speak to our concierge – they’ll be only too happy to give you more comprehensive information about timings and venues (some of which are particularly close to us!).
The London Film Festival has a long history, beginning back in 1953 as it was felt that the London event would complement the events already being held in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Edinburgh.
In order to make it easier for the film-going public to choose which films they would like to see, the films are categorised and most fall into one of the following groups:
As these are films that have not yet been released to the general viewing public, it’s quite likely you’ll be able to see the stars heading to town to promote their films. It’s also not unusual to be involved in a question and answer session after the film is screened, as producers look for immediate feedback on their work. A truly memorable moment for any film fan!
There are a number of awards presented at the festival, some of the most notable being:
- Best Film
- Best British Newcomer
- BFI Fellowship Award
- The Grierson Award (presented for the best documentary)
- The Sutherland Trophy (presented to the most original and creative film maker)
Of the 248 films to be shown, some of those that have caught our eye as ones definitely worth watching include:
- ‘Fury’ starring Brad Pitt
- ‘Foxcatcher’ starring Channing Tatum
- ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch
- ‘Mr Turner’ starring Timothy Spall.
So, if you haven’t already booked and you were looking for an excuse to take advantage of our Autumn Flutter offers every weekend in October, this could be just what you’re after – come to London, watch some great films and keep an eye out for the stars. You never know who you may meet!