October sees the 58th BFI London film Festival. The dates are the 8th to 19th October and 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. Our concierge will be able to give you more comprehensive information about timings and venues, some are very close to us here at DUKES.
The London Film Festival has a long history. It began 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 categorized and most fall into one of the following groups; love, debate, dare, laugh, cold, journeys, sonic, family, experimenta and treasures. 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 coming to promote their films. You may even be involved in a question and answer session after the film as producers look for immediate feedback on their work.
There are a number of awards presented at the festival including,
- 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 are;
- 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!