Yorkshire’s reputation as a leading centre for British film has received further accreditation as the UK’s leading film festival returns next month featuring no fewer than five films backed with investment from Screen Yorkshire, including two World Premieres. The programme for the 61st BFI London Film Festival (4 – 15 October 2017) includes Clio Barnard’s Dark River Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories, John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties and Mohamed Al Daradji’s The Journey. All five feature films were made with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.
Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading film festivals, the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® represents one of the first opportunities for public and industry audiences to see the very best new films from across the globe, alongside an events programme with some of the world’s most inspiring creative talents. Running over 12 days, the event will showcase 242 feature films from established and emerging talent; including 29 world premieres, eight international premieres, and 34 European premieres.
The European Premiere of Clio Barnard’s Dark River is amongst eight Special Presentations that will shine the spotlight on new work from major directors. The moving tale of family secrets stars Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”, Saving Mr Banks), Mark Stanley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “Game of Thrones”) and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye). Dark River, filmed near Skipton, is produced by Left Bank Pictures / Moonspun Films with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. Dark River screens on 7th and 12th October. More and tickets
The Festival programme is organised in sections to encourage discovery and to open up the Festival to new audiences. The strands are: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, Treasures and Experimenta.
The CULT strand includes the World Premiere of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories in which they bring their hit London stage play to the big screen, with suitably chilling results. Nyman plays Phillip Goodman, an academic and professional sceptic out to debunk claims of the supernatural , but when he stumbles across a long lost file containing three unsolved cases of the Occult, his whole belief system – not to mention his sanity – is thrown into question; Produced by Sheffield’s Warp Films with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, Ghost Stories filmed at locations including Leeds, Saltaire, Hornsea and Harrogate in 2016. Ghost Stories screens on 5th / 6th and 14th October. More and tickets:
Screening in the LOVE strand, Journeyman will also have its World Premiere at the festival. Paddy Considine follows up his acclaimed debut Tyrannosaur with the story of a boxer who must rebuild his life after a near-fatal injury. Starring Jodie Whittaker alongside Paddy Considine and produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw for Inflammable Films, Journeyman filmed in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. Journeyman screens on 12th/13th and 14th October. More and tickets
Also screening in the LOVE strand is John Cameron Mitchell’s cosmic punk love story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole Kidman. The See-Saw Films and Little Punk production filmed partly in Sheffield with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. How To Talk To Girls At Parties screens on 6th and 7th October. More and tickets
Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji’s The Journey, a taut, thought provoking thriller that tackles what might just be the final moments of a potential suicide bomber’s life; screens in the JOURNEY strand. Produced by Isabelle Stead for Leeds based Human Film, the Iraqi co-production received development funding from Screen Yorkshire. The Journey screens on 11th and 12th October. More and tickets
The BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
Key talent due to attend the Festival’s gala and special presentation screenings include: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Luca Guadagnino, Richard Linklater, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Mary J Blige, Guillermo del Toro, Todd Haynes, Andrew Garfield. Andy Serkis, Claire Foy, Annette Bening, and more.
The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® runs 4 – 15 October 2017 Tickets on sale: · BFI Members: 10:00am 7 September · Amex priority booking opens at 10.00am, 12 September · General sale: 10:00am 14 September
For tickets and programme information, visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff