October 9-20, 2012
What’s It All About?
Established in 1933, the London Film Festival (LFF) is one of the many activities of the British Film Institute (BFI). It promotes an understanding and appreciation of Britain’s rich film and television heritage and culture. Europe’s largest public film event, the festival runs for two weeks every autumn and showcases the best in contemporary cinema from around the world at venues across London.
This year the festival will screen 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live-action and animated shorts. Several illustrious directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night Film
The festival opens with the European Premiere of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips. The film is about a high-stakes thriller based on a true story of the 2009 hijacking of the US container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates with Tom Hanks playing the eponymous lead role.
There will be several other Gala Screenings at the fest.
The American Express Gala will showcase Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
The Accenture Gala will have the European Premiere of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt in lead roles.
The American Airlines Gala this year is Alfonso Cuarón’s 3D sci-fi thriller Gravity featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
The Centrepiece Gala, also supported by the Mayor of London, is the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
The May Fair Hotel Gala is the European Premiere of Jason Reitman’s literary adaptation Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
The Festival Gala is the European Premiere of Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial feature The Invisible Woman staring Fiennes as Charles Dickens, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.
The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following:
• Abuse of Weakness
• The Double
• Like Father, Like Son
• The Lunchbox
• Of Good Report
• Rags & Tatters
• The Selfish Giant
• Starred Up
• Tom At The Farm
• Under The Skin
Saving Mr. Banks
The European Premiere of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks will close the festival. The film is an untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. It stars Emma Thompson as PL Travers, author of Mary Poppins, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.