Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’ to close London Film Festival 2016
Free Fire, the latest period piece from High-Rise director Ben Wheatley, is set to make its European premiere at the 60th annual BFI London Film Festival. Chosen as the Festival’s Closing Night Gala, no less, the film will make its debut on Sunday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers.
Starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley and Sharlto Copley, Free Fire takes place in late ’70s Massachusetts, and follows Justine (Larson), who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon and Ord (Copley, Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.
BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart says of the film:
“Ben Wheatley’s ascent as one of the UK’s most dazzling cinematic talents continues with this ballsy actioner. Dripping with blood, sweat and irony, Free Fire’s bravura filmmaking pays knowing tribute to the films of Sam Peckinpah and features a terrific cast who clearly relish bringing Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump’s vivid characters to the screen. We are thrilled to be presenting the European Premiere as our Closing Night gala, ensuring that the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival goes out with a bang!”
Director Ben Wheatley says:
“I’m very proud to be showing Free Fire at the BFI London Film Festival. To be the closing film is a great honour. LFF have been fantastic in supporting the films I’ve made (me and an army of 100s) and I can’t wait to show Free Fire to the Festival audience.”
The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place 05-16 October at venues across London. Public booking opens Thursday September 15th.