Next Fortnight’s Film Fix
This year’s BFI London Film Festival runs from 7 – 18 October, with a programme boasting a string of glittering delights. Whether your preferences lie with the big-name headline attractions, you’re a fan of the up-and-coming independents, or you just want to stand in Leicester Square waiting for a precious glimpse of Johnny Depp, the LFF has many a treat in store for you.
Here are our top must-see features of the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, followed by a rundown of what’s on in cinemas this fortnight.
The LFF festival kicked off in Leicester Square on Wednesday October 7th with this intense drama tracing the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote. Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Village at the End of the World) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame), Suffragette is made by British women, about British women, and is now available to watch in cinemas.
We spoke to Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan at their London press conference. Read the Q&A here.
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep
In cinemas: 12.10.15
Working with a narrative structure built around Apple’s three seminal product launches – the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998 – British filmmaker Danny Boyle brings Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography to life with Michael Fassbender playing one of the most transformative figures of our times.
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston
Premiere: 7:00pm, Sunday 18 October at Odeon Leicester Square
In selected cinemas* from 18.10.15
This absurd comedy takes place in a not-too-distant dystopian future, where singledom is outlawed, and anyone not successfully in a romantic relationship has just forty-five days to find a mate, lest they be transformed into an animal.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, John C Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw
Premiere: 6:00pm, Tuesday 13 October at Vue West End Cinema
In cinemas: 16.10.15
Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel The Price of Salt is adapted for the big screen by I’m Not There director Todd Haynes in this emotionally honest love story about two women courageously defying the stifling conformity of mid-century America.
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Poulson
Premiere: 7:15pm, Wednesday 14 October at Odeon Leicester Square
In selected cinemas* from 15.10.15
Breaking Bad star and all-round legend Bryan Cranston returns to our screens and hearts as Dalton Trumbo; the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947. We spoke to Bryan, plus Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje at their London press conference. Read the Q&A here.
Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman
Premiere: 7:15pm, Thursday 08 October at Odeon Leicester Square
In cinemas January 2016
Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) delivers a gritty depiction of vice and corruption in 1970s Boston, as adapted from Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s acclaimed book about the rise of Irish hoodlum James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp).
Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons
Premiere: 7:15pm, Sunday 11 October at Odeon Leicester Square
In cinemas November 2015
* visit bfi.org.uk/lff for information on screenings
IN CINEMAS THIS FORTNIGHT
A gambling addict on a losing streak believes to have found a good-luck charm in a newfound friend, whom he takes on a road trip to a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans.
In cinemas: 23.10.15
Directors: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton
From the imagination of The Strain creator Guillermo del Toro, this gothic horror follows a young woman whose heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, and soon finds herself swept away to a house full of secrets and ghosts.
In cinemas: 16.10.15
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam
The Last Witch Hunter
A valiant warrior given the curse of immortality by an evil witch must now prevent that same witch and her horrifying army of supernatural creatures from unleashing the Black Death upon the modern world.
In cinemas: 21.10.15
Director: Breck Eisner
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood
12-year-old Peter finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland for the first time in this lavish prequel to the J. M. Barrie children’s classic. Joined by friends James Hook and Tiger Lily, Peter must become the hero he’s destined to be, by defeating the ruthless pirate Blackbeard.
In cinemas: 16.10.15
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Cara Delevigne, Levi Miller
Certifications and release dates based on UK information.