The London Film Festival program for this year has been announced, and there are some terrific films for grown-ups – and some treats for kids, too.
Running from Wednesday 8th October until Sunday 19th October, the festival takes place at cinemas in London including the Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon West End, the ICA and Vue West End. Among the movies everyone is getting excited about are opening gala film The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, Fury, the Second World War epic with Brad Pitt, Foxcatcher with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, and the World War I drama Testament Of Youth with Alicia Vikander and Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington.
There are some family films to seek out, including:
Song Of The Sea – an animated Irish fantasy about Saorise, a child who is the last of the Selkies (who can transform from seals to people), with voices by Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Pat Shortt.
Moomins On The Riviera – A new animated adventure featuring Tove Jansson’s The Moomins.
Yellowbird – Dakota Fanning and Seth Green provide the voices in this animated animal drama.
Robot Overlords – Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley star in this sci-fi action/adventure from director Jon Wright (who made the more grown-up Grabbers) set in the future when robots from another galaxy have conquered Earth.
The Satellite Girl And Milk Cow – a South Korean animated story about a satellite that transforms into a robot girl searching for a melody she heard while looking down on Earth.
Ray’s Big Idea – the world premiere of a short film from Aardman (the geniuses behind Wallace And Gromit and Shaun The Sheep)
There will also be a showing of the UK’s first animated feature, 1954’s Animal Farm based on George Orwell’s novella, and a celebration of 20 years of DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Animation: Taking Flight And Beyond will showcase the work of producer Bonnie Arnold and director Dean DeBlois, who will be joined by How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell. New footage of The Penguins Of Madagascar will also be shown to audiences, ahead of its release in December.
Booking for members of the BFI begins on 11 September (join at http://www.bfi.org.uk/join) and public booking opens at 10am on 18 September.
Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 09:30–20:30
In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:30–20:30
NB. Last minute tickets are available to be purchased on the day about 30 minutes prior to the screening at Festival venues