Get involved with BFI London Film Festival

Get involved with BFI London Film Festival

10 must-see events at LFF

Movie buffs rejoice, because LFF is back in town. With major premieres, engaging talks from the industry elite, and potential Oscar-winners taking to the red carpet, there’s plenty to keep festival-goers entertained.

1. Suffragette 

Award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) has pulled together a cast of compelling leading ladies to tell the story of women’s fight for the vote. Led by Carey Mulligan as central protagonist Maud, the film provides an inspiring insight into the lives of the pioneering women who shaped our society as we know it today.

October 7, Odeon Leicester Square, 7pm

2. Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender takes on the role of Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s latest masterpiece. Writer Aaron Sorkin (the man behind The Social Network) focuses on Job’s most innovative product launches - the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998. Digital natives, you’re in for a treat.

October 18, Odeon Leicester Square, 7pm 

3. Victoria

Filming in one (non-stop, roller-coaster) shot, director Sebastian Schipper has managed to capture all the grit of after-hours Berlin. Bullets, drugs and robberies are aplenty, offering high-octane drama. Prepare to be left out of breath by this sensation.

October 16, Curzon Mayfair Cinema, 6.10pm 

4. Listen to me Marlon

Telling his story from beyond the grave via archive materials, Marlon Brando talks candidly about his life. Themes of love, beliefs, doubts and contradictions are all depicted by director Stevan Riley, who pulls together home footage, news reports and film excerpts to craft an intimate portrayal of Brando, as told in his own words.

October 11, Curzon Mayfair Cinema, 1pm

5. Screen Talk: Geena Davis 

Geena Davis is well known for depicting strong, powerful women in films such as The Accidental Tourist. Leading the way for a new generation of influential actresses, Davis will discuss her career as an Academy Award-winning actor and producer, and her work educating and influencing on the issue of gender imbalance in the media.

October 8, BFI Southbank, 3pm

6. Screen Talk: Todd Haynes 

Director Todd Haynes will look back on his extraordinary career exploring identity and sexuality. His varied cinema styles led to glam-rock drama Velvet Goldmine (1998), TV adaptation Mildred Pierce (201) and the Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven (2002). This year sees the premiere of Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, depicting a love story between two women in the 50s.

October 15, BFI Southbank, 6.30pm

7. He Named Me Malala 

Possibly the most famous teenager in the world, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for championing girls’ education in Pakistan. In this insightful and captivating documentary, director David Guggenheim tells the story of Malala living her life under Taliban rule.

October 10, Rich Mix Cinema, 6.30pm

8. Red carpet star spotting

If you don’t manage to secure yourself tickets for one of this years’ top film premieres, make sure you catch a glimpse of one of the celebrities on the red carpet. This year spectators can expect to see Meryl Streep, Tom Hiddleston and Dame Maggie Smith.

October 7 to 18

9. LFF connects: Christopher Nolan

London Film Festival Connects will see the celebrated filmmaker join British artist Tacita Dean in a conversation about the future of film. They will discuss topics such as film as a working medium and how films provide cultural influence. LFF Connections will run throughout the festival, providing though-provoking talks on the way film interacts with art, music and other creative spheres.

October 9, BFI Southbank, 4pm

10.Surprise film 

LFF’s best-kept secret has previously given us the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook and last year’s Birdman. Rumours are circulating that The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne is this year’s front runner for Surprise Film. Keep your eyes peeled.

October 16, Odeon Leicester Square, 9.20pm 

  • Words: Hattie Crisell