8th October - 19th October 2014
Various London Venues
2014 marks the 58th year of London’s most famous and biggest film festival. With dozens of films, exciting premieres and celebrity talks, this year’s BFI London Film Festival is undoubtedly one of the best ever.
Gala events and premieres
With several world premieres and an impressive number of UK premieres too, the 2014 London Film Festival is a movie fanatic's dream. With big films such as the highly anticipated World War II drama Fury getting its European premiere at the festival, as well as gala events and headline-grabbing films such as Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carrel, and Mr. Turner, starring the ever popular Timothy Spall as the famous 19th century artist in Mike Leigh's biopic both in special screenings at the 2014 festival, there's sure to be plenty to thrill film-lovers at this year's event.
Opening and closing galas
This year's festival opens with the European premiere of The Imitation Game, which stars a whole host of British and Irish acting talent and is a dramatic retelling of the life of codebreaker Alan Turing. The closing night gala picture for the 2014 festival is the eagerly-awaited Fury. Directed by David Ayers and starring Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf and Michael Pena, this film follows the lives of a veteran US tank crew as they drive through occupied Europe. The screening on 19th October will be a big draw for the crowds who will be eager to catch a glimpse of the stars.
The Imitation Game Film Trailer
Film genres and screenings
This year, the London Film Festival is continuing previous year's focused categories – Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journeys, Sonic, Family, Experimenta and Treasures – as a way to make it much easier for film fans to navigate and choose from more than 200 feature films on offer in the Festival programme. Most of these sections are also represented by a Gala presentation. Returning this year is the beloved Treasures section premiering recent archive restorations, along with the superbly curated Experimenta and Shorts programmes.
Even the most hardened and serious film fan loves to spot a big star either on the red carpet or milling around in a cinema foyer, as well as seeing them on the big screen! The 2014 London Film Festival will be no exception to the long-standing tradition of star-spotting as stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Brad Pitt and many more will make appearances. One thing the LFF is known for is its celebrity guests, who are often in town promoting their films or heading up Q&A sessions, and movie buffs will be keeping their fingers crossed that many more celebrities put in personal appearances to support their latest projects for 2014 and beyond.
See films before they’re released
The London Film Festival is also great for showcasing films that are sure to be huge international hits when they’re released officially. This year, the eagerly anticipated new film Mr. Turner from director Mike Leigh is sure to attract a great deal of attention, as will Wild starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman undertaking a 1,000 mile hike alone, which is being touted as definitely one of the must-see films of the year. Other frontrunners for this year's most talked about film are Whiplash, which follows a young man following the tutelage of a brilliant but punishing mentor, and the drama Foxcatcher, based on the true story of Olympic medal winning Mark Schultz and his relationship with his inspiring but mentally ill coach.
Mr Turner Film trailer
Wild Film Trailer
Foxcatcher Film Trailer
Ones to watch
This year’s festival features a host of on-stage interviews and the opportunity to learn more about some leading figures in contemporary cinema, such as in the American Express Screen Talks. Masterclasses offering audience members the rare chance to hear from some of the industry’s leading film practitioners including production designers and music supervisors are going to be extremely enlightening and popular, and the BFI London Film Festival will be carrying on its Sonic Cinema programme, with a special screening of Bjork: Biophilia Live, as the BFI continues to celebrate the links between music and film. There will also be new films from some of the most exciting new and independent directors on the international film scene.
The Drop Film Trailer
Amex Insider Lauren Laverne takes a sneak peek behind the scenes of British filmmaking
The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has returned to the capital for its 58th year. With a rich and diverse selection of British films showing at the Festival, watch as Amex Insider Lauren Laverne takes a sneak peek behind the scenes of British filmmaking, speaking to those in the know to find out exactly what makes home-grown films so unique.
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Get your tickets
Public booking for tickets to the 2014 film festival can be done online, by phone, by post or in person at the film festival box offices. For more information and to book tickets CLICK HERE
The BFI London Film Festival 2014 takes place at venues across London from Wednesday 8th October - Sunday 19th October 2014.