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BFI London Film Festival Guide

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6 October 2021 to 17 October 2021


After a rocky 18 months for the film industry, the film festival season is back with a bang. After the success of the Cannes and Venice film festivals, London is getting ready for the annual BFI London Film Festival. LFF consists of Galas (premieres), special presentations, LFF Awards and Immersive art and XR.

Discovering the world of film couldn’t be easier this year, with the most accessible program to date. Taking place in partnered cinemas across the country as well as around London’s South Bank and West End. If you can’t get to your local cinemas or want to enjoy the curated program from your own sofa, you can check out the full lineup of films on the BFI Player.

The BFI Player is hosting a whole range of features this year, not only will it be hosting virtual premieres, but introductions and exclusive Q&A’s from hundreds of directors, writers and actors will be available from the platform. You can also access the LFF short films for free throughout the festival.

Tickets for the festival go on sale on 20th September, however premieres and events do sell out quick, so you need to be fast. Extra Tickets go on sale on 30th September if you miss out on the first round. BFI members get early access to tickets, with BFI Patrons on 10th September, BFI Champions on 13th September and BFI members on 14th September.

Tickets from £10 to all screenings (from £5 if you’re 16-25). Discover more and save with festival passes

Galas - premieres of some of the most anticipated films of the year

The Harder They Fall – Opening Night Gala

When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western. Inspired by the real-life stories of African-American cowboys and featuring an all-star cast, Jeymes Samuel’s feature debut is an explosive and stylish Western quite unlike any other.

Runtime: 130 minutes

Starring: Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King, Idris Elba

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The Power of the Dog – American Express Gala

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Runtime: 126 minutes

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Belfast – American Airlines Gala

Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express) draws on his own experiences to tell a story of the life of a working class family and their young son's childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital.

Runtime: 98 minutes

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill

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The French Dispatch – Headline Gala

Wes Anderson’s delightful, star-studded homage to journalism and literary magazines, is a feast for the eyes and a whip-smart comic delight. Set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch."

Runtime: 108 minutes

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Lyna Khoudri, Elisabeth Moss, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Christoph Waltz, Mathieu Amalric

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King Richard – Headline Gala

Will Smith delivers one of his best performances in this rousing, hugely enjoyable biopic, as the ambitious father of two sporting prodigies, Venus and Serena Williams. Taking a look these tennis superstars and how they became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

Runtime: 138 minutes

Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal

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Last Night in Soho – Headline Gala

An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. However, the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. Time-travelling horror fantasy from the mind of the brilliant Edgar Wright.

Runtime: 116 minutes

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Diana Rigg

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Spencer – Headline Gala

Pablo Larraín’s sublime ‘fable from a true story’ imagines a Christmas weekend at Sandringham in the early 1990s, as an unhappy Princess Diana contemplates saying ‘no’.

Runtime: 111 minutes

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins

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The Lost Daughter – Headline Gala

Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts Elena Ferrante’s novel in this astonishingly assured directorial debut. A college professor confronts her unsettling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on vacation in Italy. Her obsession with the woman and her daughter prompts memories of her early motherhood.

Runtime: 121 minutes

Starring: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard

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Ron’s Gone Wrong – Family Gala

Ron, a Bubble Bot damaged in transit, is wreaking havoc and only young Barney can make things right, in Locksmith Animation’s hilarious debut.

Runtime: 106 minutes

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman

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For the full program or for more information about the BFI London Film Festival visit the BFI website

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To enjoy priority booking and access great benefits all year round become a BFI Member from £37

Tickets go on sale Mon 20th September 10am

Tickets from £10 to all screenings (from £5 if you’re 16-25)

Discover more and save with festival passes. For full information on ticket prices, including discounts and offers for London venues and BFI Player – and for booking information for cinemas around the UK visit the BFI Film Festival Website