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The BFI London Film Festival is back for its 60th Anniversary

The 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival takes place from 5th to 16th October 2016 with an extensive programme of films and events all over the capital.

The 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival takes place from 5th to 16th October 2016 with an extensive programme of films and events all over the capital.

The Festival will screen a total of 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres and 39 European Premieres, plus 144 short films, including documentary, live action and animated works. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew will be participating in career interviews, Screen Talks, Q&As and Industry Talks.

BFI LFF Embankment Garden Cinema interior

Festival screenings take place at venues across the capital: the West End (Vue West End and the iconic Odeon Leicester Square cinemas); central London venues (BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX, Picturehouse Central, the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Haymarket, Prince Charles Cinema and Ciné Lumière); and local cinemas (the Ritzy in Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse and Curzon Chelsea).

This 60th edition welcomes the Embankment Gardens Cinema, a new temporary cinema close to the Thames, one minute’s walk from Embankment station, and two minutes from Charing Cross. Located at Victoria Embankment Gardens, it is a peaceful tree-lined green space provided with the latest image and sound technology, including Dolby 7.1 surround sound and 4k digital projection.

The Festival will open on 5th October with the European Premiere of A UNITED KINGDOM, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. This film, directed by Amma Asante (BELLE), tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947, in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.


The closing Night Gala, on Sunday 16th October, will showcase another European Premiere, this time Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE. In this film, Justine (Brie Larson) brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.

FREE FIRE Dir. Ben Wheatle
Dir. Ben Wheatle

Amongst the Headline Galas is LION, Garth Davis’ adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s A Long Way Home, with Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. It tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a five-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home and family to end up adopted by an Australian couple and how, twenty-five years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, he sets out to find his lost family.

Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star in LION Photo: Mark Rogers
Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star in LION
Photo: Mark Rogers

Another European Premiere and Headline Gala is THE BIRTH OF A NATION, directed by Nate Parker. It is a gruelling account of the life of an enslaved African-American who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831, and stars Parker himself alongside Armie Hammer, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union.


This is just a glimpse of some of the films on offer at the BFI London Film Festival. Check out the calendar here:

The full programme of films and events is available from:

Tickets can only be purchased through the London Film Festival website, in person at BFI Southbank or by calling 020 7928 3232.

Festival Information & Ticket Booking
BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 8 September – join at
Public booking opens 10.00am, 15 September
Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30
In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:00 – 20:30

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