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Plenty to wrap your eyes around at this year’s festival of film (Picture: Metro.co.uk/Supplied)
This year’s BFI London Film Festival has launched and we’re rather excited about the glut of movies getting a showing over the next 11 days.
According to festival director Tricia Tuttle, autumn’s looking bright for cinemas. ‘Audiences are definitely coming back to the LFF in earnest,’ she says.
‘We’re over 15% up on admissions this year and that’s also an indication of some strong titles in circulation this autumn in the independent sector.’
Good news indeed, then.
1. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Daniel Craig returns as Southern gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc to unpeel another murder mystery.
Set on the private Greek island of a tech billionaire (Edward Norton), an all-star ensemble includes Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista and Leslie Odom Jr.
2. Triangle Of Sadness
Charlbi Dean Kriek and Harris Dickinson star in this dark comedy (Picture: AP)
Winning the Palme d’Or top prize at this year’s Cannes, this satirical black comedy is tinged with real-life tragedy.
South African actress Charlbi Dean dazzles in what was to be her final screen appearance, co-starring alongside Harris Dickinson as a celebrity couple invited aboard a superyacht captained by Woody Harrelson.
3. Call Jane
Call Jane is based on the real-life ‘Jane Collective’ (Picture: Moho Film)
Elizabeth Banks is a 1960s suburban housewife who turns activist when she joins the ‘Jane Collective’ (enter Sigourney Weaver and Wunmi Mosaku), a real-life underground Chicago abortion service.
Writer Phyllis Nagy’s directorial debut is timely given the US’s recent selective re-criminalising of abortion.
4. Matilda The Musical
Alisha Weir plays child genius Matilda Wormwood (Picture: Sony)
The world premiere of this hugely anticipated family release, based on Tim Minchin’s stage musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.
Emma Thompson in a fat suit is demon headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who terrorises the gifted Matilda (Alisha Weir), while Lashana Lynch plays Miss Honey.
5. Decision To Leave
The Korean romantic thriller is one of our top picks (Picture: Moho Film)
A detective (Park Hae-il) falls for an enigmatic widow (Seo Rae) after she becomes the prime suspect in his murder investigation, in this romantic thriller directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy).
6. My Policeman
Following mixed reviews and a crazy amount of online gossip generated by his current movie Don’t Worry Darling, pop icon Harry Styles once again bravely throws his hat in the acting ring.
Harry’s a secretly gay policeman in the 1950s, who carries on an illicit affair with a man (David Dawson) whilst married to a schoolteacher (Emma Corrin)#
Aged 72, beloved British acting legend Bill Nighy has been nominated for just about every award going – except an Oscar.
So three cheers the Love, Actually star is being heavily tipped for his first ever Academy Award nomination. He’s a dull 1950s civil servant inspired to finally live his life to the full in this Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation.
Senegalese actress Anna Diop stars in this psychological horror (Picture: Amazon Prime)
Anna Diop (Titans) is phenomenal in this psychological horror fable, as a mother, recently emigrated to New York, who becomes a nanny for an affluent Manhattan couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector), only to be unnervingly haunted by the young son she left behind in Senegal. Marks debut writer/director Nikyatu Jusu as one to watch.
9. The Whale
Brendan Fraser makes his comeback in The Whale (Picture: A24/ Rachel Lightsey)
Former Hollywood action hunk Brendan Fraser has battled with personal issues over recent years. Now he’s poised for a major A-list comeback, in the latest awards contender from film-maker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) that sees Fraser don a ‘fat suit’ to play a morbidly obese father trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink).
10. White Noise
Indie power couple Noah Baumbach (writer/director) and his partner Greta Gerwig (the multi-hyphenate here on acting duty) join forces for this apocalyptic black comedy adapted from Don DeLillo’s 1980s novel. Adam Driver is a professor of Hitler studies who takes shelter with his wife (Gerwig) and kids following a cataclysmic ‘Airborne Toxic Event’.
Can’t leave the house? LFF director Tricia Tuttle picks one you can stream on BFI Player until October 23
Trinidadian comedy Chee$e is one of the funniest picks of the festival
Tricia says: ‘Chee$e is in our Laugh section. It’s a comedy from Trinidadian film-maker Damien Marcano about a cheese maker in Trinidad who accidentally becomes a drug dealer, after he mixes weed with his cheese and it becomes the hot sensation. It’s brilliant, really inventive film-making, and it’s honestly hilarious.’
BFI London Film Festival runs from October 5-16