BFSR’s coverage of BFI’s 60th London Film Festival:
- Day One – A Monster Calls, The Handmaiden
- Day Two – My Life As A Courgette, Manchester By the Sea
- Day Three – Creepy, DJ Yoda Live
- Day Four – Paul Verhoeven Screen Talk
- Day Five – Arrival, The Wailing
- Day Six – The Birth of a Nation, Elle
- Day Seven – La La Land, Certain Women
- Day Eight – The Salesman, Personal Shopper
- Day Nine – Free Fire, Werner Herzog Screen Talk
- Day Ten – Nocturnal Animals, The Void
- Day Eleven – Mascots, Chi-Raq
Originally posted on 4th October 2016:
This week sees the BFI’s annual London Film Festival turn 60-years-old: a milestone that has been awarded one of the best line-ups in the festival’s history, and with 200+ features across the nominated categories – from Dare, Journey, Love and more – there’s an unmistakable wealth of films from across the globe, encapsulating every genre and subgenre to match any preference.
Taking place from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October, the Festival’s 12 days of screenings take place in multiple venues throughout the capital, each lending their own elegance and style to the films they’ll be host to: from the iconic Odeon Leicester Square, the BFI’s very own Southbank screening rooms, Picturehouse’s luxurious Central location, The Prince Charles Cinema’s classically charming repertory atmosphere, or the brand new, alluring Embankment Cinema (built specifically for the LFF), and many more, there’s room for everyone, and then some.
Bringing European and World premieres into the programming, BFI delivers a terrific selection of Strand Galas and Competition Features, alongside their Headline Galas and Special Presentations throughout the whole festival. Whether it’s Park Chan-Wook’s daringly erotic The Handmaiden, Kelly Reichardt’s nuanced Certain Woman, or festival darling Xavier Dolan’s return to earthy, human drama with It’s Only The End of the World, the selection is staggering. Also on the bill are new features from Terence Malick, Amma Asante, Ben Wheatley, Kenneth Lonergan, and Andrea Arnold: there’s absolutely no shortage of respectable and revered directors to enjoy.
Big Face, Small Razor may be a one-man, solo-run venture, but that won’t stop me; I will be there from Day 1, covering the festival with daily updates both here and on Twitter and, as is the way with such an overwhelmingly rich program, there may be some that I missed due to time clashes, transport mishaps, or any number of external difficulties, but there’ll always be a screening and thereby something to talk about.
Each day there’ll be an update of the previous day’s proceedings, and all posts will be linked through here to the individual pages by the ‘Festival’ tag.