BFSR’s coverage of BFI’s 61st London Film Festival:
- Day One – Good Time, Brigsby Bear
- Day Two – Wonderstruck, Golden Exits
- Day Three – Last Flag Flying, Battle of the Sexes
- Day Four – Memoir of a Murderer, Mutafukaz
- Day Five – Blade of the Immortal, Let the Corpses Tan
- Day Six – The Shape of Water, Brawl in Cell Block 99
- Day Seven – The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Person to Person
- Day Eight – Journeyman, The Florida Project
- Day Nine – Thelma, Downsizing
- Day Ten – You Were Never Really There, Lady Bird
- Day Eleven – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
It’s been no mystery why Big Face, Small Razor took an unanticipated hiatus in 2017. Whereas a considerable amount of 2016 was spent watching and reviewing films (having a freelance tutoring job and struggling to find part-time work allowed for heaps of free time), 2017 has been a perpetual cycle of full-time employment with little desire for productivity or film watching. Where before I could average out to a film a day, this year I’ve barely scratched out ten percent of that, a severely low number considering my keen interest for cinema. So, in an effort to kick-start another consistent flow of reviews, features, and interviews, BFSR are are attending the BFI’s London Film Festival once again!
The UK’s biggest film festival returns for its 61st edition, running from Wednesday 4th – to Sunday 15th October throughout the city, with each cinema and venue lending their own ineffable quality to their screenings. From the art-deco refit of Picturehouse Central, The Prince Charles Cinema’s nostalgic revival auditoria, and the terrific Embankment pop-up, there’s simply no space underutilised, and each location appears to have been delicately selected with their faithful patronage in mind.
As with the London Film Festival’s 2016 edition, BFSR will hit the ground running from Day 1, posting daily updates here and on Twitter with reviews of forthcoming titles, screen talks, and experimental showings across the full 12 days. As can be expected from BFI’s terrific programming, there’s an abundance of tempting selections, including Lynne Ramsay’s return with the provocative You Were Never Really Here; the sharp-tongued Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Yorgos Lanthimos’ mystifying thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Guillermo del Toro’s interspecies romance The Shape of Water. Additionally, festivalgoers will be able to attend screen talks with the likes of David Fincher (whose Netflix series Mindhunters makes its debut appearance ahead of its streaming premiere) and Takashi Miike (here to talk about his vastly rich career with his 100th feature Blade of the Immortal). Add to that the 4K revivals of cult classics such as Dario Argento’s Suspiria and musical tragedy Saturday Night Fever, as well as workshops and meet-ups, there really is a copious amount to be entertained, shocked, or charmed by.
Each day there’ll be an update of the previous day’s events, with all posts being linked through this hub page to the individual pages with the ‘Festival’ tag.
To explore the full festival programme and to book tickets, visit BFI.