The BFI London Film Festival has announced its full lineup, and a deluge of awards contenders fill some of the key events.
British period drama Suffragette opens the festival on 7th October, while Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs gets the prestigious closing gala slot on the 18th. Tickets are available for Suffragette from 10am on 19th September so put it in your diaries. Other gala screenings include Carol and Brooklyn.
The BFI festival has always championed British films, though the galas tend to be a testing ground for some of the year’s potential big players on the awards circuit. Suffragette is a natural fit, and the Meryl Streep film could see the star earn herself an acting nomination, though the producers will be looking for a few more nominations than that.
Steve Jobs is the biopic of the Apple co-founder, and with a cast including Seth Rogan and Michael Fassbender, all eyes will be on the closing gala this year. A great reception will be a golden ticket to the Academy Awards.
Meanwhile Kiss Me Kate, A Man For All Seasons and Women in Love are just some of the classic films also being shown during the festival, in which diversity and breadth seems to be a key driver in their programme.