5 September 2012
BFI announces full line-up for 56th London Film Festival
Highlights include premieres of films by Dustin Hoffman, Sally Potter and Tim Burton, and an appearance from the Rolling Stones
The British Film Institute has announced the full programme for the 2012 London Film Festival, which runs from 10 to 21 October.
The opening and closing films – European premieres of Tim Burton’s animation Frankenweenie, and Mike Newell’s Great Expectations adaptation – had already been announced.
The Official Competition selection boasts some big names in independent cinema. Michael Winterbottom, the prolific director whose works include A Mighty Heart and the recent Trishna, is represented by Everyday, a film about a Scottish family set over five Christmases that was filmed in two-week periods over five years. It stars Shirley Henderson and John Simm.
Winterbottom is joined by Sally Potter (Orlando, The Man Who Cried) with Ginger and Rosa (pictured above), and In Bruges director Martin McDonagh and his film Seven Psychopaths. Also included is Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children.
The selection also features a long list of UK premieres, with films by Michel Franco (After Lucia), David Ayer (End of Watch) and François Ozon (In the House).
Gala screenings include Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane (the band is expected to attend); Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, starring Maggie Smith; Palme d’Or winner Amour, directed by Michael Haneke (who will also attend); and Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo.
The structure of the LFF has been refreshed by new festival director Clare Stewart, who previously helmed the Sydney Film Festival for five years. Titles are organised under a number of themes – Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family – in an effort to help people discover the works that appeal to them more easily among the 200-plus list of films.
The BFI is also placing more emphasis on awards this year, with additional competitive sections.
The complete programme listing is available on the BFI website.
Winterbottom filmed at the children’s schools: shots of lunchtime football, carol concerts, the morning drop-off, the afternoon collection. The children were also allowed time off to attend film festivals. But some of their classmates have been less understanding. “They didn’t believe me [that I was in a film],” Robert says, with a prickle of frustration. “I was telling them and they were all like, ‘No you’re not, no you’re not.'” The children hope that when the film screens this autumn on Channel 4 – which part-funded the project as a way of exploring the impact on families of jail time – they might be vindicated.