Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
Forget Cannes and Venice – London’s got its very own film festival showcasing an incredible mix of world cinema and independent filmmaking. The 61st BFI London Film Festival in association with American Express® is hitting the capital between 4-15 October, and it’s not just for people in the film industry. From 14 September, you can book tickets for a whole range of films showing at our newly refurbished West End venue.
Showcasing the best new features, documentaries and short films from around the world, this is your opportunity to see the most inspiring and entertaining films on offer. Every film screening in the Festival is a premiere, so book your tickets to see the best new films before anyone else.
So what gems will you stumble upon this year? Here are our top picks playing at Vue:
Brigsby Bear (4 October, 21:05) tells the story of a 20-something-year-old who’s spent his whole life in an underground shelter watching weekly instalments of a fake kids’ TV show that his captors have produced to keep him occupied. Salon called it “powerful” and “oddly touching”; The Verge called it a “unique vision.”
In Stronger (8 October, 20:45), Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston marathon bombing. As The Guardian wrote, a “far more generic, far less humane version of this story could have so easily been made”, but Bauman’s story is “told with detail and care” in a refreshingly unconventional drama.
(9 October, 18:00 and 18:30) follows a female comedian trying to make it in the all-male world of stand-up clubs in 1970s Northern England. It’s a smart, funny and original British film with a brilliant cast featuring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, John Bishop and Vic Reeves.
Tickets go on sale 14 September and can be purchased here.