Today was the big day – like kids at Christmas, eagerly awaiting film fans across the capital got to indulge their curiosity as this year’s London Film Festival line up was announced. With last year boasting what was arguably the BFI’s strongest selection of festival titles in years including Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity all receiving their UK premieres, it was going to be a tough act to follow.
So what was to be in store for the citie’s movie buffs having to cross their legs to prevent the excitement from literally leaking out? (Lets face it we’re heading into Autumn it’s either psyche up for this or the start of term paper chase stationary sale.) Well in it’s 58th year the London Film fest has coughed up an impressive collection of flicks to follow last years grandeur. To compliment the Opening and closing Gala’s The Imitation Game and Fury, highlights include, Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos in which he directs his second feature performing alongside LFF sweetheart Kate Winslett, Jean Marc Vallee’s Wild from the Nick Hornby Screenplay starring Reese Witherspoon, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children including a sultery voice over from Emma Thomson and the Bradley Cooper/ J Law dream team are back with Susanne Bier’s Serena.
Of course it’s not just the A-listers that make the festival worth a second look, with 248 films coming to venues across London there is plenty to take a chance on. This morning in Leicester Square’s Odeon we warmed the seats for the festivities to come, the festival runs from 8-19 October 2014 and public bookings open September 18th, check out the full line up of what’s on offer here- www.bfi.org.uk/lff