Films in Galas
Join us on the red carpet for our Gala screenings and special presentations.
Opening Night Gala
Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Village at the End of the World) returns to the festival with an intense drama that traces the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement.
Closing Night Gala
With Danny Boyle’s exhilarating direction, Aaron Sorkin’s incisive screenplay, and Michael Fassbender’s scorching performance, Steve Jobs is virtuosic filmmaking.
American Express Gala
Todd Haynes presents an intoxicating and immaculate adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.
Virgin Atlantic Gala
Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton ramp up the thrills in Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) chilling crime drama.
The May Fair Hotel Gala
Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.
Centrepiece Gala Supported by the Mayor of London
Award-festooned collaborators Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys), return for this witty and insightful adaptation of Bennett’s play.
Festival Gala in Association with Empire
Ben Wheatley meets JG Ballard head-on, in this savage and utterly brilliant satire.
A fabulous silent film from Anthony Asquith (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.
In the Sicilian sunshine, a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter meet in this sizzling drama from Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love).
Dare Gala in Association with Time Out
Following Dogtooth and Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos turns his strange lens on an all-star cast in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama.
Stephen Frears delivers a kinetic tale of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s inexorable rise to near canonisation and his subsequent vertiginous fall from grace.
Russell Brand ponders Jesus, Gandhi, Malcolm X and his own political awakening in this lively doc that doesn’t forget to be funny.
A highly stylish drama about immigrant Sikh gangs fighting for supremacy on the streets of downtown Vancouver.
Kurt Russell heads an all-star cast in this unpredictable and sometimes shocking fusion of horror and western.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, winner of the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, presents his mesmerising first foray into martial arts.
Sonic Gala in Association with MOBO Film
Twice Oscar-nominated Abu-Assad tells the incredible story of Mohammad Assaf – Gazan winner of Arab Idol who won the hearts of millions with his voice.
Family Gala in Partnership with Plusnet
When Zack accidentally unleashes a deluge of monsters on a small town, mayhem ensues.
Experimenta Special Presentation in Association with Sight & Sound
Gleeful, hypnotic and totally deranged, Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) and co-director Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus... in the IMAX!
Documentary Special Presentation
In this inspirational documentary, we follow extraordinary teenager Malala Yousafzai as she embarks on life in Britain.