Join us on the red carpet for our Gala screenings.
Opening Night Gala
The life of Alan Turing, the codebreaker who helped turn the tide of WWII yet was demonised following it, is explored in this stunning drama.
Closing Night Gala
David Ayer’s brilliant action drama tells the story of US soldiers and the demons they face down as they drive their tank through occupied Europe during WWII.
American Express Gala
A riveting, tense and unsettling exploration of the power of money and obsession from the acclaimed director of Capote and Moneyball.
A gifted young drummer finds himself challenged by a brilliant mentor intent on pushing his student to greatness.
Virgin Atlantic Gala
Jason Reitman explores the way the modern technologies both enhance and hinder our lives and relationships in this cross-generational comedy drama.
May Fair Hotel Gala
Reese Witherspoon impresses in this moving account of one woman’s attempt to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Centrepiece Gala Supported by the Mayor of London
Vera Brittain’s extraordinary life during WWI is explored in this magnificent period drama.
Festival Gala In association with Time Out
Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of JMW Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.
This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.
Jon Stewart brilliantly tells the story of Maziar Bahari, the journalist who was detained for 188 days in Iran.
Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan impresses again with his latest award-winning exercise in stylistic and imaginative melodrama.
Kate Winslet plays a landscape gardener employed by King Louis XIV to transform the gardens at Versailles.
Six hilarious short stories combine to form a macabre tango at the gates of madness in this outrageous comedy about the trials of modern life.
Mads Mikkelsen does what a man’s gotta do in the lawless pioneer West in this violent and stylish, smørrebrød western.
An action-packed, effects-laden new vision of Liang Yusheng’s classic novel ‘Baifa Monü Zhuan’.
Journey Gala in association with Sight & Sound
Beautifully performed, scripted and shot, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winner is an incisive, intimate epic about male foibles and marital tensions.
Not just a concert film but a record of Björk’s groundbreaking Biophilia project, which reached its climax with a ravishing show at Alexandra Palace.
Ancient magic and folklore is at the heart of this fine animated tale from Ireland.
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