Join us on the red carpet for our Opening Night, Closing Night and Headline Galas.
Opening Night Gala
Dir Steve McQueen | UK-USA
Academy Award® winner and BFI Fellow Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame) opens the Festival in pulsating style with this female-fuelled heist thriller that features a cast to die for.
Read more about Widows
Closing Night Gala
Dir Jon S Baird | UK
Steve Coogan and John C Reilly give delightfully bang-on-target performances as comedy’s most famous double act as they enter their twilight years.
Read more about Stan & Ollie
American Express Gala
Dir Yorgos Lanthimos | Ireland-UK-USA
His third English-language film in four years sees Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) on rollicking, virtuoso form with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz revelling in the wit of his royal court life.
Read more about The Favourite
Dir Felix van Groeningen | USA
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet give blistering performances as a father and son in this gripping story of a family dealing with addiction over many years.
Read more about Beautiful Boy
Dir Marielle Heller | USA
Melissa McCarthy gives a powerhouse performance as audacious literary forger and caustic wit Lee Israel in this darkly humorous biopic from director Marielle Heller.
Read more about Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BFI Patrons’ Gala
Dir Wash Westmoreland | UK-Hungary-France
Forget what you know about costume dramas. This witty, Belle Époque-era biopic stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West as literary couple Colette and Willy, whose relationship rewrote social and gender rules.
Read more about Colette
The May Fair Gala
Dir Jason Reitman | USA
Hugh Jackman leads this pulsing political drama from director Jason Reitman (Tully, Juno, Up in the Air) detailing a watershed moment for the American press in its coverage of political life.
Read more about The Front Runner
Royal Bank of Canada Gala
Dir-Scr Dan Fogelman | USA
The heartrending complexities of life are embraced in a multi-layered love story from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman.
Read more about Life Itself
Dir David Mackenzie | UK
Scotland battles for its soul against England, as David Mackenzie’s gutsy historical drama brings underdog Robert the Bruce thrillingly to life.
Read more about Outlaw King
The Mayor of London’s Gala
Dir Matthew Heineman | Jordan-UK
Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.
Read more about A Private War
Dir Luca Guadagnino | Italy
Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name) pays homage to Dario Argento’s horror classic with this delicious feminist update.
Read more about Suspiria
Dir Tom Harper | UK
This delightful and infectiously joyous film finds a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood.
Read more about Wild Rose