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Programme changes

This page lists changes to the Festival programme not represented in the printed brochure.

Last update: 18 Sep 2018

ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAMME:

LFF CONNECTS: CLINT MANSELL
Thu 11 Oct 18:45 VUE6
Clint Mansell, composer on LFF Special Presentation Out of Blue and LFF Official Competition selection Happy New Year, Colin Burstead., joins us to reflect on a remarkable journey from cult indie rocker to successful film and TV music composer.
After notching up 11 Top 40 UK hits as the frontman for Stourbridge grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself, Mansell headed to New York where a chance introduction to independent auteur Darren Aronofsky led to his film score debut, for 1998’s cult classic Pi. This director-composer union has gone from strength to strength, the pair having worked together on Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, the Grammy-nominated Black Swan and Noah. Known for his darkly alluring sonic signature, Mansell’s work has been heard on Duncan Jones’ award-winning Moon, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, and Ben Wheatley’s dystopian drama High Rise, as well as the widely adored Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’ and Oscar-nominated animated feature Loving Vincent. At LFF with both Out of Blue and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead., Mansell joins us to discuss his innovative approach to making music for film, the collaborative and creative process of writing a score, and the power and importance of a film’s soundtrack.
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

LFF CONNECTS: BOOTS RILEY
Thu 11 Oct 15:30 NFT1
Multi-hyphenate rapper, director, activist, author, poet, producer and screenwriter Boots Riley joins us examine his work as socially conscious artist and activist.br /> Until recently, best known as the lead vocalist of political hip hop groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, Boots Riley is fervently dedicated to the struggle for political change through culture. His interest in politics began at a young age, inspiring him to join the Progressive Labor Party and the International Committee Against Racism as a young teenager, and latterly the Occupy Oakland movement and activist group The Young Comrades. But he’s also recently turned to filmmaking with explosive success. His directorial debut Sorry to Bother You, is a biting, brilliantly funny critique of capitalism, greed and institutional racism, with its huge commercial success in the US showing he’s tapped into the pulse of a politically engaged generation. Riley joins us to share thoughts on the role of art in politics and discuss a career that shows how popular art and political engagement can co-exist.br /> Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
Thu 11 Oct 18:10 NFT1
Fri 12 Oct 14:15 Embankment Garden Cinema
Sun 14 Oct 17:30 VUE6
Dir-Scr Boots Riley. Prod Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams. With Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun. USA 2018. 111min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures
A mild mannered call centre operator whizzes up the corporate ladder after he discovers a unique ability to adopt a “white voice” in writer-director Boots Riley's breathlessly inventive satire.
With Cassius Green’s (Lakeith Stanfield) newly discovered talent, it’s not long before he rises through the ranks of his company, moving closer to the inner circle of coke-snorting entrepreneur Steve Lift (Armie Hammer). But as Cassius soon discovers, Steve has some disturbing ambitions for him and the cost of success could be more than just alienation from both his colleagues and activist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson). Bursting with ideas, visual panache and caustic wit, Riley acerbically lampoons office life and offers savage commentary on the young African-American experience. Joining a triumphant new wave of radical black cinema, Sorry to Bother You establishes Riley as a filmmaking force to be reckoned with.
Paul Ridd
This is an LFF 18 Certificate.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE
Tue 16 Oct 20:40 Picturehouse Central
Thu 18 Oct 20:45 VUE6
Dir-Scr S. Craig Zahler. Prod Keith Kjarval, Dallas Sonnier, Tyler Jackson, Jack Heller, Sefton Fincham. With Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles. Canada-USA 2018. 159min. Sales Bloom
As brutal and uncompromising as its title would suggest, the third feature from S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) is another instant classic.
When disillusioned old-time cop Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his cocky younger partner Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are caught on camera forcefully strong-arming a suspect, their renegade approach to law enforcement gets them both suspended. With their egos bruised, and their finances depleted, the pair impulsively resort to a criminal plan which sees them cross paths with Henry Johns, a recently released ex-con desperate to rescue his family from poverty, by any means available. Punctuated by moments of distressingly savage violence (and a dose of wickedly black humour), Zahler’s latest masterwork is an impeccably styled, daringly unconventional genre exercise, likely to enthral and appal in equal measures. Brace yourselves, crime thrillers are rarely boiled quite so hard.
Michael Blyth
This is an LFF 18 Certificate: This film contains scenes of graphic violence.
Tickets £16 on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

THE SISTERS BROTHERS
Fri 19 Oct 20:30 Empire Haymarket
Sat 20 Oct 11:20 Cineworld Leicester Square
Sun 21 Oct 10:30 VUE5*
Dir Jacques Audiard. Prod Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Michel Merkt, Megan Ellison, Michael De Luca, Alison Dickey, John C. Reilly, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Enrique López Lavigne, Cristian Mungiu. Scr Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain. With John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal. France, Spain, Belgium 2018. 120min. Sales IMR International
John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play sibling hired killers in Jacques Audiard’s (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) touching, darkly funny and free-wheeling Western.
Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli (John C Reilly) are the Sisters brothers, assassins sent by the fearsome Commodore to kill chemist and prospector Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed), but first to extract by any means his formula for a liquid that illuminates gold. Setting out ahead of the brothers to locate Warm, tracker John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) ruminates on the dizzying pace of change (“I have travelled through places that didn’t exist three months ago”). Featuring a quartet of note-perfect performances, each of the men also searches his own soul: Eli longs for some of life’s simpler pleasures; Charlie doesn’t see much point in struggling against a destiny bequeathed by his pitilessly violent past; Morris and Warm aspire to a life free of incessant greed and brutality. Adapting from the novel by Patrick DeWitt, Audiard and co-writer Thomas Bidegain deliver a piquantly humorous examination of the nature of violence, fraternity and male friendship. Exquisitely crafted throughout, Alexandre Desplat’s score is a particular delight.
Tricia Tuttle
*The screening on Sun 21 Oct 10:30 VUE5 will have subtitles for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This is an LFF18 Certificate. This film contains strong violence.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

SCREEN TALK: MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
Fri 19 Oct 12:00 NFT3
Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses a dazzling career playing smart, complex female characters, most recently captivating as a teacher who becomes obsessed with a young gifted student in The Kindergarten Teacher.
Gyllenhaal started her career at age 15 in films directed by her father Stephen, gaining wider attention with her supporting performance in the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko (alongside her brother Jake). She was launched to indie film stardom by her unforgettable lead performance in the following year’s Secretary, for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination. The rising star followed this up with supporting turns in 40 Days and 40 Nights, and in two Charlie Kaufman films: Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Gyllenhaal received huge acclaim for playing a recovering heroin addict in Sherrybaby (2006) and in 2009 earned her first Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actress in Crazy Heart. She won her first Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination in 2015 for the TV mini-series The Honourable Woman, while this year has brought another Golden Globe nomination for her acting work on HBO’s acclaimed drama The Deuce. Gyllenhaal also serves as producer for both the TV series and The Kindergarten Teacher.
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions Wed 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Wed 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Thu 20 Sep 10:00.

LFF CONNECTS: SIMON AMSTELL
Sat 20 Oct 16.00 NFT3
Simon Amstell, the award-winning comedian, TV presenter, author, actor, screen writer and feature film director joins us to discuss his journey from Popworld host and award winning stand-up to the making of his latest film Benjamin, a comedy about a rising star filmmaker, who is on the brink of premiering his difficult second film.
Known for his left-field, ironic and surreal brand of comedy, Amstell began performing on the comedy circuit during his early teens and later became the youngest finalist to appear in the BBC New Comedy Awards. He won many comedy awards during his time presenting Never Mind the Buzzcocks including Best Entertainment Performance and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
His critically acclaimed sitcom Grandma's House, a fictionalised version of his own life and Jewish family background, which he co-wrote with Dan Swimer, ran for 12 episodes, with the first series broadcast in 2010 and the second in 2012.
Amstell's feature film debut, vegan mockumentary Carnage was broadcast on BBC iPlayer in 2017. Set in 2067 where the UK is vegan and focuses on the older generations' guilt of their previous carnivorous eating habits, Carnage stars many UK film favourites including Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther and Eileen Atkins.
Simon published his first book Help in 2017, which includes a collection of annotated stand-up scripts and comedic and tragic stories from his life as a budding stand- up comic to feature film writer and director.
Tickets £18

CHANGES, CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS:

WIDOWS p9 Wed 10 Oct 19:00 Cineworld Leicester Square; Wed 10 Oct 19:45 EGC Thu 11 Oct 14:00 EGC Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

THE GUILTY p70
Thu 11 Oct 18:15 Prince Charles Cinema
This screening will have a BSL interpreter for introduction/Q&A.

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF GUY-BLACHÉ p85
Thu 11 Oct 20:45 NFT3
Sun 21 Oct 12:30 Ciné Lumière
The correct running time for this film is 102min.

COLETTE p13
Thu 11 Oct 19:30 Cineworld Leicester Square; Thu 11 Oct 20:30 EGC
Fri 12 Oct 11:30 EGC
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN p30
Fri 12 Oct 20:45 VUE7; Fri 12 Oct 21:15 VUE5
Sat 13 Oct 12:00 VUE7; Sat 13 Oct 12:30 VUE5
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

ASH IS PUREST WHITE p77
Fri 12 Oct 17:30 Curzon Mayfair
Sat 13 Oct 15:00 ICA
The final running time for this film is 136min and not 141min as listed p77.

DESTROYER p28
Sun 14 17:45 VUE7 & 18:15 VUE5
Please note that these screenings will now start at the following later times:
20:30 VUE7
21:00 VUE5
We apologise for any inconvenience.

TEHRAN CITY OF LOVE p47
Sun 14 Oct 20:30 VUE7
This screening will now start at the earlier time of 17:45. We apologise for any inconvenience.

STICKS AND STONES p67
Sun 14 Oct 21:00 VUE5
This screening will now start at the earlier time of 18:15. We apologise for any inconvenience.

THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL p24
Sun 14 Oct 17:00 Embankment Garden Cinema
Mon 15 Oct 14:30 Embankment Garden Cinema
Please note the correct running time is 120min.

BERGMAN - A YEAR IN THE LIFE p86
Sun 14 Oct 15:30 Ciné Lumière
Mon 15 Oct 18:00 NFT2
Please note the correct title of this film is BERGMAN - A YEAR IN A LIFE.

THE FRONT RUNNER p14
Sun 14 Oct 19:15 Cineworld Leicester Square; Sun 14 Oct 21:00 EGC
Mon 15 Oct 11:45 EGC
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

TEHRAN:CITY OF LOVE p47
Sun 14 Oct 20:30 VUE7
Thu 18 Oct 18:10 Ciné Lumière
Fri 19 Oct 12:15 VUE6
Please note the screening on Sun 14 will have a BSL interpreter for the introduction/Q&A and not the screening on Thu 18 as listed in the LFF brochure.

KEEP GOING p79
Sun 14 Oct 21:10 Curzon Mayfair
Mon 15 Oct 15:15 NFT1
Please note the screening on Sun 14 Oct will move venue and time to 20:30 Curzon Soho. The screening on Mon 15 Oct remains unchanged.

THE VICE OF HOPE p56
Sun 14 Oct 20:30 Curzon Soho
Mon 15 Oct 13:00 Odeon Tottenham Court Road
This film will not screen on the above dates as listed in the LFF brochure but instead will move to the end of the festival and screen on the following dates:
Sat 20 Oct 12:45 NFT1 & Sun 21 Oct 17:50 NFT3.

UNITED SKATES p67
Mon 15 Oct 17:45 VUE7
Wed 17 Oct 21:00 Rich Mix
The screening on Mon 15 Oct will move venue and time to 18:15 Prince Charles. The screening on Wed 17 Oct remains unchanged.

SUNSET p31
Mon 15 Oct 20:00 & Tue 16 Oct 11:45 VUE7
Mon 15 Oct 20:45 & Tue 16 Oct 15:00 Curzon Soho
Please note VUE7 will screen the film digitally and Curzon Soho will screen a 35mm print.

LIGHTS OF OLD BROADWAY p102
Tue 16 Oct 18:30 NFT3
This screening will now start at the later time of 19:00. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note we will be screening a restored 35mm print.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD p26
Tue 16 Oct 18:15 NFT1 & 18:15 NFT2
Please note that these screenings will now start at the earlier time of 17:45. No latecomers will be admitted so please ensure you arrive in good time.

CAPERNAUM p18
Wed 17 Oct 17:30 EGC
This screening will have a BSL interpreter for introduction/Q&A.

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL p69
Fri 19 Oct 18:00 TCR; Sun 21 Oct 15:00 Curzon Soho
Please note the screening on Sun 21 at Curzon Soho will now have subtitles for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

THE FAVOURITE p11
Thu 18 Oct 19:15 CLS; Thu 18 Oct 20:15 EGC;
Fri 19 Oct 14:20 EGC
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? p13
Fri 19 Oct 17:30 EGC; Fri 19 Oct 18:15 CLS;
Sat 20 Oct 11:30 EGC; Sun 21 Oct 20:30 NFT2
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

THE HATE U GIVE p23
Sat 20 Oct 20:45 Cineworld Leicester Square;
Sun 21 Oct 14:30 EGC
Audio Description will be available at these screenings.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD. P29
Sun 21 Oct 20:45 Odeon Tottenham Court Road
Please note this additional screening.

PACHAMAMA p98
Sun 21 Oct 15:30 NFT2
Please note we will be screening the English version of this film so the subtitles will not be read out as listed in the LFF brochure.

MY LITTLE CHICKADEE p103
Sun 21 Oct 18:20 NFT1
We will be screening a 4K restoration.

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