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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Films in Thrill

Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Thrill gala

  • Bleed For This

    Bleed For This

    The extraordinary true story of Vinny Pazienza, a world championship boxer left with a broken neck after a devastating accident.


  • 76


    A terse political drama from Nigeria deals with the ramifications for a group linked to the assassination in 1976 of General Murtala Mohammed.

  • All of a Sudden

    All of a Sudden

    A woman’s mysterious death after an impromptu party sets off a dark drama that expertly combines psychological unease, murky morality and social satire.

  • Beat the Devil

    Beat the Devil

    A dazzling ensemble piece, with a Truman Capote script, that manages to be both dauntingly intellectual and effortlessly charming .

  • Le Ciel Flamand

    Le Ciel Flamand

    A prostitute with a legal brothel in Flemish-speaking Belgium makes a terrible mistake when circumstances force her to take her little girl to work.

  • City of Tiny Lights

    City of Tiny Lights

    A taut, hardboiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London, from the director of Dredd and starring Riz Ahmed.

  • Dancer


    The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog

    Three ex-cons have two choices: go straight and stay broke or risk their freedom on one last lucrative job, the kidnapping of a baby.

  • The Fury of a Patient Man

    The Fury of a Patient Man

    The thrilling directorial debut of actor Raúl Arévalo is a 70s-infused contemporary urban western-cum-crime drama set in contemporary Madrid.

  • The Ghoul

    The Ghoul

    A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

  • Hell Drivers

    Hell Drivers

    Dodgy goings-on in the macho world of haulage, where adrenaline and testosterone levels run high.

  • Interchange


    A crime-scene photographer must catch a killer with vampirish tendencies and a penchant for old cameras in this gorgeous Malaysian supernatural thriller.

  • Kills on Wheels

    Kills on Wheels

    Two disabled boys find fact and fantasy blurring as they collaborate on a comic book about a paraplegic ex-fire-fighter with a secret life as a hitman.

  • Mifune: The Last Samurai

    Mifune: The Last Samurai

    The on and offscreen life of Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s first international movie star.

  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando is a captivatingly off-beat, slow-burn revenge western of great beauty and vision.

  • Pyromaniac


    Masterful new film from Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia). A pyromaniac quietly runs amok in a close-knit community in rural Norway, wreaking devastation and fear in his wake.

  • Scribe


    A middle-aged man diligently and discreetly carries out a job transcribing private telephone calls – until one seems to end in murder.

  • Smoke & Mirrors

    Smoke & Mirrors

    Suspense abounds in this electrifying political thriller based on the true story of one of Spain’s most inscrutable secret agents.

  • Trespass Against Us

    Trespass Against Us

    Brendan Gleason and Michael Fassbender butt heads as father and son in a West Country crime family, to a thrilling soundtrack from The Chemical Brothers.

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    A policeman investigating a string of mysterious deaths in a sleepy Korean village finds himself facing an ancient, unimaginable evil.

Short films programme

  • New Kind of Kick

    New Kind of Kick

    Films whose protagonists walk the line between right and wrong. Some just do it for the buzz, others out of sheer desperation.

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