The 56th London Film Festival gets under way this week, offering film lovers almost 2 weeks of screenings.
Although the festival, run in partnership with American Express, has a shorter run than in past years, organisers say it’ll feature more primetime screenings and across more boroughs of London than ever before.
In addition to screenings in Leicester Square cinemas and at the BFI Southbank, events will be held at Hackney Picturehouse, the Renoir in Bloomsbury, Screen on the Green in Islington, and the Rich Mix in Shoreditch.
The festival will continue to screen at the ICA and will expand its use of Curzon Mayfair, the Ritzy in Brixton, and Cine Lumiere, Kensington which will all screen films throughout the festival.
Highlights include screenings of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, a newly restored version of Lawrence of Arabia, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, the reconstruction of The Loves Of Pharaoh and the naming of the festival’s award winners.
In June, Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director said: “The BFI London Film Festival is one of the jewels in the capital’s cultural crown and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience it.
“Whether it’s a film aficionado diving straight in to our festival programme or a moviegoer coming to the festival for the first time – more screenings, more venues and more London boroughs makes it a Film Festival for everyone.’
The festival runs from 10th – 21st October 2012. Visit bfi.org.uk/lff for screening details and booking info.