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The London Film Festival officially opened its doors on the 10th October to some of the most innovative and creative film directors in history. The BFI London Film Festival is organised annually by the British Film Institute (BFI) since 1953. It is the UK’s largest public Festival of its kind and is visited by thousands of film enthusiasts who have the ability to see over 300 films, documentaries and shorts from all over the world.

Through the second half of October film geeks will be able to see the

most exciting and original films by internationally established filmmakers while the Festival’s visitors also have the ability to see restored archive films. Each year, the London Film Festival also attracts more and more celebrities from the world of motion pictures.

For 2018 we are not disappointed, arrivals such as Keira Knightly, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis and Olivia Coleman to name a few were all involved with this years event.


One aspect of the event is aiming to create a special festival moment, to celebrate the enormous contribution woman make in the film industry, giving a feminist reboot, which concedes with the one-year anniversary of the MeToo campaign. This years LFF has included a significant number of female makers with 149 programmed films on the schedule including Keira Knightly with Colette and Mandy Andrea Riseborough among the 70 participants to attend.

And Keira Knightly was looking absolutely stunning showing off her vintage dress and sense of style. The 33-year-old actress looked chic as she prepared for a screen talk about her illustrious Hollywood career and promoting her new film Colette.

Knightly states: she had red sheree, but knew nothing about her early life where her husband took credit for her first four novels I just read the script and couldn’t believe I didn’t know about this. I feel unbelievably empowered by this story, as it’s a woman who steps away from a man and finds her own voice and I found that incredible inspiring.

The Peaky Blinders star Annabelle Wallis attended in a black jumpsuit with black teetered heels and Viola Davis looked astonishing wearing a sleek red dress at the opening Gala of Widows produced by Oscar winning Steve McQueen, who was an interesting one for me he states: he hopes his new film inspires audiences the way he was by the original 1983 ITV drama. He says he was 13 years of age when he watched it for the first time 35 years ago and I had a sort of connection with those women. Women are always being judged by their appearance I was also being judged as a black child in London and this was the connection for me and seeing them overcome all those stereotypes was very exciting and I hope this does the same.

Also among the star studied cast is Ann Michell who had a role on the BBC drama Eastenders, with Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. Widows follows the story of four women who attempt to finish a heist after their armed robber partners are killed and will be released on the in UK cinemas later this year 2018.

Davis states: the opening scene of Widow is her character that is dark skinned with natural hair and a guy who is white and no other movie will have that and we need to have more images like that.


So far the event has been an outstanding celebration of talented film creators and actors, who have all made an impact within society. We have seen some outstanding game changers, lots of diversity, innovation, creativity and no doubt this industry will be booming with even more successful films next year.

The film that really stood out for me that had originality, integrity and social and culture significance is Roma directed by Alfonso Cuaron is one of the films of the year. Brilliantly put together with an intense sense of emotion and truthfulness. Roma couldn’t be more different. The setting is in Mexico in the 1970s and the main character is Cleo played by Yalitza Aparicio working as a maid for a middle class family and makes us aware of the turbulence outside the family’s home, as Cleo is an outsider she’s taken for granted and the family have to deal with a short loved affair.

Cuaron states: he is talking about his family and the people I love the most and hoping that comes through with the film and the emotional response that people are having speaks about own experiences

With such a strong line up of British and international films Here are my picks for the 5 best films to catch from the LFF

1. Widow

2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

3. Roma

4. Stan & Ollie

5. They Shall Not Grow Old

The LFF takes place until the 21st October and will have seen some of the best in film from across the globe.

For more information about the event visit www.londonfilmfestival.co.uk

By Louise White

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