London Film Festival 2020 kicks off on October 7, but things are a little different this year. As well as taking over the screens at London’s BFI Southbank, the majority of movies being shown at the 64th iteration of the illustrious event are also available to view virtually on BFI Player, so you can watch all the hottest upcoming releases from the comfort of your sofa. BFI has also partnered with a number of cinemas to showcase the festival’s output, with cities around the UK – including Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, and Cardiff – putting on special LFF screenings. The capital’s film festival has, in other words, gone national.
Opening with Mangrove, Steve McQueen’s take on a key event in Black British history, and closing with queer period drama Ammonite, there’s a whole host of cinematic treats lined up. As well as highly anticipated feature films, there’s also a programme of exciting short films and a great line-up of free-to-access virtual events including talks with celebrity names like George Clooney, Riz Ahmed, Letitia Wright, and David Byrne.