Clare Stewart on directing the BFI London Film Festival

07 Oct, 2014
by Clare Stewart

London Film Festival director Clare Stewart discusses the easiest and hardest aspects of her role on the eve of the 2014 festival…


The easiest thing about directing BFI London Film Festival: saying, or hearing, YES

When negotiating on a film for the Festival, saying yes is the easiest thing – we know we are creating an opportunity for a film to shine, and for audiences to engage with it, whether that be a high profile, headline gala like our Closing Night …

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A postcard from Branchage

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Film4′s Catherine Bray sends a postcard from a weekend at the Branchage Film Festival, which ran 24th to 28th September 2014.

Branchage is a film festival on the picture postcard perfect island of Jersey, a place so pretty it almost feels a bit wrong. The festival’s name is a sort of play on words – Branchage refers to the ancient law of Jersey which states that if a resident’s hedges or trees hang over into the road when an official with …

Joe Cunningham’s 11 recommendations for LFF 14

19 Sep, 2014 Posted in: London Film Festival, Opinion

Unfortunately I haven’t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that’s what makes the London Film Festival’s compilation approach to programming all the more exciting – there’s no shortage of films that come highly-recommended that I’m desperate to see, and now they’re here on my doorstep. Already overflowing with recommendations from Michael and Catherine, I delved even deeper into the programme to select an array of films that I haven’t already …

Michael Leader’s 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

19 Sep, 2014 Posted in: London Film Festival, Opinion

One of the best things about the London Film Festival’s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there’s an eclectic collection of exciting films of all shapes and sizes that are finally finding their UK premieres after months of international buzz. So, after Catherine’s round-up, here are my 11 picks from the programme – a mixture of the already-seen and the dying-to-see.

Second Coming

Second Coming

Hot on the heels of its world premiere at TIFF, …

Catherine Bray’s 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

19 Sep, 2014 Posted in: London Film Festival, Opinion

Alan Partridge’s favourite Beatles album is The Best of The Beatles. By the same token, one of the world’s best festivals is the LFF. It’s not about screening films first, it’s about putting together the juiciest compilation of the year’s best movies.  That said, they’ve still managed to squeeze in 16 world premieres. The team are all picking their personal picks from the fest, and these are mine. It was supposed to be 10, but we just couldn’t bear …


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