Four Film4 titles have been selected to screen at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, including Closing Night Gala Free Fire, a high octane action thriller from director Ben Wheatley, who will also give a LFF Screen Talk.
Head of Film4 Daniel Battsek will host an onstage conversation with Lady Macbeth director William Oldroyd as part of the LFF industry programme’s ‘Greenlighters’ strand, in which leading film executives discuss a film they love from the Festival programme with its director.
Channel 4’s On Screen Diversity Executive Ramy El-Bergamy will take part in a panel discussion at the LFF Black Star Symposium about the opportunities available to, and the obstacles faced by, black actors in the US and the UK.
Full details of Film4’s slate at the BFI London Film Festival:
AMERICAN HONEY (dir. Andrea Arnold)
European Premiere – Special Presentation
Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.
UNA (dir. Benedict Andrews)
European Premiere – Official Competition
When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.
TRESPASS AGAINST US (dir. Adam Smith)
European Premiere – Thrill strand
Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws in Britain’s richest countryside. They spend their time hunting, looting and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father (Brendan Gleeson) and a desire for a better life for his children. With the law cracking down on his clan, the decision might not be his to make… Music for the film is an original score from The Chemical Brothers.
FREE FIRE (dir. Ben Wheatley)
European Premiere – Closing Night Gala
Massachusetts, late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. Wheatley’s first US-set action picture is executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
BFI LFF Screen Talk – Ben Wheatley
One of the most dynamic and original voices in contemporary British cinema, Ben Wheatley will give a Festival Screen Talk to discuss his career to date of six films (five of which were backed by Film4), encompassing off-kilter horror masterpiece Kill List, pitch black comedy Sightseers, medieval acid western A Field in England, 2015’s stylish JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise, and this year’s LFF Closing Night Gala Free Fire.
BFI LFF industry event – The Greenlighters: Daniel Battsek & William Oldroyd
As part of a series of conversations at Picturehouse Central in which leading film executives discuss a film at the Festival that they love (but have no connection with) with its director, Head of Film4 Daniel Battsek will discuss Lady Macbeth with William Oldroyd. The talks give a unique insight into the kinds of stories exciting the people with the greenlight power, while giving us a glimpse into the creative processes of some of the world’s most remarkable new filmmakers.
BFI LFF Black Star Symposium – Discussion Panel
Channel 4’s On Screen Diversity Executive Ramy El-Bergamy will take part in a panel discussion at the LFF Black Star Symposium with David Oyelowo, Noel Clarke and Julie Dash about the opportunities available to, and the obstacles faced by, black actors in the US and the UK; the types of roles and the kinds of stories being told; the politics vs the reality of ‘colour-blind casting; and the differences between the film and TV sectors in the respective territories.