BFI London Film Festival 2020 – Full Programme

The full programme for the 2020 London Film Festival has now been announced. I will be looking to do more in-depth posts over the next few weeks in the build up to the festival surrounding the films that are listed.

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BFI London Film Festival 2020

Is anyone else truly excited that this year the London Film Festival is going to more cinemas around the UK and also premieres happening online?

I certainly am, I have been lucky enough to get to a couple of films over the years while in London during October. But being based in the north east does make this very difficult given the hotel prices around the time of the festival also going up.

I really do hope that this new format will ensure more people can actually watch the films and I guess I have to also hope that cinemas in the north east will not be missed out (we often are for things like concerts etc up here).

Two weeks to wait as the line up is being announced online on Tuesday 8th September!

BFI London Film Festival 2020 – Mangrove Opening Film

It has been announced today that Steve McQueen’s Mangrove will open the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, the 64th to take place. It will play for free for audiences at BFI Southbank and at selected cinemas across the UK.

Mangrove starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. This will be the films European premiere on Wednesday 7th October as part of the 12-day offering which is taking the festival out to cities around the UK and many films are going to be available for virtual premieres at home.

Theatre: Imelda Staunton to star in Hello, Dolly!

Another amazing bit of news about Imelda Staunton and both Came around the same time. She is returning to the West End to play Dolly in Hello, Dolly! I am sure she will be as outstanding as ever and make me want to head down to London for a lovely trip. I have seen her in the last three productions she has starred in Gypsy (twice), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Follies. I have also been lucky enough to see Hello, Dolly on Broadway with Bette Midler so I hope they use that version of the show as it was visually stunning!

Jenna Russell has also been announced in the cast with the rest to be named later.

A 30 week run starting on 11th August 2020.

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Theatre: Timothée Chalamet and Eileen Atkins to star in 4000 Miles at the Old Vic

Big theatre breaking news this morning that Timothée Chalamet will make his West End debut alongside Eileen Atkins at the Old Vic next year, in a production of  Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play 4000 Miles.

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Dates: April 6th – May 23rd 2020

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