7-18 October 2015
In the 1950s, Cannes, Venice and Edinburgh all had thriving film festivals, and a group of English film critics decided it was time that London got in on the action. However, rather than aiming the festival at film industry professionals running competitions, and serving as a commercial platform like already existing festivals, the London Film Festival was to be aimed at the general public. And, with the intention of showcasing films that otherwise would never be seen on British screens, the London Film Festival was born.
From humble beginnings screening 15 films at the National Film Theatre under Waterloo Bridge (now known as the BFI Southbank), the London Film Festival has grown into the UK’s biggest film festival as well as one of London’s most anticipated red carpet events, screening films from all four corners of the globe and attracting film lovers, filmmakers and film journalists from all over the world. And 2015 is no exception.
With only 20 days left until the Opening Night Gala, kicking off with the European premiere of Sufragette, we will be bringing you details of all the films being screened at this year’s festival, along with extra activities taking place across the capital and a brief history of the London Film Festival.