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What’s On London: BFI London Film Festival 2019

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What’s On London: BFI London Film Festival 2019

From red carpet Galas to screen talks with Robert De Niro...

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London’s annual film festival is back this October with enough movie-inspired screenings, talks and galas to please even the Scorsese’s of the world. Not sure how to get your festival fill? Check out our guide to this year’s star-spangled highlights…

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BFI London Film Festival 2019

Now in its 63rd year, the BFI London Film Festival is bringing a dose of movie magic to the capital. Showcasing an impressive 229 fantastic feature films, as well as a whole host of world premieres, presentations, talks and headline galas, whether you’re an avid film fanatic or simply love catching a glimpse of red carpet stardom, this is a festival you won’t want to miss out on…

Headline Galas

Catch the glamour before the action at one the festival’s red carpet-inspired Headline Galas. Here are the ones to take note of…

Opening night: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Wednesday 2 October 2019 19:45 (Embankment Garden Cinema)
Thursday 03 October 2019 14:20 (Embankment Garden Cinema)
Saturday 05 October 2019 12:30 (Empire Haymarket, Screen 1)

Kicking off an exciting line-up of Festival Headline Galas is Director Armando Iannucci and co-writer Simon Blackwell’s star-studded adaptation of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, one of the most memorable characters to spring from the writer’s collection of fictional novels. Starring Dev Patel as the witty lead, along with Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, the feature film is set within Victorian England, and follows the compelling and often turbulent life of Copperfield as he grows from a boy to a man.

Closing night: The Irishman

Sunday 13 October 2019 18:15 (Embankment Garden Cinema)
Sunday 13 October 2019 18:30 (Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1)


A Martin Scorsese mystery spectacular, The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, ‘the Irishman’ whose theory and recollections revolving the 1980s death of a notorious and criminal labour leader, Jimmy Hoffa, leads to a compelling series of complex events spanning four decades.

The Mayor of London’s Gala: The Aeronauts

Monday 07 October 2019 18:20 (ODEON Luxe Leicester Square)
Monday 07 October 2019 20:30 (Embankment Garden Cinema)
Tuesday 08 October 2019 11:15 (Embankment Garden Cinema)

Thursday 10 October 2019 14:30 (BFI Southbank, NFT1)

With a glittering cast including Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and rising star Himesh Patel, The Aeronauts follows the sky-high weather-inspired adventures of Amelia Wren (Jones) and James Glaisher (Redmayne) as they take to the air in the world’s highest-ever balloon journey.

BFI Patron’s Gala: A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

Saturday 12 October 2019 17:30 (Embankment Garden Cinema)
Saturday 12 October 2019 18:30 (ODEON Luxe Leicester Square)
Sunday 13 October 2019 11:30 (Embankment Garden Cinema)

Sunday 13 October 2019 17:45 (Empire Haymarket, Screen 1)

Tom Hanks stars as the beloved American TV personality Fred Rogers in this heartfelt drama based on the authentic relationship between an inquisitive journalist (played by Matthew Rhys) and the optimistic television star. Striking a chord with current social and political uncertainty, BFI has branded the movie as the ‘perfect antidote for uneasy times’.

See the full list of films being shown throughout the London Film Festival, here.

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Screen Talks

For the ultimate Film Festival behind-the-scenes experience, why not attend one of these star-studded screen talks with the likes of William Nicholson and Robert De Niro…

Robert De Niro

Friday 11 October 2019 16:30 – BFI Southbank, NFT1

With the international premier of his latest movie The Irishman (and ninth collaboration with filmmaker Martin Scorsese) showcasing on the closing night of the festival, it appears only apt that Robert De Niro has his very own screen talk. The esteemed American actor will be discussing all things The Irishman and his long-established film career, starring in the likes of Meet The Parents and The Godfather: Part II.

William Nicholson

Saturday 5 October 2019 11:00 – Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1

The multitalented screen writer – boasting a backlog of impressive movies including Gladiator, Shadowlands and Les Misérables – will be discussing his long-standing career devoted to making movie magic (as well as being a playwright, novelist and filmmaker), providing behind-the-scenes insight into the making of Hope Gap, a festival Headline Gala.

Michael B. Jordan

Sunday 06 October 2019 11:30 – ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

The eminent American actor renowned for his elevating roles in Marvel’s Black Panther and the Creed series will be discussing his spectacular rise to the top of the Hollywood ranks, along with his latest role in the death row drama, Just Mercy, in which he features alongside Jamie Foxx.

For more information on this month’s festival, visit

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