The 56th BFI London Film Festival (LFF)

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The 56th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has got off to a glittering start with the Opening Night gala screening of Frankenweenie 3D, Tim Burton’s stop motion animation feature made at London’s 3 Mills Studios. The auteur and his partner, Helena Bonham Carter, are also the recipients of this year’s prestigious BFI Fellowship.

Bonham Carter gets her turn to star in the Closing Night gala screening when she plays Miss Havisham in Mike Newell’s much anticipated version of Great Expectations for Number 9 Films – an appropriate choice in this year of Dickens bicentennial celebrations.

There are plenty of gems to enjoy in between these feature films. Other highlights with a British bent include Sightseers, a caravanning comedy horror from Ben Wheatley (‘Kill List’); Spike Island, Mat Whitecross’ affectionate look at the Manchester generation of the early 1990s and Kelly + Victor, Kieran Evans’ adaptation of Niall Griffiths’ acclaimed novel – a frank portrayal of an intense love affair.

The programme of 225 features and 111 shorts continues to reflect the Festival’s standing on the international stage. The festival runs until October 21.

For further information about the LFF and to see what films are playing where, click here

Full information on the productions mentioned above can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance productions from The Knowledge:

Production Intelligence