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London Film Festival 2010

BY Boon Koh
Published 13 October 2010

The London Film Festival programme guide has just been released today, and as usual there’s been lots of excitement about the new films gracing screens across London for the 54th film festival hosted by the BFI.

The London Film Festival is taking place between the 13th October till the 28th October, and is one of the top film festivals of the year, although it still has some way to go to be as glamourous or important as Cannes or Sundance.

While many of the films will be show at the BFI’s cinema in Southbank, films will also be shown at other cinemas throughout London, with the usual suspects such as the Odeon Leicester Square and Vue West End, along with some smaller independent cinemas such as Cine Lumiere and Tricycle Cinema.

I’m glad to see that How I Ended This Summer, a winner of a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, will be showing on the 23rd and 25th October. This Russian movie is about two men who are working in a meteorological station in the Artic Circle.

The opening night film will be the British film Never Let Me Go, directed by Mark Romanek, with the closing night film being 127 Hours by the nationally famous Danny Boyle. George Clooney, whose films Fantastic Mr Fox was in last year’s London Film Festival, will be back in The American, directed by Anton Corbijn.

A record 57 of the films at the London Film Festival will have been directed by women, which highlights the progress than women are having in a traditionally male dominated profession, although there is still a lot more progress to come.

I haven’t had a chance yet to look through the entire programme and pick out a shortlist of the highlights that I will definitely want to see, but I will be doing so soon and publishing my top 5 must-see films list from the BFI Film Festival.

Tickets for all the showings are open to BFI members on the 20th September, and to the general public on the 27th September. You should have a look at the full LFF programme, and then book your tickets as soon as possible!

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