How to get tickets for the BFI London Film Festival 2016
This is how to get tickets for film premieres in London: sign up for BFI membership and see new movies at the BFI London Film Festival!
The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, which takes place from 5 – 16 October, is the capital’s biggest cinema event.
The glamour of the LFF can make it seem like most events are reserved for filmmakers, movie stars, and industry insiders, but it’s important not to get put off by the red carpets and rope barriers – everything can be attended, and the tickets are incredibly easy to get hold of.
Booking opens on 15 September. To get your tickets, simply go to the BFI website, call the box office on 020 7928 3232, or head down to the BFI on the Southbank to book your seats in person.
To be in with the best chance of getting those must-have tickets, it’s worth knowing that BFI members can book from 8 September, a week earlier than the public booking date. Signing up gives you access to priority booking– as well as a host of year-round perks – and is really worth considering. The BFI is offering its membership from £35 until 31st August. Sign up here.
The LFF’s complete line-up is announced on 1 September. Below are the brilliant films that have already been announced.
An unabashed film-nerd with a penchant for absurd comedy, High Rise director Ben Wheatley has a good claim to be his generation’s Quentin Tarantino; the difference is that his films are punchy rather than self-indulgent, his references are buried rather than overt, and his humour is distinctly English (Sightseers in particular is the bloodiest comedy Ealing Studios never made).
Showing at LFF is Free Fire, Wheatley’s chance to do a Reservoir Dogs-type illegal-transaction-goes-horribly-wrong guns ‘n’ gangsters film. Set in the ‘70s, Free Fire introduces a mix of colourful characters played by Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and Brie Larson. Then it puts them in a warehouse with some bullets and shakes the whole thing vigorously. Expect high tension and nervous laughter.
A UNITED KINGDOM
Opening with a female-directed film is becoming a BFI London Film Festival tradition. Following in the footsteps of 2015’s Suffragette is Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom. As with her film Belle, which dealt with similar themes, Asante continues to look at the issues surrounding race – this time from the perspective of a frowned-upon marriage in 1950s Africa.
David Oyelowo, praised for his work in biopics The Butler and Selma, plays Sereste Khama. Crowned as the king of Bechuanaland as an infant, Khama travels to England to study and meets Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl). This real-life story, in which Khama and Williams’ relationship experiences opposition from both the South African and British government, should provide a thoughtful addition to the festival. Focusing on the racial ignorance of the mid-century, expect the heart-wrenching emotion of The Butler stabilised by Asante’s ability to stay true to factual events.
QUEEN OF KATWE
Everybody loves a story of triumph over the odds. Disney’s true story of Queen of Katwe is just that.
Living in impoverished Uganda, Phiona discovers a love of chess – and it soon becomes apparent that this love is matched by serious ability. David Oyelowo (in his second LFF feature!) plays the coach who inspires her to nurture her new-found gift. We’re expecting a great feel-good ‘making it’ film, like Billy Eliot but with complex castling rather than ballet pumps. Just like Billy, Phiona has to balance her achievements with her ever-present troubles back home. ‘Can you do big things from such a small place?’ Phiona asks her mother, before going on to prove that you can.
Starring Academy-award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book), Queen of Katwe is set to warm hearts and bring an inspiring true story to life.
If you’re ever been lost or far from home, this beautiful real-life account of a man’s seemingly impossible search for his family promises a powerful, emotional journey that is as engrossing as it is visually stunning.
A story which deals with the bonds between mothers and their children, Lion is centred around a long-lost son’s search for his roots. Adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home, Lion tells the true story of a five-year-old boy who takes the wrong train, altering the course of his adult life. 25 years later, now a man (played by Dev Patel), Saroo embarks on another journey, this time to find his estranged family.
Patel stars alongside Academy-award winner Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara in this heart-warming and remarkable tale.