London Film Festival 2021: the line-up, tickets, recommendations
The BFI London Film Festival is back! And (Covid permitting) it's returning to cinema screens – not only in the capital city, but across the country. Although most of the event will take place on London’s picturesque South Bank at the BFI and the Royal Festival Hall, films will also screen in the West End, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff (among other places).
This year’s LFF has also worked hard to be more inclusive. Out of 159 films in the selection, 39% are led by female or non-binary filmmakers and 40% are ethnically diverse. This is a hopeful improvement on previous years. Although the programme has fewer films this time around, there are so many must-see titles – including an entire Strand on television series from around the world.
LFF runs between Wednesday 6 and Sunday 17 October, taking place in cinemas and online. Ticket bookings vary on your level of membership to the BFI. BFI Patrons can book from Friday 10 September, Champions from Monday 13 September, and Members from Tuesday 14 September. If you’re not a member of the BFI, you have to wait until Monday 20 September to book anything.
The BFI have announced their full programme. Here are the titles we're most excited to see.