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It’s that time of year again. When the nation’s capital city becomes engulfed in the world of cinema, immersed in the lives of others, as we marvel at features that illuminate the silver screen. It’s the 59th annual BFI London Film Festival – and while this sounds like the sort of thing we say every year – this year, the programme really is quite remarkable.

Give the festival comes at the latter end of the year, LFF works as something of a greatest hits of the year’s offerings, picking up some of the finest films on show in Berlin, Cannes, Venice and the ongoing Toronto (with the occasional world premiere thrown in for good measure).

Giving his thoughts on the LFF films most likely to crop up during next year’s awards season Codie Entwistle from Vue summed up the main contenders, ‘Steve Jobs has incredible pedigree both in front of and behind the camera and has already drawn glowing reviews from festivals such as Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Carol is a beautiful period-set film that features wonderful design and heart-breaking performances.’ He also hailed Brooklyn and Maggie Smith as The Lady in the Van as those to watch.

If you’re reading through this year’s line-up, somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer amount of films (238, to be precise) at your disposal, frantically wondering which to take a punt on and book tickets for – let us here at HeyUGuys help you with your decision, as we run through, in no order, the 10 films you most definitely won’t want to miss as this year’s event.



As Julie Andrews once said, let’s start at the very beginning – it’s a very good place to start, and this year LFF begins as it means to carry on, with Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette the Opening Night Gala.

Penned by the immensely talented Abi Morgan – who has of course had screenplays featuring at the LFF before with both Shame and The Invisible Woman – it’s the cast that truly catches the eye, as joining the absorbing Carey Mulligan, are Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Diff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw – and some actress called Meryl Streep you may very well have heard of.

Carol (Cate Blanchett)


The word out of Cannes is that Cate Blanchett could well be on course for adding a third Academy Award to her collection, with a stunning display in Todd Haynes’ moving drama Carol – where she stars opposite Rooney Mara in a 1950s set love story, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel.

Read our review of Carol here.

It’s the American Express Gala as this year’s LFF, and a must-see for all film fans who want to keep their finger on the pulse of the forthcoming award’s season – as this is one we may be hearing rather a lot about.

High Rise


It seems only fitting that the programme contains films being made by resourceful, innovative British filmmakers, and nobody fits the bill quite like Ben Wheatley. His fifth feature lengthy endeavour, following on from the indelible A Field in England, and the hilarious Sightseers (which was shown at LFF back in 2012) – his latest is High-Rise, which depicts the life of a handful of residents living in a tower block which is running out of control.

Read our review of High-Rise from Toronto.

Tom Hiddleston stars alongside Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. Can’t wait for this one.

The Lobster Film

The Lobster

When Greek filmmaker Yorgas Lanthimos releasd Dogtooth back in 2009, there was the sense we were dealing with somebody rather special – and predictably, we all wondered when we’d see the director make the move into mainstream, and assemble an all-star cast in an English language production.

Read our review of The Lobster from Cannes.

Well, that time is now – though mainstream isn’t really the word you’d use to describe this unforgettable piece of cinema, with Léa Seydoux, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly on board for The Lobster. The less you know, the better – but take a punt on this one.

Sunset Song

Sunset Song

The Deep Blue Sea was one of the stand out features to show at the 2011 LFF, and now Terrence Davies is back, with his latest project, Sunset Song. With a style very distinct to this remarkable auteur, he’s now adapting the work of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, in the tale of a Scottish farmer’s daughter, who comes of age at the turn of the 20th century.

Agyness Deyn takes the starring role, while the dependable Peter Mullan also features. At over two hours and a quarter this film will make for pensive viewing that will reward the patient viewer – but there’s no reason why this can’t branch out and appeal to the wider demographic.

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