BFI London Film Festival: What I want to see


Tickets for the BFI London Film Festival opened today and I have been through the schedule and here are my (pretty obvious) choices for the tickets I want to get my hands on:

Steve Jobs: Well, this is a no-brainer but I definitely won’t get tickets for it, so thank God it comes out in November. Michael Fassbender is playing the main man behind tech giant Apple and the film (directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin) is based around three product launches between 1984 and 1998. Also starring Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen.

Suffragette: The British suffragette movement is huge piece of U.K. equal rights history so I’m surprised more hasn’t been done on it in the past. The film centres on Carey Mulligan, who joins the movement lead by Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) as they fight for the right to vote. I expect this to be powerful and incredibly timely as the subject of equality roars on. Again, this is going to be hugely popular so I doubt I’ll get lucky with tickets.



Carol: This has MAJOR awards season buzz since its premiere at Cannes in May. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are both Oscars favourites for their portrayal of two woman attracted to one another. Tickets for this are going to sell like hot cakes, but this hits cinemas in November, so not too long to wait.

High-Rise: This is all about Tom Hiddleston. He is not in enough movies! He basically moves into a luxury apartment and life in the tower block eventually runs out of control due to sex, drugs and all sorts of crazy behaviour. Sounds freakin’ awesome. PLEASE have tickets left!



The Lobster: The premise for this is just genius and possibly the most original thing I have ever heard. Colin Farrell lives in a world where he will be turned into a lobster if he doesn’t find a soulmate with 45 days. How epic does that sound? I’m beyond intrigued.

Black Mass: Another obvious choice. Who wouldn’t want to see Johnny Depp playing the gangster Jimmy ‘Whitey’ Bulger? He looked unrecogniseable and I bet his performance is just insane. It also has a stellar support cast from Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch.



A Bigger Splash: This hasn’t been so talked about but it has been doing the film festival circuits and I’m curious. This is a romance drama set in the beautiful Sicilian island of Panetelleria. Tilda Swinton, a rock star, and her filmmaker lover Matthias Schoenaerts are enjoying a relaxing holiday as she recovers from a throat operation, until music producer Ralph Fiennes shows up unexpectedly with his newly discovered daughter Dakota Johnson and sparks fly.

Room: I have read Emma Donoghue’s novel so I am 100% ready for this film adaptation, especially as she wrote the screenplay. This tells the story of Jack, who has lived in one room all his life. He doesn’t realise his mum (Brie Larson) has been held captive that entire time, but don’t worry, she’s plotting an escape. I HAVE to see this!

Tickets for the film festival are tough to get a hold of. The tickets are only open to BFI members today and the rest of the public have to wait until 17th September, when all the good stuff will be taken. I have my fingers crossed that some of my selections will still be available. I can only afford to go to 3-4 max a year (tickets are v expensive) so hopefully I’ll get lucky.

What do you want to see? Have you managed to get your hands on anything today?

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