London Film Festival 2017: Ten films I really want to see

There are so many films on the 2017 London Film Festival programme that I’m keen to see and I know I will never see them all.

Trying to pick my top ten was quite the challenge, but here are the ones that I simply cannot wait to see.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

I love Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell and a good psychological thriller so this looks right up my street. Yorgos Lanthimos follows up The Lobster with a story about a surgeon who develops an odd friendship with a teenager. It is so mysterious and I’m so excited to see what happens!


Alexander Payne‘s next movie looks utterly bizarre and original. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig live in the near future where people can be shrunk down to pocket size! What an ingenious and intriguing idea, can’t wait to see where it goes.


Battle of the Sexes 

Emma Stone is on a roll and shows no signs of stopping with another impressive turn as tennis star Billie Jean King, who goes up against Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) for a battle of the sexes! Many people will remember this event when it actually happened but I’m too young so I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. Can Emma receive her second consecutive Oscar nomination? Watch and find out if she deserves it.

Ingrid Goes West

I’ve been wanting to see this since the trailer dropped because I love Elizabeth Olsen and she plays such a different person here – a shallow Instagram celebrity who Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) becomes obsessed with and moves out west to become friends with. It is contemporary story and basically like a cautionary tale about social media. Plaza was born for this role apparently so I can’t wait to see her shine.


The Shape of Water 

I’m not the biggest Guillermo del Toro fan (I don’t get the hype with Pan’s Labyrinth) but this was certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes when it premiered at Venice so it needs to be checked out. It is all rather mysterious but is basically about a mute woman (the consistently amazing Sally Hawkins) who develops a bond with a strange aquatic creature. I’m so excited to see what happens!

Call Me By Your Name 

This is one is a slight cop out because I saw it already in Berlin but it is worthy of a spot on this highlights list because it is SO, SO good. I would love to see it again if I get time. I had never heard of Timothee Chalamet before but now he’s on my radar thanks to a brave and captivating performance as Elio, a professor’s son who develops feelings for academic Oliver (Armie Hammer) when he comes to stay at his parents’ villa in Italy.


Good Time 

Good Time is already out in the US, which sucks a little bit because I want to see Robert Pattinson in this image-shedding role. He loses his gorgeous looks to play the bearded, pockmarked Connie, who is on the run after a botched robbery attempt with his brother, who has been arrested. It has reviewed well at earlier film festivals so I’m confident it will be awesome.


Carey Mulligan has been away from my screen for far too long so I can’t wait to see her return in Mudbound which focuses on racial tensions between two families in the Deep South when Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) develops a friendship with fellow war veteran Ronsel (Jason Mitchell). I think this is going to make me emotional and angry!


The Florida Project

I didn’t want to just put well-known films on this list because some smaller projects are worth a watch too. This won’t please everybody cause it is very indie and there isn’t a great deal of plot but it is so rich and natural that you could be watching a documentary. It follows Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince), a young girl who lives in a budget motel in Florida not far from the Disney resorts. We watch how she occupies her summer days around the motel while her mum Halley (Bria Vinaite) smokes weed and remains unemployed. It has a really poignant ending and Prince’s acting is phenomenal.


I was torn between putting Gemini and Thoroughbred in this last position but Gemini just about edges it. It stars Lola Kirke, a personal assistant and friend to movie star Heather (Zoe Kravitz), who becomes a sleuth after her gun is used a murder weapon. I love these stars and I’m intrigued as hell.


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  2. […] just want to add that I missed quite a few movies that I was really excited for and expected to be in the top 10. They are – Battle of the Sexes, Journey’s End, Gemini, […]


  3. […] of the Sexes was one of the films I was most excited to see at the London Film Festival because I felt confident that I would love it, and I was right. If I had seen it at LFF (I was […]


  4. […] Payne‘s Downsizing was one of the films I was so excited to see at LFF, which is why it was one of the most disappointing. It had such an intriguing and original concept, […]


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