Films I’m excited to see at the 2018 London Film Festival

The 2018 London Film Festival starts today! Woohoo! As always, there is a crazy amount of films being screened over the next 12 days, so here’s just a small selection of titles I’m most excited to see.

Beautiful Boy

I loved Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name and I championed him for the Oscar for months, and he is doing the most to be back in that race. In Beautiful Boy, he plays Nic, who struggles with a methamphetamine addiction, alongside Steve Carell as his dad. I am yet to see it but I have heard the performances are excellent and it’s quite the tear-jerker. Tissues are a must.

Stan & Ollie

The LFF closing film, comedy drama Stan & Ollie, stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, and follows them as they attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.


Yes, we have seen Keira Knightley in like a billion other period dramas, but the premise for this feels promising. In Colette, she plays French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette who is persuaded to write novels under husband’s name. But she fights these gender norms to make her talents known once the books become a hit. Also starring Dominic West and Eleanor Tomlinson.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy‘s name has entered the Oscar contenders conversation thanks to this movie, so obviously I have to check it out. In this comedy-drama, she plays the real-life Lee Israel, who tried to revitalise her writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights. I can’t wait to see her performance – presumably it’s better than The Boss and The Happytime Murders.


I am a huge fan of Paul Dano, so I obviously want to support his directorial debut, although I’m also attracted to the casting of Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Wildlife is set in the 1960s and follows a boy who watches his parents’ marriage fall apart after they move to Montana and his mother falls in love with someone else.


I will watch pretty much anything with Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny in, so Lizzie gets a tick straight away. I’m sure most of you would have heard about Lizzie Borden, who at least be aware of the “Lizzie Borden took an axe” poem – and this is a psychological thriller based on those chilling 1892 murders.


Steve McQueen is back and he has recruited such an incredible cast for his heist thriller, which opens the festival. Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez stars as four widows who finish the job their husbands started after they are killed in a failed heist attempt. Excited.

The London Film Festival opens today. You can check out films and tickets here.

You may notice that some big hitters are missing from this list, but that’s because I saw them in Venice. You can read my reviews for Roma, The Favourite, Suspiria and Non-Fiction by clicking on the links.


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