From compelling true stories and literary adaptations to biographies and documentaries, this year’s British Film Festival will be screening exceptional talent from November 3 to December 1 across participating venues: Luna Leederville, Luna Luna SX, The Windsor and Palace Raine Square. We have compiled a list of the trailers for your viewing pleasure.

The Duke

The Duke is a highly entertaining and uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world while trying to save his marriage.

It Snows in Benidorm

It Snows in Benidorm, a boring routine man goes searching for his hedonistic and burlesque club owning brother.

To Olivia

To Olivia, set between New York, England and Los Angeles, chronicles Dahl’s struggles while writing some of his most famous works.

The Last Bus

The Last Bus, a recent widower living in Scotland plans one giant bus trip in the heartwarming adventure tale.

Ali & Ava

Ali & Ava, a British Pakistani working-class landlord who forges close bonds with his tenants in this working-class love story.

Stardust

Stardust follows David Bowie’s first US publicity tour – a road trip that inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Nowhere Special

Nowhere Special, a 35-year-old window cleaner, devotes his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth.

Miss Marx

Miss Marx is an audacious retelling of the life of Eleanor Marx, Karl Marx’s youngest daughter, from Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli.

Best Sellers

Best Sellers, a cranky, retired author reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help out a young publisher. The feature directorial debut of Canadian actor Lina Roessler (Lost Girl), based on Anthony Grieco’s award-winning original screenplay, Sir Michael Caine stars alongside Aubrey Plaza in this rollicking literary comedy.

Last Night in Soho

Last Night In Soho, a young woman is transported back to the 1960s in acclaimed director Edgar Wright’s (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead) time-travelling psychological thriller, Last Night in Soho.

Eric Clapton: Lockdown Sessions

Eric Clapton: Lockdown Sessions, this documentary presents one of the most intimate and authentic performances of Clapton’s career, offering real insight into the make-up of his indelible catalogue.

Falling for Figaro

Falling for Figaro. From award-winning director Ben Lewin (The SessionsThe Catcher Was A Spy), Falling For Figaro is an entertaining romantic comedy set in the fierce world of opera singing competitions. 

Quadropheniahe

Quadropheniahe – The Who’s 1973 classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age tale and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early 1960s London.

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat – A stranger than fiction true story set during WWII 2 starring Colin Firth (BFF20 SupernovaThe King’s Speech) and Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice),  depicting the deception effort by the Allies to keep the invasion of Italy hidden.

Off the Rails

Off the Rails is a feel good comedy that follows four women travelling through France, Spain and Italy, to finally complete a European odyssey and fulfil their friend’s dying wish.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday – An intimate period drama exploring a creative awakening steeped in books, love and loss, a terrific extended cast make this a must-see.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange – Celebrating its 50th anniversary and presented in a stunning 4K restoration, Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic A Clockwork Orange is a disturbing and thought-provoking sci-fi film adapted from Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel. In a dystopian future England, sadistic gang leader Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it does not go as planned.

Boiling Point

Boiling Point – An emotionally scarred London chef struggles to keep it together in this heated single-take thriller, set in and around a restaurant during a single evening. 

Benediction

Benediction – A splendid and tender portrait from revered filmmaker Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Benediction explores the turbulent life of 20th-century English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon. 

Sparkling: The Story of Champagne

Sparkling: The Story of Champagne – A love letter to the joys and pleasures of Champagne, this sparkling documentary shares inside perspectives from the A-list Champagne houses and features a host of A-list talent. 

The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica

The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica – Timothy Spall (also in The Last Bus and It Snows in Benidorm) and Peter Stormare star as a cantankerous architect and an eccentric billionaire in this intriguing homage to Peter Greenaway from Australian writer-director Daniel Graham.

The War Below

The War Below – A spirited film about the tunnelling and sabotage efforts at the battle of Messines during the First World War, The War Below is a fascinating drama based on true events.

My Father and Me

My Father and Me – Amongst the foremost names in documentary filmmaking for decades, Nick Broomfield (Tracking Down Maggie, Biggie and Tupac) has never made a film more distinctly personal than this complex and tender snapshot of his father’s life. 

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story takes viewers on an immersive journey through the trailblazing life of novelist Jackie Collins. Spinning together fact and fiction, this feature documentary reveals the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire.

Belfast

Belfast – From lauded director Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express) and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, Belfast is a poignant and joyful coming-of-age drama set in late 1960s Northern Ireland.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children – A wonderful family film adapted from Edith Nesbit’s much-loved 1906 novel, The Railway Children follows the adventures of the Waterbury Children after the enforced absence of their father. 

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain – An eccentric artist introduces Victorian London to the delights of cats in this enlightening biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch 

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon – An Irish rogue (Ryan O’Neal) wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband’s aristocratic position in 18th-century England in Stanley Kubrick’s sumptuous version of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel. Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.

Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs – A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment in this psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Straw Dogs is a viscerally impactful adaptation of Gordon Williams’ novel ‘The Siege of Trencher’s Farm’ that stars Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. 

The Go-Between

The Go-Between – A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside, adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter from the 1953 novel by L. P. Hartley, Julie Christie and Alan Bates star in this award-winning film that follows the romance between a young woman of the aristocracy and a lowly farmer. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Joseph Losey’s The Go-Between is presented in a new 4K restoration.

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday – Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin (Murray Head), fully aware that he’s also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch). A revelation in its day, Sunday Bloody Sunday is an intelligent, multi textured film about the complexities of romantic relationships, that celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021.

 

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