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The 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival Here (Incase You’re Not About That “Netflix and Chill” Life)

It’s that time of year again. As the weather gets cooler, and people snuggle up with a blanket, bae and Netflix, we’re going to be watching this season’s new screen releases in a little more style and with a little more Glam. Of course, we are taking about the 60th edition of The BFI London Film Festival.  The twelve day film festival will be running from the October 5th-12th and the line up this year is insane, covering 193 fiction and 52 documentary features,  18 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 39 European Premieres.

Here are just a few of the premieres that we cannot wait to see.

"A United Kingdom" as part of the BFI's Opening Night Gala. Staring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike. A United Kingdom is a powerful testament to the defiant and enduring love story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the government of the time.
“A United Kingdom” as part of the BFI’s Opening Night Gala. Staring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike. A United Kingdom is a powerful testament to the defiant and enduring love story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the government of the time.
"The Birth of a Nation" as part of the BFI's Headline Gala. Staring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union. Nate Parker’s monumental tour-de-force – he produces, directs, writes and gives a scorching performance in the lead role – is a gruelling account of the life of Nat Turner, an enslaved African American and ordained preacher who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831.
“The Birth of a Nation” as part of the BFI’s Headline Gala. Staring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union. Nate Parker’s monumental tour-de-force – he produces, directs, writes and gives a scorching performance in the lead role – is a gruelling account of the life of Nat Turner, an enslaved African American and ordained preacher who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831.
"Chi-Raq" A Sonic Gala. Staring With Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack. Spike Lee is back on the rampage and the result is this dazzling, rage-fuelled, in-your-face hip-hop musical that re-purposes Aristophanes’ Lysistrata – a comedy about a Greek heroine who leads a sex-strike to prevent war – setting it in Chicago’s South Side.
“Chi-Raq” as part of the BFI’s A Sonic Gala. Staring With Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack. Spike Lee is back on the rampage and the result is this dazzling, rage-fuelled, in-your-face hip-hop musical that re-purposes Aristophanes’ Lysistrata – a comedy about a Greek heroine who leads a sex-strike to prevent war – setting it in Chicago’s South Side.
David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.
David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.
"White Colour Black" Film In Journey. Staring With Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Wale Ojo. Where are you from? No, but where are you really from?’ This question will be familiar to any person of colour, a member of the global diaspora. It’s a question at the heart of Joseph a. Adesunloye’s striking debut.
“White Colour Black” Film In Journey. Staring With Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Wale Ojo. Where are you from? No, but where are you really from?’ This question will be familiar to any person of colour, a member of the global diaspora. It’s a question at the heart of Joseph a. Adesunloye’s striking debut.

For more information and to book your tickets visit the BFI website.


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Ama Badu
For reviews, premiers and red carpet events on the Afro-British scene, Ama is your go-to blogger. With an analytical mind and articulate pen, she hopes to write articles that will get Africa (and indeed the world) discussing “real” issues and tangible solutions.
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