Cate Blanchett

London Film Festival & how to get early bird tickets

This festival sure does fit a lot into 12 days: with over 243 events from 67 different countries in 15 cinemas.  And this year, we think there are particularly good offerings.  From headliners such as the premier of Battles of the Sexes starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell (from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine) to Alexander Payne’s new film Downsizing with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, from Martin Macdonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand to Lynne Ramsay’s latest offering You Were Never Really Here with Joaquin Phoenix, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories with Dustin Hoffman and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Winter.  Also showing are some great lower-profile films, such as Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Saul Dibb’s Journey’s End and Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.  And don’t miss the talks by Cate Blanchett and director David Fincher plus showings of older classics such as Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford and special family screenings.  Getting your hands on tickets, especially to the galas, can be difficult and we advise that you join and become a BFI member (from £35) which gives you priority booking from 10am on Thursday 7 September (public booking opens Thursday 14 September from 10am).  Tickets start at £9 and go up to £40 for the galas, children’s tickets are a bargain £1.

— Francesca
6th September 2017