The 56th London Film Festival movies have been announced, and it’s a more interesting bunch than previous years, putting some dark movies in the limelight, and blurring the lines of comedy and horror.
Here is our pick of the best from this year’s fest.
Tim Burton’s tale of a boys love of his dog after it’s passing is the opening movie of the festival. This traditional family animation features the vocals of Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, and Catherine O’Hara.
As a side attraction, the BFI Southbank is showing The Art Of Frankenweenie Exhibition, which allows visitors to see actual sets from the stop motion picture.
From Ben Wheatley the creator of Kill List, and Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (who star as the movies leads) comes Sightseers, a bloody and dark look at a new couples dream weekend away, that goes awry when they embark on a at times hysterical killing spree.
End Of Watch
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena head up the cast (which also includes Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera) in this edgy thriller. End Of Watch takes the tried and tested found footage style, and mixes it up a bit. This tale of two cops who cross an unseen line, will have you on the edge of your seat.
Rust And Bone
Edgy French movie starring Marion Coutillard and Matthias Schhoenaerts as characters polar opposite to each other, but with similar crosses to bear. Edgy and at times a little explicit, the pair are drawn together by her tragedy and his needs.
My Brother The Devil
Gripping, drama set against a London Council estate backdrop, that finds two Egyptian brothers battle with their feelings, sexuality, and the desire to be respected in the local gangster community.
A truly harrowing picture that looks at the trust, and betrayal we experience when we believe someone has authority over them.
Unintentionally hysterical, Rom 237 looks at the alleged hidden meanings, and subliminal messages behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining,
Compelling true story of Terri Hooley, the founder of Irelands punk scene, and the person who found The Undertones before spring boarding them upon the world. A mix of great humour and drama traits said to follow the real life Hooley.
For the rest of the selection please visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff the festival runs from the 10th to the 21st of October.