The stars were out in their finest on Thursday evening to celebrate one of the last premieres of the sixty-second BFI London Film Festival. Hollywood royalty such as Academy Award winning actresses Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were in attendance, gracing the red carpet to promote their upcoming period drama ‘The Favourite’, which will be released on New Year’s Day.
Georgia Weaver, a film student born and raised in London, couldn’t be happier that such exciting events are happening on her doorstep. She said that the ‘beauty of the film festival is that it brings worldwide attention to a wide range of movies that wouldn’t get as much coverage if released generally’. Weaver also mentioned how festivals like BFI’s can ‘introduce cinema-goers to new genres they had never explored previously, as tickets are so cheap’.
Sponsored as an American Express Gala, ‘The Favourites’ UK premiere took place at the BFI Southbank – however, with three days still left to the final showings, there are several different venues where you can catch a glimpse of the stars and see their unreleased films. Highlights for this forthcoming weekend include Melissa McCarthy’s thriller ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and Amandla Stenberg’s black-lives-matter-focused ‘The Hate U Give’; both of these are premiering at Cineworld’s Leicester Square over the weekend, with further screenings taking place at BFI Southbank and Embankment Garden Cinema.
For more information about films and special presentations, visit https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp