LFF Make the most of London’s biggest film fest with our four-step guide…
THE HOTTEST TICKETS
The most popular films of the festival will always be the opening and closing gala screenings, which this year include Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe. The other big event, though, is the surprise film, an odds-on awards favourite that is kept a complete mystery until the lights go down.
Tickets sell fast, but those willing to pay £45 in advance to become a BFI member will be afforded priority booking. Otherwise, another wave of tickets is released nearer opening night and, if all else fails, the returns queue often reaps rewards for those who turn up early on the day.
With more than 200 feature films shown, there are many obscure treasures to find that won’t sell out. Alternatively, take the opportunity to see an old title restored, which this year includes 1928’s silent Taj Mahal drama Shiraz, or one of the several filmmaker Q&As and talent screen talks.
If nothing else, the LFF is a great opportunity to visit some swish West End cinemas and a few spectacular London venues slightly further afield. Attending any screening surrounded by like-minded films buffs in an environment dedicated to cinema is guaranteed to beat a trip to your local multiplex.
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