Still from Carol

25 Creative Europe films to screen at the London Film Festival

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has launched, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s diverse selection of films and events. 

Three UK films, which were supported by Creative Europe at development stage through the MEDIA sub-programme's Slate funding scheme, will be screened as part of the festival's prestigious Gala shows:

Director Todd Haynes and his luminous stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will attend the UK premiere of this beautiful 1950s-set drama about a department-store clerk who falls for an older, married woman. Production company Number 9 Films were awarded funding for the project which went on to secure a Best Actress award for Mara at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

  • Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel. Produced by Wildgaze films, the film benefitted from a Creative Europe grant as part of a slate of projects with international potential.

  • High-Rise

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss, director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) meets J.G. Ballard head on in his savage satire. The UK's Recorded Picture Company produced this film adaptation of Ballard’s 1975 novel about a London apartment building that doubles as a petri dish for class warfare, with backing from the MEDIA sub-programme's development funds.

Opening night

In addition, this year’s opening night film will be Suffragette, which tells the story of the ordinary British women who risked everything at the turn of the last century in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the film's release in Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece will be supported by Creative Europe's distribution funding.

And more... 

And the list of Creative Europe-backed films screening at the capital's annual festival doesn't stop with the gala events. Some 21 further titles featuring in the programme have seen support from Creative Europe funding:

  • Aferim!
  • Arabian Nights (Volumes 1-3)
  • A Bigger Splash
  • The Brand New Testament
  • Dheepan
  • Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words
  • The Lobster
  • Lost in Munich
  • Measure of a Man
  • My Skinny Sister
  • One Floor Below
  • The Pearl Button
  • A Perfect Day
  • Something Better to Come
  • Sworn Virgin
  • The Invisible Boy
  • The Wait
  • Wednesday 04:45
  • Youth 

Altogether the festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films. There will also be screenings of 182 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, ScreenTalks, Q&As and a new programme of Industry Talks: LFF Connects.  

LFF runs from 7 to 18 October 2015. 

Photo: Cate Blanchett stars in Creative Europe-funded Carol.