With the BFI London Film Festival set to kick off from the 7th of October, more films are still being added to the exciting lineup of the new virtual approach to the UK’s biggest film festival. This film festival will be the first ever edition to be widely accessible wherever you are in the UK, with over 50 virtual premieres, free online events and cinema screenings across the country.
The latest addition to the catalogue comes from BFI Fellow Steve McQueen, who looks set to dominate the festival with two films showing from his new incoming anthology series, Small Axe.
The film is Lovers Rock , and is billed as a romantic ode to the reggae genre. Taking place at a house party in the 1980’s, this is a film about young love and music, and has already received an incredible reception from critics of the New York Film festival. The film will screen on Sunday 18 October across 2 screenings at BFI Southbank as part of the LFF’s Love strand supported by Porsche, who are joining the LFF as new sponsors this year.
Along with McQueen’s Mangrove, two of the five films of McQueen’s anthology series Small Axe are set to be shown before debuting on the BBC later in the year. Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination. Mangrove will open the film festival on Wednesday 7 October and will play for free to audiences at BFI Southbank and in selected cinemas across the UK.
McQueen had this to say about Lovers Rock being added to the LFF line-up: “I’m so happy to be screening Lovers Rock at the London Film Festival. To show it here where it belongs is a privilege. I hope this film will bring back memories of parties past and look to the future of parties to come.”
Head to the BFI website to book your tickets for Lovers Rock and other films that are playing as part of the London Film Festival. You can also check out the trailer for the Small Axe anthology below.