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Frankenweenie & Great Expectations head London Film Festival

Frankenweenie & Great Expectations head London Film Festival
Staff Reporter
10 September 2012

The 56th BFI London Film Festival, which runs from 10 to 21st October, will open with the European premiere of Tim Burton’s stop-motion 3D animated fantasy Frankenweenie.

The screening of Frankenweenie will the first time that a London Film Festival screening will be beamed live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI IMAX and 30 screens across the UK.

The closing screening will be the European premiere of director Mike Newell’s new adaptation of Great Expectations.

The Festival will also include Crossfire Hurricane, the world premiere of this film on The Rolling Stones from documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture). It will also be beamed live via satellite to local cinemas around the UK and in some international territories.

Further gala screenings will include Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo, Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, Wayne Blair’s musical comedy The Sapphires, Paul Andrew Williams’s Song for Marion and Ben Lewin’s drama The Sessions.

The BFI’s restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Manxman (1929) will be part of the Archive Treasure section of the festival and the grand finale to The Genius of Hitchcock project.

The Masterclasses this year include sessions with music supervisor Ian Neil (Spike Island) and production design team David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds Wasco who worked on Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths.

Abi Morgan, the writer responsible for BAFTA-winning TV dramas Sex Traffic and White Girl, as well as the screen adaptation of Monica Ali's Brick Lane joins us to discuss Shame, her collaboration with director Steve McQueen.

Composer Alexandre Desplat and Camera d'Or winner Miranda July also feature as does cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, renowned for his visceral hand-held camerawork and documentary-style naturalism in films like The Hurt Locker, United 93 and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus.

The screenings  line-up includes six Film 4 titles are Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson, McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths and Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide to Ideology. They will each have their European premieres, and Ben Wheatley's Sightseers receives its UK premiere.

Michael Winterbottom's Everyday, a Channel 4 drama commission which will be broadcast on the channel this autumn, and Fyzal Boulifa's short film The Curse, have also been selected for the festival,

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