Returning for its third year, the BBC First British Film Festival is thrilled to announce its full line-up of films, showcasing the best and brightest in films from the British Isles, exclusively at the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas from 28 October to 18 November 2015.
Featuring 31 titles, the program captures the magic, unique humour, romance, traditions and new age vitality of British culture.
The Festival will open with Paolo Sorrentino’s highly anticipated film, Youth, nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the follow up to his Academy Award-winning film, The Great Beauty (2013). Following two old friends, retired composer Fred (Michael Caine) and film director Mick (Harvey Keitel), on vacation at a prestigious hotel in the Swiss Alps, the film is an introspective and thought-provoking, wry buddy comedy – and it employs Sorrentino’s hallmark stunning visuals to majestic effect.
Straight from its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Man Who Knew Infinity – the retelling of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan’s life – will close the Festival. Featuring career-best performances from Dev Petal (Slumdog Millionaire) as Ramanujan, and Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons as Cambridge University Professor G.H Hardy, the film charts the Indian mathematician’s vital contributions to his field – in the face of the ignorance and prejudice that surrounds him.
Other highlights of the Festival include:
Spooks: The Greater Good, where the BBC spy thriller series Spooks finally receives the big screen treatment, starring Kit Harrington.
The biopic The Program, about the controversy surrounding cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Suffragette, an intense drama tracking the fight for women’s voting rights, starring a powerful ensemble cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
Dare to be Wild, the true story of Irish heroine Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell), who was a prodigy in the field of landscape design and shared the uncompromising beauty and power of wild nature with the world.
Absolutely Anything, a comedy reunion for the decade featuring all living Monty Python members in their first feature since The Meaning of Life
Bill, an absurd interpretation of Shakespeare’s mysterious lost years, in which a cast of six play each and every role.
Elstree 1976, a documentary about ten very different lives connected by their shared on screen experience as extras in Star Wars.
Filmed in Supermarionation, a fascinating look at Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the pioneers behind the style of live-action puppetry made famous by British TV hit, Thunderbirds.
This year’s retrospective, Love Actually: A Century of British Romance, captures the romanticism of British cinema with 10 gems reflecting each decade of the Twentieth Century, including The Go-Between (1971), Ryan’s Daughter (1970), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and A Town Like Alice (1956). The Festival is also proud to present the newly remastered Women in Love (1969). Featuring Glenda Jackson’s Academy Award-winning portrayal of a free-spirited artist, the film remains an explicitly powerful 1920s period piece unlike any other.