Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Black actors to be celebrated at BFI London Film Festival

This year’s BFI London Film Festival will include the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television celebrating black actors.

A United Kingdom will open the London Film Festival Credit: A United Kingdom

The Symposium event will celebrate the range, versatility and power of black actors.

It will also ask "searching questions about the continued under-representation of black actors on screen".

[It will] probe why opportunities for black actors in the US and the UK remain limited and aim to drive forward a progressive agenda by spotlighting and exploring key issues for the film industry.

– London Film Festival spokesman

The 60th London Film Festival will screen a total of 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 world premieres, eight international premieres and 39 European premieres.

There will also be 144 short films screened at the festival, which runs from 5-16 October.

It will open with the European premiere of Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Free Free, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley, will also get its first European screening at the festival.

And Biopic George Best: All By Himself, gets its world premiere.

It traces the footballer’s tragic decline as alcoholism slowly tore apart his talent.

Biopic George Best: All By Himself will be screened at the festival Credit: PA

A 780-seat pop-up cinema will open on the bank of the Thames at Victoria Embankment Gardens for the duration of the festival.

Screenings will be at venues across the capital, and you can see the full programme by clicking here.