The London Film Festival showcases a rich and diverse programme of films from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. As a thank you to Sincura members for their continued support we are delighted to invite you to attend a gala premiere.. Sincura members and their guests enjoy a pair of complimentary tickets courtesy of their account manager.. Click below to become a member and for more information.
Wednesday 2nd October - 19:00. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square. £TBC
Wednesday 2nd October – 19:45. Embankment. Parallel screening with stars.
Armando Iannucci brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with all-star collaborators in this exuberant, entertaining and sharply pertinent adaptation.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Producer: Kevin Loader, Armando Iannucci
Screenplay: Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell
With: Dev Patel, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton
Adapting one of Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters, Iannucci and regular co-writer Simon Blackwell create a Victorian-set epic that nonetheless feels very modern, fresh and, quite frankly, hilarious. Following Copperfield from early youth through to middle age, the story traces his social awakening, charting huge personal ups and downs as he witnesses the best and worst of humanity. Dickens’ ‘favourite child’ amongst his works, the plot also tackles social injustice in many forms – a lack of protection for children, poor industrial conditions for the working class, and wealth inequality.
So, who better to tackle this tale than Iannucci, the genius behind The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep and The Death of Stalin. His work has peeled back the hypocrisy of the ruling and political class with such unfettered enthusiasm and biting comic acuity. This is a Dickens reworking unlike any you’ve seen on the screen.
Thursday 3rd October 2019 – 18.45. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Timothee Chalamet stars in this stunning portrait of Henry V.
Director: David Michod
Producer: David Michod, Joel Edgerton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Liz Watts
With: Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp
Adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V, David Michod and co-screenwriter and star Joel Edgerton explore how a reluctant monarch took the crown, and found himself embroiled in the very same wars he despised his father for.
Chalamet displays his range and versatility, perfectly capturing both the charm and recklessness of the youthful prince and the steely authoritarianism of a king in the making.
Starring opposite Chalamet is an impressive cast that includes Robert Pattinson (making two appearances at this year’s festival), Joel Edgerton as a particularly soulful, tragic-heroic John Falstaff and Lily-Rose Depp is excellent as Catherine, future Queen of England in this full-bodied adaptation of Shakespeare’s text.
Friday 4th October 2019 – 19.00. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Annette Benning and Bill Nighy star as a couple on the rocks in this witty divorce drama.
Director: William Nicholson
Producer: Sandra McDermott, David M Thompson
With: Annette Benning, Bill Nighy, Josh O'Connor
When web designer Jamie (O’Connor) returns to his parents’ bohemian coastal home for the weekend, he’s prepared for the theatrics of poetry editor Grace and history teacher Edward as they argue in the kitchen. But when Edward pulls Jamie aside to reveal that after 29 years of marriage he’s had enough and his bags are packed, it’s clear that an almighty storm is about to descend.
Annette Benning gives a barn-storming performance as the acidic and often unreasonable Grace, firing out snappy one-liners whilst undergoing an emotional apocalypse, and Bill Nighy is superb as a quiet man who just wants to update Wikipedia in peace.
Saturday 5th October 2019 – 18.45. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Taika Waititi delivers an exuberant and irreverent comedy about challenging dogma and hate.
Director: Taika Waititi
Producer: Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley
With: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson
Jojo is a young boy living in Germany in the final days of the Second World War. The Nazi regime is crumbling but remains stupidly vicious to the last. With his father gone – perhaps dead or even a deserter – Jojo is a game if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth: his closest friend as imaginary Adolf Hitler.
When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl in their house, Jojo must go to war with his own conscience. Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism, Waititi has crafted a film of great emotional charge and tenderness.
In a cast rich with comic genius – including Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson - Jojo Rabbit is an absolute gem of a film!
Saturday 5th October 2019 – 21.30. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Robert Eggers returns to terrorise the LFF with his masterful maritime shocker.
Director: Robert Eggers
Producer: Rodrigo Texeira, Jay Van Hoy, Robert Eggers
With: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman
Leaving Canada behind for the unforgiving terrains of the New England coast, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) reluctantly arrives at the begrimed lighthouse where he will work for the next four weeks. Greeted with gruff hostility by Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe), a veteran seafarer with whom he is obliged to share these uncomfortably close quarters, the pair quickly establish a volatile dynamic, with Tom the baiting slave-driver and Ephraim his battered lackey.
As the young apprentice tends to the building’s more onerous and demeaning demands, Tom proudly presides over the mythical light. And with the slow passing of each punishing day, Ephraim’s resentment grows. But when he learns of the mysterious fate which befell his master’s former assistant, a creeping sense of fear and paranoia also begins to stir.
Sunday 06 October 2019 – 16.45. Embankment Garden Cinema.
Susan Sarandon is superb as a mother spending a final few days with her husband and adult children in this excellent re-working of Danish drama Silent Heart.
Director: Roger Michell
Producer: Sherryl Clark, David Bernardi, Rob Van Norden
With: Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Lindsay Duncan
A remake of Danish film Silent Heart, set over a weekend at a beautiful house near the seaside, it’s clear from the outset that Lily (Sarandon) has made her family aware that she plans to end her own life before her terminal disease renders her incapable of doing so.
Her adoring husband (Sam Neill) is committed to being there for her, making the choice as emotionally and physically painless as it can be, while her two daughters (Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska) are both reluctant to accept Lily’s decision for their own very personal reasons.
One of the UK’s classiest cinematic storytellers, Michell (Enduring Love, Le Week-End, Notting Hill) has a gift for getting a good script to sing, always drawing soulful performances from his actors.
Sunday 06 October 2019 – 18.45 Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Vintage cinema about breaking up, while trying to keep it together.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Producer: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman
With: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta
Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) is an actor. Charlie (Adam Driver) is a director. Together, they run a
New York-based theatre company. They’re also married and have a son. But Nicole is a West Coaster who craves a different pace and a healthier life for their family. Charlie can’t bear California for too long.
Accepting a temporary separation while Nicole takes a film job in LA, the dissimilarities in their desires become a chasm. It’s an economical plot, the gradual unravelling of a marriage, but the great pleasure – and agony – lies in the details. Baumbach is a master of understanding what makes people tick and of finding the bitter hilarity in even the most desolate emotional scenes, such as Charlie steadily falling apart under the unforgiving eye of a family custody worker observing him with his son. Johansson and Driver are exceptional, as are Laura Dern and Ray Liotta, playing spiky and hilariously well-observed West Coast divorce lawyers.
Monday 07 October 2019 – 18.20. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
The sky is no limit for Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne’s aerial explorers in this heart-racing and breathless adventure story about flight and scientific discovery.
Director: Tom Harper
Producer: Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Tom Harper
Screenplay: Jack Thorne
With: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel, Anne Reid, Tom Courtenay
Who would dare to venture to the outer reaches of the atmosphere with just a balloon and some gas above them and a wicker basket beneath? Amelia Wren (Jones) and James Glaisher (Redmayne) are about to embark on mankind’s highest-ever balloon voyage in the interest of studying the weather. But they have to stop bickering first.
Directed by long-time festival favourite Tom Harper and written by the equally talented and beloved Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) they absolutely nail the audacity and romance of the Victorian race into the air, with special effects that make you feel you are inside the balloon.
Based on a composite of adventurers and the stories of their exploits, The Aeronauts seeks to understand people who push themselves to the limits to make new discoveries and redefine the boundaries of what is possible.
Monday 07 October 2019 – 21.15. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Hugh Jackman and Oscar winner Alison Janney star in the eagerly awaited follow-up to Thoroughbreds.
Director: Cory Finley
Producer: Fred Berger, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Oren Moverman, Mike Makowsky
With: Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff
In the early 2000s, Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) was Roslyn, New York’s star school superintendent, hugely charismatic and delivering stellar academic results that helped property prices skyrocket with a housing boom fuelled by parents’ desperation to move into his school’s catchment area. Along with his trusty, salty dog of a deputy, Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), he could do no wrong. But then a plucky student reporter uncovered some shocking secrets about the school’s finances.
This is a taut and hugely entertaining second directorial effort from Finley comes from a script – which made the 2016 Black List – written by Roslyn native Mike Makowsky, based on the true story of an embezzlement scandal that rocked the New York school system. Janney and Jackman fizz as the wildly entertaining double act – gobsmacking in their duplicity, charm and audacity.
Tuesday 08 October 2019 – 19.30. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Full red carpet gala premiere with pre-event drinks reception. £250+VAT pp for members
Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) delivers a delight for film fans with his witty, cine-literate and devilishly entertaining new crime caper.
Director: Rian Johnson
Producer: Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman
With: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette
Murder mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is a veritable one-man crime-fiction industry and his adult children – and their children – have been living off him for years. When he turns up dead, the apparent victim of a murder, it seems no one has a motive for killing the golden goose. At least, that’s what they detectives assigned to the case think. But Benoit Blanc (Craig) – the debonair ‘Kentucky-fried’ private investigator mysteriously hired by an anonymous source – has other ideas.
With a superb cast at their best, this is impeccably written and designed, full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.
Knives Out is a classic whodunnit and as sharp as the blade that killed the patriarch at the heart of the film.
Wednesday 09 October 2019 – 19.00. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Steve Coogan dazzles as the ‘da Vinci of deal-making’ in Michael Winterbottom’s sharp-tongued satire on corporate greed.
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Producer: Damian Jones, Melissa Parmenter
With: Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, Asa Butterfield, Sophie Cookson
Richard McCreadie (Coogan) is the king of the high street. Following a few wobbles with fraud investigations and to prove he’s still on top, he is determined to throw the ultimate celeb-filled 50th birthday bash. Cue a Mediterranean island bedecked with a fake amphitheatre for an ancient Rome themed bacchanal. But as the guests start arriving – including mother, ex-wife and a daughter shooting a reality show – ‘greedy McCredie’s’ empire starts to come apart at the seams.
Coogan is hilarious as the embodiment of hubris, with a vast ensemble cast including David Mitchell as an investigative journalist, Asim Chaudhry as a chilled-out lion tamer and Dinita Gohil as the woman making the connection between fast fashion and exploitation.
Wednesday 09 October 2019 – 21.30. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Still the hottest ticket in town. Grab yourself a ticket and find out what this year’s surprise film will be.
Last year’s film was Oscar winning / Golden Globe winning / and BAFTA wining film Green Book (with in-person appearances from Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and director Peter Farrelly no less!).
Secure your seat now!
Thursday 10 October 2019 – 17.00. Embankment Garden Cinema.
Sharp political thriller about a key moment in the history of the Iraq conflict.
Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo
With: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans
As a government employee or contractor, is it ever right to leak state secrets? And when should an individual decide if this is in the national interest? These are the almost impossibly weighty questions faced by the subject of Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets, a political drama about Katharine Gun, an ordinary government contract worker faced with an extraordinary choice.
In 2003, on the eve of the UK-US invasion of Iraq, Gun intercepted communications that revealed the UK was being asked to spy on UN Security Council Members to help influence votes sanctioning the invasion of Iraq. Knowing full well her legal responsibilities as an employee, Gun weighed up her duty as one trusted with national security, but also the risks to her own family’s security (her husband was a Muslim immigrant awaiting permanent residency status) and decided she must release this information for the national good.
Thursday 10 October 2019 – 19.15. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Full red carpet gala premiere with pre-event drinks reception. £250+VAT pp for members
Matt Damon and Christian Bale give an acting masterclass in a study of friendship that shaped 1960s motor racing.
Director: James Mangold
Producer: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold
With: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Catriona Balfe, Tracy Letts
After being forced to quit a highly decorated motor racing career for health reasons, Carroll Shelby (Damon) turned to car designing. A legend in this world, having been one of the few Americans to win the gruelling 24-hour marathon at Le Mans, Shelby was hired by Ford Motor Company, who were looking to rejuvenate an outmoded brand and build a race car capable of taking on world champions Ferrari.
While Shelby had the American charm that Ford wanted associated with their brand, they weren’t so sure on Shelby’s favourited driver, the notoriously ill-tempered Limey rebel Ken Miles (Bale).
An instant classic, Le Mans 66 is a buddy movie with heaps of old school Hollywood charm and already has huge Oscar buzz. Not to be missed!
Friday 11 October 2019 – 21.00. Embankment Garden Cinema.
Bruce Springsteen performs the entirety of his latest release, Western Stars, in this captivating hybrid of concert documentary and memoir.
Director: Thom Zimny
Producer: Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, George Travis, Barbara Carr
Bruce Springsteen’s 19th studio album Western Stars was released this year to the rapturous response of fans and critics alike. Drawing on the sweetly melancholic pop sounds of artists such as Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach, Springsteen’s elegiac ode to the American West blends lush orchestration with pared-back emotional tenderness.
Resolved that he would not be taking the record on tour, Springsteen, collaborating with co-director Thom Zimny, opted instead to produce a feature-length film as a means of bringing the live experience to music lovers across the world. In the atmospheric surroundings of a majestic old barn, Springsteen (joined by his wife Patti Scialfa, a small orchestra and handful of accompanying musicians) performs his latest record from start to finish, intercut with a series of beautifully-shot vignettes in which he reflects on the songs and ruminates on the loves, challenges and regrets he has faced in his own life.
Saturday 12 October 2019 – 17.30. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Director Marielle Heller and star Tom Hanks offer the perfect antidote for uneasy times, in a film destined to capture even the most world-weary heart.
Director: Marielle Heller
Producer: Youree Henley, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Leah Holzer
Screenplay: Micha Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
With: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper
It’s hard to overstate the impact Fred Rogers had on American culture. For three decades, he enchanted generations of children with his television show Mister Roger’s Neighbourhood. Gently-paced, the show was a safe haven, where Rogers entertained but also tackled problems his young viewers might have to face as they grew up.
An excellent Matthew Rhys, playing magazine writer Lloyd Vogel, is commissioned to write an article on the presenter. He regards Rogers as a monolith of unfashionable past. But on spending time with Rogers, Vogel begins to question his own misanthropic outlook.
Tom Hanks is perfect as Rogers and a clever script ensures you don’t have to know who Rogers was for this film to work its magic.
Sunday 13 October 2019 – 17.30. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped to define.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Emma Tillinger Koskoff,
Irwin Winkler, Gerald Charmales,Gaston Paviovich, Randall Emmnett
With: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin
Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? A labour leader and the infamous head of the Teamsters union, whose connections with organised crime were wide ranging, his career ended with a conviction for jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud, but he was pardoned by President Nixon in 1971. Not long after, he disappeared. Declared legally dead in 1982, various theories have circulated as to what happened to him. Few are as convincing as that told by Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The account he revealed to journalist Charles Brandt and published in the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, is the basis of this riveting, epic crime drama.
Written by Gangs of New York collaborator Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), Scorsese’s The Irishman weaves an engrossing and intricate web of connected events, audaciously cutting back and forth across decades. Presented through the prism of Sheeran’s (De Niro) memories of his criminal past, the film uses state-ofthe-art visual effects to ‘de-age’ the cast from their 70s through their 30s.
The seamless (and astonishing) post-production allows Scorsese to bring together a favoured megawatt cast, all on exceptional form: the former Goodfellas pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Al Pacino, appearing for the first time in a Scorsese film, gives a performance as Jimmy Hoffa so good you’ll want to watch scenes again straight away, not least the many two-handers with Pacino’s Hoffa and De Niro’s Irishman Sheeran, whose friendship forms the heart of the film.
What a way to close the LFF – with a total showstopper.
Opening the festival in 2019 was the European premiere of Armando Iannucci's 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'. With many cast members in attendance including Hugh Laurie, Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi and Daisy May Cooper, the opening night was a huge success.. Closing the festival was the highly anticipated International Premiere of Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman'. Scorsese was joined on the red carpet by stars Robert De Niro and Al Paccino proving once again the London Film Festival attracts the biggest names in the business.
All of our Film Club members will be offered a pair of complimentary tickets to attend a gala screening / premiere - we are the only concierge in the world who offer this service..
Key filmmaking talent that attended the BFI London Film Festival’s Gala and Special Presentation screenings in 2019 included:
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Armando Iannucci, Dev Patel, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Daisy May Cooper, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Taika Waitit, Thomasin McKenzie, Alfie Allen, Adam Driver, Noah Baumbach, David Heyman, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Thomas Arnold, Tom Harper, Timothy Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Lily-Rose Depp., David Michod, , Marielle Heller, Willem Dafoe, Robert Eggers, Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Annette Benning, James Mangold, Noah Jupe, Catriona Balfe, Keira Knightley and Bruce Springsteen.
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