Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

BFI LFF 2014

It gets bigger every year: The London Film Festival, run by the BFI (British Film Institute). This year's brochure arrived on the doormat this morning, over a hundred pages of new films and events, to be held at various venues in London during October. 
There is no use trying to get tickets for the main opening or closing galas, but they are usually important films opening here soon anyway. This year's opening is THE IMITATION GAME, that new film about Alan Turing with another crop of British talent: Cumberbatch as Turning (above right), + Keira Knightley, with the likes of Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear etc. and the Closing Gala is the new Brad Pitt: FURY. Other gala events like MR TURNER and FOXCATCHER open here soon as well.
Other interesting items that caught my eye right away is a new documentary on David Hockney: HOCKNEY, A LIFE IN PICTURES, plus Catherine Denueve in 3 HEARTS and also in an interesting new Andre Techine: FRENCH RIVERA; Maggie Smith in MY OLD LADY, an Australian item THE TURNING with Cate Blanchett, Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as the older gay couple in LOVE IS STRANGE, as well as restorations of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, TALES OF HOFFMAN,
COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, and more, more, more .....  one will have to cherrypick the items to aim for, if a proper release is not imminent.
Left: Catherine Deneuve and daughter Chiara Mastroianni at the recent premiere of 3 HEARTS - she is wearing a most peculiar dress,even by red carpet standards! 

1 comment:

  1. There were several films in the programme that attracted my attention but it now seems very unlikely I will get over. Unfortunately I have to go for more tests to see what ails me so can't really plan anything just yet. Still, living in the city yourself there's no excuse why you can't grab at least a few of the films on offer!