BFI London Film Festival

From: Angela D.
Sent on: Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:18 AM

Morning all,


Someone kindly sent me a listing for all the Black movies showing at the London Film Festival which I thought I'd share.  There's a diverse line up with some real gems.


Unfortunately, the festival highlight '12 Years a Slave' which is tipped for an Oscar is sold out.  However, I'm sure that it'll be on general release soon.


Details on how to book are at the bottom of this message.  Please note that members of the public can book from 12.00 pm on Friday 20th September.   My advice is to get in there quick as movies do tend to sell out.


Best regards,



12 YEARS A SLAVE (Sold Out)
Steve McQueen confirms his directorial prowess with this hugely important and beautifully cinematic account of slavery in pre-Civil War America.

This film is a London Film Festival sell out, and unfortunately I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to secure a ticket, however I’m sure it’ll be on general release soon.
Watch the trailer here:

ODEON Leicester Square Oct 18,[masked]:30 PM

Odeon West End, Screen 1 Oct 19,[masked]:00 PM
Rich Mix, Screen 1 Oct 20,[masked]:45 PM


Chika Anadu’s elegant realist drama questions Nigeria’s gender divide as middle-class Amaka resorts to desperate measures after a miscarriage.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a trailer.

VUE, Screen 7 Oct 13,[masked]:15 PM
Ritzy, Screen 2 Oct 16,[masked]:45 PM


Rob Brown assembles a cast of new British talent for his striking debut – a beautifully realised take on the British urban thriller.

No trailer for this film either I’m afraid.

VUE, Screen 7 Oct 14,[masked]:15 PM
ICA, Screen 1 Oct 16,[masked]:30 PM


Civil war shatters the comfortable illusions of Nigeria’s middle class in Biyi Bandele’s feature debut, an epic 1960s-set love story. Another movie starring the very talented Chiwetel Ejiofor.

At the time I booked – on Sunday 15th September – there were a limited number of tickets available so my advice is to book soon if you intend to go. Watch the trailer here:

Odeon West End, Screen 2 Oct 19,[masked]:45 PM
Screen on the Green Oct 20,[masked]:15 PM


Original news broadcasts and archive footage tell how 11 people died when Philadelphia’s police tried to crush the African-American MOVE group in 1985.

This seems to me like the film of the festival, more so than 12 Years a Slave. Watch the documentary trailer here:

BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 16,[masked]:15 PM
ICA, Screen 1 Oct 19,[masked]:00 PM


Destiny Ekaragha’s comedy-drama finds tensions on a Peckham estate eclipsed for Yemi by adolescent passion and his brother’s terrible fashion sense.

Why no trailer! So disappointed as I saw the stage version and would like to get an idea of how the movie looks.

Odeon West End, Screen 1 Oct 18,[masked]:30 PM
Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 1 Oct 19,[masked]:30 PM


A Chadian street photographer’s romantic interest in a would-be model lands him in a murky criminal underworld in this smart thriller.

VUE, Screen 5 Oct 15,[masked]:00 PM
BFI Southbank, NFT3 Oct 17,[masked]:45 PM


Brooklyn’s Nigerian Yoruba community provides the backdrop to this universal tale of tradition, modernity and the weight of expectation.

This is the movie that I’ve been waiting to see for months! All booked now and going with Mum. Watch the trailer here:

BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 13,[masked]:45 PM
ICA, Screen 1 Oct 17,[masked]:00 PM


La Mia Classe is a thought provoking drama-documentary about a diverse group of immigrants learning Italian in an effort to secure a future in the country.

I love continental films (pretentious moi!) and have booked to see this. Should be good, although unfortunately I can’t find locate the trailer.

BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 11,[masked]:30 PM
Curzon Renoir, Screen 1 Oct 13,[masked]:30 PM


Four short films about memory, tradition and modernity showcasing some of Africa’s most exciting new filmmakers.

ICA, Screen 1 Oct 9,[masked]:45 PM
Curzon Renoir, Screen 1 Oct 12,[masked]:30 PM


Exuberant, revealing documentary on the lives and careers of a group of legendary American female backing vocalists.

This trailer is amazing. I can’t wait to see this film. Watch here:

VUE, Screen 7 Oct 11,[masked]:00 PM
Rich Mix, Screen 1 Oct 12,[masked]:30 PM
Odeon West End, Screen 1 Oct 13,[masked]:30 PM


A family story of determination, dreams and jazz that was audience choice at the Durban International Film Festival.

This is one for the kids. Watch the trailer here:

BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 19,[masked]:30 PM

How to book
Booking dates
Friday 20 September: public booking opens at 12 PM.

Booking methods
Online: Log in or create an online account to book
Telephone: Ticket Office on[masked] (9:30 AM* – 8:30 PM daily)
In person: ticket counter at BFI Southbank (11 AM – 8:30 PM** daily)
Post: BFI Members can complete a postal booking form and return it to BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT, or drop it in the post boxes around BFI Southbank.
Opening and Closing Night Galas were subject to a ballot that closed at 20:30 on Sunday 15 September. All entrants will be contacted by 18:30 on Friday 20 September.
* Phone lines will open from this earlier time from 11 September until the end of the Festival, except on 20 September when they will open at 12:00 PM.
** In person booking will open at the earlier time of 9:30 AM on 12 September only.

Last minute tickets
More tickets will be released from Thursday 3 October, so do check back daily! Sign up to Festival emails for the latest ticket release information, and other Festival news and content.

Alternatively, try your luck in the returns queue 30 minutes before each screening at the Box Office at each venue. For Odeon Leicester Square stand-bys, please queue at Odeon West End Box Office.

Ticket terms
Sorry, we are no longer able to accept payment by cheque for BFI London Film Festival tickets. BFI Members will be able to redeem existing credit against Festival tickets when booking by telephone or in person.

Festival tickets are the same prices for all but Champions and Members are exempt from booking fees

You can book up to two tickets per performance or up to four tickets if it is a family film or event

You will not be able to return or exchange Festival tickets for refunds or credit for any reason.

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