October Film in South Bank
Autumn is definitely upon us. In cinema world that means the arrival of the 60th London Film Festival with its spiritual home of South Bank’s BFI. Elsewhere as the temperatures drop, warm yourself with the release of some hotly anticipated titles scattered across London’s cultural playground, the South Bank.
Curzon Mondrian: The Girl on the Train
An eagerly anticipated literary adaptation pulls into Curzon Mondrian this month as THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN aims to mirror the success of Gone Girl’s transition from page to screen. Drawing on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel for its gripping source material, Emily Blunt stars as the titular Girl who becomes entangled in a missing person’s enquiry after witnessing an attack from her daily train commute.
House of Vans
It being October, House of Vans are turning their cinema over to films that go bump in the night with a series of spooky selections old to new. Adults can remind themselves why you don’t go camping in the woods with a screening of The Blair Witch Project and get weirded out in some style by Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria while younger audiences can feast on Tim Burton’s dark animation world in Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
BFI Southbank: London Film Festival
Fancy waiting for A-list stars to saunter down the red carpet? How about unearthing an undiscovered film gem or catching a title before it’s released? There’s something for everyone at this year’s London Film festival. Judge the award front-runners before they’re picking up Oscars; Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Birth of a Nation and Nocturnal Animals are leading the charge to the podium and all playing at the LFF. If you prefer your cinema flavoured with arthouse auteurs then you’re covered too as Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, François Ozon’s Frantz and the Dardenne brothers’ The Unknown Girl all feature. And if documentaries get you going then be sure to check out All This Panic, The 13th and Lo and Behold, each doing something new with the genre and achieving it wonderfully.
BFI Southbank: Kirk Douglas Season
In the year of his 100th birthday, BFI Southbank is celebrating the work of iconic screen actor Kirk Douglas. Known for his steely-eyed performances in Spartacus, Paths of Glory and 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, (as well as being father to Michael) a host of Douglas’s films are showing throughout the month to mark the talents of one of the most recognisable faces committed to film.
BFI IMAX: Doctor Strange
Brace yourselves Cumber-fans; Benedict is back and this time he’s mystical. Joining the pantheon of comic book heroes, his is a kaleidoscopic, inter-dimensional entry into the Marvel universe as caped curio Doctor Strange – an alias he acquires after suffering a violent car accident. Trained by the enigmatic Ancient One, he must now battle Kaecilius, manipulating both time and space in order to save the world. Catch the last of the year’s Marvel outings on the UK’s biggest screen from 25 October.