The BFI London Film Festival kicked off last week with a somewhat hysterical Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley at the premiere of Never Let Me Go and continues this week and next with approximately 7,534 new movies. Whether you’re hoping to attend the festival or keeping an eye out for new films, these are our picks of the bunch.
The obvious first choice is Upside Down – The Creation Records Story (Oct 23 & 24), a kamikaze dive into the story behind Alan McGee’s notorious Creation Records, featuring the likes of Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Ride and My Bloody Valentine.
Lemmy (Oct 23, 25, 27) sees Dave Grohl and Mick Jones join the celebs paying tribute to erstwhile Hawkwind member and Motorhead lynchpin Lemmy’s long and loud and industrious career.
Freaks And Geeks hero James Franco plays everyone’s favourite beatnik Allen Ginsburg in Howl (Oct 26 & 27) in what seems like a pretty acurate portrayal of 1960’s San Francisco.
127 Hours (Oct 28), the latest film from Danny Boyle (the director behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and Trainspotting), also sees James Franco star, this time as a mountain climber trapped by a fallen rock. The five days he spends trapped see him reflect on his life so far.
Oscar winner Javier No Country For Old Men Bardem returns in Biutiful, a dark drama set in Barcelona’s underworld.
Let Me In is a remake of the Swedish vampire classic Let The Right One In. While the original is still only a few years old, this revamp is being hailed as a faithful reworking.
Darren Aronovsky, the director behind Pi, The Wrestler, and the brutal Requiem For A Dream directs Natalie Portman in a psychological thriller based around the New York ballet, Black Swan (Oct 22, 24, 25).
West Is West‘ (Oct 19, 21, 22) picks up from the Bafta-winning ‘East Is East’ eight years on and sees the family visit Pakistan in an attempt to restore harmony.
Blue Valentine features Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in a Sundance favourite that depicts the dying days of a failed marriage.
Finally, although it’s already had its screenings at the festival, keep an eye out for Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields, a fascinating insight into the weird world of the oddball genius.