Opening Gala Announced For BFI London Film Festival 2018

The opening film of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival has been announced as Steve McQueen’s Widows which is the directors return to the big screen after 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. The international premiere will take place on 10th October 2018, the festival’s official opening date.

Talking about his film and the festival, Steve McQueen has said, “I am absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”

L-R: Elizabeth Debicki (back to camera), Cynthia Erivo, Viola Davis (back to camera), and Michelle Rodriguez star in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Starring Viola Davis,  Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo, Widows, McQueen’s fourth feature length film, takes place in Chicago with themes of crimes, corruption and passion. It tells the story of a group of men who, in the middle of an armed robbery are all killed by the police. Leaving their wives behind, they take it upon themselves to finish what they started and take back what is theirs. Also starring Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.  It’s based on the TV series Widows by Lynda La Plante, and is written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn.

Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director says, “We treasure the work of BFI Fellow and Festival alumni Steve McQueen, so it’s an utter pleasure to open our Festival with the International Premiere of WIDOWS. Adapted from a ground-breaking UK television classic into a feature to savour on the biggest cinema screens, this is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker, probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

The festival takes places from 10th to 21st October 2018 and will take place at venues across London with hundreds of films including studios movies and independent projects from across the globe. Stay tuned for more on the festival, looking forward to this one.

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Steve McQueen’s Widows Has A Trailer

Steve McQueen returns to the big screen with his new film Widows, his first feature in 5 years since 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. Check out the trailer for the female lead crime movie here.

Featuring a huge cast, the film is about a set of widows who have all been left in debt by their dead husband’s criminal activities after they die in the middle of holding up a security van. Viola Davis’ Veronica Rawlins puts a criminal team together to finish the job and take what’s theirs. Co-written with Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl, Widows is based on a TV mini series by Lynda La Plante from the 1980s which also sounds amazing! 

Davis stars with Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki, all as the widows along side Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya. In what looks like a no holds barred crime thriller, McQueen seems to be exploring his own abilities as an action director with police chases and shoot outs thrown in for good measure. Pretty certain you’re not allowed to have a crime film with them! 

Also starring Colin Farrell, Garret Dilliahunt, Carrie Coon and Robert Duvall, we can expect to see it being released into cinemas in November this year.

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