60th BFI London Film Festival roundup and thoughts

This year’s festival was truly incredible, with the big films as well as the independent ones, there was a vast variety of things to see, as well as people to meet. It’s only been my second year covering the festival for my blog as press and it’s been a lot of fun watching all sort of films, getting to go to press conferences and meeting some really wonderful and passionate people. During my time at the festival, I decided to watch as much as I possibly could, I never thought that it would be tiring and difficult, whilst being totally worth it!

I was also fortunate enough to meet and interview a couple of directors who had films out at the festival. Both were incredibly passionate about their work and the industry, it’s clearly something that they are in love with, as am I. I love meeting these sorts of people, there’s something humbling about sitting down to talk to someone about their work. I hope I get to do more of it in the future.

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I saw 20 films in 12 days, here’s a few words on each one:

  1.  The Eagle Huntress – Surprisingly good
  2.  A Day for Women – Unfortunate and terrible
  3.  Into the Forest – Interesting, although made no sense in the end
  4.  Barakah Meets Barakah – Good and funny
  5.  Kills on Wheels – Inappropriately funny
  6.  Sweet Dreams – Good
  7.  A United Kingdom – Good but the music is a bit much
  8.  A Monster Calls – Wonderful, beautiful and sad
  9.  The Handmaiden – Good and weird
  10.  The Eyes of my Mother – Creepy, scary, brilliant
  11.  La La Land – Wonderful, stunning and extraordinary
  12.  Manchester by the Sea – Decent but not great, no development at all
  13.  David Lynch: The Art Life – Interesting and original
  14.  Bleed for This – Okay, but not great, lacked heart
  15.  Arrival – Better than most modern sci-fi films
  16.  Birth of a Nation – On the nose score, in your face religious imagery, well told if a little anti-climactic
  17.  Snowden – Better than I thought it would be
  18.  Lion – Moving beyond words
  19.  Nocturnal Animals – A story which essentially goes no where
  20.  Free Fire – Good fun

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Full reviews for some of these are on the way of course. In between these films I was normally queuing up for another film, chatting away to fellow delegates which is a lot more than I did last year. Frankly when I was new to the whole thing in 2015, I was nervous and I had no idea what to say to anyone! For any of you who have been to any random events by yourself where you have the chance to chat, get to know people and network, it can be hard! It’s something I took with me to this year’s festival in the sense that I just didn’t want to just stand around any more. I wanted to speak to people, see what they’ve seen, find out about their work and get to know them, which I did with a great deal of apprehension.

Those who I spoke to included several journalists, a student, a screen writer, a teacher, an actress, a producer and many more. All of them trying to make something of themselves in this insanely difficult industry. Just like myself. Having this ambition to become a film critic is a hard one to realise but recently, especially after walking from screening to screening for two weeks, it’s something that I want more than ever. I think that speaking to such a wide variety of people, finding out about their careers and what they have achieved and what they would like to achieve really got me thinking and it’s something I’m never going to stop thinking about.

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For those of you who want to cover something like this, it’s as simple as putting yourself out there, but in a lot of ways. I had a couple of amazing moments this year and last, of knowing that I’m being given a press pass to cover the best thing we have for film goers and film lovers. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’re getting to attend something as fascinating as this! So the best thing to do is start a blog, take acting classes, become a vlogger, use social media to its maximum capacity and never give up.

I love getting to cover this festival, the films, the people, the time off work! There’s so much to love and I’m already excited about next year. So, here’s to 2017 and what will be the 61st BFI London Film Festival.

Keep. It. Reel.

Prop Store Auction 2016

Have you ever thought of owning the Batpod from The Dark Knight Rises? Or perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger’s costume from Terminator 2? Why not a helmet of a TIE fighter from Star Wars? Well you’ve come to the right place! An auction of movie memorabilia from Prop Store has been announced and it’s taking place on Tuesday 27th September at London’s BFI IMAX, presented by Odeon.

More than 500 rare and iconic lots will be sold during Prop Store’s unique Entertainment Live Auction which is going to be live streamed on the day itself. There is also a free preview for the public, which opens on Wednesday 14th September where over 300 lots will be displayed for the upcoming auction.

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Batman’s Batsuits from The Dark Knight Rises and Batman Begins are expected to make £40-60K and £30-40K respectively whilst the TIE Pilot Helmet from Star Wars Episode IV could fetch up to £70K plus the clapperboard from Steven Spielbergs’s Jaws could make up to £40K.

The top items being sold at the Prop Store auction include:

  1. Batman’s Batsuit from The Dark Knight Rises (2012) £40k-£60k
  2. TIE Pilot Helmet from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) £50k-£70k
  3. Hero Batpod Vehicle from The Dark Knight Rises (2012) £60k-£80k
  4. Steven Spielberg’s Clapperboard from Jaws (1975) £30k-£40k
  5. Batman’s Batsuit from Batman Begins (2005) £30k-£40k
  6. Sloth Mask from The Goonies (1985) £30k-£40k
  7. Harry Potter Hogwarts Acceptance Letter with Wax Seal from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) £3k-£5k
  8. Richard Attenborough’s Personal Annotated Script from Jurassic Park (1993) £4k-£6k
  9. Keira Knightley’s Wedding Dress from Love Actually (2003) £5k-£7k
  10. Scully (Gillian Anderson) & Mulder (David Duchovny) FBI Photo ID & Badge from The X-Files (1993-2002) £3k-£5k each

Have a look at some of the lots below (pretty, aren’t they?? I WANT ALL OF THE STAR WARS AND BATMAN ONES!) and see which one you would like. Scroll just a little further for all the details on the fantastic event.

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X-Files’ Scully’s FBI Badge

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Jesters Flight Suit from Top Gun

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TIE Fighter Helmet from Star Wars Episode IV

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Keira Knightley Wedding Dress from Love Actually

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Batpod from The Dark Knight Rises

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Christian Bale’s Batman Batsuit

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Batsuit from Batman Begins

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Goonies Sloth Stunt Mask

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Complete Leonardo Ninja Turtle Costume

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Complete Leonardo Ninja Turtle Costume

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Hogwarts acceptance letter from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – Front

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Hogwarts acceptance letter from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – Back

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Clapperboard from Jaws

Registration is now open at www.propstore.com/liveauction. Online proxy bids can be submitted from Thursday 1 September.

The Prop Store preview exhibition will coincide with a number of special screenings at the BFI IMAX, including classics such as Gladiator, Top Gun and the Christopher Nolan-directed The Dark Knight trilogy. What’s more, film fans who pre-book their tickets for the screenings will have a chance of winning some exclusive movie artefacts, including Barbarian’s sword and scabbard from Gladiator as well as a Gotham Rogues t-shirt and a Batcave hanging bat from The Dark Knight trilogy.

More titles will be announced by ODEON soon and all will take inspiration from the iconic film props that will be going on sale. For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.odeon.co.uk/bfiimax.

Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, comments, ‘We’re thrilled to announce our third live auction in London and are excited to be partnering with ODEON again. This year brings an opportunity for film fans and collectors alike to view some of the world’s most iconic film and TV items for free, and bid to secure their own pieces of movie and television history. A truly unique event for a global audience.’

These lots which are available to bid on and which you can see on display two weeks prior to the auction itself. The free preview opens on Wednesday 14th – 27th September and opening hours are 10:00am – 9.30pm at BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XR. The auction will go live on Tuesday 27th September from 12:00pm.

Keep. It. Reel.