The London Film Festival continues to add to a strong festival lineup. The British fest has already secured many of several homeland directors, including “Widows” from Steve McQueen. Peter Jackson will also release his World War I documentary at the festival. An interesting closing night film will be “Stan & Ollie” with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly starring. This is a great start, and LFF has now added a few more features to screen in competition. Of these films, Ben Wheatley‘s “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead,” and David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” stand out.
“The Old Man and the Gun” seems to be gaining traction, specifically for star Robert Redford. Redford is in retirement mode, and with the potential for this to be his last feature, many are very interested. Lowery has also made a name for himself with several strong films in a row. “Pete’s Dragon” featured Redford, and was definitely a crowd pleaser. “A Ghost Story” was haunting and brilliant, which has helped Lowery become someone to watch as a director. With a new trailer out on Friday and a potential Telluride run, expect the film to continue to gain steam.
Meanwhile, Wheatley is another emerging voice. His features “Free Fire,” “High Rise,” and “Sightseers” have drawn significant interest from cinephiles. His most recent film, “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead” is a return to low budget filmmaking for Wheatley. Perhaps the biggest name in the film is Charles Dance. Young actors Sam Riley, Hayley Squires, and Joe Cole also feature in the cast.
Nicole Kidman‘s “Destroyer” will also play in competition. Lenny Abrahamson will head the festival jury after releasing “The Little Stranger” in September. There are many foreign titles also heading to the competition. LFF stepped up and looks to have a good festival for 2018.