The 56th BFI London Film Festival URL|bfi.org.uk kicks off on Wednesday, featuring the European premiere of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” and the world premiere of a new documentary about the Rolling Stones.
The stars will be out in force to grace the festival’s red carpet, which has been rolled out this year to
welcome a total of 225 movies during the event’s 12 days.
“We’re very committed to developing audiences across the UK, and providing opportunities for them to see something that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. So we’re really excited about our opening night premiere of Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ and also our world premiere of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, the documentary about the Rolling Stones,” said festival director Clare Stewart.
Academy Award-nominated Brett Morgen directs “Crossfire Hurricane” this first comprehensive overview of the Stones’ career.
This is a meticulously-constructed omnibus of classic Stones tracks interspersed with the phases of their enthralling story – from pop idols to counterculture heroes, drug busts, Brian Jones’s tragic death, breakups and makeups and everything in between.
“I think it’s very important the role that we play in positioning British films. So we have some terrific world premieres in terms of British cinema as well,” said Stewart.
“Hyde Park on Hudson” has Bill Murray playing American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, but it is a British movie, exploring his relationship with distant cousin Margaret Stuckley.
The untrue story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Chapman is the subject of “A Liar’s Autobiography”. Fourteen different animators capture the sprawling originality of the man and offer a rare insight into Chapman’s life between surreal flights of fantasy.
The BFI London Film Festival runs until October 21.