EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF
TO CLOSE THE 60TH BFI LONDON FILM
LONDON – Monday 1 August, 2016: The 60th BFI London Film Festival in
partnership with American Express® is proud to announce that this year’s Closing
Night gala will be Ben Wheatley’s high-octane action thriller FREE FIRE. The film
will receive its European premiere on Sunday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester
Square, attended by cast and filmmakers.
Massachusetts late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting
in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley)
and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are
selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart
stopping game of survival ensues.
Ben Wheatley says “I’m very
proud to be showing Free Fire at the
BFI London Film Festival. To be the closing film is a great honour. LFF have
been fantastic in supporting the films I’ve made (me and an army of 100s) and I
can’t wait to show Free Fire to
the Festival audience!”
FREE FIRE is Wheatley’s third film to be presented at the Festival,
following High-Rise (2015) which
screened as Festival Gala and Sightseers
(2012) which screened as Laugh Gala.
BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart says: “Ben Wheatley’s ascent as one of the UK’s most dazzling
cinematic talents continues with this ballsy actioner. Dripping with blood,
sweat and irony, FREE FIRE’s bravura filmmaking pays knowing tribute to the
films of Sam Peckinpah and features a terrific cast who clearly relish bringing
Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump’s vivid characters to the screen. We are
thrilled to be presenting the European Premiere as our Closing Night gala,
ensuring that the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival goes
out with a bang!
Film4 and BFI present a Rook Films Production of a Ben Wheatley film. Starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie
Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley,
Michael Smiley and Noah Taylor. Its
executive producers are Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Reno
Antoniades, David Kosse and Sam Lavender, Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke, Danny
Perkins and Dan MacRae. The film is produced by Andrew Starke, directed by Ben
Wheatley with a screenplay by Amy Jump and Wheatley. STUDIOCANAL will release
the film in UK and Ireland in 2017.
The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday
16 October 2016. The opening night film
is the previously announced
Amma Asante’s A UNITED KINGDOM.The full Festival
programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016.
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