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Written by Jack Hopkins on 27th September 2017

The 2017 BFI London Film Festival is nearly here and there’s so much in store! The festival has been running since 2004, showcasing incredibly raw and upcoming talent from all over the world. We have attempted the unenviable task of whittling down the huge array of events to just three top picks.

Paddy Considine has jumped behind the camera again for his new film Journeyman. This Inflammable Films production follows the life of a boxing world champion who is coming to the end of his career,  grappling the growing conflict between his own economic stability and physical health. It sees Considine team up with Diarmid Scrimshaw again after their 2011 outing, Tyrannosaur, which displayed a similar level of gritty British realism that struck a chord with critics all over the world.

Jake Gyllenhaal is visiting our sunny shores again to give us an insight into his momentous acting career. His ‘Screen Talk’ session will see him showcase his new film Stronger, as well as discussing his huge portfolio of previous roles. His new role is completely different from the rest as he depicts Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the horrific Boston marathon Bombing. It also marks a shift in genre for director David Gordon Green, who previously dabbled in comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has already turned the heads of many critics as it continues to collect impressive ratings across the board. Martin McDonagh (who isn’t afraid of a bit of black comedy) has united with Frances McDormand to portray the darkly comedic story of a bereaved mother who challenges the local police to solve the murder of her daughter. The dark subject matter that McDonagh has become renown for in films like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, combined with McDormand’s huge experience of eccentric roles has proved to be a winning formula so far with the critics.  

The 2017 BFI London Film Festival runs from Wednesday 4th October – Sunday 15th October. Which films are you looking forward to seeing?

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