British Film Festival 2019

Full programme announced and tickets on sale Wed 9 Oct

Presented by Palace, the MINI British Film Festival will screen nationally from 29 October. Such is the popularity of the Festival, the 2019 edition will run for an extra week longer until 24 November.

We are delighted to announce the first highlights from the programme which feature some of the most anticipated films of the year - from powerful true stories and literary adaptations to biographies and documentaries. With 20 new release titles plus a retrospective on Dame Helen Mirren and some restored gems, this year’s selection sees British cinema at its best.

The MINI British Film Festival will open nationally with MILITARY WIVES from director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, 1997). Kristin Scott Thomas leads this inspiring drama about the bravery of the women of war, and the power of the music that saved them. And closing the Festival, will be the highly anticipated film THE GOOD LIAR. Based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle, Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, 1998) directs this wicked thriller featuring magnificent lead performances by Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.

BFF 19 The Good Liar: Closing Night Film CTC
Based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle, Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, 1998) directs this wicked thriller featuring magnificent lead performances from Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.
BFF19 Don't Look Now MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Don't Look Now | The restored version of Nicolas Roeg’s eerie 1973 masterpiece thriller. A grieving couple in Venice are haunted by the spirit of their deceased daughter.
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BFF19 Military Wives M From: Oct 30, 2019
Military Wives | Kristin Scott Thomas leads this inspiring drama about the bravery of the women of war & the power of the music that saved them.
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BFF19 A Guide to Second Date Sex MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
A Guide to Second Date Sex | an adaptation of Rachel Hiron’s hugely successful critically acclaimed stage play about a second date disaster
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BFF19 The Good Liar CTC From: Oct 30, 2019
The Good Liar | A thriller about an aging conman who grows to care for a woman he orchestrated his latest scheme against.
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BFF19 The Madness of King George PG From: Oct 30, 2019
The Madness of King George | A dark-humoured take on the attempt to overthrow King George III as he descends into madness, based on the acclaimed play by Alan Bennett.
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BFF19 Citizen K M From: Oct 30, 2019
Citizen K | An examination of power in Russia, this exquisitely photographed cinematic portrait of exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is engrossing.
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BFF19 Age of Consent PG From: Oct 30, 2019
Age of Consent | A Film capturing the essence of the artist as a tortured soul, and the power of a mesmerising muse.
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BFF19 Calendar Girls PG From: Oct 30, 2019
Calendar Girls | A heart-warming comedy inspired by the true story of a group of brave women who bare all for charity and gain international notoriety as a result.
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BFF19 Mr. Jones MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Mr. Jones | A powerful biopic & essential chapter of history of the Welsh journalist, Gareth Jones, who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Soviet Ukraine.
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BFF19 Farming MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Farming | Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s autobiographical story follows a young Nigerian boy as he is drawn into the warped world of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England
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BFF19 Fisherman's Friends M From: Oct 30, 2019
Fisherman's Friends | An uplifting and picturesque comedy tells the true story of the part-time Cornish sea shanty group that hit the big time
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BFF19 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead | A domestic drama with a sharp comedic streak in this tense ensemble piece about a dysfunctional family reunion by director Ben Wheatley
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BFF19 Hope Gap M From: Oct 30, 2019
Hope Gap | Led by the brilliant and layered performances of Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, and BAFTA winner Josh O’Connor, this is a powerful story of finding hope after a m
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BFF19 Kind Hearts and Coronets PG From: Oct 30, 2019
Kind Hearts and Coronets | An elegant serial killer (Denis Price) out to murder eight family members (all played by Alec Guinness) who stand between him and his fortune
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BFF19 Liam Gallagher: As it Was MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Liam Gallagher: As it Was | Liam Gallagher’s revealing & entertaining expedition from booze & legal battles to his attempt to stage the greatest comeback in rock history
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BFF19 Mrs Lowry & Son PG From: Oct 30, 2019
Mrs Lowry & Son | Starring Timothy Spall as the inimitable artist L.S. Lowry himself, & Vanessa Redgrave as his mother, this is a gentle comedy that will warm hearts
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BFF19 O Lucky Man! M From: Oct 30, 2019
O Lucky Man! | A determined young coffee salesman undergoes a series of improbable and ironic adventures that challenge his idealism in this surreal comedy
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BFF19 Official Secrets MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Official Secrets | A true-life political thriller about an accused British whistle-blower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion starring Kiera Knightly
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BFF19 Old Boys M From: Oct 30, 2019
Old Boys | Festival audiences are destined to fall for this charming boarding-school comedy set in the 80s, where unspoken crushes and social battles rule supreme.
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BFF19 Robert the Bruce MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Robert the Bruce | Angus Macfadyen reprises the role he played in Braveheart as Scottish leader Robert the Bruce in this spectacular retelling of the legendary story.
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BFF19 Romantic Road PG From: Oct 30, 2019
Romantic Road | An eccentric and adventurous road-trip documentary charting an elderly British couple’s ambitious journey across India in their 1936 Rolls Royce.
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BFF19 Savage Messiah M From: Oct 30, 2019
Savage Messiah | A biographical drama about the great Parisian sculptor Henri Gaudier & the glorious intrigues of the Parisian artists-&-writers colony of the early 1900s
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BFF19 Sorry We Missed You MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Sorry We Missed You | Ken Loach returns with a brilliant study of a struggling working-class couple caught in a hopelessly exploitative system.
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BFF19 Tell it To The Bees MA15 From: Oct 30, 2019
Tell it To The Bees | A moving portrayal of two women in post-war Scotland torn between their true emotions & societal expectations.
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BFF19 The Aeronauts PG From: Oct 30, 2019
The Aeronauts | Inspired by incredible true events of a balloon expedition attempt to fly higher than anyone in history.
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BFF19 The Aspern Papers M From: Oct 30, 2019
The Aspern Papers | A compelling period drama about an ambitious American editor obsessed with the famous late Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern.
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BFF19 The Professor and the Madman M From: Oct 30, 2019
The Professor and the Madman | An extraordinary true tale of madness, genius & obsession, & the men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary
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BFF19 The Queen M From: Oct 30, 2019
BFF19 The Queen | This celebrated film follows the relationship between Prime Minister Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth in the wake of Princess Diana’s tragic death.
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