About the Event
The British Film Festival celebrates the finest filmmakers and acting talent British cinema has to offer and the 2020 programme features some of the most anticipated films of the year – from powerful true stories and literary adaptations to biographies and documentaries. Beginning November 10 and continuing through November 29 at Palace Nova Cinemas Eastend AND Prospect.
Here are just some of the festival highlights that we have to look forward to this year:
- BLITHE SPIRIT - Our opening night selection. A riotous reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy, a medium holds a séance for a writer suffering from writer's block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife.
- AMMONITE - Oscar contender 2021. High calibre performers Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star as a palaeontology pioneer and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea, in an absorbing romantic drama set in 1840s England.
- MISBEHAVIOUR - In this charming and farcical comedy Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley star as the true story feminist protesters who disrupted the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.
- THE LADYKILLERS - Celebrating its 65th anniversary, classic comedy The Ladykillers follows five men who rent a London flat pretending to be classical musicians, while planning a daring robbery, presented in a 4K restoration with Technicolor.
- SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT - A discovery at a school for the daughters of the Nazi elite leads to a series of deadly events in this true story war drama starring Eddie Izzard and Dame Judi Dench.
- FLASH GORDON - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release, classic cult sci-fi adventure Flash Gordon follows a football player and his friends fighting to save planet earth. The film is notable for its soundtrack composed, performed and produced by Queen - presented in a brand new 4K restoration.
- SUMMERLAND - A romantic drama starring Gemma Arterton, in World War II an Englishwoman opens her heart to an evacuee in a touching story of womanhood, love and friendship.
- THE ELEPHANT MAN - Celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Elephant Man is an unforgettable story of dignity and survival in late 19th century London, presented in a stunning 4K restoration.
- THE NEST - In this elegant drama exploring marital distress, life for a British entrepreneur (Jude Law) and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.
In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked pioneer Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged and brutal Southern English coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives on the first leg of a European tour he entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), who is recuperating from a personal tragedy.
Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest. Yet, despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship and altering the course of both lives irrevocably.
An absorbing drama filled with 19th Century yearning, Ammonite is Francis Lee’s second film after his impressive multi-award winning debut God’s Own Country (2017).
Ammonite will fill you with longing.’ - Vanity Fair
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival 2020
Dates & Tickets
DATE: Tuesday November 10 - Sunday November 29
LOCATION: EASTEND and PROSPECT