Kelly + Victor

Kelly + Victor

The BFI London Film Festival gets underway tomorrow and there will be a whole host of British movies that will be on display as well as films from all around the world.

So we take a look at some of the best British movies that are being screened at the festival that are not to be missed - some feature well established talent while other introduce us to new stars.

- Great Expectations

The biggest of the British movies that will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival will be Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations.

The movie is set to be visually stunning as Newell put this stamp on this well know tale from Charles Dickens - not to mention that the movie will bring the festival to a close.

The movie follows humble orphan Pip who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

And not only is there are great director at the helm but Newell has also brought together a fantastic cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane.

The movie will also see Jeremy Irvine continue his rise to the top as he takes on the central role of Pip. Irvine has already scored one big role this year with War Horse and Great Expectations will bring 2012 to a triumphant close for the young actor.

- Kelly + Victor

Directed by Kieran Evans Kelly + Victor will play in the Dare category and is set to be one of the best Brit movies on display over the eleven days.

The movie is an adaptation of novel by Niall Griffiths and sees Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Julian Morris take on the title roles.

The movie is the feature length directorial debut for Evans, who also penned the script, as he has worked in TV and documentaries in the last few years.

Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool.

- Sightseers

Ben Wheatley whipped up a storm last year when he directed Kill List and this autumn he is back with his new movie Sightseers - which sees him tackle the comedy genre.

This is another movie that has been playing and doing well on the festival circuit and it will be November when it hits the big screen.

The black comedy stars Alice Lowe And Steve Orman and the duo also penned the script for the movie.
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

- Everyday

Michael Winterbottom is one of the best British directors working in film today and he is back with his new movie Everyday.

The movie really is about the passage of time as it follows the relationship of a man in prison for drug smuggling and his wife.

Shirley Henderson reunites with Winterbottom as they make their sixth movie together while John Simm is also on the cast list.

Everyday is a powerful and moving film about day to day life as Henderson's character as to juggle work, her children with going to see her husband.

Winterbottom has a knack for making engaging movies that are packed with interesting characters and Everyday looks set to do the same.

- My Brother The Devil

Director Sally El Hosaini makes the leap from shorts into feature film with My Brother the Devil - which will be screened in the first feature competition.

The movie is one of the most exciting BRit films being screened at the festival as it not only feature an up and coming director but also up and coming acting talent - including Fady Elsayed, James Floyd, and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Two teenage brothers must face their prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being young, British Arabs on the streets of gangland London.

- Song For Marion

Of the British movies on display very few boast as great a cast as Song For Marion, which is directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Anne Reid all come together in what is set to be a heart-warming and emotional film.

The movie follows grumpy pensioner Arthur (Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir.

At odds with his son James (Eccleston), it is left to choir director Elizabeth (Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life.

Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery.

BFI London Film Festival runs from 10-21 October

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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