BFI London Film Festival 2012

The 56th BFI London Film Festival kicks off on 10th October with Tim Burton’s stop-motion movie Frankenweenie, followed by 11 days packed with features, shorts, premieres, events and exhibitions.

Among the many highlights this year are Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, Ben Affleck’s Argo, Paul Andrew Williams’ Song for Marion, Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, Australian musical comedy The Sapphires, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, François Ozon’s In the House, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Closing the festival on 21 October is director Mike Newell’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, starring Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, and Helena Bonham Carter.

You can get hold of tickets for BFI London Film Festival screenings and events from 24 September.

We caught up with the festival’s new Artistic Director Clare Stewart to find out what it’s like stepping into Sandra Hebron’s boots and what you can expect from this year’s event:

We also spoke to BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill about the London Film Festival’s new themed programme structure, awards, and the state of the British film industry:

The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from 10 to 21 October 2012. Click here for more details.