The London Film Festival is looming once more like a giant whale spewing cinematic treats from its blowhole. We'll be going along to every preview screening we can manage to let you know what's worth digging deep for this year. The full line up will only be announced on Thursday the 15th of September, but the opening movie is going to be The Last King of Scotland:
Based on the award-winning novel by Giles Foden, the film stars Forest Whitaker as the tyrannical Ugandan President Idi Amin, alongside James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington and Simon McBurney. The novel is adapted by Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock. Shot in Uganda and the UK, the film follows an incredible twist of fate when a Scottish doctor, Garrigan (James McAvoy) becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most notorious dictators, Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is the first fiction feature from Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award™ for ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, and a BAFTA for TOUCHING THE VOID.
The opening gala is on Wednesday 18th October. The Last King of Scotland will only open in the UK early next year so if you're a fan of the novel get over to the LFF website and sign up for their email bulletin. As this will be the 50th festival we're hoping it'll be a bit special. More LFF news as we get it.