Presented by Palace, the BBC First British Film Festival returns for its third year with a standout selection of Festival favourites and box office hits from the British Isles. BBC First is the home of premium, original British drama on Foxtel and Fetch TV and has come on board as naming sponsor for the first time in 2015.
The 2015 program will open nationally with the highly anticipated YOUTH. Fresh from its premiere at Cannes Film Festival and starring veteran British actor Michael Caine, it is Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s second English-language film.
Other highlights include 45 YEARS, winner of best British feature film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and starring Charlotte Rampling; London Film Festival 2015 Opening Night film SUFFRAGETTE starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep; and British writer Nick Hornby’s (An Education) BROOKLYN, the tale of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones), a young Irish immigrant trying to make her way in 1950s Brooklyn, New York.
This festival retrospective is a specially curated selection of 10 classic films which represent romance in each decade from 1900-1990. Each film reflects the essence of how British cinema has interpreted the romance genre throughout ten decades. Ranging from unconventional affairs and relationships to modern romantic comedies, this collection of acclaimed and ground breaking films depict both “new” Byronic heroes and the internal complexities and turmoils of female heroines, representing men, women and love in a new light. Celebrate the rebellion and revolution, individualism, freedom from oppression and spirit of romance of Britain in the 20th Century.
The festival runs between 29 October, 2015 and 18 November, 2015