London Film Festival, like all other events, is going to be a whole lot different this year.
Although the film industry has faced struggles and many films have suffered mega delays, there’s still plenty to get excited about – from love stories like Ammonite to eye-opening activist tales like Mangrove.
However, with the sheer amount of movies showing at the festival, which begins on October 7, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what to see.
Luckily, we here at Metro.co.uk have got you covered with a lowdown of some of the main flicks you need to catch. What would you do without us?
Directed by Josephine Decker, Shirley is a biographical drama about novelist Shirley Jackson, who actually wrote the Haunting of Hill House (which was later adapted into the Netflix series).
Elisabeth Moss stars as the author who has become incapacitated by mental illness and writer’s block and Michael Stuhlbarg as her professor husband.
Things start to get a bit strange in the household when young couple Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rosie (Odessa Young) move in, with fans set for a gripping journey as they follow the two couples.
Kate Winslet takes the lead as fossil hunter Mary Anning in the Francis Lee-directed drama.
The relationship she develops with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman she meets who is recovering her health by the sea (major Little Women vibes), looks to be intense.
Fiona Shaw and Gemma Jones are also starring in the forbidden love story that’s set to melt everyone’s hearts.
Letitia Wright may have made her name from blockbusters like Black Panther, but she’s also set to stun in the movie that follows Black activists who clashed with London Police in the 1970s and the trial that followed.
Inspired by the story of the Mangrove Nine, it’s surely set to be an inspiring and eye-opening watch, especially after the prominent Black Lives Matter marches earlier this year.
Directed by Steve McQueen, we can’t wait to see Letitia take on a new role.
Chloé Zhao has directed the film about Fern, the modern-day Nomad (Frances McDormand) who has set off on the road after the economic collapse of a company town in Nevada.
During her adventures, Fern finds mentors and community as she travels around the American Midwest.
In a year when roadtrips haven’t exactly been the best idea, we can’t wait to live vicariously through her from the comfort of our sofas.
Soul seems to be the next movie set to break our hearts (as Pixar tends to do), with its sweet animation.
Jamie Foxx voices the passionate music teacher, whose soul gets separated from his body, with Tina Fey, Richard Ayoade, and Daveed Diggs also appearing on the stellar cast.
It looks set to be a heart-warming ride – but be sure to bring the tissues.
We’re all for movies about empowered women, and that looks exactly what Phyllida Lloyd’s new offering looks set to bring us.
It’s a far cry from her work on Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady, but it looks to be no less focused on the power and resilience of women.
Harriet Walter stars as the abused wife who makes a new life for herself, with fans also set to see a new side to Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill, who most of us know as Lord Varys.
Directed by Bassam Tariq, the new movie tells the story of a British-Pakistani rapper who is struck down by a disease right before his world tour.
Riz Ahmed stars as the musician, who returns to London to be with his family in the drama that has already been praised by critics.
Evan Rachel Wood stars in the crime drama which sees a woman’s criminal parents invite an outsider into the heist they’re planning – as you do.
Directed by Miranda July, and also starring the likes of Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez, and The Shape Of Water’s Richard Jenkins, the unique movie looks set to thrill fans.
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