12 films you must not miss at the BFI London Film Festival 2015

The BFI London Film Festival is almost upon us, next month, from the 7th to the 18th October, London cinemas will be screening some of the finest independent films, shorts, kids, comedy and big budget films that cinema has to offer.

So we wanted to let you know some of the finest flicks that will be shown so you don't miss out on seeing some great cinematic action as part of one of the best film festivals in the world.

For full details and buying tickets, check out the BFI's website.

Suffragette 

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
Genre: Drama

The story of the suffragette movement fighting to get women the vote, while being supressed by a violent and brutal State.

Released 100 years after the height of the suffrage movement, Meryl Streep plays legendary suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst with an impressive cast to back her up as the female foot soldiers.

Showing:
7 October 2015 - Vue West End Cinema
8 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square

Carol

Starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett
Genre: Drama

An adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel sees a 1950s department store clerk who dreams of a better life (Rooney Mara) seduced by a wealthy older woman in the form of Cate Blanchett.

It was in the running to win the Cannes Film Festival 2015's coveted Palme d'Or and Rooney Mara won the Best Actress award, so expect big things from the period drama.

Showing:
14 & 15 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square
17 October 2015 - Cine Lumiere

Brooklyn

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters
Genre: Drama

Another adaptation, this time from Irish novelist Colm Tóibín and adapted by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the tale of Ellis, a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the '50s who gets swept up in a whirlwind romance.

Soon, her past rears its head and Ellis must choose between two countries and her lives that lay within each.

With such an impressive cast and writing team behind it, Brooklyn could be one of the best romantic dramas of the year, not just the festival.

Showing:
2 & 13 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square
14 October 2015 - Curzon Mayfair

The Witch

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Genre: Horror

Relative newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy is joined by Ralph Ineson ('Finchy' from The Office) to give us a slice of horror set in 17th century Puritan New England.

When a devout family, living on the edge of wilderness, find their new-born son has disappeared, they begin to turn on each other, to top that off; the family are faced by an inescapable evil.

The Witch has been doing the film festival circuit this year, appearing at Sundance, Melbourne and Toronto to much critical acclaim, so expect a terrifying tale.

Showing:
12 October 2015 - Picturehouse Central
14 October 2015 - Vue West End 

Goosebumps

Starring: Jack Black, Halston Sage, Odeya Rush
Genre: Adventure

A young boy discovers his neighbour is Goosebumps author R.L. Stein, but accidently releases the writer's horror demons onto their small town.

They must team up to stop the creations overrunning the town and harming people.

Part of the 'Family Gala' section of the festival, that scared children have been waiting years for a Goosebumps film, and this one looks as though it won't disappoint.

Showing:
17 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square
18 October 2015 - Vue Islington

My Scientology Movie

Starring: Louis Theroux
Genre: Documentary

Having investigated pretty much every single facet of subculture and counter-culture group across the world, Louis Theroux turns his legendary film-making style to the touchy Church of Scientology.

Following hot on the heels of the recent Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Theroux tries to prod the wasps' nest of Scientologists.

Of course, with Louis Theroux in front of the camera, this is set to be the most explosive and intrusive insight into the notoriously guarded religion.

Showing:
14 & 17 October 2015 - Vue West End

Youth

Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz
Genre: Drama

Two old geezers, one a retired composer, the other a film director meet on holiday in a fancy Alpine hotel to reflect on their lives, successes and what could have been.

With Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel playing the latter-in-life pair, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino as created a stylish, sharp and emotionally-engaging story.

Showing:
15 October 2015 - Vue West End
18 October 2015 - Picturehouse Central

Steve Jobs

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
Genre: Biography

Michael Fassbender eerily channels the iconic Apple CEO Steve Jobs as he plays the company's visionary co-founder backstage at three of Apple's greatest product launches, ending with Apple's 1998 iMac unveiling.

Directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and boasting a skilled cast, it boasts a wonderful formula that will no doubt bring success, and have the Apple fanboys drooling in their seats.

Showing:
Closing Night Gala screening at Odeon Leicester Square

Trumbo

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning
Genre: Biography

Bryan Cranston can do no wrong these days, and this time he fits into the boots of 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Trumbo found himself blacklisted in Hollywood due the McCarthy-ism frenzy that accused them of being Communists due to their political belief.

Trumbo must then fight against the U.S. government and Hollywood bosses over freedom and freedom of speech.

With Bryan Cranston, you know you're in for a wonderful acting performance and his backing cast which include the likes of Louis C.K. and Helen Mirren playing classic Hollywood names, what could go wrong?

Showing:
8 & 9 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square

High-Rise

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Genre: Action

Tom Hiddleston leads an all-star cast in the adaptation of the 1975 satirical novel from J. G. Ballad.

A resident of an ultra-modern luxury apartment block cut off from the rest of society, discovers that the community has been carefully divided by class, and finds himself in a fight against the injustices and social structures within.

In what's being billed as one of the highlights of the festival, the biting satire of 1960s social idealism and the Thatcherite values could provoke an interesting reaction from the festival crowd.

Showing:
9 & 11 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square

Black Mass

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson
Genre: Crime

In a departure from the flamboyant characters Johnny Depp seems to inhabit these days, Depp portrays the true story of violent mobster Whitey Bulger, one of Boston's most infamous gangsters.

Bulger turned FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf as this film charts the rise of Bulger in the Irish-American Winter Hill Gang.

Depp is long overdue a stunning dramatic performance (remember Donnie Brasco? Yeah that was the last time) and with a proven cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton, this could be the best gangster film of the year - although Tom Hardy and the Kray Twins might have something to say about that.

Showing:
11 & 12 October 2015 - Odeon Leicester Square
16 October 2015 - Vue Cinema Islington

The Lobster

Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux
Genre: Sci-Fi

An unusual concept from Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos, in a dystopian future, single people are transferred to a creepy hotel and given 45 days to find a mate or be transformed into animals and released into the woods.

Claiming the Jury Prize at Cannes earlier this year, the sci-fi romantic thriller's high-concept idea and execution wowed the fans in France as well as it being selected to be shown in the Special Presentations sections of the Toronto Film Festival - a glowing endoresment indeed.

Showing:
13 October 2015 - Vue West End
15 October 2015 - Ritzy Cinema

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