Five movies to watch from the London Film Festival

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The British Film Institute’s London Film Festival took place earlier this month, despite the global pandemic.

And while the red carpet remained rolled up for this year’s event, the virtual festival still showcased some of the biggest upcoming films.

So while the glitz and glamour stayed on pause, here are the five movies you’ll want to hit play on and where you can find them.

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Supernova

This movie has Oscars written all over it!

Supernova stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, who play Sam and Tusker, a same-sex couple on road trip of a lifetime as Tucci’s character Tusker battles with dementia.

The heartbreakingly beautiful film takes in the breathtaking UK countryside along the way and the picturesque visuals around the Lakes District break up the emotional build of the film.

Keep an eye out for it during Awards Season and have the tissues ready when it hits Aussie cinemas late next year. Watch the trailer below.

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Ammonite

This period drama has the star power of Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Set in the 1840s, it’s loosely based on the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning, played by Winslet. Anning searches the South England coastline for the common fossil ammonite to sell to rich tourists as a way to support herself and her mother.

But her life is turned upside down when one such rich tourist, Roderick Murchison, asks Anning to care for his wife Charlotte Murchison, who is reeling from a personal tragedy.

Ammonite focuses on Anning’s romantic relationship with Murchison that forms as the pair spend time together.

No Australian release date has been announced as yet. Watch the trailer below.

One Night In Miami

Regina King may have nabbed her fourth Emmy Award recently — taking the gong for Best Supporting Actress in Watchmen – but now she’s taking on a new challenge.

One Night In Miami marks King’s directorial debut and tells a fictionalised story of how Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke celebrated Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston in Miami, back in February 1964.

Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay (the boxer’s name before he changed it to Ali), Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown and Leslie Odom Jr. stars as crooner Sam Cooke, who provides many of the hit tunes on the soundtrack and even if you don’t recognise the name, you’ll recognise his songs.

There’s no release date set yet for Australia but the Amazon Productions film looks set to hit the streaming service early in the new year. Watch the trailer below.

Mangrove

At a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has dominated the headlines this year, Mangrove tells a very poignant story that shows just how far we still have to go.

The Steve McQueen film tells the story of the Londoners who became better known as the ‘Mangrove Nine’ back in the 1970s as they faced court for the first trial of its kind.

After a clash with police as they protested racial injustice on the streets of Notting Hill, the nine people arrested were part of the first case in which the courts acknowledged behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.

Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright is part of an ensemble cast in this eye-opening film, which feels recent enough to be shameful at the way people were treated and yet long enough ago to have expected significant change in the years that have followed.

This movie is heading for streaming site Binge in Australia. Watch the trailer below.

Kajillionaire

This is an awkward coming of age indie film that is more film festival and less Awards Season.

Evan Rachel Wood stars as Old Dolio, whose life is forever changed after her con-artist parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) meet Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) on a plane.

The family of schemers add Melanie to their gang for a major heist they’re planning and everything unravels for Old Dolio.

The film is written and directed by Miranda July, best known for the film Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Kajillionaire is in Australian cinemas now. Watch the trailer below.

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