You know summer is officially on the way out when the films are revealed for the BFI London Film Festival (October 7-18), and that's what happened this morning when the great and good of the British film industry (okay, a bunch of shaggy film journalists) came together at the Odeon Leicester Square for the big reveal.
We already knew that the festival will open with the Carey Mulligan-starring historical drama 'Suffragette' on Wednesday October 7 and close with Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' (with Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder) on Sunday October 18. We also knew that Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and director Todd Haynes' will turn up on Wednesday October 14 for the British premiere of the 1950s lesbian romance 'Carol'.
We knew too – but you didn't – that the Time Out gala screening at this year's LFF will be the wonderfully weird satire 'The Lobster' from 'Dogtooth' director Yorgos Lanthimos. It stars Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and others as a bunch of captured single humans who will be turned into animals within weeks if they don't find a partner. Perhaps not a date movie – it's fresh, strange and challenging. We're proud of our long line-up of Time Out galas at the festival, including last year's 'Mr Turner' and, in previous years, 'We Need to Talk About Kevin', 'Amour', 'Hunger' and 'The White Ribbon'. You can judge for yourself whether 'The Lobster' belongs in their illustrious company or not.
Elsewhere, we're especially excited by the British films tha