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UK News Steve McQueen's 'Mangrove' to open London Film Festival 2020

14:41  24 august  2020
14:41  24 august  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Jumayn Hunter et al. posing for the camera: A still from Sir Steve McQueen's Mangrove (BBC) A still from Sir Steve McQueen's Mangrove (BBC)

Mangrove will open the BFI London Film Festival, it has been announced.

It is one of five films from director Sir Steve McQueen’sSmall Axe anthology series for BBC One.

It will be part of the festival’s expanded online presence and regional screenings, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and concerns over accessibility.

The majority of this year’s festival will feature virtual premieres from a programme of more than 55 films, many with an introduction and Q&A, as well as talks, roundtables and a new exhibition of immersive art.

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The group later became known as the Mangrove 9.

Sir Steve said: “I couldn’t be happier that Mangrove will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Although the themes are universal, Mangrove is a London story. It may have happened 50 years ago, but it’s as relevant today as it was then.”

Festival audiences will be invited to book tickets to preview the film for free at venues across the UK on 7 October ahead of its broadcast on BBC One this autumn.

Steve McQueen wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Festival Director Tricia Tuttle, right, and director Steve McQueen pose for photographers upon arrival at a party organized after the screening of the film 'Widows' showing as part of the opening gala of the BFI London Film Festival in London, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © Provided by Yahoo! Entertainment UK Festival Director Tricia Tuttle, right, and director Steve McQueen pose for photographers upon arrival at a party organized after the screening of the film 'Widows' showing as part of the opening gala of the BFI London Film Festival in London, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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“His Widows also opened the 62nd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in 2018 and we have never had the same filmmaker open the LFF twice in such a close time frame; that’s both a testament to the urgency of the film and potency of his filmmaking.”

Mangrove and 11 other new films from the programme will screen in previews across the UK, in partnership with a UK-wide cinemas network, to craft the most audience-accessible version of the festival to date.

The event will run from 7-18 October.

Small Axe will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer this autumn and air on Amazon Prime Video in the US.


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