Film - LFF Gala Screening

The 60th BFI London Film Festival American Express Gala film has been announced...

Lion, starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman, will be the American Express Gala at this year’s Festival. The film will receive its UK premiere on Wednesday 12th October at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman both expected to attend.

Directed by Garth Davis, and adapted from Saroo Brierley’s engrossing memoir “A Long Way Home”. Lion tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a five-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home; he survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.

Clare Stewart, the LFF Director, said “We are delighted Garth Davis' Lion will be this year's American Express Gala. This sweeping adaptation is a rousing tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit, and is more intricate in its texture, and more astounding in its narrative twists than most works of fiction.”

Film director Garth Davis was honoured to be part of the Festival, saying “Whilst Lion traverses many continents, it has a very special home here at the BFI London Film Festival. Dev Patel gave us everything for this story, and this being his home town, makes it deeply special.”

Dev Patel added “ Lion is in essence, a story about mothers and sons and it’s a real honour for me to be in London among so many of my colleagues, friends and family to share this triumphant, immersive and visually breathtaking story."

Lion is a Weinstein Company presentation in association with Screen Australia, a See-Saw Films Production in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, David C Glasser, Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 5th October-Sunday 16th October 2016. The Festival opens with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and closes with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire with the full Festival programme announced on Thursday 1st September 2016.

For more info and tickets, visit the BFI website.

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