London Film Festival 2020: What To Watch

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Ahead of the festival's hybrid 2020 edition, we asked alumni from our NETWORK@LFF initiative for their programme highlights

28 September 2020

Laura Kirwan-Ashman

I’m looking forward to Lovers Rock the most. I’ve heard incredible things from other festivals, so was thrilled when it was added to this year’s LFF. Steve McQueen doing something that seems to be so focused on just marinating and luxuriating in Black British joy and love, and the music and dancing of that time — it sounds like heaven, and just what myself and so many others need right now. It’s not his usual MO so I’m excited to see what that looks and feels like, plus he has a place in my heart forever due to some much-needed and deeply appreciated advice he gave me when I was on the NETWORK@LFF scheme.

Find out more about Laura’s work here.

Louise Nesbitt

No amount of my time spent running from small town Northern Ireland can temper my excitement to see Wildfire, Cathy Brady’s debut. As proven in her fantastic short films, complicated women and a complicated country make for compelling watching but even more so when their stories are told with the authentic rage and heart they deserve. Don’t mess with Ulster girls.

Follow Louise’s work here.

Tomisin Adepeju

I have been a big fan of Chloe Zhao's work since I watched The Rider last year, and I have been looking forward to seeing her new work, Nomadland since it was announced she would be collaborating with Frances McDormand on the project. Her work encapsulates such nuanced, multi-layered themes and features powerful performances from the actors she collaborates with. Her work with non-professional actors is phenomenal and I know this new film features non-professional actors acting opposite the supremely talented McDormand. Zhao inspires me so much, and I can't wait to see Nomadland at the festival.

Find out more about Tomisin’s work here.

Harry Lighton

After Love, Aleem Khan's debut feature. I loved his short Three Brothers, the stills are gorgeous, and the thought of watching Joanna Scanlan hunt down her dead husband's secrets gets me giddy.

Garrett Bradley's previous documentary work wowed me for the way it combined flair and emotional heft, and the trailer for Time has me spellbound. I've watched that a dozen times, so I should probably see the feature. In the shorts programme,

I've already seen Molly Manning Walker's fantastic Good Thanks, You?. I haven't seen Expensive Shit - a fabulous title for a film about a nightclub toilet attendant. But I met Adura Onashile through Network@LFF a few years back, and she told anecdotes which sounded like ready-made films, so I can't wait to see what she's done with this.

Watch Harry’s work here.