BFI London Film Festival 2019 – Updates and Strand Galas

With the annual BFI London Film Festival (LFF) just round the corner, now is a good time to browse the programme, get updated and buy your tickets before they sell out. The festival will be running between the 2nd and 13 of October, 2019, in various London locations (details below).

For a quick summary on the LFF programme launch and headline galas, click here.

Now that the full line-up has been released, we can take a closer look at whats on offer during the LFF!

Strand Galas

The strand galas constitute ten themes, each with their own selection of brilliant movies. For the 63rd LFF, the strand galas are as follows:

Festival Gala
Ema (2019)

HEADLINE: Ema (dir. Pablo Larrain; starring Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael Garcia Bernal and Paola Giannini; ctry. Chile)

Fri-11th, 18:00 / Sat-12th, 11:30

Family Gala

HEADLINE: Abominable (dir. Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman; starring Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Eddie Izzard; ctry. USA-China)

Sat-5th, 15:00

Thrill Gala

HEADLINE: Bacurau (dir. Kleber Mendonca Filho; starring Barbara Colen, Sonia Braga and Udo Kier; ctry. Brazil-France)

Fri-4th, 21:15 / Sat-5th, 11:30

Laugh Gala

HEADLINE: The Dude in Me (dir. Hyo-jin Kang; starring Jin-young Jung, Sung-woong Park and Mi-ran Ra; ctry. South Korea)

Wed-9th, 17:20 / Thur-10th, 14:15 / Sun-13th. 12:20

Dare Gala
Judy and Punch (2019)

HEADLINE: Judy and Punch (dir. Mirrah Foulkes; starring Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman and Tom Budge; ctry. Australia)

Sat-12th, 20:45 / Sun-13th, 13:45

Cult Gala

HEADLINE: The Lighthouse (dir. Robert Eggers; starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe and Valeriia Karaman; ctry. USA)

Sat-5th, 21:30 / Sun-6th, 11:10 / Fri-11th, 15:30

Debate Gala

HEADLINE:  Official  Secrets (dir. Gavin Hood; starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes; ctry. UK-USA)

Thur-10th, 17:00 / Fri-11th, 15:00 / Sun-13th, 15:00

Love Gala
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

HEADLINE: The Peanut Butter Falcon (dir. Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson; starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen; ctry. USA)

Thur-3rd, 17:15 / Fri-4th, 14:45 / Fri-11th, 16:10

Journey Gala

HEADLINE: The Two Popes (dir. Fernando Meirelles; starring Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce and Juan Minujin; ctry. Italy-Argentina)

Mon-7th, 17:20 / Tue-8th, 14:20 / Wed-9th, 15:30

Create Gala

HEADLINE: Western Stars (dir. Thom Zimmy and Bruce Springsteen; starring Bruce Springsteen; ctry. USA)

Fri-11th, 21:00 / Sat-12th, 11:30 / Sun-13th, 12:30


Special Presentations
Bombay Rose (2019)
  • Bad Education (dir. Cory Finley; starring Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney and Ray Romano; ctry. USA)
  • Blackbird (dir. Roger Michell; starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska; ctry. USA)
  • Bombay Rose (dir. Gitanjali Rao; starring Cyil Vivek Khare, Amit Deondi and Gargi Shitole; ctry. India-UK-France-Qatar)
  • The Cave (dir. Feras Fayyad; ctry. Syria – Documentary Presentation)
  • First Love (dir. Takashi Miike; starring Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori and Shota Sometani; ctry. Japan-UK)
  • Gösta (dir. Lukas Moodysson; starring Vilhelm Blomgren, Mattias Silvell and Amy Deasismont; ctry. Sweden)
  • Krabi, 2562 (dir. Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong; starring Siraphun Wattanajinda, Arak Amornsupasiri and Primrin Puarat; ctry. UK-Thailand – Experimenta Presentation)
  • Love, Life and Laughter (dir. George Pearson; starring Betty Balfour, Harry Jonas and Frank Stanmore; ctry. UK – Archive Presentation)
  • Our Ladies (dir. Michael Caton-Jones; starring Eve Austin, Tallulah Grieve and Abigail Lawrie; ctry. UK)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma; starring Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel and Valeria Golino; ctry. France – BFI Flare Presentation)
  • Rocks (dir. Sarah Gavron; starring Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali and D’angelou Osei Kissiedu; ctry. UK)



There are multiple venues participating in the LFF throughout the festival. Screenings for viewers that are hard of hearing/partially-sighted are indicated on the BFI website.

The ticket office can be found on Leicester Square, open between 10am and 20:30pm daily.

West End Venues:
  • Curzon Soho (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • Embankment Garden Cinema (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • Empire Haymarket
  • Odeon Luxe Leicester Square (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • Odeon Tottenham Court Road
  • Prince Charles Cinema
  • Vue West End (Wheelchair Access Available)
Non-West End Venues:
  • BFI IMAX (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • BFI Southbank (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • Cine Lumiere (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • Curzon Mayfair (Wheelchair Access Available)
  • ICA (Wheelchair Access Available)


Booking Information

Telephone – 02079283232 (10am – 20:30 daily)

In Person – BFI Southbank (11am – 20:30 daily) (Members Only)

Non-West End Venues – £13.25+

West End Venues– £16.50+

Matinees – £10-£14

Gala and Special Presentation Premieres – £17-£30

Opening and Closing Night Galas – £32

LFF Connects Events and Screen Talks – £18

For more information and calendar download, visit the official BFI LFF website here.