I discovered my love for movies when I was quite young. I remember begging my parents to take me to the opening of ET back in the 1980s. Since then, I’ve been able to indulge that love for the Silver Screen in multiple countries. Nothing is more relaxing for me than sitting back in a theatre seat somewhere, with a drink and a bucket of popcorn.
The London Film Festival is one event I try to make time for each year. This is a public event hosted by the British Film Institute, and it’s perfect for people of all ages. One of the things I really like about this film festival, like so many others around the world, is that it gives film-makers an outlet for their creativity. You won’t see the American Hollywood blockbuster films here… instead you will be treated to the creativity, originality, vision, imagination of new and upcoming film-makers.
For 2013, this event runs from the 9 through to the 20 October, and it has turned out to be my favourite festival of the year. On opening night, they screened a thriller called Captain Phillips. One move that really stood out for me was called 12 Years A Slave. This movie was the début of a lot of unknown actors from all over the world such as Lupita Nyong’o, a very good Kenyan actress. Other highlights for me were Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s début as a director with the movie Don Jon, and the Master-classes where I was able to meet and talk to some of the movie directors.
The venues for this event are scattered all over central London, with most near Charing Cross and Leicester Square. This is an area of London that is incredibly well connected by the London Underground and the bus network. This is good news since the hotels in the immediate area are rather expensive. You can be quite selective and stay a night in a B&B or family run hotel and still be only 30 minutes or less from the film festival venues.
The London Film Festival runs each year in the late Autumn, usually through the middle of October, so… will I see you there next year? I hope so; we can swap stories about the best movies.