Just one day into this week’s movie cycle and already a host of news had been unleashed on film fanatics the world over. Monday saw two big announcements for the domestic film scene, starting with London Film Festival confirming their opening film, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. With Benedict Cumberbatch topping a sterling cast including Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Keira Knightley, the film follows the actor as mathematical prodigy Alan Turing, whose talents helped him to break German codes during World War II.
Known also as a champion marathon runner and for being prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 Turing makes for a fascinating subject and with Tyldum at the helm, whose last feature was 2011’s brilliant Headhunters, hopefully Cumberbatch can avoid another Fifth Estate disaster. The 58th BFI London Film Festival opens on October the 8th.
From the depths of Pinewood Studios, which is currently being masked as a galaxy far, far away, J.J. Abrams leisurely presented to the world the new X-Wing in his latest video for the Star Wars Force for Change charity campaign. Abrams coolly delivers the latest news from the charity to a slowly retreating camera, which zooms out to reveal the spacecraft in all its glory. Reactions have been predictably mixed to the X-Wing’s new look, which ditches the original films’ red and white paint job, but there is no denying the excitement that has stemmed from the video, topped off by a familiar MSE-6 Series Droid whizzing along the bottom of the screen.
“Creepy” was the unanimous word used to describe the trailer for Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which went up on Monday. At just shy of a minute, plot details are shunned in favour of a notably thinner, slick haired Jake Gyllenhaal repeating the same Go Get ‘Em speech to a series of invisible recipients, climbing from calm to distraught in the space of 50 seconds. The film, which sees Gyllenhaal’s character turn to a shadowy world of crime journalism in L.A is set for release on October 17th.
The new poster for Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner was released last week. The film, which premiered at Cannes this year and earned its star Timothy Spall the award for Best Actor, centres on the life of British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, and will be released here on the 31st of October.