Venice Film Festival

57th BFI London Film Festival

57th BFI London Film Festival The programme for the 57th BFI London Festival launched today with exciting news of the films screening this year and those that are running in competition. With a number of films featuring which are fresh from both the Toronto and Venice festivals, having already wowed audiences and gained glowing reviews. This years event is already looking like it's going to be a great feast of viewing splendor.

Having created the title sequence for one of those films 'Half of a Yellow Sun', we are delighted to see Biyi Bandele's new film screen back here in London as part of the BFI's Strands and Pathways 'Dare' category. And my dear friend Stephen Frears' film 'Philomena' starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan screen as part of the Sponsored Galas. The festival programme is again organised into focused categories that are formed around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family. An approach designed to help festival goers to find the films they want to see and also expose to new audiences.

Half of a Yellow Sun and Philomena

The festival will screen a whopping total of 234 features, combined of both fiction and documentary films. Which include 22 World Premiere's, 16 International Premiere's and 29 European premiere's. London's film festival has never had it so good... with Director Paul Greengrass' new film 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks opening the festival, and who commented at the official launch saying "The British film industry has never been better, with the best filmmaking talent in the world now regularly coming to London to make movies".

He's right too... now is a great time for movie making, not just for the British film industry, but filmmakers all around the world. And the timing for the BFI's annual event couldn't be any better.

Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips Tom Hanks

Venues across the capital, from the West End Cinemas to the central London venues, including the Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square; which recently we attended for the World Premiere of Morgan Spurlock's One Direction film 'This Is Us', Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumière and this years new addition the Cineworld Haymarket, will be screening all of the films during the 12 day event. And we can't wait for it to get going.

In addition to all the film screenings. Special Events, Screen Talks and Master Classes will take place during the festival. With attendances to Gala Screenings by key talent such as: Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barry Ackroyd, John Lee Hancock, Emma Thompson, Alison Owen, Stephen Frears, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen, Chiwetol Ejiofor, Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Sandra Bullock, Joel & Ethan Coen, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Ralph Fiennes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Lea Seydoux, Adele Excharchopoulos, Alain Guiraudie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Payne, Lukas Moodysson.

The final show will be the European Premiere of Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, which will close the festival continuing the initiative from last year with the Closing Night Red Carpet event and screening being screened simultaneously to cinemas across the UK.

Saving Mr Banks

Hope you can all make it, and we look forward very much to seeing you there.

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Face to Face with Mark Powell

Over the last 20 years Mark Powell has been recognised as one of the world’s most iconic and influential bespoke tailors of our time. Born in Poplar, east London, he has dressed countless of iconic celebrities such as George Clooney, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Paul Weller from the worlds of film, television, music and sport. Instead of our normal quick chats at Bar Italia, Mark invited me around (not to buy a suit, more of a face to face catch up) to the shop located in Marshall Street, in the heart of Soho.

Along with me was actress Annabel Wright and together with Mark’s assistant Shivaun, the chatter revealed how busy Mark was and that he was always on the move.

Mark Powell with Richard Morrison

With the 65th Cannes Film Festival well underway the conversation swiftly focussed to fashion on the red carpet. Mark is no stranger to these events and has dressed many celebrities for the occasion. He told us that he had just tailored the suit for Sean Bean for the premier of 'Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White', which was held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

He expressed that he thought the Venice Film Festival was a more glamorous affair, adding, “I’ve dressed Naomi Campbell for events like this many times. The other day she was wearing a really beautiful dress I must say, she did look really good”.

Sean Bean with Lily Collins

The conversation then moved on “There’s some very good stuff coming up. In September I’m doing a load of stuff with Mitch Winehouse, who absolutely is a darling, darling, darling of a man and a proper Londoner“. He told us “Mitch is doing a big thing in New York, appearing on a whole load of shows like ‘Jay Leno’ dressed by me”. Mark is also going over there to do a big trunk show and will be attending the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala Dinner, held by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Mentioning that he also dresses Amy’s fiancé, film director mate Reg Traviss, who came to public attention in the UK in 2006 for the film ‘Joy Division’. “Reg is a really really talented guy and looks great in my stuff. He’s got the great big quiff, he’s a great guy”.

Mark Powell Martin Freeman and Paul Weller

We talked about Soho and the characters past and present seen about. Mark picked up on this and mentioned that he dresses his good friend Martin Freeman, who was currently away in New Zealand filming Peter Jackson’s new film ‘The Hobbit’. He told us of how Martin was always in Bar Italia and often popped into to see him at the shop for a chat. “He said the other day he was missing Soho and me. The film is going to be major for him. He’s a lovely fella”. In an interview with the Mail Online Martin commented “I love all that ‘Ray Davies circa 1966’ style – sort of English dandy. And I love the cut of Soho tailor Mark Powell’s suits. Being a mod is about attention to detail and a love for clothes. Mark and I meet on that level and he knows my taste.”

Mark is next due to re-launch his website in the next couple of weeks. “We are very excited about this and it’s looking really good so far. Richard Wilding at Wilding & Friends is doing the site for us. It’s what he does as well as being a photographer. It should be great when done and we hope our customers will like this too”.