London Film Festival 2019 Round-up: Part 1

25 Oct 2019

7 mins
YR with Dev landscape 1
YR with Dev landscape 1

Recently we were at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with a veritable batallion of our young reporters, who took to the red carpets to talk to some of the stars and talent behind a host of new releases that will be gracing cinemas over the coming months. From opening gala The Personal History of David Copperfield, to historical epic The King, the interviews covered a wide range of topics, from toxic masculinity to wellbeing and beyond. Check out the videos below to hear more about some of the biggest and best new films in the world.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Our reporter spoke to actors Dev Patel, Morfydd Clark, Darren Boyd, Aimee Kelly, and Director of Festivals at the BFI, Tricia Tuttle, who each talk about about this year's opening gala; an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale, brought to vibrant life by director Armando Ianucci.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

One of the most important films at this years festival, The Peanut Butter Falcon follows a young man with Down's syndrome, who runs away from his residential nursing home to follow his dream of becoming a wrestler, befriending an outlaw looking to find his own purpose in life along the way. It's beautiful story told with such care and love, and our reporter spoke to the film's directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, as well as actor Zack Gottsagen, who plays the aspiring wrestler.

The King

The King is an epic historical drama that depicts the life of a young Henry V, as played by Timothée Chalamet. Our reporter spoke to Chalamet, along with co-stars Joel Edgerton (who also co-produced and co-wrote the film), Tom Glynn-Carney, and Thomasin McKenzie, discussing the historical importance of the film and their take on the issue of toxic masculinity that the film exposes.

JoJo Rabbit

A young boy spending his days at a Nazi summer camp with Hitler as his imaginary friend during World War II might not sound like the most natural premise for a comedy film, but New Zealand director Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit uses the zany idea to pose questions about nationalism, tolerance and thinking for oneself. Our reporter spoke to the film's young cast - including Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis, and Archie Yates - about working with one of the most exciting directors around.

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