Two of the most anticipated films of next year will make their debut at the BFI London film festival. Pinocchio is co-directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson and stars Ewan McGregor, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Waltz and Tilda Swinton. Creature, from Asif Kapadia, the genius behind 2015’s Amy and 2010’s Senna, focuses on choreographer Akram Khan and is produced by the English National Ballet.
The festival’s world premieres feature 12 UK productions and co-productions, including the previously announced Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical from Working Title.
Three TV series from the UK will also premiere at LFF. Hugo Blick’s The English stars Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer and follows one woman’s journey to avenge the death of her son. It is made for BBC One and Prime Video Playwright Jez Butterworth will bring his Prime Video series Mammals to the festival. Starring Sally Hawkins and James Corden, the episodic series explores marriage and monogamy. The third series world premiering at LFF is A Spy Among Friends, created by Alexander Cary and directed by Nick Murphy. Guy Pearce plays an MI6 agent exposed as a KGB spy, with Damian Lewis and Anna Maxwell Martin also starring.