Marriage, murder and music: UK talent seeking glory at Toronto Film Festival – BBC News

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More than 30 films featuring British talent – both in front of and behind the camera – are hoping to capture the limelight at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Almost 400 films in total will be screened at the 11-day event, which opens with Antoine Fuqua’s retelling of the 1960 western classic The Magnificent Seven on Thursday.

Here’s a closer look at some of the UK films having their world premieres in Toronto.

City of Tiny Lights

Image copyright Protagonist Pictures

Director: Pete Travis

Cast: Riz Ahmed, James Floyd, Cush Jumbo, Billie Piper, Roshan Seth

Private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) takes on a missing-person case that leads him into a dangerous world.


Image copyright Cornerstone Films

Director: Mick Jackson

Cast: Alex Jennings, Andrew Scott, Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson

A true-life drama about the libel case between historian Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) and Holocaust denier David Irving (Spall).

Free Fire

Image copyright Rook Films

Director: Ben Wheatley

Cast: Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor

Wheatley follows up High-Rise, which screened at Toronto last year, with this action thriller, set in 1978, about a weapons deal gone wrong that erupts into a chaotic gun battle in an abandoned warehouse.

The Journey is the Destination

Image copyright Voltage Pictures

Director: Bronwen Hughes

Cast: Maria Bello, Sam Hazeldine, Kelly Macdonald, Ella Purnell, Ben Schnetzer

A story about the inspirational life of photojournalist, artist and activist Dan Eldon, who was killed, aged 22, by a mob in Somalia in 1993.

Lady Macbeth

Image copyright Protagonist Pictures

Director: William Oldroyd

Cast: Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Paul Hilton, Cosmo Jarvis, Florence Pugh

Oldroyd’s debut features a powerful performance by British rising star Florence Pugh as a young woman in a stifling marriage whose passionate affair with a groomsman on her husband’s country estate leads to murder.

The Limehouse Golem

Image copyright HanWay Films

Director: Juan Carlos Medina

Cast: Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy

In Victorian London, police inspector John Kildare (Nighy) investigates the case of a serial killer whose crimes are so horrific that the press attribute them to be the work of The Golem – a creature from European legend.

The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America

Image copyright Eagle Rock Entertainment

Director: Paul Dugdale

A documentary that follows The Rolling Stones on tour across Latin America, culminating in a massive concert in front of more than a million fans in Havana, Cuba.

The Sixth Beatle

Image copyright TIFF

Directors: Tony Guma and John Rose

Billed as the last untold story of The Beatles, this documentary is about Sam Leach, the music promoter who was there at the start of the the Merseybeat movement.

Their Finest

Image copyright HanWay Films

Director: Lone Scherfig

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Richard E Grant, Jack Huston, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Bill Nighy, Rachel Stirling

A period comedy drama – set in London during World War Two – about a group of filmmakers shooting a movie to boost morale during the Blitz.

A United Kingdom

Image copyright Pathe International

Director: Amma Asante

Cast: Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike

Oyelowo and Pike play the leads in the true story of the marriage, in 1947, of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, a British office worker.

Trespass Against Us

Image copyright Protagonist Pictures

Director: Adam Smith

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear, Lyndsey Marshal

Gleeson and Fassbender play the father and son in a criminal clan, the Cutlers. As the law closes in, they come into conflict as son Chad seeks a different future for his children. The film features an original score by The Chemical Brothers.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from 8-18 September.

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