Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

The 54th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce that the festival will be going nationwide on the evening of Monday 18 October with a simultaneous UK premiere of Mike Leigh’s Another Year.

25 regional cinemas across the UK will screen the film in addition to 9 other London venues, all receiving a live satellite link before the screening from the red carpet on Leicester Square, in addition to an exclusive post-screening Q&A with Leigh and the cast LIVE from Leicester Square.

This groundbreaking event is a first for the festival and is designed to bring the 'festival experience' to a wider UK audience in addition to those ticket holders at the festival.

Mike Leigh and the cast from the film - including Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville - will attend the screening and participate in the live Q&A, to be broadcast across all sites. The film screens as the Centrepiece Gala and will be presented on the night by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Another Year is Mike Leigh’s eleventh feature film and marks his eighth collaboration with Lesley Manville, his seventh with Jim Broadbent and fifth with Ruth Sheen. 

The film also stars Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Peter Wight, Phil Davis and Imelda Staunton. Another Year is produced by Georgina Lowe and other regular Leigh collaborators include Dick Pope (cinematography), Jon Gregory (editing), Jacqueline Durran (costume design) and Gary Yershon (music). Another Year will be released in the UK by Momentum Pictures on November 5.

In having his film receive this simultaneous nationwide premiere as part of the festival, director Mike Leigh comments: "This is simply wonderful! 

"It is a great honour to be part of this ground-breaking LFF event, and I’m delighted for this opportunity to share ‘Another Year’ with such a wide audience.

Artistic Director of the festival, Sandra Hebron, adds: "Bringing film-makers and audiences together is at the heart of the festival and I am delighted that this year we can do this in a new way.

"Our first ever live satellite link-up will mean that audiences throughout the country can get a taste of the festival, enjoy the UK premiere of Mike Leigh's outstanding new film and hear about the making of it with the director and his wonderful cast".