17 films that contributed to the Film Skills Fund have been selected to play at this year’s London Film Festival. The festival, taking place at venues across the capital from 4-15 October, will open with a gala screening of Skills Fund contributor, Saltburn, Emerald Fennell’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman.
Having collected the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, Molly Manning Walker’s debut, How to Have Sex, will receive its UK premiere as part of the festival, as will Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo. There will be a first screening of Andrew Haigh’s hotly anticipated drama, All of Us Strangers, featuring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal, as well as One Life, a true life tale that sees Anthony Hopkins play a man whose efforts helped saved hundreds of children during the Second World War.
Jodie Comer leads the cast of The End We Start From while Sally Hawkins and Cillian Murphy lend their voices to animated feature, Kensuke’s Kingdom.
In addition to contributing the Fund, the films took on a total of 55 trainees from the Film Trainee Finder programme, ScreenSkills’ flagship new entrant programme offering paid production placements for those looking to start their screen industry careers.
The complete list of contributing titles selected to play at the festival are:
All of Us Strangers
The Taste of Mango
The End We Start From
How to Have Sex