Scottish films set to shine at BFI London Film Festival

Seven Scottish films will screen at BFI London Film Festival this year, a number of them receiving their World, European or UK premieres in the programme.  

Only You, starring Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country) and Laia Costa (Victoria) will have its world premiere at on 19 October. The romantic drama set in Glasgow is the debut feature from Harry Wootliff and is produced by Claire Mundell of Glasgow-based Synchronicity Films.

Rachel Maclean’s Make Me Up will also receive its World Premiere on 12 October. Maclean’s follow up to her acclaimed Venice Biennale 2017 piece Spite Your Face, Make Me Up depicts a world that is both seductive and dangerous; a place where surveillance, violence and submission are a normalised part of daily life. Maclean tackles these contradictions head-on, never balking at pushing boundaries.

A performer poses in Make Me UpCreative Scotland is delighted to have supported Make Me Up, Rachel McLean’s first feature length film.  Rachel is an extraordinary Scottish artist who has created a powerful and compelling work that will entertain and excite audiences in the UK and internationally.” Mark Thomas, Creative Scotland

Fresh from its Venice Film Festival World Premiere on 1 September, Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela will receive its UK Premiere screening at LFF on 13 October.  Conceived in Scotland by Glasgow’s Aconite Productions, with partnerships around the globe, Aquarela is an awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking depicting the brute force and beauty of our most precious resource, water.

“We are extremely proud to have supported Aconite’s latest feature documentary Aquarela from master filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. The film is a truly international production born in Scotland with partnerships around the globe. An awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking depicting the brute force and beauty of our most precious resource, water. We wish everyone involved with the film the very best for the film’s UK premiere at The BFI London Film Festival.” Mark Thomas, Creative Scotland

Love, marriage and aspirations collide with history in director Naziha Arebi’s compelling documentary Freedom Fields which sees its UK Premiere on 11 October. Produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute the film is set in post-revolution Libya, and follows a group of women brought together by one dream: to play football for their damaged nation.

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Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters will have its UK Premiere on 15 October. The engaging story features Rose-Lynn Harlan, a Glasgow singer and single mum who dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Scottish Writer Nicole Taylor teams up with director Tom Harper to tell this inspirational musical tale set in the heart of Glasgow.

Outlaw King is the largest feature film to be made in Scotland to date, developed and produced by some of Scotland’s foremost filmmakers, director David Mackenzie and producer Gillian Berrie. Following its opening Gala screening at Toronto International Film Festival on 6 October, Outlaw King will receive its European Premiere at LFF on 17 October.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema is a tribute to the genius of women directors and to the art of cinema. Directed by Mark Cousins and produced by John Archer, the film essay is narrated by Tilda Swinton. For the first four hours of Cousins' project, he traverses 11 topics, including Openings, Believability, Conversations and Framing. Made entirely in Scotland, Women Make Film will screen at LFF on 20-21.

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