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    Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly in The Sisters Brother

    London Film Festival 2018: Five under the radar gems

    26 September 2018

    The majority of London Film Festival 2018’s headline attractions, including Steve McQueen’s heist movie Widows and the Coens’ new western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, are sold out. Even tickets for many of the supporting films, such as Matteo Garrone’s superb Dogman and Barry Jenkins Moonlight follow up, If Beale Street Could Talk, are long gone. However, if you are keen to experience the brilliance of LFF, which runs from October 10-21, here are five films to see that (at the time of writing!) still have tickets available.

    The Front Runner

    One of the few films from the Headline Galas section of LFF bill with tickets remaining, this is a political drama from Jason Reitman (director of Juno and Thankyou for Smoking) based on the real life travails of Gary Hart, played by Hugh Jackman, whose march to the White House in 1988 was derailed by newspaper stories about his private life. Available: October 14 and 15

    The Sisters Brothers

    The latest from acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard, whose films include A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped, is an English-language Western. Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s violent and hilarious novel that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2011, the cast includes Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly as the titular siblings, plus Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. Available: October 20 and 21

    Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

    A body of work that includes Sightseers, Kill List, A Field in England and High-Rise has marked out Ben Wheatley as one of Britain’s most exciting and eclectic directors. This new film sees him return to the pared down approach of his debut, the Brighton-set crime drama Down Terrace, with this poignant and funny story of a dysfunctional family gathering for New Year’s celebrations in a lavish country manor. Available: October 11, 12 and 21


    An exciting looking prospect in the First Features strand. Debutant director Isabella Eklöf’s film tells the story of Sascha (Victoria Carmen Sonne), who is on holiday in the Turkish Riviera with her Danish gangster boyfriend. She enjoys a carefree and luxurious vacation, yet intimidation and violence are never far from the surface. The film certainly looks beautiful, but it promises to be a discomfiting watch. Available: October 15 and 16

    Happy as Lazzaro

    Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher has wowed countless festivals with her previous efforts, Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders and Corpo Celeste. This new one comes with the usual critical praise behind it, plus an enticing, if somewhat bonkers, premise. The story focuses on a happy-go-lucky young man living in an insular rural community of sharecroppers, whose dreadful ruler, a Cruella de Vil-like aristocrat, hasn’t passed on the news that sharecropping has long since been made illegal in Italy. Available: October 16 and 17