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SEPTEMBER 2019

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Flight Time

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Take-off

The film opening the 63rd BFI London

Film Festival at the Odeon Luxe,

Leicester Square, on 2nd October

will be

The Personal History of David

Copperfield

, directed by the multi-

award-winning writer, filmmaker

and broadcaster Armando Iannucci

and starring BAFTA Award-winner

Dev Patel as David Copperfield. This

fresh take on Charles Dickens’ classic

novel boasts a stellar British cast

including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,

Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul

Whitehouse and Gwendoline Christie.

An avid Dickens fan, Armando

Iannucci said: “

The Personal History

of David Copperfield

is a film about

compassion, humour, generosity and

friendship, and I couldn’t have asked

for a more welcoming setting in which

to premiere it.”

Closing the BFI on 13th October will

be

The Irishman

, which is directed

by one of the true giants of cinema

Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De

Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. It's

a grand-scale epic examining the

influence of organised crime in post-

war America, told through the eyes

of Second World War veteran Frank

Sheeran (De Niro).

Said Scorsese: "We’re all very

excited to be bringing

The Irishman

to

London.”

www.whatson.bfi.org.uk

Head to Manchester for a weekend

celebration filled with frights and

delights at Halloween in the City.

Hosted by Manchester BID, the

city centre’s Business Improvement

District, the city-wide event on 25th-

31st October returns with horrifyingly

fun activities for the whole family.

Inflatable monsters, courtesy of

Bristol-based artist Filthy Luker, will

invade the city’s rooftops from 25th-

31st October, peeping from windows,

hiding in trees and even climbing up

buildings.

Meet Manchester’s mad-for-it

scientist, Dr Graphena Mancenstein

(and her monster, Liam) in the ruins of

their exploded Mad Science Castle.

Take a walk through the grounds and

explore the Poisonous Maze, with its

creeping vines, enchanted statues,

monstrous creatures and deadly,

walking, talking bushes.

Grimm Rita’s Creepy Carnival

family-friendly freak show will be

bursting with ghoulish delights

including street performers, sideshow

stalls and a traditional Helter Skelter,

while the Trick or Treat Trail will lead

you to houses scattered across the

city, each with a monster waiting to

greet you.

The Strolling Bones show features

skeleton puppets, stilt walkers,

unicycle performers, a five-piece

band and dancers, and there are

screenings of CBBC and CBeebies’

Halloween specials inside a spooky

tent. Take part in exclusive workshops

and snap a creepy photo with

popular children’s TV characters over

the weekend.

Manchester streets will also get a

Halloween makeover with thousands

of pumpkin lanterns and, come

nightfall, some of the city’s most

iconic buildings will glow a ghastly

green.

M A N C H E S T E R

Spooktacular!

L O N D O N

Calling all

film fans…