Kicks and five others screen at London Film Festival


September 09, 2009

This year's London Film Festival begins on 14 October and runs until 29 October 2009. The programme includes: Cracks by Ben Court and Caroline Ip; Kicks, written by Leigh Campbell and directed by Lindy Heymann; The Road, directed by John Hillcoat; 1 Day, written and directed by Penny Woolcock; and Bunny and the Bull, starring Simon Farnaby. Alex Winckler's short film Harvest will also be screened in a programme of shorts entitled I Fought the Law.

Adapted by Ben Court and Caroline Ip from the novel by Sheila Kohler, Cracks is a story of Sapphic teenage obsession focusing on the swimming team at an all-girls school in Ireland. Eva Green plays the team's coach, Miss G, with Juno Temple paying Di, a pupil with a teenage crush. When Spanish student Fiamma arrives and refuses to fall under the team's spell, their equilibrium is shattered. Cracks will screen on Sunday 25 October 2009. Screen International called it, 'a heady brew of simmering sensuality'.

Kicks is a dark thriller starring Nichola Burley and Kerrie Hayes as two Liverpudlian teenagers who take their devotion to football player Lee to terrifying lengths. The film was written by Leigh Campbell and directed by Lindy Heymann. Kicks will screen on Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 October. Both Lindy and Leigh have been nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at this year's festival.

The Road, adapted from the Pulitzer award winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, stars Viggo Mortensen as a man making his way across post-apocalyptic landscape with his son. Directed by John Hillcoat, the film has already premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival. The Road, which has been nominated for Best Film at this year's festival, will screen on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Monday 19 October 2009.

1 Day, written and directed by Penny Woolcock, is the first ever British hip-hop musical. Entirely street cast, 1 Day follows 24 hours in the life of Flash, an inner-city hustler whose day steadily gets worse when he finds out he suddenly has to repay a debt of £500k to local gang leader, Angel. Short of the full amount, Flash needs to find the money fast and hot on his heels are the police, a rival gang, three irate baby mothers and his grandmother. 1 Day will screen Wednesday 21, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October 2009.

Bunny and the Bull, starring Simon Farnaby as Bunny, is the first feature film from The Mighty Boosh director Paul King. The film follows Bunny and his best friend Stephen around a disastrous road-trip from one bizared incident to another, including a dog-loving tramp and a booze-sodden ex-matador. Bunny and the Bull will screen on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Tuesday 27 October 2009.

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