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Battle of the Sexes is American Express Gala at London Film Festival 2017

Battle of the Sexes

Story by Jack Foley

BATTLE of the Sexes has been announced as this year’s American Express® Gala at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.

The film will receive its European premiere on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue and the legendary Billie Jean King expected to attend.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says: “We are delighted that Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes will be this year’s American Express Gala. This playful, funny and moving film is a rousing tribute to Billie Jean King whose impact on gender politics was as powerful as her legendary forehand.”

The full programme for this year’s festival will be revealed on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival takes place from October 4 to 15, 2017, at venues across London.