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Ben Wheatley's Free Fire to close 60th BFI London Film Festival

Free Fire

Story by Jack Foley

BEN Wheatley’s Free Fire is to close the 60th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express®.

The high-octane action thriller is set in Massachusetts in the late ‘70s.

Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Wheatley, whose most recent film High-Rise played at last year’s LFF, commented: “I’m very proud to be showing Free Fire at the BFI London Film Festival. To be the closing film is a great honour. LFF have been fantastic in supporting the films I’ve made (me and an army of 100s) and I can’t wait to show Free Fire to the Festival audience!”

Free Fire is Wheatley’s third film to be presented at the festival, following High-Rise (2015), which screened as Festival Gala, and Sightseers (2012), which screened as Laugh Gala.

BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart, said: “Ben Wheatley’s ascent as one of the UK’s most dazzling cinematic talents continues with this ballsy actioner.

“Dripping with blood, sweat and irony, Free Fire’s bravura filmmaking pays knowing tribute to the films of Sam Peckinpah and features a terrific cast who clearly relish bringing Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump’s vivid characters to the screen.

“We are thrilled to be presenting the European Premiere as our Closing Night gala, ensuring that the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival goes out with a bang!”

The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday, October 5 to Sunday, October 16, 2016.

The opening night film is the previously announced Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom.

The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday, September 1, 2016.