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Philomena to receive Gala screening at London Film Festival


Story by Jack Foley

STEPHEN Frears’ Philomena is to receive an American Express Gala screening at this year’s London Film Festival.

Taking place on Wednesday, October 16 at the Odeon Leicester Square, the screening will also mark the UK premiere of Stephen Frears’ latest.

Philomena is the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for her lost son. Academy Award ® winner Judi Dench plays the title role, with BAFTA winner Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith.

The screenplay is written by Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith. Pathé release the film in UK cinemas on November 1, 2013.

Frears, Dench and Coogan are all expected to attend the American Express Gala.

Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director says: “I am thrilled that American Express, returning as our Principal Sponsor with a renewed three-year partnership, have Philomena for their gala this year heralding both their support of British film and on-going commitment to the BFI London Film Festival with a film of extraordinary potency and relevance.

“Stephen Frears demonstrates his customary flair for extracting brilliant performances and balancing cogent wit and deep pathos while Judi Dench and Steve Coogan adroitly navigate the tonal shifts between drama and humour and imbue their real-life characters with depth and dignity.”

The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday, October 9 until Sunday, October 20.

The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Wednesday, September 4.

Watch the trailer for Philomena