It has been announced that Widows, the new Steve McQueen film, will open the BFI London Film Festival this year on Wednesday the 10th of October. The movie is based on the TV series “Widows” by Lynda La Plante and tells the very intriguing story about a group of women who have nothing in common at first sight but who, when taking a closer look, are all in debt because of their dead husbands’ criminal activities. McQueen teamed up with best-selling novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn as his co-writer and he was also able to bring together a very star-studded ensemble cast which includes Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.
Director and co-writer Steve McQueen comments that he’s “absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”
BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director, Tricia Tuttle mentioned that they “treasure the work of BFI Fellow and Festival alumni Steve McQueen, so it’s an utter pleasure to open our Festival with the international premiere of Widows. Adapted from a ground-breaking UK television classic into a feature to savour on the biggest cinema screens, this is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker, probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”
After its run during the BFI London Film Festival the film will get its release in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on the 9th of November. The 62nd BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, will take place from Wednesday 10th of October until Sunday 21st of October 2018. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday the 30th of August.
Liselotte Vanophem, Film and Celebrity Reporter