The Imitation Game arrives on these shores with a growing reputation and its status as the festival's opener only heightens expectations further. It tells the story of mathematician genius, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who is hired by the British government to crack the coded messages that the German army were supplied with every morning.
The Possibilities are Endless is a film about the celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins, a songwriter (his most famous hit single is A Girl Like You), who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn's mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life and love.
Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.
Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.
I'm going to come right out and say it, Alexander Payne's Nebraska features my favourite performance of 2013 and it's not Bruce Dern as Woody, wonderful though he is. She may only be on screen for around fifteen minutes in total but June Squibb, playing Woody's long suffering wife Kate, steals every scene she's in.
Amaka is the protagonist of "B for Boy", the first feature film by Nigerian director Chika Anadu, which was screened at this year's London Film Festival. It is a courageous tale of being a woman and a mother in contemporary Nigeria and of the social pressure that is still put on women to produce a male child.
Tom Hanks walked the carpet confidently to open the BFI London Film Festival. He will also close it with his other movie in the show, Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks bestrides this Festival like a movie superstar colossus.
It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that will need to steer around the Horn of Africa, a notorious hotspot for knave Somali pirate boats. Based on a true story, director Paul Greengrass ably documents a harrowing hijacking incident of nerve-shredding terror.
London is usually known in the film industry as the Hollywood capital of Europe as all the big studios have their European headquarters here. Our multiplexes are full of American movies and we generally hold the European premieres of big blockbusters in London (and there's normally a lot of media coverage about them!). But for two weeks, we're kicking back at our commercial reputation by hosting a celebration of non-formulaic movies and that, in my eyes, is worth celebrating. Most importantly, it's a film festival aimed at the public so even you can get tickets.
Teenage killer thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin has scooped the best film gong at the 55th BFI London Film Festival awards. Directed by Lynne R...