Every year, London Film Festival offers UK movie-lovers the chance to experience the freshest screen picks on the circuit. From future Oscar contenders to niche indie dramas, if this year’s LFF line-up is anything to go by, autumn is going to be a biggie. What’s more, 2017’s offering (that runs between 4-15 October in various cinemas throughout the city) is a stylish bunch, so we’ve picked out the five flicks that offer sartorial inspiration alongside celluloid entertainment.
STYLE AND CULTURE
5 STYLISH FILMS AT LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
By Maybelle Morgan, 3 October 2017
Battle of the Sexes
The makers of the feel-good cult-fave Little Miss Sunshine are back with another crowd pleaser – this time looking at the legendary 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and retired player (and full-time chauvinist) Bobby Riggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell. It's a tale of sport, sexism and seriously retro 70s tennis steez, including some gnarly mutton chops on Carrell.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
From the comedic genius who brought us In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh’s latest darkly funny feature sees Frances McDormand play a hard-bitten woman who seeks retribution after her daughter is murdered. The incompetent local law enforcement (played by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell) gets the brunt of her rage as she wreaks havoc on a small Midwest town in one functional-but-cool boilersuit and bandana combo.
Call Me by Your Name
It’s the summer of 1983 in Lombardy, Northern Italy where a young boy experiences love for the first time. Expect a sun-kissed setting and an 80s take on timeless, preppy summerwear (there is a touch of The Talented Mr Ripley in the styling) in the latest film from Luca Guadagnino. Decked out in open linen shirts and nautical polos, the sweeping coming-of-age tale follows the blossoming romance between a teenage boy and his father’s research assistant (played by an ever-slick Armie Hammer).
Last Flag Flying
The latest drama from indie auteur Richard Linklater sees screen giants Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne play a trio of naval officers who are reunited after a tragic event. Starkly different from the 70s dude vibes of Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! and Dazed and Confused, imagine a slightly greying road trip featuring some quality outerwear from the crew (leather jackets, overcoats and duffels), making for strong winter wardrobe inspiration.
One for the film buffs out there, pioneer of French New Wave cinema Jean-Luc Godard is under the lens in this biographical comedy-drama from director Michel Hazanavicius (an Oscar-winner for The Artist). The film’s focus is on Godard’s second marriage and political activism during the late 60s, so scenes are a style gold mine of the retro French intellectual-chic variety. Think thick-framed tinted glasses, bakerboy hats and layered roll necks galore.