The annual BFI London Film Festival – an almost two-week-long event – draws in industry creatives from across the globe. Currently in full swing, it’s a great way to preview the best new releases due out in the coming months. So, we’ve rounded up the five most stylish flicks of the lot to give you some sartorial inspiration with a cinematic twist.
STYLE AND CULTURE
5 STYLISH FILMS AT BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 19 October 2018
Directed by Dario Argento, the original Suspiria was released back in 1977. Now a cult classic, director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name, A Bigger Splash) has enlisted Hollywood heavyweights Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson (along with an incredible cast made up predominantly of women) to star in his remake of the horror, where something sinister befalls a German dance school. Expect to feel perturbed but also prompted to dress in neutral-coloured casual garms à la the troubled protagonist, Susie Bannion (Johnson).
Arguably the most anticipated film on this year’s roster, Timothée Chalamet (breakout star of Call Me by Your Name) plays drug-addicted teen Nic Sheff in Beautiful Boy. Based on the memoir written by David Sheff detailing the family's plight through his son’s struggles, Steve Carell stars opposite Chalamet as his despairing father. A heart-wrenching tale that depicts addiction in a brutally honest light, the minimalist, all-American aesthetic is not to be overlooked.
A Private War
Rosamund Pike sent critics’ tongues wagging when she starred as the disturbed, homicidal lead in David Fincher’s on-screen adaption of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl. Now, the actress returns in A Private War – an intense biographical war drama directed by Matthew Heineman. Based on the fearless work of late journalist Marie Colvin and the Vanity Fair article written about her by Marie Brenner, she'll have you donning a leather jacket to channel her intrepid spirit.
Been So Long
When it comes to rising black British acting talent, Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene are names to get familiar with, ASAP. The former burst onto the UK sitcom scene three years ago as Tracy in her outrageously funny show Chewing Gum, while the latter is enjoying widespread success for his highly acclaimed play, Misty. Set in Camden, Been So Long is a modern-day romance with a musical edge – make sure to take inspiration from the neon-drenched cinematography.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
From Oscar Isaac’s turn as an idiosyncratic folk singer in Inside Llewyn Davis to the black comedy Burn After Reading (featuring the all-star cast of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, to name a few), the Coen brothers have an obvious propensity for obscure storylines. The latest from the duo is anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Set in the American Old West just after the civil war, here’s your ultimate chance to get all the westernwear inspiration you need.