More female film-makers will feature in the galas and special presentations of this year’s BFI London film festival, which organisers say is a sign the industry is heading in the right direction. This year’s programme, announced on Tuesday, will feature 21 film world premieres including the opening movie, Jeymes Samuel’s western The Harder They Fall, starring Idris Elba; and an animated sci-fi comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong, the first film from the UK studio Locksmith Animation.
The 65th BFI London film festival will run from 6-17 October.
The festival has, in recent years, been upfront about gender disparity in film.
The festival will also feature more television than ever before, including the European premiere of the first two episodes of the third season of the media dynasty drama Succession.