The British Film Festival returns to New Zealand this November, serving a stellar selection of prestige film and English box office hits. The premium festival will run from 19th – 29th November, 2020 in Auckland and Wellington, 2nd – 13th December, 2020 in Tauranga and from 26th November – 6th December, 2020 around the rest of the country.

Following its successful debut in New Zealand last year, the British Film Festival will once again celebrate the finest filmmakers and acting talent the British Isles has to offer. From coming of age comedies and Palm d’Or nominated dramas, to cutting-edge music documentaries and heart-warming romances, there’s something for everyone.

Screening 20 specially curated films, the British Film Festival will feature a host of British cinema royalty including Academy Award-nominated actress Kiera Knightley (MISBEHAVIOUR), Quantum of Solace star Gemma Arterton (SUMMERLAND), and BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actor Rupert Everett (WARRIOR QUEEN). The all-star line-up also includes Love Actually’s Rhys Ifans (MISBEHAVIOUR), multi-award-winning actress Lesley Manville (MISBEHAVIOUR), and Emmy-winning actor Derek Jacobi (WARRIOR QUEEN). They’ll be joined on-screen by some of Britain’s finest up-and-coming young talent.

Monty Python - Life of Brian

The festival programme features a wide range of premieres such as A Street Cat Named Bob’s hotly-anticipated follow-up – A GIFT FROM BOB; the star-studded comedy MISBEHAVIOUR; the sweeping WWII drama SUMMERLAND; the Belle & Sebastian-scored indie-darling DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER; rock ‘n’ roll doc ROCKFIELD: THE STUDIO ON THE FARM featuring performances by Queen, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and Oasis; the inspiring true story of Churchill’s all-female spy agency in A CALL TO SPY; as well as the timeless and anarchic comedy brilliance of Monty Python’s THE HOLY GRAIL and LIFE OF BRIAN.

Kelly Rogers, CEO of the British Film Festival commented: “Last year’s inaugural British Film Festival was such a hit with Kiwi audiences, we’re over the moon to announce its return. New Zealanders love the romance and escapism of going to the cinema, and our carefully curated line-up is rather special indeed, featuring a wide range of comedies, dramas, romances and audience favourites.”

A Call to Spy

A selection of films screening / premiering at the 2020 British Film Festival:

  • A GIFT FROM BOB
  • A CALL TO SPY
  • SUMMERLAND
  • MISBEHAVIOUR
  • ROCKFIELD: THE STUDIO ON THE FARM
  • DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER
  • FANNY LYE DELIVER’D
  • THE HOLY GRAIL (MONTY PYTHON)
  • LIFE OF BRIAN (MONTY PYTHON)

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