BFI London Film Festival 2023: Australian Kristy Matheson debuts as festival director | Special

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Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Jacob Elordi among the Aussie names seen on screen this year London Film Festival.

The 2023 program was announced at the British Film Institute’s Southbank facility on Thursday, with uncertainty hanging over whether any of the big names will attend the October event in the UK in person.

While the Hollywood on strike left the Venice Film Festival red carpets with less glamor this week, not something that worries the director of the festival, Kristy Matheson from Australia, who will be making her first trip at the helm of the big event.

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BFI Director of Festivals Kristy Matheson attends the launch of the London Film Festival 2023 program at BFI Southbank on 31 August 2023 in London
Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman will be among the Aussie names on screen at this year’s London Film Festival, which is being directed for the first time by Australian Kristy Matheson (pictured) (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)

“We’re just going through the same experience that everyone else is having and, for us, it’s really about focusing on the movies,” Matheson told 9Honey at the launch event in London.

“When it comes to guests, we always think about it [but] they are kind of the longest part of the puzzle.

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“So, for us, we’re just putting our heads down and trying to put together a program that we feel will really engage audiences.”

Matheson, who has previously worked on the Brisbane and Sydney Film Festivals before moving to Scotland to head the Edinburgh Film Festival, jokes that “there are still a lot of words that I don’t know.” understand” after years spent in the UK.

Director Warwick Thornton and actress Cate Blanchett speak to guests at a screening of The New Boy at the Nova Cinema in Carlton on 01 July 2023
Director Warwick Thornton and actress Cate Blanchett will present their Australian film The New Boy in the festival. (Paul Jeffers/The Age)
Cate Blanchett stars in Australian film 'The New Boy'
The Oscar-winning actress plays a nun in charge of orphaned Indigenous boys at a fundraiser. (Provider/Veterans)

But the expat says that watching movies from home gives her comfort.

“I feel like Australia definitely punches above its weight in terms of filmmaking talent,” Matheson told 9Honey Celebrity.

“We have a lot of filmmaking talent in Australia. But I can’t lie, it’s always so wonderful and feels very comfortable to watch work from home and I think the films we have at the festival this year are really good. great show.”

The new film Blanchett The New Boy, set in Australia in the 1940s and sees the Oscar-winning actress play a nun who takes charge of aboriginal boys who are orphaned by the authorities. Directed by Warwick Thornton, it also stars Deborah Mailman and Aswan Reid.

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Nicole Kidman in the limited series 'Expats'
Nicole Kidman will be seen in an episode of the limited series Expats, which explores the complex lives of Hong Kong’s wealthy expat community. (Glen Wilson/Prime Video)

Kidman will appear in an episode of the limited series Expatswhich includes the complex life of Hong Kong’s wealthy expat community

As well as Australian films and stars in this year’s programme, actor-directors are the special theme throughout much of this year’s programme.

The film Burn the saltwith a reward A promising young woman director and The Crown actress Emerald Fennellthe festival opens on October 4. The film also features an all-star cast, including Elordi as well as Barry Keoghan, Rosamund Pike and Oscar-nominated Richard E. Grant.

At the same time another man BAFTA and Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya makes his directorial debut at the indoor closing gala The Kitchen and Chris Pine making his directorial debut in The man of the century.

Chris Pine stars in his directorial debut, a comedy titled 'Poolman'
Chris Pine stars in his directorial debut, a comedy titled ‘Poolman’ (Darren Michaels)
Sir Anthony Hopkins in one life
Sir Anthony Hopkins’ new film, One Life, will feature prominently at the American Express gala. (Warner Bros.)

Fresh from making his debut in Venice, Bradley Coopersecond leadership effort, Maestroon which it also appears side by side Carey Mulliganalso part of the LFF feature films

Elsewhere on the screen, Sir Anthony Hopkins‘ new movie One Life It will take over the American Express gala.

While Fleabag a star Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal team up for the much anticipated main gala, All of us Strangers.

Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal in ALL STRANGERS
Fleabag star Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal team up for the highly anticipated All of Us Strangers gala. (Parisa Taghizadeh)

Killing Eve a star Jodie Comer the festival has two films, and other big names include Michael Fassbender, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson and Ozark’s Julia Garner.

In total, there will be 252 works across feature films, documentaries, short films, animated offerings and immersive experiences from 92 countries across the 12-day festival.

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