Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical opens the BFI London Film Festival

The world premiere of Matilda the Musical opens the 66th BFI London Film Festival.

The Netflix adaptation stars Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough and Sindhu Vee and introduces Alisha Weir as Matilda.

Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapted the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company theater production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, who also developed and directed the stage show for London’s West End and Broadway, the film is co-directed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title and Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story produces society.

Matilda Wormwood (Weir) is a curious little girl whose parents (Graham and Riseborough) are content with cheap television and shady dealings. When Matilda meets her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lynch), she is encouraged and begins to conjure up her own fantastic stories. Excited to visit Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to discover that the school is an ominous and oppressive place run by the villainous Miss Trunchbull (Thompson).

Warchus said: “What a joy to open this great film festival with song, dance, green hair and chocolate cake. It is a real honor to share this joyful and powerful story of a little girl’s courage and compassion at such a prestigious event.”

Tricia Tuttle, Director of the BFI London Film Festival added: “Like so many who were lucky enough to see it, I’m a huge fan of this original stage musical, with Tim Minchin’s infectiously brilliant songs bringing new depth to a children’s classic Literature. With screenwriter Dennis Kelly, Matthew Warchus deftly adapted his own production for the big screen with absolute enthusiasm and enthusiasm. And what a cast: Alisha Weir is a revelation as Matilda; Emma Thompson is a ghoulishly evil Trunchbull and Lashana Lynch’s Miss Honey will melt your heart.”

The film will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on December 2nd by Sony Pictures UK and TriStar Pictures. Netflix will release the film worldwide (excluding the UK and Ireland) this holiday season.

The 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will take place from October 5th to 16th. The full program will be announced on September 1st. Developed over the past two years, the festival format will continue in 2022, reaching audiences across the UK. As well as its flagship venue, BFI Southbank, the festival will continue its partnership with the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Physical in-cinema screenings for the festival will take place at partner venues in London including Curzon Soho, Curzon Mayfair, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Odeon Luxe West End, the London Hotel and the Prince Charles Cinema; and 10 cinemas across the UK: Broadway (Nottingham), Chapter (Cardiff), Edinburgh Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theater (Glasgow), HOME (Manchester), MAC (Birmingham), Queens Film Theater (Belfast), Showroom (Sheffield). ), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle) and Watershed (Bristol).

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/matilda-london-film-festival-roald-dahl-1235306691/ Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical opens the BFI London Film Festival

Charles Jones

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