World premiere of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL announced to open upcoming 66th BFI London Film Festival

Starring Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough and Alisha Weir as Matilda

Directed by Matthew Warchus

Produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company

Screenplay adapted by Dennis Kelly with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin

LFF Opening Night Gala held at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Center with screenings across the UK.

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The 66e The BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16), in partnership with American Express, is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Gala will take place MATILDA THE MUSIC OF ROALD DAHL, starring Oscar® winner Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee and featuring Alisha Weir as the eponymous Matilda. The film will have its world premiere on Wednesday 5 October at the Southbank Center in the Royal Festival Hall, before Sony Pictures UK and TriStar Pictures release the film exclusively in cinemas on 2n/a December in the UK and Ireland. Attendance by filmmakers and cast is expected and there will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the film in several cinemas across the UK.

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 produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title, Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly is adapting the Tony Award® and Olivier Award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

MATILDA THE MUSIC OF ROALD DAHL is an inspiring musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and shows remarkable courage, through thick and thin, to help others change their stories, while taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what is right, she has achieved miraculous results.

Director of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Matthew Warchussaid “What a pleasure to open this wonderful film festival with singing, dancing, green hair and chocolate cake. It is a true honor to share this joyful and empowering story of one little girl’s courage and compassion at such a prestigious event.

Tricia Tuttle, director of the BFI London Film Festivalsaid “Like so many who have been lucky enough to see it, I am a huge fan of this original musical, with Tim Minchin’s brilliant and infectious songs bringing new depth to a children’s literature classic. screenwriter Dennis Kelly, Matthew Warchus cleverly adapted his own production for the screen with absolute verve and enthusiasm.And what a cast: Alisha Weir is a revelation as Matilda; Lashana Lynch will melt your heart.It is a pleasure to welcome the world premiere of this outstanding all-ages musical film in our opening spot and to bring it to audiences across the UK with Sony Pictures. This is a catchy, catchy story about sticking together and fighting the bullies of the world, even when it seems scary.Sometimes you have to be a little mischievous. song!

Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is a little girl with great curiosity, a sharp mind and a wild imagination – and the world’s worst parents. While her parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) make do with trashy television and dodgy money-making schemes, she loves getting lost in the pages of her beloved books. Where they’re loud, selfish, and mean, she’s a silent observer, imagining cheeky little acts of rebellion and revenge.

Upon meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins to conjure up her own fantastical tales. Excited to go to Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to discover that the school is a disturbing and oppressive place run by the huge and mean Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson). In addition to the kind Miss Honey, the bright lights among the wickedness are the story-loving librarian, Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee), and Matilda’s new school friends. Filled with an irresistible sense of justice, Matilda dares to stand up for what’s right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget.

MATILDA THE MUSIC OF ROALD DAHL is a Working Title Films/Roald Dahl Story Company production and will be released by Sony Pictures UK and TriStar Pictures in the UK and Ireland exclusively to cinemas on December 2, 2022. Netflix will release the film worldwide. [excluding the UK and Ireland] this holiday season.

The 66e The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will take place from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16, 2022. The BFI LFF program launch will take place on Thursday September 1, 2022.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures

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Tricia Tuttle Biography
Tricia Tuttle
continues its role as Director of BFI Festivals for the fifth year. She was appointed to the role following her role as Artistic Director of the 62nd edition of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and five successful years as Deputy Director of Festivals at the BFI, including BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival.

Leaving North Carolina in 1997 to complete a joint master’s degree at BFI and Birkbeck, University of London in Film and Television Studies, Tricia’s passion for film has led her to work as a programmer, lecturer, writer and journalist. His career spanned five years at the BAFTA, starting in 2008 and with his appointment as Head of Films Program in 2011; programming at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (the precursor to BFI Flare) and as an event producer at The Script Factory in London. Tuttle has been instrumental in the evolution of BFI festivals, continuing to expand audience reach year on year and introducing impactful initiatives such as UK-wide cinema partnerships. Uni, digital projections, LFF For Free and also FiveFilms4Freedom by BFI Flare, in partnership with the British Council.

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is the largest arts center in the UK. It occupies a prime riverside location in the heart of London’s most vibrant cultural district, on the south bank of the River Thames. We exist to showcase great cultural experiences that bring people together and we do this by providing the space for artists to create and showcase their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to have bold experiences, unusual and visual. opening works. We want to get people out of the everyday, every day. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history dating back to the 1951 Festival of Brittany. The Southbank Center is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, as well as the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to six resident orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra).