1302 MINI BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The MINI British Film Festival returns for its sixth and biggest year yet at the Windsor Cinema and Luna on SX from October 26 to November 14 with a standout selection of prestige film and box office hits from the British Isles.

We are delighted to announce the 2018 programme, which features some of the most eagerly anticipated British films of the year including powerful true stories, literary adaptations and biographies along with modern classics starring some of Britain’s best known and beloved stars.

The festival will open with COLETTE, which stars Keira Knightley as French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose provocative debut becomes the toast of Belle Époque Paris in Wash Westmoreland's (Still Alice) mesmerising biopic. Dominic West and Fiona Shaw also feature.

Michael Caine leads an all-star cast including Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone in KING OF THIEVES, the funny, incredible true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, the most daring heist in British criminal history. From the Academy Award-winning director of The Theory of Everything, James Marsh.

RED JOAN, based on the life of British KGB agent Melita Norwood, Academy Award winner Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson portray the life of Joan Stanley, one of the most influential spies in living history. From veteran British stage and screen director, Trevor Nunn. 

This year’s closing night film is the truly funny and touching story of one of Hollywood’s greatest double acts: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. From BAFTA-winning writer Jeff Pope (Philomena) and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, STAN AND OLLIE comes straight from closing the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. 

Australian star Elizabeth Debicki (Breath, The Kettering Incident) plays literary icon Virginia Woolf in VITA AND VIRGINIA, the fascinating true story of the love affair between Woolf and socialite Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton, The Finest) in this sumptuous portrait which screens direct from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

This year’s retrospective, SWINGING SIXTIES features some of the films that ushered in a new era in British filmmaking after post-war austerity and the kitchen sink dramas of the British New Wave. The mid-60s ushered in a more mischievous, spirited cinema, and now more than half a century after this cultural revolution, we turn back the clock to find five films that let in the light on swinging London, including two films starring one of the actors most associated with the period, Michael Caine: THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT (1965); ALFIE (1966); GEORGY GIRL (1966); TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967); and THE ITALIAN JOB (1969).

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Luna On SX - session times

Fri 26 Oct - Luna On SX    
11:00AM  BFF18: COLETTE  (18+) 2 hrs 10 mins
1:45PM  BFF18: THE KNACK..AND HOW TO GET IT  (M) 1 hr 43 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: SWIMMING WITH MEN  (18+) 1 hr 54 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: OPHELIA  (18+) 2 hrs 12 mins
Sat 27 Oct - Luna On SX    
1:15PM  BFF18: SPITFIRE  (PG) 1 hr 58 mins
3:30PM  BFF18: WHERE HANDS TOUCH  (CTC) 2 hrs 20 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: RED JOAN  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
8:50PM  BFF18: THE CHILDREN ACT  (18+) 2 hrs 3 mins
Sun 28 Oct - Luna On SX    
1:15PM  BFF18: KING OF THIEVES  (18+) 2 hrs 6 mins
3:45PM  BFF18: COLETTE  (18+) 2 hrs 10 mins
6:15PM  BFF18: INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE  (M) 2 hrs 1 min
8:30PM  BFF18: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE  (15+) 1 hr 50 mins
Mon 29 Oct - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: TOGETHER  (CTC) 1 hr 40 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: JOURNEY'S END  (18+) 2 hrs 5 mins
8:50PM  BFF18: GEORGY GIRL  (PG) 1 hr 57 mins
Tue 30 Oct - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: TO SIR, WITH LOVE  (PG) 2 hrs 3 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: THE HAPPY PRINCE  (18+) 1 hr 58 mins
8:45PM  BFF18: TOGETHER  (CTC) 1 hr 40 mins
Wed 31 Oct - Luna On SX    
1:45PM  BFF18: PIN CUSHION  (CTC) 1 hr 43 mins
6:15PM  BFF18: VITA AND VIRGINIA  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: PETERLOO  (18+) 2 hrs 52 mins
Thu 1 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: YARDIE  (18+) 2 hrs
6:30PM  BFF18: SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER  (18+) 1 hr 53 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: THE CHILDREN ACT  (18+) 2 hrs 3 mins
Fri 2 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:45PM  BFF18: JOURNEY'S END  (18+) 2 hrs 5 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: KING OF THIEVES  (18+) 2 hrs 6 mins
8:50PM  BFF18: MY GENERATION  (18+) 1 hr 43 mins
Sat 3 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: THE ITALIAN JOB  (M) 1 hr 57 mins
3:40PM  BFF18: RED JOAN  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
6:00PM  BFF18: PETERLOO  (18+) 2 hrs 52 mins
9:00PM  BFF18: COLETTE  (18+) 2 hrs 10 mins
Sun 4 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: JOURNEY'S END  (18+) 2 hrs 5 mins
3:45PM  BFF18: SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER  (18+) 1 hr 53 mins
6:00PM  BFF18: SWIMMING WITH MEN  (18+) 1 hr 54 mins
Mon 5 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: TO SIR, WITH LOVE  (PG) 2 hrs 3 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: WHERE HANDS TOUCH  (CTC) 2 hrs 20 mins
9:00PM  BFF18: INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE  (M) 2 hrs 1 min
Tue 6 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: SPITFIRE  (PG) 1 hr 58 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: TOGETHER  (CTC) 1 hr 40 mins
8:30PM  BFF18: YARDIE  (18+) 2 hrs
Wed 7 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:45PM  BFF18: THE HAPPY PRINCE  (18+) 1 hr 58 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: MY GENERATION  (18+) 1 hr 43 mins
8:30PM  BFF18: PIN CUSHION  (CTC) 1 hr 43 mins
Thu 8 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:45PM  BFF18: MY GENERATION  (18+) 1 hr 43 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: THE CHILDREN ACT  (18+) 2 hrs 3 mins
8:45PM  BFF18: VITA AND VIRGINIA  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
Fri 9 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: PIN CUSHION  (CTC) 1 hr 43 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER  (18+) 1 hr 53 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: RED JOAN  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
Sat 10 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: SWIMMING WITH MEN  (18+) 1 hr 54 mins
3:45PM  BFF18: COLETTE  (18+) 2 hrs 10 mins
6:15PM  BFF18: KING OF THIEVES  (18+) 2 hrs 6 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: VITA AND VIRGINIA  (18+) 2 hrs 8 mins
Sun 11 Nov - Luna On SX    
12:50PM  BFF18: PETERLOO  (18+) 2 hrs 52 mins
4:00PM  BFF18: THE HAPPY PRINCE  (18+) 1 hr 58 mins
6:15PM  BFF18: OPHELIA  (18+) 2 hrs 12 mins
Mon 12 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: THE ITALIAN JOB  (M) 1 hr 57 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE  (15+) 1 hr 50 mins
8:40PM  BFF18: ALFIE  (M) 2 hrs 12 mins
Tue 13 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: GEORGY GIRL  (PG) 1 hr 57 mins
6:30PM  BFF18: COLETTE  (18+) 2 hrs 10 mins
9:00PM  BFF18: WHERE HANDS TOUCH  (CTC) 2 hrs 20 mins
Wed 14 Nov - Luna On SX    
1:30PM  BFF18: THE KNACK..AND HOW TO GET IT  (M) 1 hr 43 mins
6:45PM  BFF18: STAN & OLLIE  (18+) 1 hr 55 mins

Windsor Cinema - session times

Fri 26 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE  (CTC) 2 hrs 1 min
Sat 27 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: PETERLOO  (CTC) 2 hrs 52 mins
Sun 28 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: RED JOAN  (CTC) 2 hrs 8 mins
Mon 29 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: WHERE HANDS TOUCH  (CTC) 2 hrs 20 mins
Tue 30 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: JOURNEY'S END  (CTC) 2 hrs 5 mins
Wed 31 Oct - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: OPHELIA  (CTC) 2 hrs 12 mins
Thu 1 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: MY GENERATION  (CTC) 1 hr 45 mins
Fri 2 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: SOMETIMES, ALWAYS NEVER  (CTC) 1 hr 53 mins
Sat 3 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: COLETTE  (CTC) 2 hrs 10 mins
Sun 4 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: VITA AND VIRGINIA  (CTC) 2 hrs 8 mins
Mon 5 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: PIN CUSHION  (CTC) 1 hr 43 mins
Tue 6 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: THE ITALIAN JOB  (CTC) 1 hr 57 mins
Wed 7 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: GEORGY GIRL  (CTC) 1 hr 57 mins
Thu 8 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: SWIMMING WITH MEN  (CTC) 1 hr 56 mins
Fri 9 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: THE HAPPY PRINCE  (CTC) 1 hr 58 mins
Sat 10 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: THE CHILDREN ACT  (CTC) 2 hrs 3 mins
Sun 11 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: KING OF THIEVES  (CTC) 2 hrs 6 mins
Mon 12 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: TOGETHER  (CTC) 1 hr 40 mins
Tue 13 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
1:30PM  BFF 2018: TO SIR WITH LOVE  (CTC) 2 hrs 3 mins
Wed 14 Nov - Windsor Cinema    
6:30PM  BFF 2018: STAN AND OLLIE  (CTC) 1 hr 55 mins

BFF18 Alfie 114 mins

2767 BFF18 Alfie Winner of the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966, Alfie is the movie that rocketed Michael Caine to stardom, cemented his image as a cockney sex-symbol and gave him one of his most enduring catchphrases - so much so he called his autobiography "What's It All About?" The ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Stan & Ollie 97 mins

2754 BFF18 Stan & Ollie Australian premiere  The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Swimming with Men 96 mins

2755 BFF18 Swimming with Men Australian premiere  Swimming with Men– hailed ‘The Full Monty in speedos’ – is a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: An all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 The Children Act 105 mins

2756 BFF18 The Children Act Adapted by Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan from his own novel, this riveting drama stars two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as a British High Court judge tasked with making a decision that could mean life or death for a young man.  Judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) is married to her ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 The Happy Prince 100 mins

2758 BFF18 The Happy Prince The last days of Oscar Wilde are vividly evoked in The Happy Prince, starring and directed by Rupert Everett, and co-starring Colin Firth and Emily Watson.  In a cheap Parisian hotel room, Oscar Wilde lies on his deathbed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 The Italian Job 99 mins

2759 BFF18 The Italian Job As the red, white and blue Mini Coopers rock from side to side along a tunnel, with £4 million in gold bullion in their boots and Quincy Jones's infectious score swinging away in the background, ask yourself this: is there a film - certainly a British film - that delivers a greater infusion ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 The Knack...and How to Get It 85 mins

2760 BFF18 The Knack...and How to Get It  Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, director Richard Lester followed up his ground-breaking A Hard Day’s Night(1964) – which helped put the swing in the step of 60s British cinema – with this similarly acrobatic, tongue-in-cheek and ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 To Sir, with Love 105 mins

2761 BFF18 To Sir, with Love To Sir, With Love is based on E.R. Braithwaite’s novel of the same name, which chronicled the author’s experiences as a young Black teacher in a classroom of mostly white students at an East London high school.  It’s the swinging sixties in London, a time of youth upheaval ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Together 82 mins

2762 BFF18 Together From Mothers and Daughters director Paul Duddridge and starring three-time BAFTA nominee Sylvia Syms (The Queen, Victim BFF17) alongside Peter Bowles (Blow-Up BFF17, Victoria), this riveting drama follows a married couple fighting for their right to spend their final days together.  After 60 ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Vita and Virginia 110 mins

2763 BFF18 Vita and Virginia Australian premiere  The affair and the friendship of authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West — both uncompromising in their insistence to live, love, and create to the fullest — constitutes one of the most fascinating relationships in literary history.  The year is ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Where Hands Touch 122 mins

2764 BFF18 Where Hands Touch Australian premiere  Amma Asante, the acclaimed British director of Belle (2014) and A United Kingdom (Opening Night – BFF16) returns with Where Hands Touch, a disquieting story about a love so fierce it transcends the most terrible divides conceivable.  Rudesheim, the Rhineland, ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Spitfire 100 mins

2753 BFF18 Spitfire Spitfire is the stirring underdog tale of the aircraft that won the Battle of Britain and ultimately the Second World War, as told by the last serving heroes who built, flew and fought in her.  Narrated by Charles Dance (The Imitation Game2014), the documentary balances interviews with pilots ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Sometimes, Always, Never 95 mins

2752 BFF18 Sometimes, Always, Never Australian premiere  Able to blend charming gruffness and winning affability with just the raise of an eyebrow, Bill Nighy has long proven himself one of Britain’s best character actors, and now he stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Red Joan 110 mins

2751 BFF18 Red Joan Australian premiere  Academy Award winner Judi Dench takes on the complex persona and legacy of Joan Stanley, the seemingly demure physicist who was also a long-serving British spy for the KGB.  In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley lives in contented retirement. Her ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Anna and the Apocalypse 92 mins

2741 BFF18 Anna and the Apocalypse Australian premiere  In this gleeful mashup boasting a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Anna and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Colette 112 mins

2742 BFF18 Colette Australian premiere  Keira Knightley stars as the eponymous French novelist, whose provocative debut — falsely credited to her husband — becomes the toast of Paris, triggering a battle for identity, equality, and self-determination at the dawn of the feminist age.  Colette ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Georgy Girl 99 mins

2743 BFF18 Georgy Girl In many ways, Georgy Girl is the female flip side of Alfie, with Lynn Redgrave enjoying a star-making turn as gawky, ungainly ‘plain Jane,’ frequently overwhelming her co-stars by sheer force of personality.  Vivacious but homely Georgy (an irrepressible Redgrave in her ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Interlude in Prague 103 mins

2744 BFF18 Interlude in Prague Prague, 1787. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Aneurin Barnard, War and Peace 2016) spends a few turbulent months escaping the frustrating, privileged elite of Vienna, where his music served only to please kings, instead offering his talents to the broader public.  However, his unconventional ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Journey’s End 107 mins

2745 BFF18 Journey’s End R.C. Sherriff’s acclaimed 1928play, based on his own experiences in the First World War, reaches the screen in this outstanding, all-star adaptation starring Sam Claflin, Toby Jones and Paul Bettany and from The Duchess (2008) director Saul Dibb.  March 1918. C-company arrives to ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 King of Thieves 108 mins

2746 BFF18 King of Thieves Australian premiere Sir Michael Caine leads a cast of home-grown stars including Jim Broadbent and Tom Courtenay in this darkly funny and incredibly true caper about the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015.  From The Theory of ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 My Generation 85 mins

2747 BFF18 My Generation Australian premiere  British Film icon Michael Caine invites you into the world of his youth in this lively documentary: Swinging 1960s London, where a fresh wind of energy was dissolving the class barriers and traditions that had dominated the arts.  Based on personal accounts and ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Ophelia 114 mins

2748 BFF18 Ophelia Australian premiere  Something is rotten in Shakespeare’s Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia (Daisy Ridley Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express), finds herself drawn to Hamlet (George ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Peterloo 154 mins

2749 BFF18 Peterloo Australian premiere  Acclaimed and seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner2014, Vera Drake2004) directs the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester, when 700 working people were injured, and 15 killed.  Written and ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Pin Cushion 85 mins

2750 BFF18 Pin Cushion Australian premiere  For her first feature, Pin Cushion, the British director Deborah Haywood digs into her own teenage memories and unearths something eccentric, peculiar and utterly original.  At the centre is a relationship of cloying co-dependency as Iona (Lily Newmark, Solo: A Star ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct
Windsor Cinema: Thu 25 Oct

BFF18 Yardie 102 mins

2765 BFF18 Yardie Australian premiere  Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba’s standout directorial debut fuses the hard-boiled gangster genre with a dramatic coming-of-age period piece, bringing to life characters who struggle to find forgiveness while making their own paths between two ... More
Screening: Thu 25 Oct - Wed 14 Nov at:
Luna On SX: Thu 25 Oct