The organisers of the London Film Festival have announced that this year’s event will open with the European Premiere of Armando Iannucci’s take on the Charles Dickens classic novel, David Copperfield.
Starring Dev Patel in the title role, alongside Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Paul Whitehouse, The Personal History of David Copperfield follows the budding writer from birth to adulthood, on his journey through Victorian England.
Iannucci, who’s feature films include The Death of Stalin and In The Loop, said, “It’s a huge thrill and honour to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London Film Festival. The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.”
The BFI’s Director of Festivals, Tricia Tuttle, described Iannucci as “one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the UK.” In a statement, she said, “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style — it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair. I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”
Many of the stars of the film are expected to join Iannucci on the red carpet for the film’s gala screening at the Odeon in Leicester Square, on 2nd October.