Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards to close London Film Festival 2017

The man behind In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, is to close this year’s London Film Festival with his third feature.

Bereaved mother Frances McDormand challenges authority in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will receive it’s UK premiere at the festival, after taking its international bow in Venice and Toronto next month.

Playwright McDonagh, who first rose to prominence in the film world by winning the Oscar for Best Short Film in 2006 with Six Shooter, is expected to attend the Gala performance with the film’s stars, including Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. Along with Rockwell, this film reunites McDonagh with other Seven Psychopaths stars, including Woody Harrelson and Abbie Cornish.

Sharing its darkly comic tone with McDonagh’s previous features, Three Billboards tells the story of a mother who challenges the local police, who have failed to find her daughter’s killer.

The London Film Festival’s director Clare Stewart said, “This all-too-relevant film confronts division and conflict in small-town America and is driven by a blistering performance from Frances McDormand.”

Londoner McDonagh said he was excited to bring the film back to his home town for its UK premiere. “I’m more than proud of it and if there are any fans of In Bruges still out there, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.”

The film will be released theatrically in the UK in January 2018.