Fury to close BFI London Film Festival
by Naman Ramachandran
- Sony production was shot extensively in the UK
The 58th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (8-19 October) will close with the European premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Fury. Written and directed by David Ayer, whose film End of Watch screened at the festival’s 2012 edition, Fury stars Brad Pitt (World War Z), Shia LaBeouf (Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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The film follows a battle-hardened company of soldiers during World War 2 on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Bill Block, Ayer, Ethan Smith, and John Lesher produced, with executive producers being Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott, and Ben Waisbren.
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, said, “Fury is a resounding cinematic achievement. Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences. We look forward to welcoming LFF alumni David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th BFI London Film Festival to a monumental close.”
Ayer said, “It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film – the fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere.”
Sony Pictures Releasing (UK) will release the film in UK cinemas on 24 October. Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley will open the festival as previously announced.