Steve McQueen’s new film Widows will open the 62nd London Film Festival which begins October 10. The film stars Viola Davis as one of a group of women with one thing in common: their dead husband’s debt from nefarious pre-death activities.
Based on the TV series Widows by Lynda La Plante, Steve McQueen’s new film, which he’s co-written alongside best-selling novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, sees Academy Award winner Viola Davis join a group of women with very little in common apart from the criminal activities of their dead husbands and the legacy they’ve left behind.
Described as a complex thriller, Widows takes place in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of political and class turmoil, bringing together a stellar cast that includes Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver and Liam Neeson. Tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Alice (Debicki), Linda (Rodriguez) and Belle (Erivo) conspire to forge their own future, taking their fate into their own hands.
McQueen’s first film since 2013’s 12 Years A Slave will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival as its opening film on Wednesday October 10 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square. A BFI Fellow, McQueen said he was “absolutely delighted” that the film had been bestowed the honour of opening the festival. He added: “Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director, notes that McQueen is the ideal candidate to open the festival. And she says audiences are in for a treat. “Adapted from a ground-breaking UK television classic into a feature to savour on the biggest cinema screens, this is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker, probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”
Widows will be released in UK cinemas on November 9.