“We are bringing to audiences the best and most high profile British films available and I know that this is our strongest line up yet.”

British Film Festival Director Kim Petalas will be showcasing 20 new releases and high profile features at this year’s Festival, now screening at Palace cinemas across the country.

Having opened with historical drama Breathe, the feature directorial debut by Andy Serkis depicts the story of Robin and Diana Cavendish and the former being struck with polio.

“The film (Breathe) is a celebration of life, a moving love story, inspirational and features brilliant performances from the two leads Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.”

Among Petalas’ highlights from this year’s Festival are “Goodbye Christopher Robin, a rare insight into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A Milne and his son Christopher, whose toys inspired Milne to write Winnie the Pooh; the historical satire Death Of Stalin featuring an all star cast including Steve Buscemi… (and) the historical period drama The Exception with Christopher Plummer and Australia’s Jai Courtney.”

“We are also hosting our first world premiere Finding Your Feet, which is our closing night film,” said Petalas. “We are again showcasing classic British Cinema with our retrospective Classic Clues: Solving A British Mystery and we are featuring a specially curated ode to British Queen of Crime Agatha Christie with the four classic mysteries Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, Evil Under The Sun and The Mirror Crack’d.”

A chance to see more than one classic Agatha Christie adaptation before the imminent release of Kenneth Branagh’s own Murder on the Orient Express, the 2017 British Film Festival will also feature screenings of Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, Mary Shelley, That Good Night and Cannes title How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

The Festival screens until November 15 at Palace Cinemas around Australia

Coverage on Film Fight Club