Sunday, October 24, 2021

Steve McQueen’s Female-Fuelled Heist Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival

*Director Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows” kicked off the London Film Festival on Wednesday, and Viola Davis and “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya were among stars on the red carpet at the opening gala.

“Widows” stars Viola, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki as women who band together after their husbands are killed in a robbery gone wrong. According to Page Six, the Chicago-set movie by the Academy Award-winning, London-born director of “12 Years a Slave” weaves race, money and class in America into a twisting thriller.

“I’m very proud, it’s my hometown.” McQueen sad on having his female-fuelled thriller open this year’s festival.

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“People are ready to see women-centric movies that are empowering,” Davis noted, whose performance has been praised as “fierce and regal.”

“It’s really amazing to be a part of this company,” said Daniel Kaluuya of the powerhouse cast that includes Liam Neeson.

Meanwhile, the London Film Festival reportedly includes the event’s biggest-ever selection of films by women.

via Page Six:

Films directed by women include Sudabeh Mortezai’s sex-trafficking drama “Joy”; Karyn Kusama’s police thriller “Destroyer” starring Nicole Kidman; and Sara Colangelo’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” with Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The schedule also includes David Mackenzie’s kilts-and-carnage Scottish epic “Outlaw King”; Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”; Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexico-set “Roma”; Mike Leigh’s historical saga “Peterloo”; and Peter Jackson’s documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which transforms grainy footage from World War I into color.

The festival closes Oct. 21 with John S. Baird’s Laurel and Hardy biopic “Stan & Ollie.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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