The 61st BFI London Film Festival comes to Birmingham #AD

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I love the glitz and glam of the red carpet and I often keep a close eye on social media when there are film premieres in London and across the world. I love listening to the clips of interviews on the red carpet and scrolling through Instagram to admire the styling for the whole occasion. I was once in Toronto during its Film Festival and tried repeatedly to get tickets to a screening, any screening, just to be a part of it. Sadly to no avail. For the first time though, I’ve got the opportunity to get a taste of the red carpet myself!

American Express is helping to bring part of the excitement of the 61st BFI London Film Festival, which they’ve sponsored for the past eight years, to Birmingham.

If you’re an American Express Cardmember, then you probably already know that you can get access to some of the most talked about films during the BFI London Film Festival through the Amex Cardmember presale.

But this year, non-Cardmembers could enjoy the benefits too. On Wednesday 4 October, the Cineworld on Broad Street, Birmingham will play host to the glitz and glamour of the Opening Night Gala of this year’s Festival, with a screening of the European premiere of the film BREATHE along with a cine-cast stream of the live red carpet fun before the film itself. Even better, there are a limited number of free tickets that you could register for now, so keep reading to find out how.

BFI London Film Festival Film Premiere Breathe

Reading about the story behind Breathe makes me feel this is my kind of film. Breathe promises to be a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and love based on a true story, which for me, makes it immediately more interesting. Especially as the couple that Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy depict are the parents of one of the film’s producers – Jonathan Cavendish. I hope that this personal link will add depth and subtle facets to the film that will be authentic to real life events.

The story, in short, is about love without limits and centres around Robin Cavendish – played by Andrew Garfield. Robin becomes severely paralysed by polio whilst in Africa, and his wife Diana, played by Claire Foy, takes him from hospital against all advice. Robin and Diana face severe obstacles in order to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives together, and on top of this, they dedicate themselves to campaign for other severely disabled people to benefit from the kind of mobility Robin fought for himself. This sounds like a captivating and compelling watch that’s going to be thought-provoking. The film will be released across the UK and Ireland on 27th October.

To register for limited* tickets to see the 61st BFI London Film Festival Opening Night Gala film Breathe at Cineworld Broad Street on Wednesday 4th October, courtesy of American Express, visit http://www.seeitfirst.com/Amex2017. Maximum 4 tickets per person. Subject to availability. Closing date 12pm, 27 September 2017. *Terms apply

If you’re not in Birmingham, don’t worry, there are screenings across the country. Find out more here.

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The only thing to do after registering for tickets is to dream about getting red carpet ready. Although there won’t be an actual red carpet there and sadly I don’t have a team to help me, I am still tempted to book in a hair stylist to give me the perfect up ‘do for the occasion. Perhaps I’ll dig out my gorgeous black sequin floor length dress to wear – any excuse to look glamorous is welcomed! I think it would look really pretty in the evening, twinkling from all the lights. What would you wear if you were walking the red carpet for a premiere?


Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Ticket Promoter: See Film First Ltd, 62-70 Shorts Garden, London WC2 9AH

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