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London Film Festival is back, with hundreds of screenings, premieres and talks across 12 days drawing over 100,000 film fans to the Capital. The 2015 London Film Festival opens with Suffragette, which sees Drama Centre alumna Anne Marie Duff playing women’s rights campaigner Violet Miller.

Starring alongside Carey Mulligan in the film, Anne Marie told the Telegraph: “Violet is extraordinary, she’s a firebrand… I found her thrilling”.

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Recent UAL Honorary Doctor Tacita Dean will headline the Festival’s LFF Connects series, speaking with Christopher Nolan in an event which will “reframe the future of film”. Tacita comments: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

UAL alumni appearing throughout the Festival include Chelsea alumnus Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash, Drama Centre graduates Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand, and Frances de la Tour all in new releases, and LCC alumna Bonnie Wright in new children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?.

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New short film NASTY features a soundtrack by LCC Sound Arts students, created as a live project by lecturer Tim Harrison. All 17 students are credited on the short, the post production of which was facilitated by LCC.

London Film Festival runs 7-18 October at venues across London.

Read the full 2015 London Film Festival programme

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Watch Tacita Dean give her speech to the UAL Class of 2015 on YouTube