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03 July 2017

Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe to open 61st London film festival

Breathe, the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, has been selected as the opening film of this year’s BFI London film festival.

Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Breathe is based on the true story of Robin Cavendish, who was diagnosed with polio while in Kenya and given months to live, only to survive and become an advocate for the rights of disabled people.

Foy plays Diana, Cavendish’s wife, who helped him come to terms with his illness, while Hugh Bonneville appears as scientist Teddy Hall, who aided Cavendish in developing a revolutionary wheelchair. Tom Hollander, Stephen Mangan and Diana Rigg also appear in the film.

The 61st BFI London film festival will take place from 4-15 October. Other films screening at the festival include a restored version of Shiraz, the 1928 silent film about a 17th-century princess who inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.

 

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