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'Star Wars' vfx outfit ILM, Joe Wright, Charlie Brooker to speak at LFF Connects

Decorated VFX artist Dennis Muren will discuss his work on the Star Wars franchise during London Film Fesival session.

This year’s LFF Connects programme at the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will include a session with Star Wars VFX outfit Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

On October 7, the eight-time Oscar-winning visual effects specialist Dennis Muren will be joined by David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from the now two-year-old ILM London Studio to discuss working on blockbuster franchises including Star Wars and Indiana Jones and the forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange.

A TV panel held on October 6 will feature Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones with film-maker Joe Wright, who directed an episode of the latest series, Nosedive. The festival will host the European premiere of three episodes fromthe new series, which is now housed on Netflix

Further events at LFF Connects include a session on video games with writer and director David Cage, who will be joined by TV presenter Jonathan Ross to discuss visual artistry in games, and a focus on Australian artist Lynette Wallworth.

BFI London Film Festival director, Clare Stewart commented: “What better way to celebrate LFF’s 60th anniversary than by looking forward with some of the world’s creative leaders who are defining the future of film and the moving image. Building on a vibrant and successful pilot year in 2015, we are thrilled to be continuing LFF Connects, the BFI London Film Festival’s new talks and events programme that brings together storytellers and innovators working at the vanguard of their creative practices to share their ideas, inspirations and approaches with festival-goers and accredited industry alike.”

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