London fest seeks to surprise auds

Event screens pics in unusual locations

LONDON — Ten films will screen in 50 of the unlikeliest places, from Heathrow Airport to Holloway prison, on Oct. 29 as part of the London Film Festival.

The surprise screenings are part of the fest’s plan to take the 16-day event closer to London auds. Other locations include St. Ethelburga’s church in Bishopsgate and St. Thomas’s hospital in Lambeth.

The fest opens Oct. 18 with the European premiere of Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland,” which will be attended by Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy and Gillian Anderson.

Other filmmakers and talent who will be beating the drum for their pics include Tim Burton for “The Nightmare Before Christmas – 3D”; Bob Hoskins and Ben Affleck for “Hollywoodland”; Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen and Christian Slater for “Bobby”; Kate Winslet for “Little Children”; Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Will Ferrell for “Stranger Than Fiction”; Sacha Baron Cohen for “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”; Jude Law and Anthony Minghella for “Breaking and Entering.”

Thesp Gael Garcia Bernal and helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will attend the screening of “Babel,” which closes the festival.

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