Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ to open 62nd BFI London Film Festival!

L-R: Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis, and Elizabeth Debicki star in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS. Photo © Twentieth Century Fox

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® has announced that this year’s Opening Night Gala will be the International premiere of Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen’s anticipated new heist thriller, WIDOWS, which will take place at Cineworld, Leicester Square, on Wednesday 10th October 2018.

Co-written by Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn, based upon the 1983 ITV series of the same name, the ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

From Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films in association with Film4, WIDOWS is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 9 November 2018.



A blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption, “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Alice (Debicki), Linda (Rodriguez) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.  


L-R: Elizabeth Debicki (back to camera), Cynthia Erivo, Viola Davis (back to camera), and Michelle Rodriguez star in Twentieth Century Fox’s WIDOWS. Photo © Twentieth Century Fox.


Steve McQueen comments:

“I am absolutely delighted that WIDOWS will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”


The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 10 October-Sunday 21 October 2018. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 30 August 2018.

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