The London Action Festival 2023 has revealed a host of new events and programme highlights joining the already impressive programme set to burst into London later this month.
Running from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th June 2023, the one-of-a-kind Festival is year on year proving itself in its ambition to be Britain’s answer to San Diego Comic Con and will bring together influential figures responsible for creating some of the most iconic Action moments in Film and TV history.
The extensive program offers professionals and fans alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Action. Every day is ‘action-packed’, with more events to be announced soon, and the program currently boasts:
THREE NIGHTS OF SPECIAL EVENTS – including the return of last year’s sell outs:
The FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN – The Festival’s Moving Target Awards’ Show
Award Winner’s announced so far to be honoured for their Outstanding Contributions to Action Film & TV include:
For Direction: Martin Campbell, who directed the debuts of both Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in CASINO ROYALE and GOLDENEYE as well as the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated THE MASK OF ZORRO.
For Special Effects: Chris Corbould OBE is an Academy-Award and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor with an incredible body of work that takes in 15 entries in the “James Bond” franchise including NO TIME TO DIE, as well as Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy and INCEPTION.
The WORLD’S GREATEST EVER SCREENING…(PROBABLY!) of the great British Classic THE ITALIAN JOB following in the footsteps of last year’s history making DIE HARD screening, with special guests, music and surprises.
Brand New for 2023, a special one-off LIVE PERFORMANCE of the critically acclaimed ‘YIPPEE KI YAY’ by award-winning comedian and action aficionado Richard Marsh – matched with a Q&A where Richard meets the writer of his most beloved film DIE HARD, Steven E. de Souza, live on stage.
A WHOLE WEEKEND OF ENTERTAINMENT:
SPECIAL SCREENINGS Announced So Far:
The Festival celebrates director Martin Campbell’s Moving Target Award win with a special screening of THE MASK OF ZORRO plus Q&A; and meet the man who proved Arnold Schwarzenegger was more than a Terminator in a screening of COMMANDO with legendary writer Steven E. de Souza. Hear from Welsh virtuoso action director Gareth Evans after a screening of THE RAID 2.
EXCLUSIVE PANELS Announced So Far:
Get up close and personal with discussions and masterclasses featuring on-screen and behind-the-scenes stars of Action Film & TV covering every addictive adrenaline-filled step from the page to the screen, including:
Meet THE VILLAINS OF JOHN WICK, Mark Dacascos (Zero in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM) and Scott Adkins (Killa in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4) – two of the most memorable villains from the $1 billion worldwide box office smash JOHN WICK franchise.
Renowned show runner Jed Mercurio (BODYGUARD, LINE OF DUTY).
BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee, Lesley Paterson (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT).
Iconic Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza (DIE HARD, COMMANDO and THE RUNNING MAN)
Directors Miguel Sapochnik (GAME OF THRONES), Nia DaCosta (CANDYMAN, upcoming THE MARVELS) and Gareth Evans (THE RAID).
Editor extraordinaire Nathan Orloff (JOHN WICK 4).
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould (15 James Bond films, BATMAN trilogy).
Composer Natalie Holt (LOKI, OBI-WAN KENOBI).