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Boyle's 127 Hours To Close London Film Fest

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2010 at 12:23PM

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.
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Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.

Festival director Sandra Hebron told The Guardian:

Having closed the festival with Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, it is unprecedented for us to choose a closing night film from the same director only two years later...But 127 Hours was the obvious choice for us – with film-making as bold and adventurous as its subject matter, it confirms Danny Boyle as one of the word's finest and most visionary directors.

Brendon Connelly reports a Boyle Q & A from Movie-Con.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Danny Boyle, Toronto, London, Drama, Fox Searchlight


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.