British filmmakers including Terence Davies, Edgar Wright, Harry Wootliff and Kenneth Branagh will be unveiling world premieres during this autumn’s international festival season. Wright’s psychological horror Last Night in Soho and Wootliff’s True Things, an adaptation of Deborah Kay Davies’ 2010 novel True Things About Me, are among the UK films and co-productions receiving their world premieres at Venice (1 to 11 September), along with new work by Paul Schrader (The Card Counter), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter), Pablo Larrain (Spencer) and Ridley Scott (The Last Duel).

Meanwhile, 23 new UK films and co-productions will be showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival, which overlaps with Venice, running from 9 to 18 September. Terence Davies’ First World War drama Benediction and Kenneth Branagh’s 1960s-set Belfast, starring Judi Dench, will see their world premieres, together with new films by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Earwig), John McDonagh (The Forgiven) and Rob Savage (Dashcam). Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday and Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava, which played at Cannes this year, will have their North American premieres. 

The complete list of UK films and co-productions at Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian film festivals is below.

Venice (1 to 11 September)    

  • True Things (d. Harry Wootliff) *
  • The Card Counter (d. Paul Schrader) *
  • The Lost Daughter (d. Maggie Gyllenhaal) *
  • Spencer (d. Pablo Larrain) *
  • Last Night in Soho (d. Edgar Wright) *
  • The Last Duel (d. Ridley Scott) *
  • The Real Led Zeppelin (d. Bernard MacMahon) *
  • Goliath – Playing with Reality (d. May Abdalla and Barry Gene) *  

Toronto (9 to 18 September)    

  • A Banquet (d. Ruth Paxton) *
  • Benediction (d. Terence Davies) *
  • Mothering Sunday (d. Eva Husson)
  • Ali & Ava (d. Clio Barnard)
  • Encounter (d. Michael Pearce)
  • Silent Night (d. Camille Griffin) *
  • Belfast (d. Kenneth Branagh) *
  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (d. Will Sharpe)
  • Last Night in Soho (d. Edgar Wright)
  • The Forgiven (d. John McDonagh) *
  • Earwig (d. Lucile Hadzihalilovic) *
  • Nobody Has to Know (d. Bouli Lanners) *
  • True Things (d. Harry Wootliff)
  • Three Minutes – A Lengthening (d. Bianca Stigter)
  • The Rescue (d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin)
  • Dashcam (d. Rob Savage) *
  • Spencer (d. Pablo Larrain) *
  • The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be (short, d. Adeyemi Michael)
  • Hanging On (short, d. Alfie Barker)
  • Soft Animals (short, d. Renee Zhan)
  • A Few Miles South (short, d. Ben Pearce) *
  • Bhai (short, d. Hamza Bangash) *
  • Egungun (short, d. Olive Nwosu) *

San Sebastian (17 to 25 September)

  • Earwig (d. Lucile Hadzihalilovic)
  • Benediction (d. Terence Davies)

* World premiere

True Things, Benediction, Mothering Sunday, Ali & Ava, Earwig, the short films Hanging On and Egungun, and the VR immersive project Goliath: Playing with Fire are all backed by the BFI Film Fund using National Lottery money.

To find out more about UK films and co-productions at international festivals visit the We Are UK Film website.