Famous dead men walk again at London film festival

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George W Bush, Richard Nixon, Che Guevara, Hunter S Thompson and Bobby Sands will all be appearing at this year's London film festival, the full programme of which was announced today.

The annual event, which kicks off on October 15 with the world premiere of Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon, about David Frost's famous TV interviews with the disgraced US president, will this year feature a record 15 international premieres.

Oliver Stone's much anticipated biopic W, starring Josh Brolin as the 43rd US president, will get its first UK screening at the festival, and there's also a place for Che, Steven Soderbergh's four-hour examination of the life of south American revolutionary Che Guevara, with Benicio Del Toro in the title role. The biopic debuted at Cannes earlier this year, where it was screened in one showing; for London it looks to have been split into two parts.

Elsewhere, Steve McQueen's award-winning drama Hunger, which features Michael Fassbender's extraordinary performance as IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, headlines a strong British charge. The lineup also includes Michael Winterbottom's Genova, about a father who moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, and Richard Eyre's The Other Man, his first film since 2006's acclaimed Notes on a Scandal...

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