The one-of-a-kind Festival is year on year proving itself in its ambitions to be Britain’s answer to the 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, running from Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th June.
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:
THREENIGHTS 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 GOLDENEYEas 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.
And 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 witha Q&A where Richard meets the writer of his most beloved film, DIE HARD Steven E. de Souza live on stage.
And 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. It’s 50 years since the martial arts classic ENTER THE DRAGON hit our screens – we offer a special screening and panel event exploring the legacy of Bruce Lee.
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).
Academy Award winning Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould OBE (15 James Bond films, BATMAN trilogy).
Composer Natalie Holt (LOKI, OBI-WAN KENOBI).
Full program details for THE LONDON ACTION FESTIVAL 2023 including dates, times, locations and all ticket options can be found HERE.
The LONDON ACTION FESTIVAL is co-founded by Julian Alcantara and Ron Fogelman along with financiers Lee Vandermolen (serving as Chairman) and Stewart Peter. The Advisory Board includes Colin Burrows, Maria Giacchino, Ian Nathan and Den of Geek’s Mike Cecchini and Chris Longo.
Den of Geek is the event’s Senior Media Sponsor with design services from Secret Origin Studios, A Den of Geek Company.
Preferred credit:THE LONDON ACTION FESTIVAL runs from Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th June. Tickets are on sales now via the websiteHERE