The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to present a live satellite broadcast of the Festival’s Closing Night Gala, The Irishman, with thanks to distributor Netflix. Audiences around the UK have the exclusive chance to see Closing Night red carpet footage from Leicester Square and interviews with the film’s creators, beamed by satellite into your local cinema and followed by a special preview of The Irishman.
Returning to the gangster genre, Scorsese has put together a mouth-watering cast – including Al Pacino (his first time in a Scorsese picture), Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci – for this tale of a mob hitman looking back on his life.
Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? A labour leader and the infamous head of the Teamsters union, whose connections with organised crime were wide ranging, his career ended with a conviction for jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud, but he was pardoned by President Richard Nixon. Not long after, he disappeared.
Declared legally dead in 1982, various theories have circulated as to what happened to him. Few are as convincing as that told by Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran. The account he revealed to journalist Charles Brandt, and published in 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, is the basis of this riveting, epic crime drama.
Dir: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
USA 2019, 210mins