The Can’t-Miss Panel at BFI Film Fest + More Events

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As Hollywood’s finest enter the final phase of Oscar campaigning, over here we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the future. Whether you’re into rebooted classics, rock anthems, or anatomically correct embroidery, London has it all and it’s waiting for you to join in.

Get networking
Top of the bill this week is the BFI’s Future Film Festival, taking over the Southbank from Thursday through to Sunday. There are networking events, screenings, and masterclasses galore including Q&As with actors Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy), but more importantly, Backstage is hosting a session on how to prepare for your first day on set, so why not come and say hello? Not to be missed. (£15 per day)

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Hear from an up-and-comer
Alex Lawther (End of the F***ing World, Black Mirror) is certainly making a name for himself as an up-and-coming young actor to keep an eye on. His new film Old Boys is an update of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in a British boarding school; and on Tuesday, Lawther and director Toby MacDonald will be answering questions post-screening – bring your own for sage advice straight from a fellow working actor. (£16.50)

Belt out some Bo Rhap
Best actor winner Rami Malek seemed to enjoy his BAFTA experience this year, so why not see if you can tap into some of that feel-good attitude at the Prince Charles’ Sing-a-long Bohemian Rhapsody on Saturday? The perfect Oscar warm up! (£13.50)

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Night-time art chat
Over at Tate Modern on Friday is Tate Late, showcasing women in the arts this month. DJ sets, food, panel discussions, comedy, nail art, and even a hands-on workshop tackling Vagina Embroidery. We’re not kidding, it’s all here! (Free)

Have a drink
Sometimes it’s good to knuckle down and really get to work, and sometimes it’s good to kick back and have a beer. This weekend may well be the latter, as Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery is taken over by Craft Beer Rising, a three-day festival featuring 175 of the world’s best brews. Hic. (£16.80)

Check out Backstage’s UK audition listings!