The London Action Festival 2023 – 2nd edition

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21st, starts the 2nd edition of The London Action Festival (read more about the 1st edition here), celebrated 21-25 June 2023.


A world-class Film and TV Festival dedicated to all things Action, celebrating the skills, creativity, talent, and bravery required to create the world’s most exciting content across film and TV.

London Action Festival 2023 - 2nd edition


As in the first edition, the festival will have some events with live music/score & related to composing, with the participation of Natalie Holt:

  • Wed – 21/6 – The World’s Greatest Screening Ever (Probably!) of The Italian Job.
  • Fri – 23/6 – Special Event: Official Opening – The Friday Night Showdown and Moving Target Awards
  • Sun – 25/6 – What’s The Score…with Natalie Holt


You can read a summary of the whole program below:



  • 20:00h – 22:30h – The World’s Greatest Screening Ever (Probably!) of The Italian Job
    • Special Panel Event with Author Matthew Field and special guests. Live performance of one of Quincy Jones’ finest scores by acclaimed Pianist, composer and musical director Peter Edwards with his trio.


  • Special Event #2 The Thursday Night Special — Double Bill
    • 19:00h – 20:15h – Part 1: Director Showcase: In Conversation with Writer/Director Nia DaCosta
    • 21:30h – Part 2: Live Performance: ‘YIPPEE KI YAY’ by Richard Marsh presented by James Seabright (read more)



  • 19:30h – 21:30h – Special Event: Official Opening – The Friday Night Showdown and Moving Target Awards
    • The London Action Festival is pleased to announce the initial “Moving Target Award” winners’ for 2023 to be celebrated at the London Action Festival’s very own entertainment spectacular – the “Friday Night Showdown” which returns after a sell-out success last year.


  • Special Guests 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 Goldeneye as well as the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Mask of Zorro has certainly proven he knows how to entertain an audience throughout his career. He is a BAFTA-winner for the groundbreaking BBC-TV Series Edge of Darkness and was nominated again for Casino Royale.
    • For Special Effects: Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould OBE is an Academy-Award and BAFTA winner 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, Inception and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.


  • Comedian Bennett Arron (“a Welsh Seinfeld” — The Guardian) hosts this unforgettable celebration of all things action that combines comedy, magic, music, even a game show along with in depth profiles and interviews of special guests being honoured with this year’s “Moving Target Awards”.


  • Bennett will also be joined by award-winning magician Nick Einhorn and together they will dazzle and confound the audience with action-themed illusions.


  • Pianist, composer and musical director Peter Edwards performs with his trio. The Guardian calls Peter’s music soulful, full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves, and romantic cinematic themes.


  • This live event is produced with Maria Giacchino who is also a member of the Advisory Board of the London Action Festival.



  • Director Masterclasses
  • 09:00h – 12:00h – Special Screening: The Raid 2 + Q&A with Gareth Evans
  • 10:00h – 19:00h – The Action Exhibition Chapter 1: The Incredible World of SPY-Fi
  • 12:30h – 14:00h – The Villains of John Wick with Special Guests: Mark Dacascos and Scott Adkins
  • 13:15h – 14:30h – Write Club with Lesley Paterson and Steven E. de Souza
  • 14:30h – 15:45h – Anatomy Of A Set Piece – with Gareth Evans, Martin Campbell & Neil Marshall
  • 15:00h – 16:15h – Doing It For Real: The Chris Corbould – A Life in Special Effects
  • 16:15h – 18.15h – Cry Havoc – The Making of A Battle – “Battle of the Bastards” screening plus Q&A with Director Miguel Sapochnik and others
  • 18:45h – 21:00h – Special Screening of TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN Season 4 + Q&A with Wendell Pierce
  • 20:30h – 22:30h – The Impossible Action Film Quiz



  • 09:30h – 11:30h – Going Commando: A Special Screening of Commando + Q&A with Steven E. de Souza
  • 10:00h – 19:00h – The Action Exhibition Chapter 1: The Incredible World of SPY-Fi
  • 10:15h – 13:00h – The Fast & Furious Special Double Bill: Part 1: Car Chasers – The Fast & Furious Special Edition and Part 2: The Making of Fast X
  • 12:00h – 14:15h – The Mask of Zorro – Special Screening with Q&A with Director Martin Campbell
  • 13:30h – 14:45h – What’s The Score…with Natalie Holt
    • Multi-award-winning Natalie Holt joins us to deconstruct the modern film score during a masterclass on music, the tools at composer’s disposal and delving into the score to Marvel’s acclaimed series “Loki”.
  • 15:15h – 16:30h – A Cut Above – The Editors Tale with Nathan Orloff and others
  • 17:00h – 18:30h – The Showrunner’s Story: Jed Mercurio
  • 20:00h – 22:15h – Enter The Dragon – Special Screening Plus Panel Event


Tickets: Weekend Pass – 50 GBP (58 €) / Daily Pass – 30 GBP (35 €)


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