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Toronto Film Festival: British films receive world premieres

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Image caption The Riot Club is an adaptation of Laura Wade's play Posh, telling of the exclusive Oxford University dining club where reputations can be made or destroyed in a single evening

A trio of major British films are to receive their world premieres at this year's Toronto Film Festival (TIFF).

Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as the celebrated physicist, has been given a gala premiere.

Oxford University-set thriller The Riot Club, a big screen adaptation of the hit play Posh, will also debut at the event.

Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos will also close the festival.

The film - Rickman's second directorial effort - sees Kate Winslet play a landscaper invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles.

Rickman also stars as King Louis XIV, with support from The Devil Wears Prada actor Stanley Tucci.

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Image caption Kate Winslet stars as a landscape gardener in Alan Rickman's historical drama A Little Chaos
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Image caption Denzel Washington stars in the big screen adaption of 1980s cult TV show The Equalizer

The movies were the first of a host of titles announced by festival organisers on Tuesday, which include 13 gala and 46 special presentations.

Other films to receive world premieres at the festival include the film adaptation of 1980s TV show The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington in the lead role, and Reese Witherspoon drama Wild, directed by Dallas Buyers Club's Jean-Marc Vallee.

Two other biopics will premier - Love & Mercy, about The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson starring Paul Dano, and Pawn Sacrifice, which stars Tobey Maguire as chess legend Bobby Fischer.

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Image caption Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything

A number of male-led dramas featuring Hollywood veterans will also screen, including Richard Gere in homeless drama Time Out of Mind, Michael Douglas in thriller The Reach and Kevin Costner in racial drama Black and White.

British films Mr Turner - which premiered at Cannes - and Alan Turing film The Imitation Game will also receive their Canadian premieres.

"Toronto can anticipate another remarkable line-up of films," Piers Handling, chief executive officer and director of TIFF said.

"Cinema's collective and transformative experience lives at the heart of our festival - a sentiment that inspires the global dialogue rippling throughout the selections revealed today."

In recent years, TIFF has gained a reputation for being a key indicator of Oscar success.

Previous winners of its audience award have gone on to win best picture including last year's 12 Years a Slave, and in previous years, A Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech.

The 39th edition of TIFF runs from 4 - 14 September.

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