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Aardman’s Eagerly Awaited CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET Set To Receive World Premiere At The 67th BFI London Film Festival

23 August 2023


The Gala screening will be hosted at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with simultaneous screenings around the UK

The 67th BFI London Film Festival (4-15 October) in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that the World Premiere of Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget has been added to this year’s programmeFrom the multi-Academy® and BAFTA award-winning Aardman (Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep), and Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated director Sam Fell (ParaNorman and Flushed Away, respectively), the film is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the beloved and highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Chicken Run. Starring Thandiwe Newton (Ginger), Zachary Levi (Rocky), Bella Ramsey (Molly), Imelda Staunton (Bunty), Lynn Ferguson (Mac), David Bradley (Fowler), Jane Horrocks (Babs), Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher), Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), Nick Mohammed (Dr Fry), Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget will receive its World Premiere on Saturday 14 October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall; the gala screening is supported by the Mayor of London and Film London. There will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the film taking place at multiple cinemas across the UK. Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget debuts globally on Netflix on 15th December 2023.  

Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!

Director of Chicken Run: Dawn of The Nugget, Sam Fell, said “What an honour to world premiere our film on home turf at the London Film Festival this year. Dawn of the Nugget showcases the amazing talent and ingenuity of the crew at Aardman backed by the enduring passion of the team at Netflix. We’ve poured everything we’ve got into making this a treat for both die-hard fans and the new generation of families discovering Chicken Run for the first time.”   

Kristy Matheson, BFI London Film Festival Director, said “We are so excited to be sharing the magic and artistry of the Aardman studio and their favourite feathered friends with audiences this October with a film that's brimming with fun and has such enormous heart.” 

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, said “I am delighted that Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget will receive its world premiere at the gala screening at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. This highly anticipated sequel to the hugely successful Chicken Run features an all-star cast and shows off Aardman’s award-winning creativity in a family film that is packed with fun and laughter. London’s annual film festival shows why our capital is a global hub for film and television, and, after a hugely successful summer for our big screens, I’m determined to continue doing all I can to support the growth of the industry as we build a better London for everyone.”

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Film Page

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget debuts globally on Netflix on the 15th December 2023.  

The 67th edition of the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will take place in the following venues:

  • • The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall returns as gala venue
  • • BFI Southbank is the home of the competition programme, series, Screen Talks and LFF for Free events
  • • The UK’s biggest screen BFI IMAX will once again host LFF screenings
  • • LFF Expanded exhibition of immersive storytelling finds a new home in Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, and you can also catch selected works at Outernet
  • • Five partner cinemas in London's West End include Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Prince Charles Cinema and Vue West End 
  • • Festival venues across the UK include Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, Chapter in Cardiff, Glasgow Film Theatre, HOME in Manchester, MAC in Birmingham, Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and Watershed in Bristol
  • • Press and industry screenings take place at Picturehouse Central and ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

In addition to UK-wide screenings at the Festival venues, audiences will also be able to explore LFF programmes past and present with a special collection of films on BFI Player.

The 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 4 October – Sunday 15 October, 2023. The BFI LFF Press Launch will take place on Thursday 31 August, 2023.


Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. "Chick off the old block." (L-R) Bunty (Imelda Staunton), Mac (Lynn Ferguson), Rocky (Zachary Levi), Molly (Bella Ramsey), Ginger (Thandiwe Newton), Fowler (David Bradley), and Babs (Jane Horrocks) in Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget coming to Netflix on 15th December. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Photo Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Tickets go on sale 12 September. BFI Members book early on 6 September and American Express® Cardmembers can access presale from 8 September. 

About Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget:

Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey

Executive Producers: Peter Lord, Nick Park, Carla Shelley, Sam Fell, Paul Kewley, Karey Kirkpatrick, Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams, Edited by: Stephen Perkins BFE, Story by: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Screenplay by: Karey Kirkpatrick &John O’Farrell and Rachel Tunnard,

Produced by: Steve Pegram, p.g.a., Leyla Hobart, p.g.a. Directed by: Sam Fell

Additional credits: 

Co Director: Jeffrey Newitt

Director of Photography: Charles Copping

Co Producer: Zoe Verrier-Stunt

Production Manager: Ben Barrowman

Head of Story: Richard Phelan

Production Designer: Darren Dubicki

Supervising Art Director: Matt Perry

Animation Supervisors: Ian Whitlock, Loyd Price

VFX Supervisor: Jon Biggins

VFX Producer: Kirstie Deane

Art Production Manager: Zoe Starzak

Puppet Production Manager: Kate Anderson

Additional Sequence Director: Suzy Fagan Parr

CG Animation Supervisor: Mathew Rees

Supervising Sound Editor: Dillon Bennett

Re-Recording Mixer: Gilbert Lake

Technical Director: Tom Barnes

Co-Executive Producers: Sean Clarke, Sarah Cox, Kerry Lock, Alicia Gold, David Sproxton

Casting by: Lucy Rands


About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. 

Our mission is:

  • • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals - delivered online and in venue
  • • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  • • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. 

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.

About the BFI London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s foremost celebration of screen culture that invites audiences to engage with the finest filmmaking talents from our shores and around the world with screenings and events in London and across the UK with LFF on Tour. We offer a compelling combination of diverse films and exciting first-hand encounters with creatives in an environment that promotes friendly, vibrant exchanges and celebrates our collective reception of art and ideas. The LFF provides a powerful launch pad for the careers of UK and international filmmakers through our industry and awards programmes, and positions London as one of the world’s leading creative cities.

Kristy Matheson Biography 
Kristy Matheson is the BFI Festivals Director and joins the organisation this year from her recent role as Creative Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kristy’s interest in connecting audiences, artists and ideas has led to her work as a Curator and Festival Director. Prior to moving to the UK in 2021, Kristy was the Director of Film at ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture. Before her role on the Executive Team at ACMI, Kristy worked at the Sydney Film Festival, Dendy Films and Brisbane International Film Festival. She served on Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce, is a recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship and jury member for BAFTA’s Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer. She is a committee member for the online journal, Senses of Cinema.

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About the Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre occupying a prominent riverside location that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to six Resident Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra).

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