• 2016
  • US / UK
  • 1h 57min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Roald Dahl (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
  • UK release: 22 July 2016

Eight year old Sophie (Barnhill) looks out her window one evening to discover something terrifying – the Big Friendly Giant (Rylance), who unlike his giant brothers doesn't actually want to eat her. Magical, funny and surprising stuff from Spielberg, lacking only some of the menace of Dahl's original, but genuinely heartwarming.

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Steven Spielberg reveals what he loves about The BFG

4 Jul 2016

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Steven Spielberg thinks "scrumdiddlyumptious" is the modern-day equivalent of "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". The award-winning moviemaker's latest effort, 'The BFG', is a big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel and Spielberg thinks…

Steven Spielberg not ready to finish BFG

12 Jun 2016

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Steven Spielberg has admitted he isn't "looking forward" to completing 'The BFG' film. The 69-year-old director has not yet come to terms with the passing of his creative partner Melissa Mathison - who died from neuroendocrine cancer on November 4, 2015…


16 May 20164 stars

Cannes 2016: Spielberg helms a heartwarming adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic

Roald Dahl dedicated 1982’s The BFG to his daughter, who passed away from measles at the age of seven. In tribute, he created a tremblingly scary and delightfully imaginative world, in which a young girl called Sophie (here played by Ruby Barnhill) is…

Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Jemaine Clement to star in The BFG

14 Apr 2015

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Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Jemaine Clement have been added to the cast of Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG'. The 68-year-old filmmaker - who will co-produce the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's story alongside Walt Disney Studios - has…

Mark Rylance inspired to act by Daniel Day-Lewis

9 Mar 2015

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Mark Rylance was inspired to make films by Daniel Day-Lewis. The 55-year-old actor - who will appear in the forthcoming movie of the Roald Dahl novel 'The BFG' - used to feel inadequate when making films because other stars around at the time were so…

Mark Rylance to star in The BFG

28 Oct 2014

Film gossip

Mark Rylance is to play the title character in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of 'The BFG'. The 67-year-old filmmaker said he was "honoured" the Brit had accepted the opportunity to star in the much-anticipated film, which is based on Roald Dahl's novel…

Steven Spielberg to direct The BFG

28 Apr 2014

Film gossip

Steven Spielberg will direct the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'. The 67-year-old filmmaker is set to helm the picture which follows a little girl who leads the titular big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a mission to stop the…

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