British character actor Bill Nighy, who co-stars with Annette Bening in Hope Gap, screening at the 2020 Victoria Film Festival, will be in town for a post-screening conversation on stage Feb. 8 at The Vic Theatre. Film still courtesy Screen Media Films

Famed character actor Bill Nighy to be part of 2020 Victoria Film Festival

Nighy to chat with CTV’s Richard Crouse after Feb. 8 screening of the film Hope Gap

The Victoria Film Festival has scored a coup for this year’s events, landing famed British character actor and occasional leading man Bill Nighy, the co-star of Hope Gap, for a Feb. 8 onstage chat after the evening screening of the film.

Nighy, 70, who stars alongside Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe-winning actor Annette Bening in Hope Gap, will take part in an In Conversation With talk with Richard Crouse, host of CTV’s Pop Life, at The Vic Theatre. Hope Gap screens at 7:45 p.m.

“It’s totally a coup, you can’t help but love him,” festival director Kathy Kay says of bringing Nighy to town. “He’s been working for a long time and has been in a lot of big films, but he often goes back to doing these special dramas.”

Nighy largely built his career as a character actor in British film and television, but has played larger roles in such films as Love Actually, in which he portrayed aging rock star Billy Mack; the Pirates of the Caribbean series as octopus-like Davy Jones, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The festival, which unveiled its 2020 program guide Thursday night at The Vic Theatre, runs Feb. 7-16. Individual film tickets and packages went on sale as of midnight last night and can be purchased online at victoriafilmfestival.com.

For more information, call 250-389-0444.



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