Cheerio! Mostly Brit film fest in SF has eclectic screenings, Bob Geldof

Anglophiles bummed about having to wait it out for another season of Netflix’s “The Crown” can tide themselves over by taking in a few indie gems featured at the annual Mostly British Film Festival.

Heading into its 10th year, the festival will screen 25 films from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India — and for a first this year — Canada. Some movies are classics, others are new releases.

The program kicks off Feb. 18 with “Mad to Be Normal,” a 2017 biopic starring the magnificent “Broadchurch” actor David Tennant and co-starring Elisabeth Moss. Tennant portrays Dr. RD Laing, an influential Scottish psychiatrist whose unconventional ideas for treating the mentally ill often clashed with the medical establishment.

The fest finishes Feb. 22 with “Journey’s End,” based on a stage play and set on the World War I front lines. It stars Sam Claflin and Paul Bettany.

Notable guests slated to attend include “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt, appearing Feb. 16 for a conversation with Jonathan Moscone as well as a screening of her new film, “A Crooked Somebody.” On Feb. 18, singer-songwriter Bob Geldof will be on hand for a screening of his documentary “A Fanatic Heart,” which depicts the life of the poet W.B. Yeats.

Details: Vogue Theatre, San Francisco; most screenings cost $15; festival pass $220-$225; tickets, schedule and more information at mostlybritish.org.

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