Princess Diana tale ‘Spencer’ will close Austin Film Festival

Kristen Stewart stars as Diana; more movies added to lineup


The Austin Festival announced Wednesday that “Spencer,” the new movie about Princess Diana, will be the closing-night film.

Kristen Stewart has been getting good reviews for her performance in “Spencer,” and it’s one of the most anticipated fall movies. It’s directed by Pablo Larrain and written by Oscar nominee Steven Knight.

“The Humans,” from Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam, will be the centerpiece film.

The festival also said it was giving the New Voice Award for 2021 to director Channing Godfrey Peoples. Godfrey Peoples’ “Miss Juneteenth” has been a hit on the independent film circuit and has a 99 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Down with the King” will be honored as the inaugural Spotlight Film. It’s making its North American premiere and is written and directed boy Diego Ongaro.

Other film additions are:

  • “CRAM,” a psychological horror tale of a college student trying to finish his final paper.
  • “Don’t Go to School Tomorrow,” about the plight of two young boys growing up in a turbulent time.
  • “Spaghetti Junction,” a sci-fi and coming-of-age mashup.
  • “Briefly,” a thriller that repurposes the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • “Unsilenced,” with writer/director Leon Lee highlighting people who resist oppression in China during the 1990s.

The festival also said that Peter Hedges and Stephen Karam will participate in panel discussions at this year’s Writers Conference.

More details about the festival, which runs from Oct,. 21-28, can be found at

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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