Richard III (15) Plus Satellite Q&A With Ian McKellen A special screening event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. There will be a post-screening discussion between star Ian McKellen and director Richard Loncraine, broadcast live from BFI Southbank. Audience members will be invited to submit questions for the discussion via social media. Director: Richard Loncraine. Starring: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr. UK/USA 1995. 104 mins. It is the 1930s, and a long and bloody civil war has divided the nation as two powerful families battle for the crown. The end of the war comes suddenly when the reigning King and his heir are killed by the Commander-in-Chief of the York faction, Richard of Gloucester. Richard's elder brother, Edward, takes the throne, establishing a shaky peace over the nation. But Richard, shunning the dreary calm of peacetime, turns his attention to a new, private war within the House of York. Brother to a sickly King and Lord Protector to a vulnerable young heir, he sets in motion a murderous plot to divide his family, eliminate his rivals and usurp the throne.