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BFI Presents: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH (Monday 12 January, 2015)

A new type of event from the BFI called BFI PRESENTS screens in December, the start of a new pilot programme designed to help grow audiences for independent British films.  On  Monday 12 January, 2015, the BFI and Lionsgate UK will present a very special screening of TESTAMENT OF YOUTH ahead of its UK release date in January 2015. The concept behind BFI presents seems to be making screenings more event-oriented, adding Q&As with the filmmakers, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a live transmission element from BFI Southbank into the mix.

From the BFI Press release:

"The TESTAMENT OF YOUTH event will be centred on London’s iconic BFI Southbank on the evening of Monday 12 January, 2015, with audiences across the UK able take part via a live satellite link that will see the event simultaneously beamed into around 400 cinemas nationwide. 

The very special preview screening of the film will be introduced by Director James Kent and Producer Rosie Alison. Audiences will enjoy never-been-seen-before footage and exclusive behind the scenes material ahead of the film. Following the screening, Rosie and James will invite select cast members and Vera Brittain’s daughter, Baroness Shirley Williams to take part in an on stage Q&A. Questions will be thrown open, with audiences at BFI Southbank and in all participating cinemas across the UK encouraged to live tweet their questions using the dedicated hashtag for the event: #TestamentofYouthLive

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, which was feted by critics and audiences alike following its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October, is released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 16 January.

The 12 January special preview screening of TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is the first example of BFI Presents, an exciting new pilot project designed to give audiences exclusive access to great new British films and the people who made them – and to support the UK film industry by helping to help grow audiences for independent films.

BFI Presents will see event-driven preview screenings of high quality British independent and specialised films accompanied by Q&As with the filmmakers and exclusive behind-the-scenes content, all beamed live from BFI Southbank to audiences across the UK. In a busy marketplace and with an average of 13 films being released into cinemas each week, BFI Presents aims to help outstanding British independent and specialised films achieve greater visibility and reach wider audiences. The concept emerged from discussions with the UK’s exhibition sector, in particular the large cinema chains, who are keen to work with the BFI to explore opportunities to expand audiences for UK film. The BFI will announce further BFI Presents screenings in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the exclusive screening of TESTAMENT OF YOUTH will be available to buy directly from the box office of participating cinemas or online at