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BFI September Highlights: John Waters, Sir Alan Parker, The Taiwanese New Wave and Hou Hsiao-Hsien:

September at the BFI sees a tribute to the pope of trash -John Waters - with the director in conversation at BFI Southbank, a focus on Sir Alan Parker, a season dedicated to Taiwanese New Wave pioneer Hou Hsiao-Hsien, ITV celebrations, London on Film, and the return of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series.

Highlights from September:

Director John Waters ‘in conversation’ with season curator Justin Johnson:  as part of "It isn’t Very Pretty… The Complete Films of John Waters (Every Goddam One of Them…)". Friday 18 September.

Onstage: Sir Alan Parker and Lord Puttnam. Sir Alan Parker and Lord Puttnam Unplugged
Director Alan Parker and producer David Puttnam have been friends since their days as advertising luminaries in the 60’s beginning their film careers together in the early 70’s. Here, for the first time ever, the two of them take to the stage to talk about their friendship and their unique views on the film industry, past and present.
Joint ticket available with Midnight Express. Thursday 24 September:

Director Julien Temple and actress Patsy Kensit onstage for as part of London on Film screening of Absolute Beginners

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Venice Golden Lion winning City of Sadness (1989) and Cannes prize winning The Puppetmaster (1993). There will be introductory talks on the director's life and work also from Tony Rayns on 2 September and Richard I Suchenski on 21 September.


Preview: Legend
The East End-based Kray twins ran organised crime in the 1950s and 60s with their gang ‘The Firm,’ committing armed robberies and arson alongside owning West End nightclubs. Writer-director Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Mystic River, A Knight’s Tale) charts Reginald and Ronald’s violent careers with this stylish crime thriller, starring Tom Hardy as both brothers.

Preview: Macbeth
After a trio of hags prophesies that he will one day become King of Scotland, Macbeth, spurred on by his wife (Cotillard), murders his king and takes the throne. This is a blood-soaked adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, with red hued smoky battle scenes and an excellent Fassbender descending into madness as the eponymous anti-hero.

Nicolas Winding Refn Book Launch
To celebrate the launch of their book The Act of Seeing, director Nicolas Winding Refn discusses this highly personal project with co-author Alan Jones. The acclaimed filmmaker makes complicit voyeurs of us all in editing his exceptional collection of rare exploitation posters into an insightful publication which matches the harsh beauty explored in his own pioneering film work.

L'Eclisse: Michalangelo Antonioni's classic is back, restored for an extended run.

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