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In Mark Kermode Live in 4D, a special guest is invited to talk about a film that has a personal and lasting resonance. Mark Kermode welcomes Hugh Grant, lauded for his remarkable, career-best performance as Jeremy Thorpe MP in A Very English Scandal, and his roles in Paddington 2, Florence Foster Jenkins, and one of Mark’s favourite films Love, Actually.
Mark talks to Hugh about his work and together they introduce a screening of Hugh’s best-loved film: Blake Edwards’ classic heist comedy The Pink Panther (1963) starring David Niven, featuring Peter Sellers’ first outing as Inspector Clouseau.
Tickets £16.50, concs £13.20 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions Fri 28 Sep 11:30, BFI Members Fri 28 Sep 12:30 and to the public from Sat 29 Sep 11:30.
Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?
With the Volksbuhne's Marc Hosemann, Patrick O'Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, new music by Andy Cooke, Tearist, and the iconic O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington.
Lead actor & co-devisor Chloe Aridjis, director Josh Appignanesi, actor Juliet Jacques will appear for a Q&A chaired by psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose.
"Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world--
and it's a triumph." The Observer
This Is England + Q&A with actors Thomas Turgoose and Jo Hartley and producer Mark Herbert (19 September)
Playing as part of the BFI's Working Class Heroes season in September, this is the film that inspired three TV series and made stars of many of its actors. This Is England is a masterpiece of working-class storytelling. Set in 1983, the story belongs to 12-year-old Shaun (Turgoose), who finds a sense of belonging with a group of local skinheads. Turgoose and co-stars including Vicky McClure light up a film where great human drama is played out in greasy-spoon cafes and at rowdy house parties.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 - 7:00pm
BAFTA Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London
Actress Gwendoline Christie discusses how Jane Campion’s masterpiece The Piano, newly restored in its 25th Anniversary Year, inspired her remarkable career. The event will be hosted by film and television producer, Tanya Seghatchian. You can read the Smoke Screen review of the new print of the The Piano, as screen by the BFI at their Woman with a Movie Camera Summit, here.
Style and screen come together as Gwendoline Christie shares her passion for The Piano with us. Gwendoline’s unique and unforgettable roles have included Officer Hilmarson in Jane Campion’s outstanding series Top of the Lake (HBO/BBCTV), and her world-famous portrayal of Brienne in global blockbuster Game of Thrones (HBO). Gwendoline’s upcoming projects include Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, to be released later this year.
Jane Campion was the first woman to be nominated in the Director category at the 1994 BAFTA Film Awards. Her acclaimed film The Piano (1993) earned six nominations, including Original Screenplay for Campion, and brought home awards for Actress in a Leading Role, Production Design and Costume Design. Holly Hunter stars as the mute Ada, whose personal rebellion against the strictures of a nineteenth century Antipodean settlement dangerously transgresses the norms of her remote community with disturbing consequences.
Wednesday 27 June at The Phoenix Cinema| 6.30pm
Stanley, a Man of Variety is about a middle aged man who enjoys watching classic British films and TV shows from the 1960/70s.
He soon finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes he didn't commit and after many years in solitary confinement he begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past as each one tries to help him remember.
Timothy Spall plays all 15 characters in the nightmarish tale of a man stuck in prison, riddled with delusions and hallucinations.
Lexi Cinema, 23 November 6.30pm, tickets here.
This is a sweet, quietly funny and intriguing focus on 10 character actors and extras who featured in Star Wars (filmed at Elstree in 1976). No one had any idea then that they’d forever be defined by the one or two days they spent on the set of 'yet another' sci-fi movie. Says one: "We thought we were making a television show." Catch up with Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), stormtrooper Laurie Goode and cantina waitress Pam Rose, all of whom stayed in the business but never surpassed their 5 minutes of fame as bitplayers in the film. Paul Blake says with good humor, “I have played Macbeth. I’ve performed with the Royal Court Theatre. But my epitaph will say, ‘Here lies Greedo.’ ” And while riding the wave of Star Wars cultdom, the film also takes a step back to look at the arbitrariness of celebrity and it's place in our star-driven culture.
At this special Lexi Cinema screening, Time Out's resident Star Wars enthusiast and film critic Tom Huddleston hosts Elstree 1976's director, Jon Spiro, the doc's producer, Hank Starrs, and also professional supporting actor, Derek Lyons, who had two roles in Star Wars .
Due to London Film Festival the BFI joins up the second half of October with November when it comes to season programming. The undeniable highlight of this period is the BFI Black Star season, a multi-month, multi-format season designed to highlight the contribution of black talent in front of and behind the camera.
See the BFI Southbank website for full details of these months:
October/November Highlights :
The Restoration of Napoleon - Monday 14 November 2016 18:10
Hear all about the long and troubled past of Abel Gance’s epic film, now newly restored. the film itself plays across venues - including the BFI- in London from early November.
Live performers will shadow the on-screen action at a special showing of the cult musicals and a panel of Shock Treatment cast and crew will discuss the film to celebrate its 35th anniversary
On Blackness, Cinema, and the Moving Image: A KCL Symposium- Saturday 05 November 2016 12:00
At this special event world-leading scholars and practitioners join us to share their insights into black stardom
A true highlight of Black Star is this re-issue of director John Singleton's acclaimed drama looking at black urban youth in a troubled neighbourhood in 1990s LA. The screening at 18:15 on Friday 28 Oct will be followed by a Q&A with director John Singleton.
A reissue and extended run of the Sidney Poitier-starring, charged detective thriller the won five Oscars.
This season celebrates a true alchemist of sound and vision. Don’t miss cult classics such as Halloween (new digital restoration), Starman, Escape From New York and They Live.
The French brought a poetic sensibility to film noir with films such as Pépé le Moko, La Bête humaine and Rififi. Peer into the shadows, where criminals hide out and lovers lurk…
Edward Lionheart (the inimitable Vincent Price, in gleeful self-parody mode) stars as a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. The fillm will be preceeded by two short films from the 1000 Londoners programme.
HIGHLANDER with Christopher Lambert Q&A: 30th Anniversary Digital Restoration at the Prince Charles Cinema (26 June)
Who want's to live forever? Well, Russell Mulcahey's swords and sorcery adventure guilty pleasure Highlander doesn't look like it is dying off any time soon. In fact, it is 30 years old this year and enjoying a digital restoration, and on the 26th June the one-and-only Highlander himself - Christopher Lambert - will be joining the Prince Charles Cinema to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of HIGHLANDER!
Lambert will be on site to answer some questions (no autographs or photos) after two presentations of the 30th Anniversary Digital Restoration of the film.
HIGHLANDER - 30th Anniversary Digital Restoration
Sunday 26th June 14:40 - w/ Christopher Lambert Q&A
Sunday 26th June 17:45 - w/ Christopher Lambert Q&A
Director (and obvious fan) Louise Osmond (Dark Horse) enjoyed unprecedented access to the making of legendary auteur and political firebrand Ken Loach’s new and final film, I, Daniel Blake. From this has sprung a wider film biography of perhaps Britain’s best-known socially concsious writer-director who has worked across theatre, cinema and television with documentaries and much-lauded dramas such as Kes, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Angels’ Share, and 1966’s groundbreaking Cathy Come Home.
To celebrate the release of Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, cinema-goers are invited to pay-what-they-can for matinee screenings of the film on Sunday 5 June at Picturehouses across London. Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis from the box office on the day of the screening.
This initiative is supported by Dogwoof with the backing of the BFI Distribution Fund. See here for participating cinemas.
RIo Cinema presents: Bechdel Test Fest - Nora Ephron's Last Supper Double Bill - Heartburn + Julie & Julia (May 29th)
The Bechdel Test Fest presents a special double bill of the Nora Ephron-penned romantic comedies; HEARTBURN and JULIE & JULIA at the Rion in Dalston.
Tickets for the secret supper now on sale but extremely limited. Book via Bechdel Test Fest for a four course, Nora Ephron inspired meal and conversation from guest speakers.
Book both films together and pay £20 instead of £22.
Find out where in the UK you can buy tickets for the live screening of the Kenneth Branagh Q&A and his award-winning Henry V, broadcast live from Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast. Various London cinemas are participating.
Date: Friday 27 May
More about the event: Kenneth Branagh Q&A and Henry V
About Henry V
The young king, Henry V of England is determined to conquer France. But self-doubt, traitors in his midst, and the diminished morale of his army stand in his way. With courage, grit, and rousing speech, he readies his army for the great battle of Agincourt.
The impressive cast includes Kenneth Branagh as Henry, joined by Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm, Richard Briers, Geraldine McEwan, Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, and a young Christian Bale.
The film won numerous awards, including the Academy award for Best Costume Design, the BAFTA for Best Direction, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director, and European Film Awards for Young European Film of the Year and European Actor of the Year, along with Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor.
See Barbican Film site for tickets and full details.
Green Film Festival
Sun 1 - Sat 7 May Cinema 3
The UK Green Film Festival brings a stunning programme of titles from around the world, exploring issues ranging from the rights of local communities to global concerns such as climate change, energy and pollution.
Opening Gala: Racing Extinction
Sun 1 May 3pm Cinema 3
(USA /China/Hong Kong /Indonesia/Mexico/UK 2015 Dir Louie Psihoyos 90 min)
Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets, Racing Extinction reveals never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.
The Great Invisible
Tue 3 May 6.30pm Cinema 3
(US 2014 Dir Margaret Brown 92 min)
On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. In this thought-provoking new documentary, Peabody Award-winning documentarian Margaret Brown travels to small towns and major cities in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the disaster on the people of the region.
The Shore Break
Wed 4 May 6.30pm Cinema 3
(South Africa 2014 Dir Ryley Grunenwald 90 min)
Two cousins from South Africa’s Wild Coast have opposing plans to develop their land. Nonhle wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle while Madiba is planning a titanium mine and national tolled highway. Meanwhile, their King and Queen, who oppose the mine and highway, are deposed by the South African Government.
Sat 7 May 2pm Cinema 3
(Canada/France/Costa Rica/Germany/Netherlands/Turkey/USA 2015 Dir Su Rynard 89 min)
The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers.
Snapshots of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers
Explore London, as seen through the lenses of international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Featuring François Truffaut’s stunning 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Horace Ové’s landmark feature Pressure.
Thu 5 May 6.30pm Cinema 2
(1975 Dir. Horace Ové 125 min)
Set in Notting Hill, Horace Ové’s landmark film follows three generations of a Trinidadian family in Britain.
Followed by Screen Talk with Film Producer Rob Buckler and in the presence of director Horace Ové.
Blow Up (15)
Sun 8 May 4.00pm Cinema 2
(1966 Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 111 min)
Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings and Sarah Miles star in Antonioni's exhilarating and enigmatic tale about a London fashion photographer who stumbles upon evidence of murder.
Sun 15 May 4.00pm Cinema 2
(1965 Dir. Roman Polanski 104 min)
Polanski's first major film outside Poland is set in South Kensington, and stars Catherine Deneuve. A classic psychological thriller about a quiet, shy manicurist who retreats into a murderous fantasy world. Polanski's surreal vision becomes all too real in this powerful study of alienation.
Fahrenheit 451 (PG)
Sun 22 May 4.00pm Cinema 2
(1966 Dir. François Truffaut 112 min)
François Truffaut adapted Ray Bradbury's novel about a futuristic society in which books have been banned. Fahrenheit 451 boasts superb performances from Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack, stunning photography by Nicolas Roeg, and a beguiling score by Bernard Herrmann.
British Sounds (15)
Sun 29 May 4.00pm Cinema 2
(1969 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard 52 mins)
Commissioned in 1968 by London Weekend Television, Godard's exploration of Ford workers at Dagenham and students at Essex University was seen as too radical and never transmitted.
+ Sympathy For The Devil (aka 'One Plus One') (15)
(1968 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard 99 min)
Exploring the themes of construction (the Rolling Stones rehearsing the song 'Sympathy for the Devil') and destruction (the suicide of a revolutionary), Godard's film surrounds a triangular love affair between a young French woman, a right-wing Texan and a militant African-American.
ee more on Barbican Regular strands here.
Blood Orange stars Iggy Pop in his first leading role in a feature film. He plays Bill, an ageing rock star living an idyllic life in the rolling hills of Ibiza with his beautiful and promiscuous young wife Isabelle (Kacey Barnfield). Yet beneath this perfect surface, dark secrets lurk. Storming into their world comes a dangerous ex-lover hell bent on revenge, and in a racy game of cat and mouse, the hunter becomes the hunted.
Blood Orange is a sizzling psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems.
Followed by a Q&A with the director and cast
BFI Highlights April 2016: Shakespeare on Screen, Alan Parker, Agnieszka Holland, Big Screen Classics...
See BFI Southbank website for full details.
April 2016 Highlights:
Big Screen Classics strand begins:
Aprils sees the BFI launching a new regular strand in its programming. Big Screen Classics aims to keep landmark films screening on a regular basis alongside the themed seasons and special events. Among the offerings this month are Chinatown, The Big Sleep and The Big Lebowski.
Preview: Our Little Sister
Directed by acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda, three young women invite their step-sister to live with them in this delightful film.
As part of Alan Parker season, the BFI unites cast and crew for a special screening and Q&A for this gritty drama.
As part of Shakespeare on Film season, Akira Kurosawa's epic King Lear adaptation is re-released in a restored version.
Ian McKellan in conversation:
The veteran actor appears in two special events, one - Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere - discussing his long and varied career playing Shakespeare on film and stage, and another where he and director Richard Loncraine discuss their idiosyncratic, epic and very postmodern film version of Richard III.
The Polish director will be at the BFI to give Q&As after screenings of several of her films, including A Woman Alone, all which form part of a season devoted to her career.
includes an intro by Christopher Frayling.
April 2016 Seasons:
William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, yet has inspired more films than any other writer.
Alan Clarke was an incendiary talent and a true one-off, who brilliantly captured modern Britain.
Telling stories from the extremes of human experience, Agnieszka Holland excels in revealing the threads that connect us.
LOCO returns with more of the world’s most original comedy films.
See Barbican Film for full details and tickets for all events.
CRIME: Hong Kong Style Season Wed- Thu 31 March: Includes screenings of Award winning director Wong Kar-wai’s debut, As Tears Go By - a classic gangster film about loyalty, ambition and respect.
Awards Week - Fri 4 – Thu 10 Mar: a chance to catch up with 2016' Oscar nominated films.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary year. The Barbican's selection from the estival includes Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad's The Idol.
Architecture on Film
In Jackson Heights (PG*) (US 2015 Dir Frederick Wiseman 190 min)
+ ScreenTalk with Frederick Wiseman
Tue 22 Mar 7pm, Cinema 1
The fortieth documentary from legendary director Frederick Wiseman focuses on the radically and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York.
Frederick Wiseman will take to the stage for a ScreenTalk after the film.
Focus Film Festival
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Mar, Cinemas 2 & 3
Focus Film Festival for teenagers and young adults is curated by the Barbican Young Programmers. This year's theme is CHRONIC YOUTH - coming of age, breaking the rules and taking risks, doing things differently and seeing the world in a distinctive, exciting way. Includes the BFI Film Academy Showcase, and a screening of the acclaimed Gueros from by first time director Alonso Ruizpalacios.
The veteran American icon himself, Richard Gere, will be at Picturehouse Central on March 3 to discuss his latest role as a homeless man on the cold streets of New York, in Orin Moverman's Time Out of Mind.
Time Out of Mind, from Academy Award nominated writer/director Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER, RAMPART), is a haunting look at life on the streets immersing viewers in one man"s daily quest to survive. Richard Gere delivers a soul-baring performance as George, a man whose struggle to find food and a place to sleep in New York City is beautifully captured with remarkable realism and heartrending compassion. Shuffled into the unforgiving bureaucracy of a men's shelter, George seems destined to wind up as just another lost soul swallowed up by the system--until he meets a gregarious, down-and-out ex-jazzman (played by Broadway legend Ben Vereen) who inspires George to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Cinematically stunning and shot in an eloquently observational style, Time Out of Mind is an unforgettable plunge into a world that is all too easily overlooked.
He's back, this time as part of his 'Love is Blind 2016' tour (following from the 'Love is Blind 2015' tour, you get the picture, its a yearly thing). Tommy Wiseau, director, producer, star and general face of what is probably the most popular worst film ever made - The Room- is back to present a short run of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema. Find out why the PCC is truly the best place to experience this film...
Details from the PCC:
We are just one month away from the return of the man, the myth, the cult-legend, Tommy Wiseau! Each year, Tommy stops by The Prince Charles Cinema to host his cult hit THE ROOM. Part of his LOVE IS BLIND 2016 TOUR, this year Tommy will once again be hitting the stage before each screening to introduce the film and to answer some questions. And as usual, Tommy will be available in the bar between shows selling merchandise, taking pictures. and signing autographs!
Also screening before THE ROOM we will have new footage from Tommy Wiseau's latest project THE NEIGHBORS. These screenings certainly make for a fun time! Extra screenings have been added due to demand and are selling fast, so make sure you BOOK NOW to avoid missing out!
THE ROOM with TOMMY WISEAU LIVE ON STAGE
THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY 18:45 *SOLD OUT*
THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY 21:30 *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY 18:45 *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY 21:30 *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY 00:30 *NEW SCREENING*
SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 21:00 *NEW SCREENING*
For full details see:
Box Office 0845 120 7527
Barbican Highlights February 2016
Screening in the cinemas this February will be some of the best new releases including Spotlight, Trumbo, A Bigger Splash, Mavis!, and Little Girl Blue.
This comedy from Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress) follows the fortunes of Charlotte and Alice, two twenty-somethings who work in publishing by day, and by night frequent the disco club scene of 1980s New York. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.
The first event curated by this years Barbican Young Programmers - a group of 14 to 24 year olds who meet each month. See website for more details.
Tue 9 Feb 8.40pm, Cinema 2
Following a screening of director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed dramatisation of the creation of Facebook, Network pioneer Michelle Girvan explains how her field of research reflects and is reflected in our social lives. Girvan discusses how social media websites like Facebook, which have dramatically transformed the nature of human interactions, are invaluable to scientists because they generate and store massive amounts of Big Data that can be used to gain new insights into human behaviour.
Sun 21 Feb 4pm, Cinema 1
The Barbican launches a series of masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema, which took visual style and set design to the furthest extreme. The rarely screened film From Morning to Midnight is one of the most radical works of the German Expressionist movement, and uses stylized sets designed by Robert Neppach. The film will be accompanied live by Stephen Horne on piano, flute and accordion, and Martin Pyne on percussion.
This series of films presents the less saccharine aspects of love. Includes screenings of Normal Love; Who Killed Teddy Bear; The Mother and the Whore; and 2046.
Each of the films are screening in either 35mm or 16mm prints.
For full details visit the website.
Fri 11 Feb 7.30pm, Frobisher Auditorium 2
Eames scholar Pat Kirkham explores the Eameses fascinating and varied relationships with the Hollywood film industry, ranging from design commissions and advisory positions on celebrated films such as Wilders Love in the Afternoon (1957) and The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), to their support of those affected by the political blacklisting of Hollywood professionals during the McCarthy era. This talk is part of The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition in the Barbican Gallery until 16 February.
Wed 3 Feb 6pm, Cinema 1
Opera Soprano Renée Fleming introduces a special screening of American Voices, the documentary made around the festival she created and hosted at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington. The festival celebrated a variety of music from Classical to Broadway, Pop to Rock and Gospel, Jazz, and Country, and brought together some of Americas greatest singers for a host of performances, masterclasses, and open discussions about the future of the craft. Featuring performances from Renée Fleming, Diane Reeves, Eric Owens, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Kim Burrell.
This event is part of the Barbicans Artist Spotlight on soprano Renée Fleming.
Highlights of the month:
See BFI website for full list of events and screenings
Thursday 18 February, 18:30 – BFI FLARE 2016 PREVIEW-preview of the BFI's LGBTQ festival.
Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 February – BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL. The BFI Future Film Festival returns for its ninth year with its biggest and best line-up yet of screenings and workshops for 15-25 year olds. Details of the festival will be released in the New Year.
Friday 5 February Oscar Animated Short Film Catch-Up- the BFI are screening this year's Oscar hopefuls across February and this session celebrates the animated short contenders.
Wednesday 3 February, 18:00 – PREVIEW: Trumbo (Jay Roach, 2015). Trumbo stars Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as the titular character, a blacklisted scriptwriter struggling under the McCarthyite shadow cast over 1950s America.
Wednesday 3 February, 18:10 & 20:30 – EXPERIMENTA: Peter Gidal’s Experimental Film Programmes display the work of the former London Film Co-op Cinema from 1971-1974.
NEW RELEASES: THE ASSASSIN – Extended run of Cannes winner The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Main February Strands:
Part two of this retrospective covers a period of extraordinary diversity and radical changes in Godard’s methods and artistic output.
Sturges’ audacious screwball comedies careen from divine lunacy to biting satire and are among the funniest films ever made.
Rudkin’s TV dramas are infused with ancient myth and contemporary meaning, with many achieving cult status.
We take the opportunity to screen some of the best-loved titles made under Lasseter’s creative leadership at Disney.
Romantic films to share with your loved one.
Your chance to watch the films in contention.
A special programme celebrating the year of the monkey.
See BFI website for full list of events and screenings
Prince Charles Cinema
Following the sad news of the passing of the legendary David Bowie, there have been plenty of tribute screenings of his film work across London. The Prince Charles Cinema however have scheduled a bonus LABYRINTH screening with a twist:
they have teamed with the Visual Effects Society of London and invited some of the original special effects crew from LABYRINTH to come down and talk about the special effects from the film. Some of these people haven't been in the same room together since 1986.
They’ll also be donating 25% of the Box Office to MacMillan Cancer Support.
Thursday 17th 6.15pm
The excellent Brooklyn, which features an impressive performance from star Saiorse Ronan, has been garnering great reviews (including 4 stars here from Smoke Screen) and will be playing at the Ritzy this month with star Julie Walters and director John Crowley in attendance.
Set in the 1950s, when Irish economic migration was at its height, this good-hearted adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s bestseller stars Saoirse Ronan (HANNA) as Eilis Lacey, who leaves rural Wexford for a menial job and a rackety boarding house in the eponymous Brooklyn. Run by the sharp-tongued Mrs Kehoe (Walters, hilarious), her new digs lead to a mutually supportive relationship with a local priest (an avuncular Jim Broadbent), chaste church socials, and eventually a romance with Tony, an Irish-American boy (Emory Cohen).
Ultimately Eilis has to choose between her new love and a beau back home (Gleeson), and between the life she left in Ireland and the one unfolding in the New World. Nick Hornby’s sensitive but never syrupy screenplay is perceptively implemented by director John Crowley (BOY A).
My Nazi Legacy is a new documentary that focuses on a human-rights lawyer who conducts deep, soul-baring conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII - Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself. A difficult but vital testimony to the crimes of the Nazis, the difficulties of reconciliation and acceptance, and the importance of international law, the film played at London Film Festival and was highly rated by Smoke Screen.
The film screening at Everyman Hampstead will be followed by a live Q&A with director David Evans and writer/presenter Philippe Sands.
BFI October/November Highlights: BFI Love Season, Brief Encounter, Tarkovsky and British TV Documentaries...
Note- the BFI London Film Festival takes over much of the normal programming for the BFI during October.
Highlights for October/November include:
- This period sees the launch of the BFI's multi-month LOVE season. Launch event Leading Ladies of Love is a panel talk on what the future holds for leading women working in cinema today.
- An extended run of David Lean's Russian-set epic, Dr Zhivago, newly restored in 4K digital. A highlight of the LOVE season.
- A preview of Todd Hayne's Cannes-winning Carol, a highlight of the BFI LOVE season.
- An extended run of Tony Scott's fable-like, lunatic romance, True Romance.
- A talk with Sir David Attenborough on natural world TV programming.
- Soho Sex Club Night- a series of docs take you into the underworld of London's kinkiest district.
- Make More Noise! Suffragettes on Film- the exploits of the women's rights movement captured in archive footage.
- Beyond the Lights and Q&A with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and star Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
- A 70th Anniversary extended run of Brief Encounter.
- BFI October/November Main Seasons:
Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart.
Television offered the factual filmmaker a host of new opportunities in its formative decades..
Tarkovsky’s magnificent seven feature films use memory, dreams, long takes and fractured time to transform the art of cinema.
See BFI website for more details on strands, extended runs, special programmes, family events and more.
October highlights include:
Woody Allen: Film by Film season featuring The Purple Rose of Cairo and Sweet and Lowdown. Two special screenings will celebrate 50 years of Woody Allen's feature films and the publication of film critic and Allen fan Jason Solomon's new book Woody Allen: Film by Film (Carlton Press).
Plus as part of the Allen season, there will be a presentation by Jason Solomons and a ScreenTalk with star of Sweet and Lowdown, Samantha Morton;
Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch - live screenings.
Head Trips - Films for the Inner Eye- a season of repertory screenings that has been programmed to dazzle and elate audiences and complement the Barbican's psychedelic music series Transcender (24 - 27 Sep), includes a rare screening of Gaspar Noe's Enter the Void UNCUT.
Science on Screen: Stalker + Presentation by complex systems scientist J Doyne Farmer.
27 Sep 5:30pm, Prince Charles Cinema.
Click here for tickets for Get Real
A new strand at the PCC kicks off with a special event at The Prince Charles Cinema... UNICORN NIGHTS. This strand aims to be a celebration of cinema for "all colours of the rainbow, featuring films that look at all things LGBTQUAI (and any other letters that might have been missed)".
It all starts on Sunday 27th September with GET REAL, billed as"a somewhat forgotten but much loved gay teen film from the nineties, which won awards around the world including the Audience Award at The Edinburgh Film Festival. It’s not all fantasy and romance, but deals with the reality of coping with blossoming sexuality in a world which, though only twenty years ago, is so different to that enjoyed by young gay people today. Our hero, sixteen-year-old Steven Carter, has to try and find happiness through cottaging and casual encounters. Initially, it all seems futile, but this hilarious and moving film takes a turn when he encounters the local hottie in a park loo and the worlds of this shy geek and the jock collide."
Alongside the screening will be a panel discussion and Q&A featuring the director Simon Shore, screenwriter Patrick Wilde (who also wrote the original play) and lead actor Ben Silverstone.
More details at:
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:
South Bank and Waterloo Weekender (26-27 September) as part of London on Fil
Director Julien Temple and actress Patsy Kensit onstage for as part of London on Film screening of Absolute Beginners
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.
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.
BFI September Seasons.
This year’s Best Director in Cannes, Hou Hsiao-Hsien finds human truths in exquisite images.
Join us in celebrating the 50-year film career of John Waters, a true auteur and filth elder.
Some of the most enduring images of London, created by filmmakers who rethought its landscape.
The occasion of ITV’s 60th birthday affords an opportunity to look back at the channel’s earliest days.
45 YEARS (15) PLUS Q&A WITH ANDREW HAIGH, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING AND TOM COURTENAY AT CURZON CHELSEA (19 August, 6.15pm)
CURZON CHELSEA, WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 6.15PM
A chance to catch a preview of a film that has been gathering buzz at previews and festivals, with a cast Q&A at Curzon Chelsea after.
See details from Curzon below:
Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), containing news that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories.
Though Kate continues to prepare for the anniversary, she becomes increasingly concerned by Geoff’s preoccupation with the letter and the ensuing revelations about his past. By the time the party comes round, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Anchored by sensational performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, 45 Years is an intimate, moving and beautifully restrained portrait of a marriage shaken to its core by things left unspoken. Winning Best Actor and Best Actress awards at this year's Berlinale Film Festival, Andrew Haigh’s (Weekend, Looking) 45 Years is British filmmaking at its very best.
Q&A screening: Director Andrew Haigh and lead actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay join us for a post screening discussion. Wednesday 19 August 6.15pm CHELSEA
4 August, 7pm.
Following on from While We’re Young (reviewed here), director Noah Baumbach is back with another wry comedy of manners, co-written with his frequent star, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha). Gerwig plays Brooke, the new best friend of Tracy (Kirke, Gone Girl), a smart but slightly disappointed new girl in town whose mother is engaged to Brooke’s father. Tracy is soon swept up in a variety of hijinks as she gets on the Brooke rollercoaster.
Director Noah Baumbach and lead Greta Gerwig will be participating in a Q&A following this preview screening.