This empathic, authentic-feeling drama was a treat to catch at Sundance London earlier in the year. Now the BFI have a mid-september preview of Crystal Moselle's (The Wolfpack) first feature: Skate Kitchen. Timid Long Island skater-girl Camille (Vinberg) befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew (the eponymous Skate Kitchen). The confident, independent girl gang help Camille come out of her shell and provide a support system when she falls out with her mother.
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Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building| 4 July| 7pm
A true once-in-a-generation star, Whitney Houston’s radiant talent was tragically undermined by the demons she was battling offstage. Made by the Oscar-winning duo of director Kevin Macdonald (Marley, Touching the Void), and producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man), and featuring exclusive interviews with her family and collaborators, Whitney is the definitive story of her life, and is destined to become this year’s Amy.
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…
Thursday 8 September 9.00pm
Nick Cave: One More Time With Feeling is a special one-off cinema event: a film based around the creation of Nick Cave's latest album, Skeleton Tree. It is directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling and will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear the sixteenth studio album from Cave and his Bad Seeds band. The film will screen in cinemas across the world on 8th September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album.
Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination.
UKJF Presents: Café Society
Wednesday 31 August - 8:30pm at Phoenix Cinema
The Phoenix Cinema offers a chance to see Woody Allen’s highly anticipated Café Society before anyone else whilst supporting UK Jewish Film.
Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, a charming woman who happens to be his employer’s mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite, until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.
See BFI website for full details of August screenings and events.
Highlights for August:
Preview of Argentinian director Pablo Trapero's crime thriller The Clan, based on the true story of the Pucccio clan.
Preview of Julieta and intro by director Pedro Almodovar - A ravishing study of love and loss from one of contemporary cinema’s great auteurs. The screening on Thursday 11 Aug will be introduced by director Pedro Almodóvar and actor Rossy de Palma. Also see Pedro Almodovar in conversation.
Barry Lyndon extended run- Stanley Kubrick's ravishing adaptation of Thackeray's novel gets the 4K digital re-release treatment.
Sid and Nancy extended run- a reissue of Alex Cox's punk classic, playing as part of Punk.London season.
A unique insight into one of contemporary cinema’s most brilliant filmmakers.
Punk continues to be a driving force for change and this season looks back to the past, engages with the present and views into the future.
Part two of our season continues to highlight some of Gold’s most remarkable work for TV, as well as his successful move into features.
These films, made by and detailing the lives of those who lived through WWI are undeniably the ‘real thing’.
A selection of films to celebrate the career of this extraordinary screen icon.
Barry Lyndon- Kubrick's beautiful adaptation of Thackeray's novel, back in a digital re-issue for an extended run.
The Neon Demon- a preview of Nicholas Winding Refn's divisive and delicious slice of dark horror.
The Heiress- part of the BFI's tribute to actress Olivia de Havilland.
The Naked Civil Servant- the groundbreaking dramatisation of the line of Quentin Crisp, part of the BFI's tribute to director Jack Gold.
The Battle of the Somme - the full length documentary made in 1916 that was a huge box office success back in the day.
Regular strands and seasons:
The concluding part of the BFI’s Spielberg season takes us into darker territory.
We salute feminist trailblazer Olivia de Havilland, as the great Hollywood Golden Age actress turns 100.
Over an amazing 60-year career Jack Gold directed some of the most perfectly crafted films for both big and small screen.
Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns, showcasing the best independent films from the Indian subcontinent.
Part two of the BFI’s look at WWI on film, focusing on the experience of the people who lived through it.
Michael Moore’s new entertaining travelogue reveals that wholesome American values are alive and well, just not in America. After a preview of his new documentary at Picturehouse Central, the filmmaker will take part in a Q&A hosted by none other than Louis Theroux.
Details of the film:
Oscar winning director Michael Moore is back with Where To Invade Next: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Just in time for election season, America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where To Invade Next. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, Where To Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Oscar winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.
See BFI website for full details of seasons, events and other screenings in June 2016 at BFI Southbank, Imax and beyond.
June 2016 Highlights:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)- Kicking off the BFI's tribute to Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi classic returns for an exclusive run at BFI Southbank in a new 35mm print to 9 June.
Affirm! + Q&A with actor Teodor Corban, screenwriter Florin Lazarescu, and director, Radu Jude appearing via Skype- A constable and his son search for a runaway Roma in this much-praised original Romanian ‘western.’
Ghost in the Shell - the hugely influential 1995 cyberpunk anime from director Mamoru Ishii screens once more, a tribute to 25 years of distributor Manga Entertainment. Also screening is the 2015 Japanese update -Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie - from director Kazuya Nomura.
June 2016 Main Seasons at BFI Southbank:
Part one of the BFI’s Spielberg season is full of fear and awe, includes Jaws, Close Encounters and Duel.
In recent years Romanian films have won prizes and praise a-plenty. It’s time to explore what makes them so special.
Television’s exploration of cities and the built environment has long been an outlet for Britain’s most imaginative critical voices.
A weekend of some of the best new Japanese anime.
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.
Previews: Love and Friendship with director Whit Stillman Q&A.
Previews: Florence Foster Jenkins with director Stephen Frears and star Hugh Grant Q&A.
Re-Release of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968)- specially remastered for the BFI Shakespeare on Film Season.
Steven Spielberg Tribute Season opening film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (directors cut).
African Odysseys presents: Makibefo + Q&A with director Alexander Abela as part of Shakespeare on Film Season.
Budd Boetticher double bill of westerns- playing as part of the BFI's Ride Lonesome western tribute.
Shakespeare on Film
Concluding the season of films based on and inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.
The Woman Who Kicked Down Doors: The uncompromising films of Antonia Bird
Wake-up calls about how homelessness, homophobia, class prejudice and machismo made life hell.
Ride Lonesome: The Psychological Western
In the postwar years, the western took a turn into darker psychological territory in a series of fascinating films that questioned the frontier myths of old.
Crossing the Threshold: Experimental films and live performances from Malcolm Le Grice
Malcolm Le Grice’s seminal films explore the transformation of images and perception.
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
Director Gavin Hood introduces this preview at the Phoenix Cinema of his military thriller Eye in the Sky. The film features one of the last appearances on screen of the late, great Alan Rickman, and appropriately the screening is in aid of one of his favourite charities.
Hard edged Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture a terrorist group living in a safehouse in Kenya. Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a child enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Featuring the late and great Alan Rickman in one of his final performances, Eye In The Sky is a military nail biter which carries wit, integrity and insight.
"This picture satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns." - John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter
We are proud to present this screening in association with research charity
Saving Faces, of which Alan Rickman was a proud patron. All proceeds from this screening will go to Saving Faces and help fund the Alan Rickman Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC).
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.
The 2015 Palme d'Or winner from French director Jacques Audiard appropriately gets a preview screening at London's Cine Lumiere on 30 March.
To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a suburb of Paris. But the daily violence Dheepan confronts quickly reopens his war wounds.
The preview screening will be preceded by an introduction by Dr. Julia Dobson, Reader in Contemporary French Film and Performance at the University of Sheffield.
115 mins In Tamil, French & English with English subtitles.
France | 2015 | col | dir. Jacques Audiard, with Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan | Preview screening.
Goethe-Institute London. Wednesday 30 March 7pm
Sebastian Schipper's Victoria was shot in one exhilarating take, with all the action taking place in 138 minutes across Berlin by night. It is the middle of the night in Berlin. As Victoria, a young Spanish woman, is leaving a nightclub she crosses paths with Sonne and his three friends Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. Before she knows it she has joined the four Berliners for what starts as an aimless roam through the nocturnal city, but ends as something different. Life turned upside down in the space of 3 hours.
Germany 2015, colour, 138mins. German and English with English subtitles.
Director: Sebastian Schipper. With Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, Andre M. Hennicke, Anna Lena Klenke, Philipp Kubitza, Eike Frederick Schulz, Hans Ulrich Laux.
The film will be released in the UK on 1 April 2016
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.
BFI Highlights for March 2016: Godard, Preston Sturges, Frank Cvitanovich and John Lasseter at Disney...
- International Women's Day screening of Speed Sisters, a film about women, by women.
- A screening of Kent Jones's acclaimed documentary about the meeting of two filmmaking legends: Hitchcock/Truffaut, + Q&A. Hitchcock's masterpieces Vertigo and Psycho also have extended runs at the BFI to accompany Jones's documentary.
- A rare chance to see director Jean-Luc Godard's audio-visual history of cinema, in Histoires du Cinema.
- Ben Wheatley's highly anticipated adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise previews at the BFI, with the director appearing for a Q&A after.
- The BFI African Odysseys strand presents a screening of Bentley Dean and Martin Butlers' Tanna.
March Main Film and TV Seasons:
The final part of this retrospective focuses on Godard’s historical films and videos, and the astonishing creativity and vitality of his most recent work.
Unfaithfully Yours: The comedies of Preston Sturges
Concluding the BFI’s Preston Sturges season with some of the most furious and hysterically funny films to come out of Hollywood in the 40s.
The Gentle and the Strong: The Documentaries of Frank Cvitanovich
A sense of intimacy and wonder pervades the remarkable documentaries of Frank Cvitanovich.
John Lasseter: A Decade at Disney
More much-loved titles made under Lasseter’s creative leadership at Disney.
See BFI Website for full listings of events and screenings.
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
January 2016 Highlights:
An extended run of Jean-Luc Godard's colourful, sumptuous relationship drama Le Mepris, starring a smouldering Brigitte Bardot.
Godard's muse Anna Karina will also be attending for Q&As after several screenings of Godard films in which she appeared:
Saturday 16 January, 15:10 – SCREENING: Bande à part + Q&A with Anna Karina
Saturday 16 January, 17:50 – SCREENING: Le Mépris + Q&A with Anna Karina
Saturday 16 January, 20:40 – SCREENING: Vivre sa vie + Q&A with Anna Karina
A preview of Lenny Abrahamsson's festival award-winning drama Room, starring an outstanding Brie Larson. You can read the Smoke Screen review from London Film Festival here.
A Funday Preview of The Iron Giant, the animated adaptation of Ted Hughes acclaimed story in a remastered version with extra scenes.
Mark Kermode in 3D. The idiosyncratic and beloved broadcaster and critic kicks off a new regular in-person series at the BFI.
BUG Special: 10 Years of Because Music- Adam Buxton takes viewers through a visual history of the eclectic music label that has houses artists like Justice and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
BFI Flare turns 30 - in celebration of the LGBT festival's 30th anniversary this year, the BFI are screening several notable films, including Todd Haynes's Poison.
Extended run of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's elegant period "wuxia" martial arts epic The Assassin, voted the number 1 film of 2015 in the BFI's Sight and Sound magazine
A seminal film director and a leading contemporary artist whose work in diverse media and changing historical contexts demands to be re-examined.
With anticipation for The Hateful Eight reaching fever pitch, it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the oeuvre of Tarantino on the big screen in 35mm.
Each weekend in January the BFI is offering you the chance to experience a matinee programme, 1940s-style.
A master craftsman of the small screen, who’s been at the helm of some of Britain’s most memorable productions.
See BFI website for full listings of events, talks, previews and strands in January and beyond.
With his acclaimed 1950s love drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, due to hit UK cinemas on 27 November, director Todd Hayne's previous work surely deserves re-appraisal. Carol went down a storm at Cannes, with the film being selected to compete for the Palme d'Or, and Mara tied for the Best Actress award. The film currently holds a 93% score on Rottentomatoes.
To mark the release of Carol, Picturehouse Central will be screening a Todd Haynes triple bill on 22 November, There is not a weak film in the trio, and all three will be screening from 35mm prints. Tickets and details here. Haynes himself will be attending a Q&A screening of Carol later on 24 November at 6pm. Ticket and details here.
Haynes Triple Bill details:
1.00 – Safe (15)
Director: Todd Haynes. UK/USA 1995. 119 mins.
An homemaker develops multiple chemical sensitivity in Haynes's acerbic satire of American suburban mores starring Julianne Moore.
3.15 – Far From Heaven (12A)
Director: Todd Haynes. USA/France. 107 mins.
Closest in tone and style to Carol, Haynes's Douglas Sirk pastiche is set in 1950s Connecticut. A housewife (Julianne Moore) faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the community.
5.30 – I'm Not There (15)
Director: Todd Haynes. USA/Germany/Canada 2007. 136 mins.
Haynes's theatrical feature takes the form of ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan. Six characters, depicted by stars including Cate Blanchett and Ben Whishaw, embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.
Not due out in the UK until January 2016 but already garnering awards buzz from the festival circuit abroad, Spotlight tells the true story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.
Director and co-writer Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer, along with The Boston Globe journalists that the film is based on: Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson, Sacha Pfeiffer and Mike Resends will be at the Frontline Club for a special Q&A after this early preview. The discussion will be chaired by the former head of BBC News and director of the centre for journalism at Cardiff University, Richard Sambrook,
14 November 3pm.
Nicholas Hytner's new film, out on 13 November, charts the stage relationship between playwright Alan Bennett and the titular lady in the van, who actually was an elderly woman living in a van parked in his driveway for 15 years. The film is adapted by Alan Bennett from his own 1999 stage play and 2009 BBC Radio 4 drama both of the same name, and is a 'mostly true' story. Maggie Smith stars as the lady, with Alex Jennings as Bennett.
Everyman Hampstead will be hosting an exclusive live Q&A with director Nicholas Hytner and producer Kevin Loader on 14th November in Hampstead, and several other cinemas will be broadcasting the session via satellite after a screening.
Critically acclaimed streetwear documentary Fresh Dressed gets a special preview screening by We Are Parable on the 24th October at The Rio Cinema.
Directed by Mass Appeal’s Sacha Jenkins, executive produced by hip hop superstar Nas and featuring interviews with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Diddy and Pusha T, the documentary explores the relationship between hip hop and fashion.
A panel discussion will be held directly after the screening with speakers including:
Wale Adeyemi MBE, founder of B-side
Marc Hare, founder of Mr Hare
Rich Blk, curator and designer (Fila, Sean John)
Claudine Rousseau, Head of Fashion Sportwear at the London College of Fashion
The Smoke Screen has been a fan of the work of director Marc Silver, you can see the review of his previous film Who is Dayani Crystal (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) archived on the site. So it is only right that his new, highly topical film 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets gets a mention here, as the Ritzy will be hosting a preview with a Q&A with Silver on 3 October.
In 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.
Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of unraveling the truth. 3 1⁄2 Minutes follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.
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.
LEGEND (18) + Q&A WITH DIRECTOR BRIAN HELGELAND
Wed 9 September 5.45pm
£10.50, 8.50 members, £8 concs
Tom Hardy stars as both of East London's most notorious gangsters, Ronald and Reginald Kray both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a double performance.
The Rich Mix, appropriately given its East End location, will be hosting a live Q&A with Academy Award® winner and Legend director Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, L.A Confidential, Mystic River), who'll offer insight into the life and relationship of the infamous twins.
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.
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.