BFI July 2014 - highlights of the month

As always, the BFI have jammed in a eye-watering number of special events, Q&As and one-off screenings into their July season. Here are just a few of the highlights from the upcoming month, with the main film season strands listed at the bottom of the article.

See BFI Website for full July Events List

See BFI Website for the main July strands

Peter Fonda Q&A - tying in to the month's Dennis Hopper season, the BFI welcomes the veteran actor to the stage to discuss working with Hopper on the cult indie film Easy Rider, and his long  career elsewhere. Of note is the chance to see Easy Rider itself in the Hopper season, plus his career-ending directorial effort The Last Movie.

Richard Lester Q&A - the director of the hit Beatle's film A Hard Day's Night will be in person to discuss the film, which has an extended run. Worth seeing for the songs (obviously) but also for it's unconventional aesthetic, and surprising cynical tone about the fab four's fame.


Peter Greenaway Q&A - a rare appearance from the director of The Draughtsman's Contract and the new Goltzius & The Pelican Company.


A Preview of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon with Q&A with Gordon, given that this is Mike 'Austin Power' Myers' directorial debut, surely it counts as essential viewing. The subject also sounds intriguing, a truly larger than life figure.


Passport to Cinema continues the exploration of pre-censorship Hollywood-includes the original 1932 gangster film Scarface. This has been a superb BFI season which has worked to undermine the conventional image of pre-WWII Hollywood cinema as tame.


Also screening in July:

  • Screenings of the recently discovered Derek Jarman film, Will You Dance With Me?
  • A new digital restoration of Orson Welles's The Lady from Shanghai.
  • A new digital restoration of the classic comedy Some Like it Hot
  • BUG 43 - a hosted music video and internet mash up event that mixes irreverent web -inspired laughs with genuine discoveries (regular host Adam Buxton is on hiatus).
  • Discover Arab Cinema Strand.

See BFI Website for the main July strands


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