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This page lists changes to the Festival programme not represented in the printed brochure.

Last update: 3 Oct 2019

ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAMME:

Please note this addition to the programme:
BBC RADIO 3's SOUND OF CINEMA: WHAT'S THE SCORE WITH DICKENS?
Fri 4 Oct 20.00 ALEXANDRA PALACE THEATRE
The LFF hosts a special edition of BBC Radio 3's weekly film music programme Sound of Cinema with a concert of live music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer, and presented by Matthew Sweet. The programme reflects our Opening Night Gala: The Personal History of David Copperfield, with a wide ranging selection of music exploring the world of Dickens on film.
Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked in advance through the BFI box office.

LFF CONNECTS: WILLIAM NICHOLSON
Sat 5 Oct 11:00 Curzon Soho
Celebrated screenwriter, playwright, novelist and filmmaker William Nicholson joins us to discuss his career journey from working for the BBC as a director of documentary films to the making of Hope Gap, his second feature film as writer and director. Having directed numerous television documentaries from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, Nicholson went on to write the plays Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award, as well as award-winners Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first stage play, an adaptation of Shadowlands, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway. In 1993 he was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. His second Oscar nomination came for his co-writing work on the Russell Crow blockbuster Gladiator in 2001. Since then, his screenwriting credits include: Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Misérables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Breathe and Everest. In between working as a screenwriter and novelist, Nicholson wrote and directed his first feature film Firelight (1997). Hope Gap premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
This talk will be hosted by Kevin Loader, Producer.
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

SCREEN TALK: MICHAEL B. JORDAN
Sun 6 Oct 11:30 Odeon Luxe Leicester Square
With a career trajectory that parallels frequent creative collaborator Ryan Coogler, Michael B Jordan's rise has been meteoric. From a stunning, acclaimed performance in Coogler's Sundance-winning Fruitvale Station in 2013, he went on to global megastar status with an intense, soulful turn as titular pugilist Adonis Creed in the Creed series of films and, as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, he became the 'baddie' that everyone loathed to hate. Pre-Fruitvale, Jordan impressed in television with roles in acclaimed shows The Wire when he was still in his teens and, just a few years later, Friday Night Lights. Moving into producing, he started his own company Outlier Society, which has a first look deal with Warner Brothers. A powerful advocate for inclusion in the industry, Outlier was one of the first in 2018 to publicly adopt the Inclusion Rider - a contractual stipulation which requires the hiring of a diverse cast and crew on projects. Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is one of the first projects the company have produced with the Rider in place. The film stars Jordan in a lead role which garnered rave reviews on its recent World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.
This talk will be hosted by Clara Amfo, Radio & TV broadcaster
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

SCREEN TALK: RIAN JOHNSON
Tue 8 Oct 15:00 NFT1
We're delighted to welcome Rian Johnson to the BFI London Film Festival, to talk about his career and the making of his fifth feature Knives Out: a wickedly witty and stylish murder mystery, which the Maryland-born filmmaker has described as "an attempt to capture the twisty fun of an Agatha Christie whodunit." A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Johnson debuted with 2005's Brick, which ingeniously transposed the stylized tropes of Dashiell Hammett's hardboiled detective fiction to a Californian high school setting. Made for just $500,000 and boasting a memorable lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this fresh take on neo-noir won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance Film Festival.
Three years later, Johnson showed his comedic verve with globe-trotting conman caper The Brothers Bloom, before reuniting with Gordon-Levitt (starring alongside Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt) for 2012's time travelling sci-fi thriller Looper. A critical and commercial hit which further displayed his dazzling command of genre, its success led this most inventive of Hollywood auteurs to both write and direct Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A fearlessly bold continuation of the beloved space opera saga, the latter became the highest grossing film of 2017 and one of the most successful movies of all time.
Tickets £18
This talk will be hosted by Mark Kermode, Film Critic.

LFF CONNECTS: ATOM EGOYAN
Tue 8 Oct 16:40 NFT1
Exploring issues around memory, displacement, and the impact of technology and media on modern life, Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. Egoyan joins us to discuss his distinguished body of work - which includes opera, theatre, music, and art installations - and the making of Guest of Honour, his latest exploration of unresolved personal trauma and its unintended consequences. Starting his career as a short film director at the age of 17, Egoyan made his feature debut in 1984 with his film Next of Kin. His commercial breakthrough came with Exotica (1994), for which he received the Grand Prix in Brussels, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. It was Egoyan's adaptation of Russell Banks' novel The Sweet Hereafter (1997) which resulted in his best-known work, earning him three prizes at the 50th Cannes Film Festival-the Grand Prix, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film also saw Egoyan nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1998 Academy Awards. In 2009, Egoyan directed the erotic thriller Chloe, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role; the film became one of the higher-grossing specialty films of that year. Egoyan is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France.
This talk will be hosted by Jonathan Romney, BFI London Film Festival Advisor, France.
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

SCREEN TALK: LUKAS MOODYSSON
Tue 8 Oct 11:00 NFT3
We're delighted to welcome back writer-director Lukas Moodysson to the BFI London Film Festival, to talk about his career and the making of his first TV series Gösta. Set in rustic Småland, this loving satire about a kindly child psychologist (played by rising Midsommar star Vilhelm Blomgren) has been described by its creator as "a mix of comedy and Dostoevsky - as funny as possible and as serious as possible." Raised in provincial Sweden, Moodysson made an immediate mark on global cinema with 1998's Show Me Love: a hugely acclaimed coming-of-age drama depicting the awkward romance between two teenage girls in a boring small town. His seemingly effortless blend of empathy and insight continued two years later with Together, a humorous portrait of an idealistic commune in 1970s Stockholm. The filmmaker took a darker turn with third feature Lilya- 4-ever (2002), a drawn from real life tale of sexual slavery, and the experimental porn exploration A Hole in My Heart (2004). He made his English language debut with 2009's Mammoth, starring Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal, followed by a triumphant return to Swedish storytelling with 2013's We Are the Best!, an exuberant adaptation of his wife Coco's girl-punk graphic novel.
Tickets £18
This talk will be hosted by Sarah Lutton, BFI London Film Festival Programme Advisor, Nordic Region.

SCREEN TALK: CÉLINE SCIAMMA
Wed 9 Oct 12:00 NFT1
Acclaimed director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma joins us to talk about her career and the making of her fourth feature film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Fascinated by female identity and sexual fluidity during adolescence, Sciamma's 2007 debut Water Lilies explored burgeoning teenage desire among synchronised swimmers; it screened in the section Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three César Awards, including the award for Best Debut. Her second film, Tomboy (2011), depicted a 10-year-old transgender child, premiering at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was subsequently shown in French schools as part of an educational programme. In 2014, Sciamma completed Girlhood, which she considered the final part of a thematic coming-of-age trilogy, following Water Lilies and Tomboy. Girlhood screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In between directing her own films, Sciamma continues to work as a screenwriter for other directors, including André Téchiné, with whom she co-wrote the screenplay for his 2016 film Being 17. In 2017 Sciamma won the Cesar Award for Best Writing for her adaptation of Gilles Paris' 2002 novel My Life as a Courgette. Her latest film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, premiered In Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm and the award for Best Screenplay.
This talk will be hosted by Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director.
Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

JUST MERCY
Sat 5 Oct 14:45 Vue7
Wed 9 Oct 14:15 Odeon Luxe Leicester Square
Dir Destin Daniel Cretton. Prod Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B Jordan. Scr Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham. With Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson. USA 2019. 136 min. UK Distribution Warner Bros. Entertainment UK
Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama based on real events.
Fresh from Harvard Law School, fledgling attorney Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) defies the wishes of his parents, who are concerned about the notoriously racist South, when he ventures to Alabama to open a law practice to support death row inmates routinely denied proper legal counsel. Meeting with a variety of prisoners, Stevenson soon encounters Walter "Johnny D" McMillan (Foxx), a black man accused of the brutal murder of a white teenage girl, an allegation he vehemently denies, with numerous factors clearly supporting innocence. Despite Johnny D's scepticism that he will be afforded due diligence by a corrupt system, Stevenson hires local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson), and mounts an urgent case for a retrial, uncovering a chain of injustices and crucial oversights as they search for the truth. Adapted from Bryan Stevenson's own bestselling memoir, director Destin Daniel Cretton's methodical and interrogative approach paints a searing (and often infuriating) portrait of the fight for justice in the face of structural racism, which feels all-too timely nearly three decades after the case in question. Driven by powerhouse performances from Jordan and Foxx, who are ably supported by a stellar cast including Larson, Rafe Spall and O'Shea Jackson Jr, this is cinema at its most inspiring and essential.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.
Please note the screening on Wed 9 Oct 14:15 will now be unallocated with all seats in the Stalls section of Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.

THE FRIEND
Mon 7 Oct 18:00 Curzon Mayfair
Thu 10 Oct 12:00 Vue4
Dir Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Prod Kevin Walsh, Michael Pruss, Ryan Stowell, Teddy Schwarzman. Scr Brad Ingelsby. With Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck. USA 2019. 124 min. UK Distribution STXinternational
Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama detailing how a friend saved a family after a young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.
The tagline of Matt Teague's autobiographical article from a 2015 issue of Esquire devastatingly reads: 'His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left'. A sensitive adaptation of that piece, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's (Blackfish) The Friend is a deeply affecting study of love, with Affleck and Johnson as the Teagues and Jason Segel their closest friend Dane, the man who saved Matt's life as his wife's condition worsened. While Johnson is always a charismatic screen presence, this is essentially a portrait of male friendship, powered by two commanding performances. Segel (The Muppets, How I Met Your Mother) in particular brings warmth and charm to a soulful Dane. While viewers should expect tears from a film that tackles the notion of dying 'well' - if there is such a thing - this is also a drama about living, even when that seems unfathomable, through the love and support of friends.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

HARRIET
Fri 11 Oct 18:00 Curzon Soho
Sun 13 Oct 14:15 Embankment Garden Cinema
Dir Kasi Lemmons. Prod Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Gregory Allen Howard. Scr Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard. With Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr. USA 2019. 125 min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures International
Cynthia Erivo (Widows) gives a show-stopping and star-making turn as the American revolutionary anti-slavery heroine Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' Harriet.
Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman nonetheless escaped the South of the US and travelled alone over 100 miles on foot to the first free state, Philadelphia. But finding it impossible to enjoy her freedom while others were enslaved, she returned as a fugitive over 13 times to dangerous Confederate states, helping more than 70 people escape in the years before the Civil War. In a performance that seems to glow from within, Erivo embodies the scale of defiant, clear-minded will that helped Tubman achieve the seemingly impossible, and she's ably abetted by an impressive ensemble including Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn and Clarke Peters. And who better to bring this story to the screen than Eve's Bayou director Kasi Lemmons (whose own achievement of being one of the few female directors of colour in Hollywood for decades is also a defiant act of heroism). A timely and stirring reminder than sometimes the most powerful thing in the world is one individual with a will.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

WASP NETWORK
Sat 12 Oct 17:30 Cine Lumiere
Dir-Scr Olivier Assayas. Prod Rodrigo Teixeria, Charles Gillibert, Lourenço Sant'Anna. With Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal. France-Brazil-Spain-Belgium 2019. 130min. EST. Sales Orange Studio
Olivier Assayas takes us deep into the world of Cuban spies in Florida, in this 1990s-set espionage drama with a sting in its tail.
One morning on a routine flight, Cuban pilot René does not return to base, instead flying to Miami for a new life. Another pilot Juan Pablo swims to Guantanamo Bay and is rewarded at the U.S. military base with a McDonald's meal. As the men start to thrive in the anti-Castro expat community, they are soon running into political activism, FBI interference and the temptations of Florida life. Based on a true story, and featuring superb turns from Penélope Cruz as René's principled wife Olga and Ana de Armas as the embodiment of the American dream, director Olivier Assayas has crafted a smart, evocative and meticulously textured spy procedural, which builds to a fascinating meditation on loyalty, ideology and the human cost of espionage.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

WAVES
Sat 12 Oct 21:15 Odeon Luxe Leicester Square
Sun 13 Oct 20:30 Vue6
Dir-Scr Trey Edward Shults. Prod Jim Wilson, Kevin Turen. With Kelvin Harrison Jr, Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell. USA 2019. 135 min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures International
Following Krisha and It Comes at Night, Trey Edward Shultz continues to impress with one of the year's most dazzling cinematic achievements, a study of a family's dramatic unravelling and redemption.
Popular high-school athlete Tyler (an astonishing Kelvin Harrison Jr. who also shines in Luce) lives a seemingly privileged life. An all-star wrestler with a loving girlfriend and a supportive, affluent family, he spends his days training, and his nights partying. But beneath the fragile veneer of perfection, cracks are beginning to show. Under constant scrutiny from his overbearing father, ignoring the reality of a potentially serious shoulder injury and reeling from an unexpected development in his romantic relationship, Tyler's world looks set to implode. As the pressures around him steadily mount, a series of events are put in motion which threaten not only Tyler's happiness, but also the lives of the people he loves the most. To give too much away would risk spoiling the unforeseen complexities of this devastating family drama, which consistently surprises and astounds with its bold narrative ambition and bravura visual language. Once again, Shultz continues to prove himself one of contemporary cinema's most distinctive filmmaking talents, crafting an intricate tale which is at once bracingly experimental yet always emotionally accessible.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

We’re delighted to announce the following programme of FREE EVENTS:

BBC Radio 3 Sound of Cinema: What's the Score With Dickens?
Fri 4 Oct 20.00 ALEXANDRA PALACE THEATRE
The LFF hosts a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s weekly film music programme Sound of Cinema with a concert of live music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer, and presented by Matthew Sweet. The programme reflects our Opening Night Gala: The Personal History of David Copperfield, with a wide ranging selection of music exploring the world of Dickens on film.

DJ Night: My Friend Fela
Fri 4 Oct 21:00-01:00 BFI Bar & Kitchen, BFI Southbank
DJ Volta 45 (Doin’ Our Own Thing) and Aquila (Zilla Nights) will keep the dancefloor grooving with their collection of West African and pan-African vinyl; including tunes from Fela, along with those he inspired and those who inspired him.

Saturday 5th October

Animation Imagination!
Sat 5 Oct 10:30-12:00 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Join us for a family animation workshop where you can set your imagination free and create animated masterpieces you will be proud of! Don’t worry if you’ve never animated before as there are tutors on hand to show you how to make them like a pro - and all materials are supplied! You can get busy and messy on the crafting table making puppets and backgrounds too... all you need to bring is your love of animation! Age: 5+ Parents are welcome to stay for the duration and must accompany children below the age of 8. Children over 8 can be left to enjoy the workshop without parents in attendance.

Network@LFF Shorts Screening Programme 1: Atomisation & Loss
Sat 5 Oct 12:00-12:45 Studio, BFI Southbank
NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one-to-ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. This programme brings together films that explore the importance of community and companionship through the prism of immigration and bereavement.

Anatomy of a Film + Q&A with Tony Grisoni
Sat 5 Oct 13:15-14:15 Studio, BFI Southbank
BAFTA Winner Tony Grisoni is one of the UK's great established film and TV screenwriters with hugely impressive credits ranging from In This World directed by Michael Winterbottom to C4 series, Red Riding Trilogy and Southcliffe; his longstanding film collaboration with Terry Gilliam included the dazzling Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland and LFF2018 Laugh Gala The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. As writer/director, he has also made a number of short films (including BAFTA-nominated Kingsland #1: The Dreamer) and the brand new The Sands of Venus. Using his new short film as a jumping off point, we ask him to talk through his creative process - where do film ideas come from, are there different storytelling ‘muscles’ used for writing and directing, do you ever stop learning, and does it ever get any easier?

Film4 Shorts
Sat 5 Oct 15:00-16:00 Studio, BFI Southbank
A selection of recent Film4 shorts including Naptha, directed by Moin Hussain, which was selected for Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pompeii from directors Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, and Rebecca, the directorial debut from screenwriter Keith Akushie (Fresh Meat, Siblings, The Festival). There will also be a sneak peek at some upcoming Film4 shorts! Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

In an Age of Consent: A Discussion
Sat 5 Oct 16:00-17:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
In the wake of #MeToo the issue of consent in filmmaking and in the industry has become an urgent topic. The filmmakers in our In An Age of Consent programme tackle the complex issues of consent and here we invite you to join them for a discussion and Q&A around the questions raised in their films around consent, intimacy and sexuality in film.

Pitchblack Playback: Fela Kuti – Fela’s London Scene
Sat 5 Oct 16:30-17:15 Studio, BFI Southbank
Immersive, meditative album listening sessions in the dark. Enjoy classic album playbacks in our Studio screen, picked to complement some of our music film selections. Prepare to experience music with more detail and focus than ever before. Fela Kuti: Fela’s London Scene - Recorded at Abbey Road in London in 1971, this stunning record captures Fela at the beginning of his purple patch of studio recordings. The jazzy, sprawling arrangements will truly come alive at Pitchblack Playback’s free listening session in the dark, which compliments the LFF screening of My Friend Fela.

DJ Night: White Riot
Sat 5 Oct 21:00-01:00 BFI Bar & Kitchen, BFI Southbank
DJs Dapper D and Jaybyrd Slim (The Nitty Gritty) play reggae and new wave inspired by the Rock Against Racism movement of the late 70s and early 80s including Steel Pulse, The Clash, Misty In Roots, X-Ray Spex, The Beat, Aswad, The Slits and The Specials.

Film Criticism Read-along
Sun 6 Oct 11:00-12:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank
From waxing lyrical on Letterboxd, to reeling off a late-night drunken IMDb review, if everyone’s a critic, who should you be reading? Where’s the good writing at? Hear from some of the most exciting film critics of today on the writing that inspires them, and where to find it. Come with an appetite for wit, critical analysis and sparkling insight, and leave with a free copy of Sight & Sound!

Cult in the Canon
Sun 6 Oct 12:00-13:00 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Horror is back in vogue amongst filmmakers at LFF this year; just don’t call it ‘Elevated Genre’. Filmmakers can’t keep their hands-off horror this year, with many of your favourite arthouse auteurs using supernatural or sci-fi elements in their films to tell political or very personal stories. Here programmers and podcasters survey the scene, checking on the pulse of cult cinema, and ask what draws filmmakers to the genre?

Network@LFF Shorts Screening Programme 2: We Are Family
Sun 6 Oct 12:00-13:00 Studio, BFI Southbank
NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one to ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. We Are Family explores family relationships from conception to death; prospective parents, absent fathers and disconnected brothers all attempt to understand each other.

The Films That Made Me with Peter Bradshaw
Sun 6 Oct 13:00-14:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank
Join one of the UK’s most respected film critics as he explores the films that have had the biggest impact on him over the last twenty years. Peter Bradshaw is the film reviewer for intelligent, curious cinemagoers; he has worked at The Guardian for twenty years. The Films That Made Me collates his finest reviews from the last two decades, which carry with them his deep experience, knowledge and understanding of film.

Network@LFF Shorts Screening Programme 3: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves
Sun 6 Oct 13:15-14:15 Studio, BFI Southbank
NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one to ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves explores a multitude of female experiences in the 21st century. In this selection we find films that feature women striving for empowerment, respect and actualisation; from playing in punk bands to grappling with their sexuality.

Burning Questions on Non-Fiction
Sun 6 Oct 13:30-14:15 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
An interactive and thought-provoking event involving a series of lightning presentations from a group of programmers, writers and filmmakers involved with non-fiction work, to discuss what is exciting and/or perplexing them in this dynamic form at the moment. The audience will then be encouraged to get into groups, with speakers joining them, to discuss the questions that have been raised. Participants include Cintia Gill (Sheffield Doc Fest Director), Chloe Trayner (Open City Doc Fest Director), Sophie Brown (Associate Programmer at Bertha Doc House, LFF Programme Advisor, and writer), and Roz Mortimer (Director of The Deathless Woman (LFF 2019).

Film4 Shorts
Sun 6 Oct 15:00-16:00 Studio, BFI Southbank
A selection of recent Film4 shorts including Naptha, directed by Moin Hussain, which was selected for Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pompeii from directors Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, and Rebecca, the directorial debut from screenwriter Keith Akushie (Fresh Meat, Siblings, The Festival). There will also be a sneak peek at some upcoming Film4 shorts! Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

Is Laughter Still The Best Medicine?
Sun 6 Oct 16:00-17:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank
Comedy for troubled times: join our funny bone-obsessed film programmers, Leigh Singer (Programme Advisor for the LFF’s Laugh strand and Features Programmer for LOCO, the London Comedy Film Festival) and Manish Agarwal (LFF’s Assistant Programmer) to discuss the challenges facing humour-inclined creatives amid an ever more fraught world.

Wednesday 9th October

Little White Lies Movie Quiz
Wed 9 Oct 19:00-22:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
From heroic heroines, famous final lines and award-winning directors, to Hollywood’s golden age, memorable movie flops and the film world’s biggest franchises – come and test your film knowledge. Prizes to be won, glory to be claimed…

LFF Immersive Showcase Powered by CreativeXR
Fri 11 Oct 15:00-17:00 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
CreativeXR, developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England, gives creative talent the opportunity to experiment with immersive technologies to create new experiences that inspire audiences. Focused on the creative industries, particularly the arts and culture sector, the programme gives the best creative teams the opportunity to develop concepts and prototypes of immersive content (virtual, augmented and mixed reality). This showcase features three projects that CreativeXR has supported from prototype funding through to funded projects, Common Ground (East City Films), Immersive Histories Dambusters (All Seeing Eye) and When Something Happens (Boom Cap Play). Full project descriptions as on Saturday 12th October.

DJ Nights: Black Bus Stop
Fri 11 Oct 21:00-01:00 BFI Bar & Kitchen, BFI Southbank
Black Bus Stop, which screens in our Experimenta Strand as part of the Strategies of Refusal programme, pays tribute to an iconic university gathering spot where young black students gathered in the eighties and nineties listening to music, talking politics, dancing, and flirting. Come and hang out at our own gathering spot, the BFI Bar & Kitchen, and dance and flirt to classic hip hop and R&B from the 80s/90s with DJ collective Born ‘n’ Bread.

SCREEN TALK: KASI LEMMONS
Sat 12 Oct 11:00 NFT3, BFI Southbank
Kasi Lemmons joins us to talk about her trailblazing career and the making of Harriet: a rousing biopic of slave turned abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, brilliantly portrayed by Cynthia Erivo. Starting out as a child actor, the St Louis, Missouri-born Lemmons subsequently appeared in such US television staples as Murder, She Wrote and ER, while also scoring big screen supporting roles in Spike Lee's collegiate musical School Daze (1988), the cult Nicolas Cage black comedy Vampire's Kiss (1988), multiple Academy Award winner The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and horror classic Candyman (1992). Having enrolled in the film program at New York's renowned New School for Social Research, she made an unforgettable directorial debut with the hugely acclaimed Eve's Bayou: a lyrical, multi-layered and avowedly feminist family saga set in early '60s Louisiana. Hailed as the best film of 1997 by Roger Ebert, Lemmons' landmark first outing behind the camera was recently selected by America's Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. She reunited with Eve's Bayou star/producer Samuel L. Jackson for twisted mystery The Caveman's Valentine (2001); won both the African-American Film Critics and NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Director prizes for second feature Talk to Me (2007, starring the equally garlanded Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor); and most recently directed Angela Bassett to an NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress prize with 2013's Langston Hughes adaptation Black Nativity.
This talk will be hosted by Gaylene Gould, creative director.
Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked in advance from the BFI Box Office in person or by calling 020 7928 3232. Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Fri 4 Oct 10:00, BFI Members 11:00 and to the public from 16:00. Max 2 Tickets per person

LFF Immersive Showcase Powered by CreativeXR
Sat 12 Oct 11:00-17:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank

An exploration into the creation of Immersive Histories Dambusters.
12:15-13:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
No 617 Squadron's official historian Robert Owen will talk about the history of the WWII mission and Olie Kay, Associate Creative Director (All Seeing Eye) will discuss about how Immersive Histories Dambusters, a virtual reality experience accurately recreating the events of the famous raid, was designed and created.

Altered Estates
15:00-15:45 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Darren Emerson, Director of Common Ground, an immersive journey into the history and legacy of one of the most controversial housing estates in Britain: the Aylesbury Estate, discusses the issues of regeneration, gentrification and displacement raised by his VR film with Anthony Badu, a resident from the South London Estate. See Common Ground as part of our LFF Immersive Showcase powered by CreativeXR.

Boston ‘The Orator’ Williams
Sat 12 Oct 17:00-17:45 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
When Something Happens, which is showing as part of our Immersive Show case, is an animated VR film about 13.4 billion years of the history of the universe. The film was written and narrated by Boston ‘The Orator’ Williams. Poet, traveller and all round talky-man, The Orator has had a voracious year. Whilst travelling across the globe, his debut poetry collection, Vernacular, grew and became a tall tale of its own. Vernacular will be bought to life with a hearty and jovial performance endowed with passion. Opening the set will be a reading of The Manifesto of Artist Integrity, followed by readings and performances of some of the author’s personal favourites.

DJ Nights: It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)
Sat 12 Oct 21:00-01:00 BFI Bar & Kitchen, BFI Southbank
Inspired by the Ronnie Wood chronicling documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me, Festival favourites Sadie Lee and Jonathan Kemp celebrate the best of classic rock. Expect to hear The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Bowie, The Kinks and more.

LFF Immersive Showcase Powered by CreativeXR
Sun 13 Oct 11:00-17:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
As on Friday 11th October.

Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Oppression with Nina Menkes
14.00-15.15 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank
In this fascinating talk, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes presents and analyses a series of film clips by established film directors and delves into the way the formal visual language of cinema infiltrates our consciousness and contributes to the epidemic of sexual assault, sexual harassment as well as employment discrimination that has plagued Hollywood as well as our culture at large. “Nina Menkes blows the cover off the systematic undermining of female empowerment in one of our culture’s most influential forms of media," Maria Giese, Director, Women’s Media Summit.

The Doll's Breath + Q&A with The Quay Brothers
Sun 13 Oct 15:00-16:00 NFT3, BFI Southbank
Influenced by a tradition of Eastern European animation, the Quay Brothers display a passion for detail, a breath-taking command of colour and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognisable. Commissioned by Syncopy Films Inc., the production company owned and run by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, The Quays’ latest 22-minute animated work The Doll's Breath tells the story of Horacio, a former window dresser, who sets up complicated charades where women and life-sized dolls change places in a web of jealousy, betrayal and murder. Shot and presented on 35mm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Quay Brothers hosted by film critic, programmer and lecturer Geoff Andrew.

The Culture: A Discussion
Sun 13 Oct 16:00-17:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank
Has the careful editing of our lives through social media made directors out of all of us? Online culture is all-consuming, constantly changing and, so far, unstoppable. We join a selection of the filmmakers behind ‘The Culture’ shorts programme in a discussion about how the internet has changed our relationships with each other, how it has changed our perceptions of ourselves and how far the personal editorialising of online culture reflects the act of filmmaking itself.

Pitchblack Playback: Miles Davis ‘Kind Of Blue’ (5.1 Surround Sound Mix)
Sun 13 Oct 16:30-17:15 Studio, BFI Southbank
Immersive, meditative album listening sessions in the dark. Enjoy classic album playbacks in our Studio screen, picked to complement some of our music film selections. Prepare to experience music with more detail and focus than ever before. Hear the best-selling jazz album of all-time like never before at Pitchblack Playback’s free immersive listening session in the dark. With increased separation between the instruments in this special remaster, it will make you feel like Miles & Co. are there in the room with you. A perfect pairing with the LFF screening of Miles Davis: Birth of Cool.

TICKET AND BOOKING INFORMATION: LFF For Free
These events are FREE and open to all (subject to age ratings for different events). Please note that places are limited and can be booked at the LFF For Free desk in the foyer from 10am on the day of the event.*

*Advance booking required for:

BBC Radio 3’s Sound of Cinema: What’s the Score with Dickens? Can be reserved online here.

Little White Lies Movie Quiz – Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked in advance from the BFI Box Office in person or by calling 020 7928 3232. Tickets available from Tue 24 Sep. Max team size 4. Max 4 tickets per person.

The Doll's Breath + Q&A with The Quay Brothers - Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked in advance from the BFI Box Office in person or by calling 020 7928 3232. Tickets available from Tue 24 Sep. Max 2 Tickets per person

BFI Champions/Patrons booking: Tue 24 Sep 10.00
BFI Members booking: Tue 24 Sep 11.00
Public Booking: Tue 24 Sep 16.00

CHANGES, CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS:

Price clarification
Students - £10 (£11 Gift Aid) are available on evening and weekend screenings except first run Galas and Special Presentation screenings. This was not previously stated in our printed programme.

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD p9
Wed 2 Oct 19:00 OLLS; Wed 2 Oct 19:45 EGC; Thu 3 Oct 14:20 EGC; Sat 5 Oct 12:30 EMPIRE
All screenings will have audio-description available.

GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY p67
Wed 2 Oct 20:45 TCR
Fri 4 Oct 15:00 VUE7
The screening on Fri 4 Oct will now take place in VUE6. We apologise for any inconvenience.

THE FATHER p62
Wed 2 Oct 20:50 ICA
Thu 3 Oct 18:15 NFT2
Sat 5 Oct CINÉ LUMIÈRE
The correct running time of this film is 90min.

THE ORPHANAGE
Thu 3 Oct 18:15 VUE6; Sat 5 Oct 21:00 NFT2 p84
The correct running time of this film is 90min.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Thu 3 Oct 17:15 EGC; Fri 4 Oct 14:45 EGC
Fri 11 Oct 16:10 NFT3 p19
Please note that all screenings will be with HoH subtitles. The correct running time of this film is 97min.

MONOS
Sat 5 Oct 12:30 VUE7 p32
Please note this screenings will now start 15min earlier at 12:15.

WOUNDS p80
Fri 4 Oct 18:15 EMPIRE; Sat 5 Oct 12:45 TCR; Sun 6 Oct 15:00 VUE7
Please note the screening on Sat 5 Oct will be with HoH subtitles. All screenings will have audio-description available except for Fri 4 Oct 18:15 EMPIRE.

SEBERG p57
Fri 4 Oct 20:30 NFT1
Sat 5 Oct 15:15 NFT1
The correct running time of this film is 103min.

RUN
Sat 5 Oct 18:00 VUE7; Mon 7 Oct 13:00 PCC p85
This film is in English and will not screen with English subtitles as previously announced.

LITTLE MONSTERS p79
Please note this film has been given a 15certificate.

JOJO RABBIT p14
Please note this film has been given a 12A certificate.

EXPERIMENTA MIXTAPE LFF SPECIAL p97
Sun 6 Oct 20:50 NFT3
This screening will now take place on Tue 8 Oct 18:20 NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

DOUBLE VISION - SHORTS PROGRAMME p95
Sun 6 Oct 12:30 NFT3
Please note the short film Instructions on How to Make a Film contains graphic sexual imagery.

WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
Sun 6 Oct 20:40 NFT1; Mon 7 Oct 12:30 TCR
Wed 9 Oct 18:10 EMPIRE p59
The correct running time of this film is 114min.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
Sun 6 Oct 15:15 NFT1; Wed 9 Oct 13:15 NFT2 p104
Please note the image used on p104 is actually from The Fall of the House of Usher. We apologise for this mistake.

MADE IN BANGLADESH
Mon 7 Oct 18:30 VUE5 p56
The correct running time of this film is 95min.

GEORGE - THE STORY OF GEORGE MACIUNAS p93
Tue 8 Oct 18:00 NFT3
Fri 11 Oct 13:00 STUDIO
The screening on Tue 8 Oct will now take place on Sun 6 Oct 20:30 NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note the correct running time of this film is 128min.

PINK WALL
Wed 9 Oct 20:50 NFT1; Thu 10 Oct 15:30 VUE5
Sat 12 Oct 15:30 VUE4 p48
The correct running time of this film is 81min.

MOFFIE
Thu 10 Oct 20:40 VUE7, 21:10 VUE5
Fri 11 Oct 12:30 VUE7, 13:00 VUE5 p31
The correct running time of this film is 103min.

COLOR OUT OF SPACE
Thu 10 Oct 20:30 NFT2 p77
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

LUCKY GRANDMA
Thu 10 Oct 21:00 VUE6 p63
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

KNIVES OUT
Fri 11 Oct 11:00 OLLS p11
Please note this additional screening. Audio-description will be available.

FANNY LYE DELIVER'D p29
Thu 10 Oct 20:40 NFT1
Fri 11 Oct 15:30 VUE5
Fri 11 Oct 15:00 VUE7
The correct running time of this film is 110min.

ROCKS p26
Please note this film has been given a 12A certificate.

TRIGONOMETRY
Fri 11 Oct 18:10 Curzon Soho p50
Unfortunately, this screening is now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

THE CULTURE p92
Fri 11 Oct 20:45 TCR
Sun 13 Oct 18:10 NFT2
The correct title for the film listed as Joanne of Pompeii is now confirmed as Pompeii.

THE TRAITOR
Fri 11 Oct 17:30 ICAp75
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

MARRIAGE STORY
Fri 11 Oct 12:00 TCR p15
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

TWO OF US
Fri 11 Oct 20:50 Curzon Soho p50
Please note this screening will now start at the later time of 21:10. We apologise for any inconvenience.

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
Sat 12 Oct 21:00 NFT1; Sun 13 Oct 11:30 OLLS p90
Please note the screening on Sun 13 Oct will now start at the later time of 12:15. We apologise for any inconvenience.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Sat 12 Oct 17:30 EGC, 18:30 OLLS; Sat 13 Oct 11:30 EGC, 17:45 EMPIRE p12
Please note this film is being released under this title.

JUDY & PUNCH
Sat 12 Oct 20:45 EGC; Sun 13 Oct 13:45 OLLS p18
Please note the screening on Sun 13 Oct will now start at the later time of 14:00. We apologise for any inconvenience.

SO LONG, MY SON p49
Sat 12 Oct 12:15 SOHO
Sun 13 Oct 11:45 SOHO
The correct running time of this film is 185min.

THE IRISHMAN
Sun 13 Oct 17:30 OLLS, 18:15 EGC, 18:30 Mayfair p10
The confirmed running time of this film is 209min.

COUP 53
Sun 13 Oct 18:00 ICA p39
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

THE LIGHTHOUSE
Sun 13 Oct 11:30 NFT1 p18
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
Sun 13 Oct 20:40 VUE4 p53
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
Sun 13 Oct 20:45 VUE5 p45
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM
Sun 13 Oct 15:00 VUE6 p100
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

COUNTY LINES
Sun 13 Oct 20:30 VUE7 p54
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

TELL ME WHO I AM
Sun 13 Oct 20:20 NFT2 p58
Please note this additional screening.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

Please note the following films will all screen with English subtitles:
A Pleasure, Comrades! p41
Give Me Liberty p83
Lingua Franca p30
My Friend Fela p89
Shooting the Mafia p90
A White, White Day p70
The Two of Us p50
Tremors p70

IT MUST BE HEAVEN p62
TALKING ABOUT TREES p91
THE LOST OKOROSHI p62
THE MAN WHO CUTS TATTOOS p68
THE VALLEY p58

Please note these films/programmes contain sequences of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy:
Bacurau p17
Close and Far - Shorts Programme p59
The Culture - Shorts Programme p92
Double Vision - Shorts Programme p95
George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus p93
Moffie p31
Muscle p74
Strategies of Refusal - Shorts Programme p96

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