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BFI Southbank

A four-screen cinema venue showing over 2,000 classic and contemporary films each year, with film seasons, director and actor retrospectives, and extended runs of cinema classics. View over 1000 hours of free film and TV in the Mediatheque, visit the library and film shop, and enjoy two of the South Bank’s best restaurant bars.

Season highlights

All events

Events and previews

Your chance to catch the latest releases, and hear from film and TV personalities.

Extended runs

Plenty of chances for you to enjoy film classics, restorations and new releases.

  • Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

    Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

    An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
    22 Apr-5 May

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    This critically acclaimed film centres on a man forced to assist the Nazis in murdering his fellow Jews.
    29 Apr-5 May

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    A western with an unflinching female protagonist, Nick Ray’s still-startling and richly resonant classic rewards on many levels.
    6-12 May

  • Mustang


    A spirited drama about sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality in a conservative Turkish village.
    13-19 May

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Zeffirelli brings Shakespeare’s doomed lovers home, shooting their tragic tale against the stunning Renaissance architecture of Italy.
    20-26 May

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut)

    Kicking off our tribute to Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi classic returns for an exclusive run at BFI Southbank in a new 35mm print.
    27 May-9 June

  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Embrace of the Serpent

    Don’t miss this extraordinary spiritual journey through the heart of the Colombian Amazon.
    10 June-23 June

  • Aferim!


    A constable and his son search for a runaway Roma in this dazzlingly original Romanian ‘western.’
    10-16 June

  • Cemetery of Splendour

    Cemetery of Splendour

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest is imaginative, sensuous and enigmatic.
    17-30 June

All regular strands

Regular strands

Monthly screenings of experimental, archive, family, international, LGBT and music content.

More at BFI Southbank

  • BFI Shop

    BFI Shop

    Film and TV-related books, DVDs and gifts at BFI Southbank and online.

  • The BFI Reuben Library

    The BFI Reuben Library

    We provide free access to a huge collection of books, journals and documents about the world of film and television.

  • BFI Mediatheque

    BFI Mediatheque

    At BFI Southbank’s Mediatheque you can explore the riches of the BFI National Archive, for free.

  • Food and drink

    Food and drink

    Two great places to lounge, eat and drink when you visit.

25 and under

If you’re aged 16 to 25, head down to BFI Southbank 45 minutes before the film starts to grab a last-minute ticket for just £3.

Find out more

What’s your favourite architecture-inspired film?

Cast your vote in our new Audience Choice screening.

We'll play the film that gets the most votes in NFT1 on Sun 12 June.

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BFI Membership

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Digital BFI Southbank Guide

May 2016 Guide
June 2016 Guide

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