May

23 May

Lindsay Anderson vs the Short Films Industry + intro by Patrick Russell, Senior Curator of Non-fiction, BFI National Archive

A chance to catch rare early Anderson films and explore his troubled relationship with Britain’s documentary industry.

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25 May

If You Were There… + intro by season curators James Bell and William Fowler

Never before screened publicly, Lindsay Anderson’s original cut of his documentary account of WHAM!’s 1985 tour of China is a fascinating look behind the curtain of both pop success, and a closed, deeply foreign country.

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27 May

Mark Kermode in 3D at BFI IMAX

The critic presents the latest episode of his live discussion, on stage at BFI IMAX.

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30 May

Lindsay Anderson Experimenta Mixtape, curated by Stephen Sutcliffe

TV clips, film extracts and short films are collaged together for this unusual iteration of the Experimenta Mixtape series. Not to be missed.

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June

2 June

One Way or Another + discussion with Dyana Gaye, Valérie Osouf and Mosa Mpetha

Sara Gomez worked with both Agnès Varda and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea before making this, her milestone feminist film.

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3 June

Early Archive Shorts + season intro with Dyana Gaye, Valérie Osouf and Desta Haile

Short films showing a variety of perspectives from the early years of African and diasporic cinema.

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4 June

The Women of Italian Neorealism

Actors Anna Magnani and Silvana Mangano, alongside screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico, are some of the Italian neorealist figures considered in three richly illustrated presentations.

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5 June

Muna Moto + intro

A resplendent black and white take on Romeo and Juliet by Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa.

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10 June

Handsworth Songs + intro and discussion hosted by curator and writer Xavier Pillai

A fascinating experimental film essay on race and disorder in Britain, filmed in Handsworth and London during the riots of 1985 and incorporating newsreel and archival material.

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11 June

Woman with a Movie Camera Preview: Next Sohee

A heartbreaking and well-crafted drama tackling labour exploitation in South Korea.

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13 June

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One + intro by researcher and curator Matthew Barrington

Award-winning filmmaker William Greaves made a counter-culture milestone with his bold and breathtakingly daring feature debut.

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15 June

Polisario, A People in Arms + intro and discussion on film restoration with chair Nikolaus Perneczky QMUL and Keith Shiri of Film Africa

The Sahrawi people’s resistance struggle as seen through the eyes of a great anti-colonialist filmmaker, followed by a short about an American woman’s civil rights awakening.

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16 June

Melvyn Bragg: Broadcasting the Arts

We celebrate Lord Melvyn Bragg’s immense contribution to arts broadcasting.

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16 June

Melvyn Bragg: Broadcasting the Arts – Screening Choices

Two of Melvyn Bragg’s choices from his remarkable broadcasting career.

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17 June

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at BFI IMAX

The critic presents the latest episode of his live discussion, on stage at BFI IMAX.

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17 June

Io Capitano + intro and discussion

In this epic drama from the director of Gomorrah, two Senegalese teenagers attempt to travel across land and sea to Europe.

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18 June

TV Preview: Douglas Is Cancelled + Q&A with Hugh Bonneville, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Ben Palmer

A razor-sharp and insightfully witty drama from acclaimed writer Steven Moffat.

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23 June

Talking with Rivers + intro and Q&A with directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Hana Makhmalbaf, hosted by Victor Fraga of Dirty Movies

Two new films from the Makhmalbaf Film House explore the state of Afghanistan, its historical association with Iran and the terrible plight of its people as a result of colonial wars.

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24 June

New Writings: Cinematic Representations of Popular Music with Neil Fox in conversation with Caroline Catz

An in-depth discussion about the way popular music has been presented on the big screen.

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27 June

UK Premiere of new 4K restoration: The Wild, Wild Rose + intro

One of Hong Kong cinema’s greatest musicals is a stunning take on Carmen.

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28 June

In Broad Daylight + intro

A riveting investigative narrative, inspired by real events, about the shocking state of Hong Kong’s care-home industry.

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28 June

Sthal + Q&A with director Jayant Digambar Somalkar (TBC)

A young woman battles against patriarchy to live her life on her own terms.

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29 June

UK Premiere of new 2K restoration: The Sword + intro

A classic wuxia adventure is given a contemporary spin, but retains breathtaking fight sequences.

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29 June

Tight: The World of Indian Bodybuilding + Q&A with director Elliott Gonzo

A documentary about one young Indian bodybuilder’s attempts to reach the top of his sport.

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30 June

Winter Chants + intro and Q&A (via Zoom) with director Tsang Tsui-shan

Documentary filmmaker Tsang Tsui-shan continues her personal portraits of her home life.

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30 June

Before Nikkah + Q&A with director Haider Zafar and cast

Two people have been set up on a blind date, in advance of a prospective arranged marriage, and soon discover that not all romances begin perfectly.

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July

1 July

Bezness + intro

A dramatic treatment of the impact of tourism and sex work in Tunisia as the country struggles to resolve tradition and modernity.

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1 July

Eraserhead + extended intro to the season by curator Kimberley Sheehan

Parenthood is a real horror in David Lynch’s extraordinary and singular feature debut.

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2 July

Coming Forth by Day + intro by producer, curator, writer and translator Elhum Shakerifar

Taking a unique perspective, this drama portrays domestic servitude as counterpoint to the Egyptian revolution.

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3 July

Griffin Dunne in Conversation

We welcome the actor, writer, producer and director, who will discuss his career and recently published memoir.

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3 July

An American Werewolf in London + intro by Griffin Dunne

A landmark in special effects and one of the greatest comedy horror films ever made, John Landis’s tale of two US backpackers running afoul of a werewolf is an unparalleled joy.

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4 July

Bye Bye Africa + discussion with film curator Abiba Coulibaly

An acclaimed docu-drama, reflecting on the power of cinema and the urgent need for African self-representation.

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10 July

The Conversation + Q&A with film editor and sound designer Walter Murch

Fifty years on, Coppola’s paranoia thriller about our surveillance society is perhaps even more relevant today.

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11 July

Woman with a Movie Camera Preview: The Nature of Love

During a potential mid-life crisis, a woman finds herself torn between her values and romantic impulses in this terrific, biting romantic comedy.

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13 July

Night of the Kings + intro and panel discussion with Tony Warner of African Odysseys and Black History Walks

Philippe Lacôte creates a hallucinatory, disturbing and richly poetic tale combining storytelling and performance.

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15 July

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at BFI IMAX

The critic presents the latest episode of his live discussion, on stage at BFI IMAX.

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17 July

Shirley Adams + discussion

This South African feature and short bear witness to the echoes of post-Apartheid violence through the gazes of two disruptive filmmakers.

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18 July

Félicité + intro with author and presenter Kevin Le Gendre

One of the great achievements in recent African cinema, Alain Gomis’ film was awarded the Silver Bear at Berlin 2017.

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20 July

Body Shock Double Bill: Crash and Titane

Buckle up for two full-throttle body-horror masterpieces, with David Cronenberg and Julia Ducournau’s auto-erotic reveries.

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25 July

Bhagwan Bharose + Q&A with director Shiladitya Bora

A riveting, visually rich and engaging South Asian tale of an eight-year-old’s journey through faith and self-discovery.

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