May

20 to 22 May

BFI and Radio Times Television Festival

Meet the stars and see tomorrow’s hits today.

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24 May

Girls’ School + Q&A with Wang Chun-Chi, Executive Director of Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute

A bold yet contentious portrait of female sexuality in 1980s Taiwan.

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26 May

Work in Progress Preview: All at Sea

A rough cut of Get Carter director Mike Hodges’ new documentary about his life and career.

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27 May

East Palace, West Palace + intro by Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London

A pioneering depiction of homosexuality, cruising and desire in Beijing.

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28 May

Malila: The Farewell Flower + Q&A with director Anucha Boonyawatana

Two lovers reunite in this meditative reflection on mortality.

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29 May

Queer East Closing Night: Metamorphosis + Q&A with director JE Tiglao

A trailblazing intersex drama about a teenager’s journey of discovery.

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29 May

UK Premiere: The Coup d´État Factory + discussion with chair, Baroness Christine Blower and special guests (TBA)

A fascinating documentary about media manipulation of democracy in Brazil and beyond.

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30 May

Relaxed screening: Frequencies (AKA OXV: The Manual) + intro and discussion

A pulsating puzzle-box mystery set in a parallel world, from British director Darren Paul Fisher.

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30 May

Get Carter + intro by Douglas Weir, BFI Technical Delivery Manager

In this moody classic, Michael Caine stars as a gangster investigating the death of his brother.

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30 May

Climax + extended intro by season programmer Anna Bogutskaya

Step Up meets The Devils in Gaspar Noé’s unhinged dance horror.

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June

1 June

Judy Garland: 20th Century Icon

Get the most out of our Judy Garland season by joining us for this illustrated talk.

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1 June

Fadia’s Tree + Q&A with director Sarah Beddington and special guest (TBA)

This striking documentary follows a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon and her ambition to reconnect with her ancestral homeland.

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6 June

BFI Members’ Book Club

Come and celebrate the Judy Garland season in the BFI Reuben Library.

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6 June

King of the Damned + intro by film historian Jonathan Rigby

Conrad Veidt plays a man who leads a revolt at a hellish prison camp.

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7 June

Style, Anti-style and Influence: Robert Bresson Re-assessed

Find out more about Bresson in this richly illustrated season introduction.

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7 June

Get Carter + introduction by Jah Wobble

In this moody classic, Michael Caine stars as a gangster investigating the death of his brother.

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9 June

Behind the scenes at the BFI: Meet the CEO

Members get a special glimpse into the workings of the BFI, this time by hearing from CEO Ben Roberts.

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9 June

Preview: All My Friends Hate Me + Q&A with Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton

A very funny encapsulation of millennial anxiety from new British talent.

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10 June

Meet Me in St. Louis + intro by BFI London Film Festival and Flare Programmer, Grace Barber-Plentie

Garland mesmerises and the songs delight in this beautiful Technicolor musical.

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13 June

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI

One of the UK’s favourite film critics discusses upcoming releases, old treasures and guilty pleasures.

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18 June

Judy’s Jukebox Singalong

With special guests to be announced, this joyous event promises to be a lot of fun.

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18 June

A Man Escaped + intro by independent filmmaker and critic Alex Barrett

Bresson’s riveting tale of a Gestapo prisoner determined to regain his freedom, based on real events.

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19 June

Restoration preview: Dr. Who and the Daleks + Q&A

Our heroes must find an antidote to radiation poisoning, and face the dreaded Daleks!

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19 June

Restoration preview: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

The Doctor’s greatest foes arrive on Earth to brainwash and dominate the human race.

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20 June

Seniors’ free archive matinee: Le Havre + discussion

A charming comedy-drama set in the port city community of Le Havre.

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21 June

Experimenta presents: Premiere: Wayfinder + Q&A with director Larry Achiampong

Follow the Wanderer on a profound reckoning with the landscape and culture of contemporary England.

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21 June

The Story of Lovers Rock + intro by author Kevin Le Gendre

A documentary looking at the social and musical roots of the music genre, Lovers Rock.

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22 June

Preview: Moon, 66 Questions + Q&A with writer-director Jacqueline Lentzou

A poetic and original study of a father-daughter relationship.

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23 June

Looking for Love + discussion

A documentary exploring love, relationships and intimacy across multiple generations in the Black community.

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23 June

LIFF Opening Night Gala: World Premiere: Dobaaraa + Q&A with Anurag Kashyap and guests

Anurag Kashyap’s surreal Sliding Doors-style story promises a fine start to the festival.

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24 June

British Gala: Little English + Q&A with director Pravesh Kumar, cast and crew

A raucous and audacious comedy following the lives of a dysfunctional British Punjabi family.

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24 June

Terror + intro by David McGillivray and Tricia Walsh

An ancient curse leads to the gory deaths of a group of partygoers.

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25 June

Gandhi + intro

LIFF celebrates the 40th anniversary of Richard Attenborough’s iconic biopic of the Mahatma.

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25 June

African Odysseys present: Menelik Shabazz: For the People

A jam-packed, commemorative day of illustrated talks and film screenings.

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26 June

Last Film Show + Q&A with director Pan Nalin

An audience favourite at Tribeca, Pan Nalin’s delightful and moving film celebrates the magic of movies.

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27 June

Burning an Illusion + intro by actor Cassie McFarlane

Shabazz’s groundbreaking drama debut follows a young woman on a journey to enlightenment.

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28 June

I Could Go On Singing + intro by Dirk Bogarde’s nephew, Ulric van den Bogarde

In her swansong Garland plays a character not a million miles from her real life, to devastating effect.

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29 June

Preview: The Afterlight + Q&A with director Charlie Shackleton

A rare opportunity to see the experimental, archival collage film that captures the ephemeral nature of cinema.

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29 June

Member Picks: Ball of Fire

Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck shine in this fabulous Howard Hawks comedy.

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30 June

Once Upon a Time in Calcutta + Q&A with director Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Inspired by true events, this film follows a bereaved mother’s search for a new identity in a rapidly changing city.

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July

1 July

Too Desi Too Queer + Q&A

The ever-popular programme returns to the BFI with a selection of LGBTQIA+ shorts from South Asia.

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2 July

In conversation with Aparna Sen + UK Premiere: The Rapist

A very rare chance to hear from one of India’s greatest woman directors, and enjoy a preview of her latest film.

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3 July

LIFF Closing Gala: Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story + Q&A with Nav Bhatia and producer Rinku Ghei

The incredible life of the Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan is the focus of this inspirational documentary.

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Adult courses

Film courses for enthusiasts and adult learners.

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BFI Member exclusives

BFI Members enjoy special events, previews and screenings at BFI Southbank all year round.

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Education events

Events throughout the year, online and at BFI Southbank.

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