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John Hurt

January 2018

A special selection of the TV and film performances of one of Britain’s finest and best-loved actors.

Introduction by season co-programmer Justin Johnson

John Hurt


“I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine”
John Hurt on acting

“John Hurt is simply the greatest actor in the world,” said David Lynch, 10 years after working with him on The Elephant Man. It’s a sentiment expressed by many during Hurt’s long career. With over 200 credits in film and TV, his body of work featured roles in all genres, and every project he worked on was lifted by his performance. Here was an actor able to inhabit characters with integrity and emotional honesty. It’s impossible to cover all of our favourite John Hurt titles in one season, so what we have tried to do is celebrate the breadth of his amazing career, one year on from his sad passing.


See our families’ screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

For further John Hurt films visit BFI Player.

Film copy by Justin Johnson
TV copy by Marcus Prince


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