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Member Exclusive: The Elephant Man

This 40-year-old, multi award-winning film is now newly restored in digital 4K, overseen by director David Lynch.

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USA-UK 1980
Dir David Lynch
With Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
124min
Digital 4K
Certificate PG
A STUDIOCANAL release

John Hurt, transformed by incredible make-up, plays the real-life Joseph Merrick (re-named John for the film), dubbed ‘The Elephant Man’ due to his physical appearance. He’s rescued from an East End freak show by Dr Frederick Treves (Hopkins), who places him in a hospital, yet Merrick finds himself subjected to similar morbid curiosity by the medical profession and members of Victorian high society. Hurt’s quietly magnificent performance, the extraordinary depiction of the underbelly of Victorian London, the atmospheric black and white photography, and Lynch’s trademark experimental touches, make for a haunting and memorable tale.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

This screening is part of our Member Exclusive programme and tickets are at the special price of £6. Members and a guest are invited to the Member Salon, a post-screening discussion, in the Blue Room from 20:20. A limited number of advance tickets are available to book jointly with tickets to this screening. To book, please untick the donation box to reveal the Member with Salon ticket option. Please bring your Membership card with you.

Also available on BFI Player.

See our Seniors’ matinee + intro.


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