Programme changes

This page lists changes to the BFI Southbank programme, not represented in the published Guide.

Updated: 1 December

December programme

The Apartment
Wed 1 Dec 18:00 NFT1; Mon 13 Dec 14:30 NFT2; Wed 22 Dec 20:40 NFT1; Tue 28 Dec 18:10 NFT1; Thu 30 Dec 20:30 NFT1 p35
We will be screening a 4K digital version of this film.

The Shifting Spaces of Japanese Cinema
Thu 2 Dec 20:40 NFT1 p15
We are delighted to announce that season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby will be joined onstage by author, filmmaker and curator Jasper Sharp, academic and author Rayna Denison and film scholar, writer and editor Virginie Sélavy.

The Shop Around the Corner
From Fri 3 Dec p12
This film has been re-classified by the BBFC as a PG.

Petite Maman p10
Fri 3 Dec 20:30 Studio; Sat 4 Dec 18:20 Studio; Sun 5 Dec 15:20 Studio (HOH); Tue 7 Dec 14:40 Studio; Thu 9 Dec 18:30 Studio
Please note these additional screenings.
The screening on Sun 5 Dec 15:20 Studio will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss.

The Shop Around the Corner
Sat 4 Dec 13:00 NFT2 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Miracle on 34th Street
Sat 4 Dec 15:50 NFT2; Sat 11 Dec 18:00 NFT2; Fri 17 Dec 14:30 NFT3 p35
We will be screening a 4K digital version of this film. The screening on Sat 4 Dec 15:50 will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Doctor Who: City of Death
Sun 5 Dec 12:00 NFT1 p4
We are delighted to announce that actor Julian Glover will be joining us for a Q&A and will be doing a signing after the screening.

Busting the Bias:
Aimee Victoria (+ Q&A) + The Multi
Sun 5 Dec 16:00 NFT3 p40
These films will be presented with ASL and subtitles for the D/deaf and those people experiencing hearing loss. ASL and BSL interpreters will be present for the Q&A.

The Quiz of Rassilon at the BFI
Sun 5 Dec 16:00 BFI Bar and Kitchen
The biggest Doctor Who Quiz in the world continues at the BFI! With special rounds by Pip Madeley, Beth Axford, Dominic G Martin, Justin & Dick and Molly Martian. Get ready for more trivia, laughs and prizes!
Tickets: £3 per participant, maximum of 6 tickets per booking.

Straits of Hunger (aka A Fugitive from the Past)
Sun 5 Dec 16:30 NFT1; Sat 18 Dec 14:30 NFT3 p16
Unfortunately, we are unable to screen the 35mm print of this title. We will now be screening this digitally. We apologise for any disappointment this might cause.

Rebel Dykes p11
Sun 5 Dec 18:00 Studio
Please note this additional screening.

We are delighted to announce the following preview:
Preview: Titane + + pre-recorded Q&A with director Julia Ducournau
Mon 6 Dec 20:30 NFT1
Unfortunately, due to a change in her schedule, Julia Ducournau will no longer be attending the Titane preview in person. Instead this screening will now be accompanied by a pre-recorded Q&A. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
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Projecting the Archive: Hunted (aka The Stranger in Between) + intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting
Tue 7 Dec 18.20 NFT2 p44
We are delighted that Dirk Bogarde’s nephew Ulric van den Bogaerde will take part in the introduction.

Our Mothers House + Intro
Tue 7 Dec 20:40 NFT3 p28
We are delighted that BFI Curator Josephine Botting and Dirk Bogarde's nephew Rupert Van den Bogaerde will introduce this screening.

We are delighted to announce the following exclusive preview ahead of our run of the film later in the month:
Exclusive Preview: Swan Song + Q&A with director Benjamin Cleary, producer Rebecca Bourke and actors Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris
Wed 8 Dec 17:15 NFT1
Cert 15
This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
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Gremlins
Wed 8 Dec 17:50 NFT2; Sat 18 Dec 20:40 NFT3; Wed 22 Dec 20:45 NFT2; Wed 29 Dec 20:50 NFT1 p36
We will be screening a 4K digital version of this film.

The Passions of Jack Clayton
Wed 8 Dec 18:10 NFT3 p27
Join our special guests, Melanie Williams (Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia), Neil Sinyard (Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at Hull University) and Elena Lazic (founder and editor of online film magazine Animus) to explore what made Jack Clayton one of Britain's most distinctive auteurs. In this richly illustrated event, hosted by the BFI's James Bell, our speakers will consider Clayton's recurring thematic preoccupations, meticulous craftsmanship, interest in literary adaptations, and unforgettable female characters. The panel will also situate his work within the broader cultural and critical contexts of British cinema and discuss his collaborations on and off-screen. Hosted by James Bell (Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive).

We are delighted to announce this preview:
Preview: Boiling Point + Q&A with director Philip Barantini, actor Ray Panthaki and Lauryn Ajufo
Wed 8 Dec 20:30 NFT1
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The Shop Around the Corner
Wed 8 Dec 21:00 NFT1 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are delighted to announce this special presentation:
tick, tick..BOOM! + Q&A with director Lin-Manuel Miranda, actors Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesús and producer Julie Oh
Thu 9 Dec 20:30 NFT1
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The Shop Around the Corner
Thu 9 Dec 20:30 NFT2 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio at the later time of 20:40 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Innocents
Thu 9 Dec 20:45 NFT1 p27
This screening will now take place in NFT2 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

African Odysseys: Billy Bang Lucky Man + intro and Q&A
Sat 11 Dec 17:30 NFT3 p42
Tickets for this screening are £6.50.

Dear Pyongyang + Pre-recorded Intro by Yang Yong-hi
Sat 11 Dec 20:40 NFT3; Thu 23 Dec 18:10 NFT2p24
Both screenings of this film will now include the pre-recorded intro by director Yang Yong-hi.

It's a Wonderful Life
12 - 23 Dec p35
We will be screening a 4K digital version of this film.

Patti Boulaye
Sun 12 Dec 15:30 NFT1 p6
This event will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Sun 12 Dec 15:40 NFT3 p35
This screening will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bad Santa
Sun 13 Dec 20:50 NFT3 p36
Please note this screening is now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment. Please see p36 for alternative screenings.

Relaxed Screening: The Black Balloon
Tue 14 Dec 18:10 NFT3 p42
This screening is now confirmed.

Projecting the Archive: I Could Go On Singing + intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting
Thu 16 Dec 18.15 NFT3 p45
We are delighted that Dirk Bogarde’s niece Alice van den Bogaerde will take part in the introduction.

We are pleased to add the following new title to our December programme:
Swan Song
Cert 15
This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Playdates: Fri 17 Dec 18:15 Studio and 20:35 NFT1; Sat 18 Dec 15:00 Studio and 20:40 NFT3; Sun 19 Dec 12:30 Studio (HOH) and 18:35 NFT2; Mon 20 Dec 14:40 and 18:20 Studio; Tue 21 Dec 14:40 Studio and 18:10 NFT3; Wed 22 Dec 14:40 Studio (HOH) and 20:35 Studio; Thu 23 Dec 14:40 and 18:15 Studio USA 2021. Dir Benjamin Cleary. With Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Adam Beach. 112min. Digital. Cert tbc. An Apple Original Films release
Set in the near future, Swan Song is a powerful, emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father with only a few months to live who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cameron grapples with whether or not to alter his family's fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined. The film explores how far we will go, and how much we're willing to sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people we love. This emotionally compelling and thought-provoking story is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary.
Julie Pearce, Head of Distribution and Programme Operations
AD (Audio Description) available at all screenings. The screenings on Sun 19 Dec 12:30 Studio and Wed 22 Dec 14:40 Studio will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss.
Tickets on sale to BFI Patrons and Champions from Mon 1 Nov 11:30; to BFI Members from Tue 2 Nov 11:30 and to the general public Thu 4 Nov 11:30.

The Shop Around the Corner
Fri 17 Dec 20:50 NFT1 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Gremlins
Sat 18 Dec 20:40 NFT3 p36
This screening will now take place in the Studio at the slightly later time of 20:45. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Shop Around the Corner
Sun 19 Dec 18:40 NFT2 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Seniors' Matinee: The Servant + Q&A
Mon 20 Dec 14:00 NFT1 p45
This Q&A is now confirmed. Curator Josephine Botting will introduce the film and there will be a Q&A during which time she will take questions following the screening.

Fire Festival
Mon 20 Dec 17:50 NFT2; Mon 27 Dec 13:20 NFT2 p20
Unfortunately, due to poor print condition we are now unable to screen the longer version of Fire Festival (126min). We will now be screening the director's cut (120min). We apologise for any disappointment this might cause.

The Shop Around the Corner
Tue 21 Dec 18:15 NFT3 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Apartment
Wed 22 Dec 20:40 NFT1 p35
This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Love Letter
Wed 22 Dec 20:50 NFT3 p22
This screening will now take place in NFT1. We apologise for any inconvenience.

January programme

In addition to the preview of Boiling Point on 8 Dec, we're delighted to announce the following screenings:
Boiling Point
Fri 7 Jan 14:40 and 18:15 Studio; Sat 8 Jan 15:20 and 20:40 Studio; Sun 9 Jan 13:15 (HOH) and 15:30 Studio; Mon 10 Jan 18:15 and 20:45 Studio; Tue 11 Jan 14:40 (HOH) and 20:50 Studio; Wed 12 Jan 14:40, 18:15 (HOH) and 20:50 Studio; Thu 13 Jan 14:40 NFT3 and 21:00 Studio
UK 2020. Dir Philip Barantini. With Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Ray Panthaki, Jason Flemyng. 95min. Digital. 15. Courtesy of Vertigo Releasing. Audio Description available at all screenings. The screenings on Sun 9 Jan 13:15 Studio, Tue 11 Jan 14:40 Studio and Wed 12 Jan 18:15 Studio will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or people experiencing hearing loss.
A stressed chef struggles to keep it together in this unmissable, gripping single-take thriller.
At one of the hottest spots in London, during one of the busiest nights of the Christmas season, head chef Andy (Stephen Graham) is under pressure: he is running late, his restaurant is overbooked, the meat stock is low and there is a surprise visit from a health inspector. Cleverly choreographed and impressively shot in one continuous take with no hidden cuts, Philip Barantini's suspenseful drama is an immersive masterclass of tension. BIFA-nominated Stephen Graham leads an incredible ensemble cast in the most exhilarating British film of the year.
Tickets on sale with the January programme (to BFI Patrons and Champions on Mon 6 Dec from 11:30; to BFI Members on Tue 7 Dec from 11:30 and on general sale on Thu 9 Dec from 11:30).

Parallel Mothers
From Fri 28 Jan p12
This film runs 123min and has been given a 15 certificate.

Relaxed screening: L'Enfant sauvage (The Wild Child) + intro and discussion
Mon 31 Jan 18:10 NFT3 p48
We are pleased to announce that this event will be led by Janet Harbord (Professor of Film, Queen Mary University of London) and Ethan Lyon (PhD student at University of Southampton researching Gothic Horror cinema and its relationship to autism), both members of the Autism through Cinema podcast.
This screening is part of our Francois Truffaut: For the Love of Films programme.