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Programme changes

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

Updated: 17 January

January Programme

London Short Film Festival
10 - 19 January (11-17 Jan at BFI Southbank) p40
We are proud to be partnering with the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) to host the first UK pilot in cinemas of the National Theatre's smart caption glasses, a solution for D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing audiences, at BFI Southbank. A limited number of smart caption glasses are available for the LSFF UK Competition screenings. For further information about the pilot, please see our FAQs on the website - whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/openaccesslsff

We are pleased to present a run of the following:
Uncut Gems
Remaining screenings: Sat 18 Jan 17:10 Studio; Sun 19 Jan 20:05 Studio; Mon 20 Jan 20:30 NFT2; Wed 22 Jan 20:30 NFT2, Thu 23 Jan 20:40 Studio, Sun 26 Jan 19:45 Studio
Audio Description will be available at all screenings. The screenings on Thu 16 Jan & Sun 19 Jan will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or Hard of Hearing.
USA 2019. Dir Benny & Josh Safdie. With Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian. 135min. Digital. Cert 15. A Netflix release.
Fast-talking New York jewellery dealer Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) owes a lot of people a lot of money, but he has a shot at putting together a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win. From Josh and Benny Safdie, the acclaimed filmmakers behind Good Time, this adrenaline-pumping, anxiety-inducing crime thriller is the ultimate showcase for the directing duo's talents and the 'Scope cinematography looks great on the big screen.

Waves
Run from Fri 17 Jan p11
This film runs 136 min and has been given a 15 certificate.

Waves
Fri 17 Jan 14:30 NFT2 p11
This matinee will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bait with Live Score by Gwenno Saunders and Georgia Ellery
Fri 17 Jan 19:30 NFT1 p44
We are pleased to announce that director Mark Jenkin will introduce this screening and composer, songwriter and musician Georgia Ellery will be joining Gwenno Saunders onstage for the live score. Georgia also plays the role of Katie in Bait.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Fri 17 Jan 17:45 Studio; Sat 18 Jan 14:45 Studio; Tue 21 Jan 20:45 Studio p4
Please note these additional screenings.

LSFF: How to Deaf
Fri 17 Jan 18:10 NFT3 p41
Please note this screening will now start at the slightly later time of 18:20.

Fellini’s Cultural and Visual Legacy
Sat 18 Jan 16:30 NFT1 p23
We are delighted to announce that academic Louis Bayman (University of Southampton), art historian and curator Flavia Frigeri (UCL) and curator Sonnet Stanfill (Senior Curator of Fashion, V&A) will join us for this discussion hosted by season programmer Pasquale Iannone. This event will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Swing High, Swing Low
Sat 18 Jan 15:50 NFT3 p28
This screening will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Freaks
Sat 18 Jan 18:00 NFT3 p37
This screening will now start at the later time of 18:10. We apologise for any disappointment.

La Strada
Sat 18 Jan 13:00 NFT1; Sat 25 Jan 20:40 NFT1 p18
We are delighted to confirm that the new digital 4K restoration is now available for all our screenings. Please note the screening on Thu 9 Jan will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Nights of Cabiria + intro by filmmaker Carol Morley
Sat 18 Jan 18:20 NFT1 p18
To clarify, this performance starts at 18:20 as per the calendar (not 18:30 as per page 18).

La dolce vita
Sat 18 Jan 19:50 Studio; Sat 25 Jan 17:25 Studio; Sun 26 Jan 13:00 Studio p14
Please note these additional screenings.

Focus on Fellini
Sun 19 Jan 12:00; 12:40; 16:40; 17:20 BFI Reuben Library p23
Due to popular demand, these illustrated short talks will now take place in the Blue Room.

We are pleased to present a run of the following:
Little Women
Remaining screenings: Sun 19 Jan 17:10 Studio; Wed 22 Jan 17:45 Studio.
Audio Description will be available at all screenings. The screenings on The screening on Wed 22 Jan will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or Hard of Hearing.
USA 2019. Dir Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen, James Norton. 135min. Digital. Cert U. A Sony Pictures release.
This latest film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel about Jo March and her sisters may possibly be the finest. Director Greta Gerwig takes the ambitious step of telling the story in flashbacks but pulls it off beautifully with a script that is both effervescently modern and genuinely nostalgic. Saoirse Ronan is wonderful as Jo and heads an A-list line-up of actors, each and every one of them perfectly cast. A holiday treat for all ages, Little Women is sure to melt the stoniest of hearts.
Tickets at standard price on sale to BFI Patrons and Champions from Mon 2 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 3 Dec 11:30 and to the public from Tue 10 Dec 11:30.

La Strada
Mon 20 Jan 20:50 NFT1 p18
Due to popular demand, we’re delighted to announce this additional screening on Fellini’s 100th birthday.

Waves
Mon 20 Jan 20:25 NFT2; Wed 22 Jan 20:25 NFT2 p11
Please note, these screenings will take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Fellini: A Director's Notebook
Mon 20 Jan 18:00 NFT3; Fri 31 Jan 20:20 NFT3p21
Please note the correct running time for this film is 60min.

Preview: The Personal History of David Copperfield
Tue 21 Jan 20:15 NFT1 p6
We are delighted to announce that the director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci will be present for a Q&A following this preview. This film runs 119mins and has been given a PG certificate.

Waves
Thu 23 Jan 14:30 Studio p11
This screening will now take place in NFT2 and the seating will be unallocated.

Member Exclusive: Archive Tour
Fri 24 Jan 10:30 - 13:30 BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted Please note, this tour will finish at 13:30 (not 13:00 as per the BFI Southbank Guide).

Cyrano de Bergerac
Fri 24 Jan 14:30 NFT3 p15
This matinee will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the following preview:
Preview: Queen & Slim presented by We Are Parable
Fri 24 Jan 20:40 NFT1
USA 2019. Dir Melina Matsoukas. With Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith. 131min. Digital. 15. Courtesy of Entertainment One. Audio Description will be available at this preview.
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results which force the couple to go on the run.
Before the screening, events company We Are Parable will be presenting a unique Queen & Slim experience: an evening of music, mixed media art, poetry and much more.
Tickets £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less), Under25s £5, on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Fri 6 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 6 Dec 12:30 and to the public from Tue 10 Dec 11:30.

I Vitelloni
Fri 24 Jan 20:40 NFT1 p18
This screening will now take place in NFT3 at the later time of 20:45. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Weathering With You
Sat 25 Jan 20:50 Studio; Sun 26 Jan 16:20 Studio; Mon 27 Jan 20:45 Studio; Wed 29 Jan 20:50 Studio; Thu 30 Jan 18:00 Studio p7 (Dec Guide)
Following its sell-out preview screening in December, we're delighted to add screenings to the BFI Southbank programme of the stunning new anime feature from Makoto Shinkai, the director of the mega-hit Your Name.
Tickets on sale Sat 18 Jan to BFI Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.

African Odysseys: Harriet + Q&A
Sat 25 Jan 14:00 NFT1 p42
This film has been given a 12A certificate. This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Sat 25 Jan 14:40 NFT3 p15
This matinee now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Fellini's Casanova
Sun 26 Jan 16:45 NFT1 p21
Please note the correct running time for this film is 153min.

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI
Mon 27 Jan 18:30 NFT1 p6
Tickets for this event will now go on sale Wed 11 Dec to BFI Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to Members 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.

City of Women
Tue 28 Jan 20:20 NFT1p19
Further to a recent update, the running time of this restoration is 139min as per the Guide.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Tue 28 Jan 20:30 Studio p15
This screening will now start at the later time of 20:40. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Lights of Variety
Wed 29 Jan 21:00 NFT3p20
The new 4K digital restoration will not be available for our screenings so we will be showing a 35mm print. We apologise for any disappointment.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Thu 30 Jan 14:30 Studio p15
Please note, this matinee will now take place in NFT2 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

February Programme

Juliet of the Spirits
Sun 2 Feb 19:45 NFT1; Sat 8 Feb 17:40 NFT3; Sat 15 Feb 17:30 NFT1; Fri 28 Feb 20:25 NFT1 p22
Please note that the new 4K digital restoration of this title has a slightly longer runtime of 145min, rather than 138min as printed in the guide.

Bait + intro by director Mark Jenkin
Mon 3 Feb 18:20 NFT3 p9
This screening will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Clowns
Mon 3 Feb 18:15 NFT1 p22
This screening will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The African Queen
Mon 3 Feb 20:35 NFT2 p30
We are pleased to announce that this screening will be introduced by script supervisor, Angela Allen.

BFI Blu-ray/DVD Launch: Scancal + Q&A with Michael Caton-Jones, producer Stephen Woolley and writer Michael Thomas
Thu 13 Feb 18:40 NFT1 p36
We are pleased to announce that executive producer Joe Boyd will also be joining the panel.

Ready Steady Go! The Weekend Starts Here! Sessions 1 and 2
Sat 15 Feb 13:00 and 15:10 NFT1 p39
These sessions have been postponed and will now take place in May. Ticket-holders should contact the Box Office by phone or in person for a refund. Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.

BFI Future Film Festival 2020
20-23 Feb p38
To clarify, full details of specific programmes and the ways in which the festival is accessible will be available from Wed 15 Jan at bfi.org.uk/futurefilm. Tickets go on sale on Thu 16 Jan.

Relaxed Screening: Future Film Festival p40
As per the above, details will be announced online on Wed 15 Jan with tickets on sale from Thu 16 Jan.

Little Joe
Opens Fri 21 Feb p10
Preceding Little Joe will be an extract from The Birth of a Flower (UK 1910. 3min). Directed by F Percy Smith, a true pioneer, who invented original (and bizarre) methods for time lapse and micro cinematography (especially of flowers and insects) that have hardly been bettered by modern film technique.


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