Programme changes

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

Updated: 15 October

October/November programme

Preview: All My Friends Hate Me + intro and Q&A with Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton
Mon 18 Oct 20:45 NFT1
UK 2021. Dir Andrew Gaynord. With Tom Stourton, Charly Clive, Georgina Campbell. 94min. Digital. Cert tbc. Courtesy of BFI Distribution
A dark and daring ensemble comedy about an anxious man who comes to fear his birthday bash at a university friends’ reunion might hold a sinister surprise.
Just because you’re paranoid, Joseph Heller noted, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. This is birthday boy Pete’s own Catch-22: invited by his old university crew to a country mansion celebration, from the outset something feels off. He’s constantly the butt of strangely pointed jokes. And what about the local chancer who has latched onto the group and seems to be studying him rather too closely? Andrew Gaynord’s feature debut, scripted by lead actor Tom Stourton and Tom Palmer, is a stiletto-sharp comedy nightmare. There’s misunderstandings, micro-aggressions and the fear that our youthful friendships aren’t – or maybe never were – what we thought. Imagine The Big Chill as a psychological horror, with an expert ensemble of rising British talent making us squirm with dread and laughter. Leigh Singer, BFI London Film Festival
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) on sale Tue 12 October to BFI Patrons and BFI Champions from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.
Unfortunately the BFI London Film Festival premiere screening of All My Friends Hate Me at the Prince Charles Cinema on Friday 8 October had to be cancelled due to a technical issue. We know how disappointing this was and apologise to audiences and filmmakers. Full refunds have been offered to all ticket holders and we are pleased to now offer this additional screening.

Bleak Moments
Mon 18 Oct 20:40 NFT1 p31
Please note we will be screening a 4K Digital remaster taken from the original negatives. This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Throne of Blood
Mon 18 Oct 20:35 Studio p25
This screening is cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please see the website or page 25 of the Guide for alternative screenings.

We are delighted to announce the following:
Denis Villeneuve in Conversation
Tue 19 Oct 19:15 NFT1
Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve joins us to discuss his stunning big-screen adaptation of Dune, as well as his outstanding career to date.
In addition to the highly anticipated Dune, French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is best known for having directed Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners and Incendies. His astute attention to detail and unique visuals have established Villeneuve as one of the premier filmmakers working today. Don’t miss your chance to hear the director reflect upon his magnificent body of work in this special epilogue to BFI Southbank’s complete Denis Villeneuve retrospective, The Path to Dune.
Tickets £18, concs £14 (BFI Members pay £2 less); on sale Tue 12 October to BFI Patrons and BFI Champions from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

Throne of Blood
Tue 19 Oct 18:10 NFT1 p25
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Yojimbo
Tue 19 Oct 20:45 NFT1 p25
This screening will now start at the later time of 20:55. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Manchurian Candidate
Tue 19 Oct 17:50 Studio p50
This screening is now cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. See website or p50 of the Guide for alternative screenings.

Tongues Untied
Wed 20 Oct 20:30 NFT3 p59
This film will be preceded by the short Beyond 'There's always a black issue Dear' (UK 2018. Dir Claire Lawrie. Digital. 30min).

Black Is… Black Ain't
Thu 21 Oct 20:40 NFT3 p59
This film will be preceded by the short How to Raise a Black Boy (UK 2021. Dir Justice Jamal Jones. Digital. 13min).

Please note these additional screenings:
Chungking Express p18 (July Guide)
Thu 21 Oct 20:50 NFT1; Tue 26 Oct 20:55 Studio; Wed 27 Oct 18:15 NFT1

Please note these additional screenings:
2046 p20 (July Guide)
Fri 22 Oct 14:00 Studio; Mon 25 Oct 17:45 Studio

Mangrove + Q&A with Steve McQueen
Fri 22 Oct 17:30 NFT1 p41
We are delighted to announce that Small Axe Consultant Paul Gilroy will join Steve McQueen for the Q&A following the screening.

Please note this additional screening:
Happy Together p19 (July Guide)<
Fri 22 Oct 20:55 NFT2

Following the hugely successful BFI London Film Festival event we are delighted to present further screenings of this 4K restoration:
The Outsiders The Complete Novel
Fri 22 Oct 18:15 Studio; Sat 23 Oct 17:50 Studio; Sun 24 Oct 15:30 Studio; Mon 25 Oct 20:35 Studio; Tue 26 Oct 14:40 Studio; Wed 27 Oct 14:40 Studio; Thu 28 Oct 20:45 Studio
USA 1983. Dir Francis Ford Coppola. With C Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio. 114min. Digital 4K. 12A Courtesy of Studiocanal.
Coppola’s inspired adaptation of SE Hinton’s classic novel captures how it feels to be caught between childhood innocence and adulthood’s disillusionment, and he assembled an impressive and talented young cast: Dillon, Cruise, Estevez, Howell, Lane, Swayze, Lowe and Macchio. Set in a divided Tulsa, where teenage life is either experienced as the ‘socs’, who go to college, have cars and a future, and the ‘greasers’, who come from the wrong side of the tracks. When a soc is knifed, three greasers go on the run before returning home to negotiate a tenuous truce. The collaborative work of the young cast serves as a testament to Coppola’s skill as director, making their struggle engaging and unforgettable. Julie Pearce, Head of Distribution and Programme Operations

Never Gonna Snow Again
Fri 22 Oct 20:45 NFT2 p10
This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Lovers Rock + Q&A with Steve McQueen
Fri 22 Oct 20:50 NFT1 p41
We are delighted to announce that actor Dennis Bovell will join Steve McQueen for the Q&A following the screening.

Sonic Cinema Presents: Lovers Rock After Party
Fri 22 Oct 22:00 – 02:00 Spiritland, Royal Festival Hall p41
As part of our weekend celebrating Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films, come along to our Lovers Rock After Party, hosted by our friends at Spiritland in Royal Festival Hall, to hear top DJs spin the tunes that influenced a generation. Spiritland Royal Festival Hall is a bar and restaurant that transforms into a chic nightclub every weekend, with huge names playing to a group of just 200 party people within the iconic Southbank building on a world-class soundsystem. Spiritland is delighted to host the Lovers Rock after party featuring reggae super-producer Dennis Bovell, supported by Spiritland regulars Sam Don and Piers Harrison playing until 2am.
Tickets already on sale at £12.50.

Alex Wheatle
Sat 23 Oct 20:45 NFT1 p42
This screening will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Never Gonna Snow Again
Sat 23 Oct 20:30 NFT3 p10
This event will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.
This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please note these additional screenings:
In the Mood for Love p19 (July Guide)
Sat 23 Oct 20:50 NFT1; Thu 28 Oct 18:10 Studio

We are pleased to confirm Adjoa Andoh's choice of film for her Screen Epiphany:
Screen Epiphany: Adjoa Andoh introduces Mandabi
Sun 24 Oct 18:30 NFT1 p5
Mandabi (The Money Order)
France-Senegal 1968. With Makhouredia Gueye, Isseu Niang, Ynousse N'Diaye, Mustapha Ture. 92min. 4K digital restoration. Wolof and French with EST. PG.
Satirising post-colonial bureaucracy and championing the potential of disenfranchised communities, this film confirms Sembène's mission for social justice.
Without work and struggling to keep up appearances, Ibrahima depends on his wives to look after his home and children. With the surprise arrival of a money order he's soon on a Kafka-esque journey through the streets of Dakkar that requires him to prove his identity, second guess who might genuinely assist him and side-step the fraudsters. This highly engaging and sharp-witted drama was successful in Africa and Europe on release, and won the Special Jury Prize at Venice 1968. Particularly resonant amid contemporary reappraisals of colonialism, Sembène's second feature is a landmark of African cinema - and the first film made in Wolof.
Maggi Hurt, Advance Programme Co-ordinator

Happy-Go-Lucky + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Alexis Zegerman
Sun 24 Oct 14:50 NFT1 p36
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman and Kate O'Flynn (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening. Kate O'Flynn is no longer able to attend.

Meantime + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Marion Bailey and Phil Daniels
Sun 24 Oct 18:00 NFT3 p33
This screening will now take place in NFT1 at the later time of 18:20 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience. We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Marion Bailey and Phil Daniels (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Never Gonna Snow Again (with HOH subtitles)
Tue 26 Oct 18:10 NFT2 p10 This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please note these additional screenings:
Fallen Angels p18 (July Guide)
Tue 26 Oct 18:15 NFT2

Never Gonna Snow Again
Wed 27 Oct 17:50 NFT2 p10
This screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

BFI Blu-ray Launch: Short Sharp Shocks II
Wed 27 Oct 18:10 NFT1 p57
This event will now take place in NFT2 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bitter Harvest
Fri 29 Oct 18:00 NFT3; Tue 9 Nov 20:45 NFT3 p48
This film will now be shown digitally as the 35mm print we had hoped to screen has completely faded to magenta. We apologise for any disappointment.

Nuts in May + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Alison Steadman, Roger Sloman, Anthony O'Donnell, Stephen Bill and Sheila Kelley
Sun 31 Oct 11:20 NFT1 p31
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Alison Steadman, Roger Sloman, Anthony O'Donnell, Stephen Bill and Sheila Kelley (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Body and Soul + intro by broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre
Sun 31 Oct 14:20 NFT1 p64
We are delighted that author, broadcaster and deputy editor of ECHOES magazine, Kevin Le Gendre will introduce this screening. The live piano accompaniment will be from composer and musician Neil Brand.

Last Night in Soho
Sun 31 Oct 17:40 NFT1 p4
We're delighted to confirm this special screening which will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Edgar Wright. Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

Seven Samurai
Sun 31 Oct 17:00 NFT1 p14
This screening will now take place inthe Studio.

20-22 Omega
Sun 31 Oct 15:00 Studio p57
Please note this screening will take place at the slightly earlier time of 14:30.

High Hopes + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Ruth Sheen and Phil Davis
Tue 2 Nov 18:45 NFT1 p34
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Ruth Sheen and Phil Davis (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

We are delighted to add the following to the programme:
Woman with a Movie Camera Preview: Passing + pre-recorded intro from director-screenwriter Rebecca Hall
Thu 4 Nov 17:50 NFT1
USA 2021. Dir Rebecca Hall. With Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland. 98min. Digital. Cert TBC. Courtesy of Netflix. Woman with a Movie Camera is powered by Jaguar and generously supported by Jane Stanton
In Rebecca Hall’s exquisite directorial debut, two childhood friends are reunited as adults in 1920s New York, with one of them now passing as white.
When Irene (Tessa Thompson), a pillar of the Harlem community, spots Clare (Ruth Negga) across a hotel lobby, she can’t stop staring. Although they now live on opposite sides of the racial divide, the two women are magnetically drawn to each other, with fateful consequences. Demonstrating the same cool intelligence we’ve seen in her performances, Hall delivers an elegant film full of longing and restraint, and with a distinctly feminine sensibility. Shot in gorgeous black and white by Eduard Grau (A Single Man) and adapted from Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel, it’s also a deeply personal film, with Hall mining her family’s own history of passing to deliver a richly layered examination of race, class and sexuality, and the lives we choose – or choose not – to lead. Rowan Woods, Festival Programmer
Tickets £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less), on sale Tue 12 October to BFI Patrons and BFI Champions from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

We are delighted to announce this free event as part of Perspectives from Japan: An Online Events Series. The series, presented by Japan Foundation and BFI Southbank, spotlights the other side of Japanese films:
Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan: In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi
Fri 5 Nov 13:00-14:30 Zoom
In this special free online event, Yuko Sekiguchi, former Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo and Variety Japan, will be in conversation with James Bell, former Features Editor at Sight & Sound and newly appointed Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive, to discuss the historical and contemporary landscape of film criticism in Japan.
Looking at Japanese film criticism through the perspective of Kinema Junpo, Japan’s oldest film magazine, which begun publication in 1919, Ms Sekiguchi will consider the role of film criticism in Japan, introduce the most prominent film critics, and examine the history of the magazine in relation to the changes within the Japanese film culture across the decades. The speakers will discuss Kinema Junpo’s annual list of best films to investigate what films and filmmakers have been championed by the magazine across the years, and how Kinema Junpo’s lists compare to the annual best lists published by Sight & Sound. Ms Sekiguchi will also explore the recent trends and debates in contemporary Japanese film criticism as well as the intersection with the wider film industry and film festivals in Japan.
If you would like to attend this free online event, please register on the BFI website - https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/article/kinemajunpofilmcriticismjapan by Thu 4 Nov 13:00. We will send you a link to access the Zoom webinar closer to the event date.

We’re delighted to announce the following addition to our programme:
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (animated)
Sun 7 Nov 12:00 NFT1
UK 1965/2021. Dir Derek Martinus (original), Chloe Grech (animated). With William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves. 4x25min. Courtesy of BBC Studios.
The Doctor, Vicki and Steven arrive on a planet within Galaxy 4 where two groups, the Drahvins and Rills, are fighting a deadly war with the plan to find the means to leave the planet before its imminent destruction. As the Doctor and his companions get drawn into this feud, it becomes clear that they are all at risk of being on the planet when the inevitable is set to happen. With only one full episode of the story remaining in the archive, the majority of this story is believed to have been lost. By using a complete audio recording and a new colour animation, we invite you to sit back and enjoy Galaxy 4, over 55 years since it was first broadcast.
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 will be released on Blu-ray soon.
Tickets £15, concs £12, restricted to two per booker (Members pay £2 less) on sale Thu 16 Sep to Patrons and Champions from 11:30 to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.

Godzilla
Sun 7 Nov 15:50 NFT3; Tue 23 Nov 20:40 NFT2
Please note these screenings will be UK Premiere of the new Digital 4K restoration courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd. and Janus Films.

The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice
Mon 8 Nov 14:30 NFT2 p21
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

Seven Samurai
Mon 8 Nov 13:30 NFT3 p14
This matinee will now take place in the Studio.

Seven Samurai
Tue 9 Nov 13:30 NFT1 p14
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

Zero Dark Thirty (with HOH subtitles)
Tue 9 Nov 14:15 NFT2 p55
This matinee will now take place in the Studio.

Jules et Jim
Wed 10 Nov 14:00 NFT2 p38
Please note, this matinee starts at 14:30 as per the calendar (not 14:00 as per page 38 of the Guide).

Seven Samurai
Wed 10 Nov 13:00 NFT1 p14
Please note this screening will now take place in NFT3.

Seven Samurai
Thu 11 Nov 13:30 NFT1 p14
Please note this screening will now take place in the Studio.

Naked + Q&A with Mike Leigh, David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp
Sat 13 Nov 17:20 NFT1 p15
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Topsy-Turvy + Q&A with Mike Leigh and Jim Broadbent Sun 14 Nov 17:30 NFT1 p35
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast member Jim Broadbent (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Heat
Mon 15 Nov 13:40 NFT1 p54
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

Naked
Mon 15 Nov 14:30 NFT3 p15
This matinee will now take place in the Studio.

We are delighted to add the following preview to our programme:
Preview: The Hand of God (È Stata La Mano Di Dio)
Thu 18 Nov 18:30 NFT1
Italy 2021. Dir Paolo Sorrentino With Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo. 130min. Digital. Cert tbc. EST. Courtesy of Netflix
A tight-knit Neapolitan family’s supposedly settled lives are beset by old history, jealousies and not-so-hidden infidelities. This is all set against the febrile backdrop of 1980s Naples, a city gripped by a quasi-religious fervor, due to the city’s team signing football genius and larger-than-life figure Maradona. Depicting all this rich cultural tapestry Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) has reached into his own history and fashioned a bold, visually striking drama that uses its glorious locations to full effect. By turns touching, grotesque and savagely funny, and featuring an excellent ensemble cast (including the ever-brilliant Toni Servillo), The Hand of God comes replete with some jaw-dropping scenes that are typical of Sorrentino, a filmmaker at the top of his game.
Adrian Wootton, LFF Programmer
Tickets £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less) on sale Fri 10 Sep to BFI Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.

Yojimbo
Fri 19 Nov 14:30 NFT1 p25
This matinee will now take place in the Studio.

Naked
Fri 19 Nov 14:15 Studio p15
This matinee is cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment.

Another Year + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville
Fri 19 Nov 17:30 NFT2 p37
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Four Days in July + Q&A with Mike Leigh and Bríd Brennan
Sat 20 Nov 11:50 NFT2 p33
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast member Bríd Brennan (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Mr. Turner + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Marion Bailey and Dorothy Atkinson
Sun 21 Nov 13:10 NFT3 p37
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Marion Bailey and Dorothy Atkinson (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

All or Nothing + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Lesley Manville and Marion Bailey
Sun 21 Nov 17:10 NFT3 p35
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Lesley Manville and Marion Bailey (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

The Flavour of Green Tea over Rice
Thu 23 Nov 14:40 NFT3 p21
This screening is cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment.

The Small World of Sammy Lee
Thu 23 Nov 14:30 NFT1 p46
This screening will now take place in NFT2.

Four Days in July
Wed 24 Nov 14:15 NFT3 p33
This matinee will now take place in NFT2.

Vera Drake + Q&A with Mike Leigh, Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis
Fri 26 Nov 17:40 NFT2 p36
We are delighted to announce that Mike Leigh will be joined by cast members Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis (work commitments permitting) for the Q&A following this screening.

Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored + Intro
Mon 29 Nov 14:00 NFT1 p64
We are pleased to welcome Dr Althea Legal-Miller (Senior Lecturer in American History and Culture at Canterbury Christ Church University) who will give an intro to this screening.

Grown-Ups
Tue 30 Nov 14:15 NFT2 p33
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

Tokyo Story
Tue 30 Nov 14:00 NFT3 p22, p28
This matinee will now take place in the Studio.

Petite Maman (HOH)
Tue 30 Nov 14:30 Studio p11
This matinee is cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment. There will be additional HOH subtitled screenings in the December programme.