Updated: 5 August

August Programme

Satyajit ray Season
Teen Kanya / Monihara (p25); The Expedition (p27); The Chess Players (p30); Sikkim (p31) and Two (p31) To clarify, Teen Kanya / Monihara, The Expedition, The Chess Players, Sikkim, and Two, all screening in the Satyajit Ray season in August, are advertised as restorations from the Academy Film Archive but they are not brand new restorations and are now showing slight signs of wear and tear. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

We are pleased to announce a run of the following:
Paris, Texas
Fri 5 Aug 20:15 Studio; Sat 6 Aug 20:15 Studio; Sun 7 Aug 15:00 (moves to NFT2 from Studio); Mon 8 Aug 20:15 Studio; Wed 10 Aug 17:45 Studio (CC); Thu 11 Aug 20:15 Studio; Fri 12 Aug 17:50 Studio; Sat 13 Aug 12:45 NFT2 & 14:30 Studio (CC); Sun 14 Aug 17:30 Studio; Mon 15 Aug 20:15 Studio; Wed 17 Aug 17:50 Studio; Thu 18 Aug 14:15 NFT3
Please note the screening on Wed 10 Aug will now start at the later time of 17:45.
West Germany-France-UK 1984. Dir Wim Wenders. With Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell. 145min. Digital. 15. A Curzon release
The screening on Wed 10 Aug 17:45 (moved from 17:25) Studio & Sat 13 Aug 14:30 Studio will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss.
Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton) walks out of the desert after four years, to the amazement of his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Reunited with Hunter, his seven-year-old son, Travis decides that they should search for his ex-wife (Nastassja Kinski) so that they can be a family once again. Late, great character actor Stanton took his first, and greatest, leading role in Wim Wenders' moving slice of Americana.
Beautifully shot by Robbie Müller, Sam Shepard's beguilingly simple story is stunningly realised by Wenders, whose stark imagery is accompanied by Ry Cooder's acclaimed score. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director prize at BAFTA in 1985, Paris, Texas is arguably Wenders' greatest achievement.
Kimberley Sheehan, Programmer

Lightyear
Fri 5 Aug 13:30 Studio; Sun 14 Aug 12:00 NFT1 (Funday); Thu 18 Aug 13:30 Studio (CC); Mon 22 Aug 13:30 NFT3 (CC); Mon 29 Aug 12:15 NFT3 p46
Please note, the screenings with CC (subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss) will be Thu 18 and Mon 22 Aug (not Mon 15 as per page 46 of the Guide). All screenings will have AD (Audio Description) available.

Please note these additional screenings:
The Big City p12
Fri 5 Aug 17:20 Studio; Sat 6 Aug 17:20 Studio; Sun 7 Aug 18:05 Studio; Mon 8 Aug 14:10 Studio; Sat 13 Aug 17:40 Studio; Tue 16 Aug 14:20 Studio

The Harder They Come + intro by season curator and author Lloyd Bradley
Fri 5 Aug 18:15 NFT1 p13
Please note, Lloyd Bradley will now give a brief introduction to the screening but will talk more afterwards once the audience have seen the film.

Devi + Pikoo
Sat 6 Aug 14:30 NFT1 p25
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sharmila Tagore will no longer be able to introduce this screening. We are pleased that a pre-recorded introduction from season programmer Sangeeta Datta will now screen instead.

Hit the Road
Please note these additional screenings:
Sat 6 Aug 14:40 Studio (CC); Sun 7 Aug 12:30 Studio; Mon 8 Aug 18:10 Studio; Tue 9 Aug 20:55 Studio; Wed 10 Aug 20:55 Studio; Thu 11 Aug 18:05 Studio; Fri 12 Aug 20:55 Studio; Sat 13 Aug 20:50 Studio; Mon 15 Aug 18:00 Studio (CC); Thu 18 Aug 20:55 Studio
The screening on Sat 6 Aug 14:40 Studio & Mon 15 Aug 18:00 Studio will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss.
This film runs 94min and has been given a 12A certificate.

The Harder They Come
Sun 7 Aug 14:45 NFT2 p13
The screening will now take place in the Studio and the seating will be unallocated.

Being Blacker + Q&A with Molly Dineen, Blacker Dread and Naptali
Tue 9 Aug 20:30 NFT3 p4
We are really pleased to announce that this Q&A will be hosted by the renowned DJ and remixer, Radio 1Xtra's Seani B.

Kapurush + Mahapurush
Thu 11 Aug 18:00 NFT2; Sat 20 Aug 20:20 NFT1 p28
Please note these slightly amended running times: Kapurush: 69min (not 75) and Mahapurush: 67min (not 65).

Preview: My Old School + Q&A with director Jono McLeod and actor Alan Cumming
Fri 12 Aug 18:15 NFT1 p5
This screening will start at 18:15 (as per p5), not 18:10 as per the calendar. This film has been given a 15 certificate.
We are delighted to announce that Clare Grogan and Lulu will be joining the discussion following this preview.

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We are pleased to announce that BFI Southbank will be hosting the following season presented by Watershed, in collaboration with Park Circus, as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

Pre-code Hollywood: Rules Are Made to be Broken
Let us transport you back to Hollywood's savage years, when the restrictive censorship of the Hays Code wasn't worth the paper it was written on. Before the Hollywood censors decided to enforce the rules around sexuality, violence, drugs and hard living, a group of films we now call the Pre-Codes tested the boundaries by breaking every single one of them. And just as the gangsters and gold-diggers on-screen raised eyebrows by profiting from their nefarious deeds, cinema was enriched by some of the wittiest, wildest and most audaciously enjoyable movies Hollywood has ever made. If you want to see women centre-stage and expressing their own desires, or criminals so charming you'll pray they get away with the loot, step this way....

Curated by journalist and critic for the 'I' newspaper, Christina Newland and freelance writer, critic and film historian, Pamela Hutchinson.

All tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs) on sale Fri 29 July to Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

Blonde Crazy (aka Larceny Lane) + pre-recorded intro by Christina Newland*
Fri 12 Aug 14:30 NFT2; Mon 15 Aug 18:30 NFT3*; Wed 17 Aug 20:45 NFT2
USA 1931. Dir. Roy Del Ruth. With James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern. 79min. Newly remastered Digital courtesy of Park Circus and Warner Bros. PG
"Oh, that dirty, double-crossin' rat. I'd like to get my own hooks on him. I'd tear him to pieces."
When a cheeky bellhop (a young James Cagney) meets a dishy blonde (the effervescent Joan Blondell) and gets her installed in his hotel as a chambermaid through nefarious means, the pair set a criminal scheme into motion. Here's the grift: they entrap and blackmail married men who are caught up to no good. The problem is that they're wide open to being conned by a bigger fish, and Louis Calhern is precisely that fish.
Cagney and Blondell's fiery and frank chemistry is only made sexier by the uncertainty of their loyalty to each other, both criminally and romantically. Although initially there appears to be a more respectable suitor in the mix (no less than Ray Milland), he, too, shows a penchant for the felonious. In spite of a rather unexpectedly sweet conclusion, it's pretty obvious no one who made this movie was interested in 'respectability'.... whatever that word's supposed to mean. Christina Newland.
Tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs)

A Free Soul + pre-recorded intro by Christina Newland*
Fri 12 Aug 18:10 NFT2*; Mon 15 Aug 20:45 NFT3
USA 1931. Dir.Clarence Brown. With Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore 94min. Newly remastered Digital courtesy of Park Circus and Warner Bros.12A
"It ain't polite, baby, but it's what ya want."
The divine Norma Shearer stars as an independent-minded young society woman who has been trained by her defence attorney father (Lionel Barrymore) to live without restraint. She grows trapped in a love triangle between the monied, kind Leslie Howard and the good-for-nothing rogue played by the delightfully evil Clark Gable. Her father, loving but consistently sozzled, successfully defends the gangster against a murder rap, not realising that his beloved daughter is about to embark on a lusty affair with the reprobate.
Penned by iconoclastic gossip columnist Adela Rogers St. Johns and loosely recalling her own upbringing (her father was a real defence attorney too, even once representing disgraced silent star Fatty Arbuckle), A Free Soul is psychologically complex and earnest in spite of its sensationalist leanings: a genuinely open-minded exploration of what happens to nice girls when they fall for the bad boy. Hard. Christina Newland
Tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs)

Jewel Robbery + pre-recorded intro by Christina Newland*
Fri 12 Aug 21:00 NFT1*; Tue 16 Aug 14:30 NFT3
USA 1932. Dir. William Dieterle. With William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson 68min. Newly remastered Digital courtesy of Park Circus and Warner Bros 12A
"In the morning, a cocktail. In the afternoon, a man."
One of the rare Pre-Code films set in Europe, Jewel Robbery is the story of a Viennese lady (the mischievous Kay Francis) caught in the midst of a diabolical jewel heist by a gentleman thief, played by the ever-charming William Powell. Casually wreathing its characters in marijuana smoke and unabashedly mentioning their extramarital affairs, the Warner Brothers tagline for the film teased: 'He stole her jewels....but that's not all!' Francis, terminally bored by her older, wealthy husband, gets a rapturous glint in her eye at the thought of a scandal, nevermind the dangerous flirtation with Powell that ensues. Featuring a cheeky direct address to camera and a joyfully sinful conclusion, this was the fifth of seven film outings for the crackerjack pairing of Kay Francis and William Powell. At a bite-sized 70 minutes, this heist caper is the kind of sultry amuse-bouche that leaves you wanting more in the best way. Christina Newland.
Tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs)

Red-Headed Woman + intro by Pamela Hutchinson
Sat 13 Aug 16:00 NFT2; Tue 16 Aug 18:35 NFT2*
USA 1932. Dir: Jack Conway. With Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Una Merkel. 79min. Newly remastered Digital courtesy of Park Circus and Warner Bros. 12A
"When I kiss 'em, they stay kissed for a long time."
Jean Harlow, the blonde bombshell bar none of 1930s Hollywood, rinsed her hair scarlet to play social-climbing homewrecker Lil Andrews in this audacious, cynical and often hilarious Pre-Code film from MGM. Anita Loos was famous for announcing that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was her rewrite on F Scott Fitzgerald's screenplay (adapted from Katharine Brush's popular 1931 novel) that gave Lil's story the laughs it desperately needed. Lil is a seemingly hard woman in a tough world, but Loos's one-liners draw the audience on to her side, as she seduces first her married boss (Chester Morris) and then a visiting coal tycoon (Henry Stephenson). As Screenland's critic wrote: "Jean plays a mean part so cleverly that you can't help liking this wild red-headed woman." And Lil's not alone in her sexual 'racketeering'. Una Merkel plays her fretful, wisecracking best pal to perfection and none other than Charles Boyer plays a key role as a divertingly attractive chauffeur. The Hays Office demanded 17 cuts to the film to tone down Harlow's sexual assertiveness and still some audience members were shocked by her antics. In fact, the film was banned outright in the UK. So watch with caution. Pamela Hutchinson.
Tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs)

Baby Face + intro by Pamela Hutchinson*
Sun 14 Aug 13:00 NFT3; Tue 16 Aug 20:50 NFT1*; Wed 17 Aug 14:30 NFT3
USA 1933. Dir. Alfred E. Green. With Barbara Stanwyck, George Bent, Donald Cook. 75min. Newly remastered Digital courtesy of Park Circus and Warner Bros. 12A
"I'm a ball of fire, I am."
Pre-Code cinema was often a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Warner Bros. took one look at MGM's highly risqué Red-Headed Woman and decided to respond with this jaw-dropping sensation marketed with the tagline "She had it and made it pay". She is Barbara Stanwyck, in a steely early role as single-minded young Lily Powers, sexually exploited from a young age and determined both to turn the tables on men, and to use her feminine charms to create a better life for herself. Inspired by some words from Nietzsche she hops a train to New York with Chico (Theresa Harris) to embark on a career as a ruthless seductress. In the big city, she starts sleeping her way to the top of a bank run by a notorious playboy (George Brent). Pamela Hutchinson.
Tickets £8, concs £7.20 (Non Members £8, no concs)

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Catch the most spectacular, epic action film of the year on the big screen:
RRR
Sat 13 Aug 19:00 NFT1
India 2022. Dir S.S. Rajamouli. With N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn. 180min. Digital. EST. 15.
In this playful, reimagined history of two real-life Indian freedom fighters in the 1920s, we follow fearless warrior Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) as he embarks on a dangerous rescue mission when a British Governor kidnaps a member of his tribe. Along his journey he crosses paths with Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) who is not all that he seems.
One of the highest-grossing Indian films ever made, S.S. Rajamouli's big-budget historical-action blockbuster has garnered critical acclaim around the world. It is packed with glorious, adrenaline-fueled action sequences and memorising musical numbers, all wrapped around a heartfelt, sweeping bromance. RRR (short for Rise, Roar, Revolt) is simply one of the best, most fun nights out at the cinema you will experience this year.
There will be a 15-minute interval midway through this screening.
Tickets on sale Fri 29 July to Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

We are screening the following films in solidarity with Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad. The BFI strongly condemns their prison sentence and the oppression of artists in Iran.

There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad)
Sun 14 Aug 17:40 NFT3
Germany/Czech Republic/Iran 2020. Dir Mohammad Rasoulof. 150min. Digital. EST. 15. Courtesy of New Wave Films
Through thematically connected episodes, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof's anthology film tells the stories of four military men who are faced with an unthinkable but simple choice when tasked to carry out sanctioned executions. We observe each man's approach and how it directly or indirectly impacts on their relationships, themselves and those that surround them as they wrestle and reason with their decision. Every culture that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. Here, Rasoulof amplifies the psychological impact of this practice, and how its implementation affects society down the generations.
Tickets on sale Fri 29 July to Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

The Divine Voyage + intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI Archive Curator
Sun 14 Aug 15:00 NFT3 p45
Piano accompaniment will be provided by John Sweeney.

African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey
Mon 15 Aug 20:40 NFT2; Sun 28 Aug 14:50 NFT2 p20
The running time of this film is 85min (not 99min).

Two (aka Parable of Two)
Tue 16 Aug 20:40 NFT2; Wed 24 Aug 18:20 NFT2 p31
The running time of this short film is 12min (not 15min).

3 Faces (Se rokh)
Wed 17 Aug 18:30 NFT2
Iran 2018. Dir Jafar Panahi. 101min. Digital. EST. 15. Courtesy of New Wave Films
Playing herself, Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari (Blackboards) is distraught after receiving a desperate video phone message from a girl whose family forbid her from pursuing her studies at Tehran's drama conservatory, at the end of which she appears to commit suicide. Behnaz abandons the film she is working on and asks the director Jafar Panahi to join her on a road trip to the rural, Azeri-speaking north west of Iran, to locate the girl. There they find generous hospitality, as well as suffocating tradition, and Panahi's film, which won the Best Screenplay Award in Cannes, subtly probes at the contradictions in Iran's patriarchal society that have consequences for all women.
Tickets on sale Fri 29 July to Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the general public from 16:00.

The Hero
Wed 17 Aug 18:10 NFT1; Thu 25 Aug 20:40 NFT1 p28
The running time of this film is 117min (not 120min).

Days and Nights in the Forest
Thu 18 Aug 18:15 NFT1 p29
This screening will now take place in NFT2 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Harder They Come
Thu 18 Aug 20:30 NFT3 p13
This screening will now take place in NFT2 at the later time of 20:50 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Dance, Girl, Dance
Thu 18 Aug 20:45 NFT2 p38
This screening will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Where is Anne Frank
From Fri 19 Aug p10
This film has been given a PG certificate and the confirmed running time is 100min.

TV Preview: Am I Being Unreasonable? + Q&A with writer/actors Daisy May Cooper, Selin Hizli and exec producer Jack Thorne
Wed 31 Aug 18:15 NFT1 p5
Please note, the total running time of this event is 100min.

September/OctoberProgramme

Bodies Bodies Bodies p10
The release date for this film has been put back to Friday 9 September. Please note that all screenings listed on the calendar from 2-8 September are therefore now cancelled, except for the following screening which will now be a preview:

We are pleased to announce a run of the following:
Lost Highway
Fri 2 Sep 17:50 NFT1, 14:30 NFT2 & 20:25 NFT3; Sat 3 Sep 12:10, 15:10 & 18:05 NFT2; Sun 4 Sep 12:00 and 15:00 NFT2 & 17:50 NFT3; Mon 5 Sep 18:00 NFT1, 14:30 & 20:25 NFT2; Tue 6 Sep 17:50 NFT1, 14:30 NFT3 & 20:25 Studio; Wed 7 Sep 14:30 and 20:30 NFT2 & 17:55 NFT3; Thu 8 Sep 17:50 NFT1, 20:20 NFT2 & 14:30 NFT3
USA 1997. Dir David Lynch. With Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman, Balthazar Getty. 134min. Digital 4K. 18. A Janus Films release.
All screenings will have Audio Description available
Patricia Arquette plays two characters in two interrelated stories in this exquisite neo-noir from the unique mind of David Lynch. In one, a saxophonist (Pullman) starts receiving tapes filmed inside his home of him and his wife (Arquette) asleep in bed. He gradually starts to believe that he is being framed for murder. In the second, a mechanic (Getty) gets involved with a woman (Arquette) who is also seeing a dangerous gangster and finds himself being drawn into the criminal underworld. Often cited as Lynch's 'masterpiece', Lost Highway is a complex, enthralling and mature piece of work that rewards repeat viewings. This new 4K restoration shows off the best in cinematography, editing and a cracking score too. Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer.
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Mon 1 Aug (from 11:30); to BFI Members Tue 2 Aug (from 11:30) and to the general public Thu 4 Aug (from 11:30).

Jawbone + Q&A with writer and actor Johnny Harris and actors Michael Smiley and Ray Winstone
Sat 3 Sep 18:00 NFT3 p5
This screening will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Sat 3 Sep 18:10 NFT1 p45
This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Psycho
Sat 3 Sep 20:45 NFT3 p43
This screening will now take place at the slightly later time of 20:55. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Preview: Bodies Bodies Bodies
Sat 3 Sep 21:00 NFT1
Tickets for this preview screening are £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less).

The Primrose Path + The Kid Reporter + intro
Sun 4 Sep 15:30 NFT3 p53
The reference to 'both screenings will have live piano accompaniment' refers to both titles. To clarify, there is only one screening of this silent programme.
Piano accompaniment will be provided by Stephen Horne.

The Kids Stays in the Picture + intro by Brett Morgen
Mon 5 Sep 18:00 NFT3 p46
This screening will now take place on Tue 6 Sep 18:00 NFT2 and be introduced by the film's director Brett Morgen.

Cobain: Montage of Heck + intro by Brett Morgen
Mon 5 Sep 20:15 NFT3 p46
This screening will now take place on Tue 6 Sep 20:15 NFT2 and be introduced by the film's director Brett Morgen.

Accident
Tue 6 Sep 20:40 NFT2 p39
This screening will now take place in NFT3 at the slightly later time of 20:50. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Course: Celebrating 15 Years of African Odysseys
Wed 7 Sep - Wed 30 Nov (with a 3-week break for the BFI LFF) p48
As mentioned in the Guide, tickets can be booked for the individual sessions at £6.50 each or the whole course at £60. If you wish to book for the whole course, this can only be done at the box office counter or by phone.

Channel 4's TV Drama Revolution
Sun 11 Sep 14:15 NFT3 p28
To clarify, tickets for this event are normal price and the joint ticket offer with A Very British Coup is £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less).

Mother
Mon 19 Sep 20:50 NFT3; Sun 25 Sep 18:20 NFT3 p36
Both of these screenings will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Sheba, Baby
Mon 19 Sep 21:00 NFT2 p22
This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

In Front of Your Face
Fri 23 Sep 18:30 Studio p11
This screening will now take place at the earlier time of 18:10. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note the film has been given a 12A cert.

Jackie Brown
Fri 23 Sep 20:05 NFT1 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Black Mama, White Mama
Sat 24 Sep 20:50 NFT3 p21
To confirm, this screening takes place in NFT3 as per the calendar and not NFT2 as per page 21.

Bent 25th Anniversary + Q&A with director Sean Mathias and writer Martin Sherman
Tue 27 Sep 18:10 NFT1 p52
We are delighted to announce that actor Sir Ian McKellen will now join the discussion following the screening.

In a Lonely Place
Wed 28 Sep 20:50 NFT1 p41
This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

TV Preview: Don't Hug Me I'm Scared + Q&A
Wed 28 Sep 20:30 NFT3 p8
This preview will now take place in NFT1 at the later time of 20:45. We apologise for any inconvenience.

In Front of Your Face
Thu 29 Sep 18:30 Studio p11
This screening will now take place at the earlier time of 18:05. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Jackie Brown
Thu 29 Sep 20:05 NFT1 p12
This screening will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the following addition to our September programme:
BUG 64
Fri 23 Sep 20:45 NFT1; Thu 29 Sep 20:45 NFT1
As the nights start to draw in and the chill of the autumn hits your bones, what better way to warm your heart and soul than joining Dr Buckles and the BUG team for the best in new music videos and oddities from the internet. Early booking essential!
Tickets £20, concs £18 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Mon 1 Aug (from 11:30); to BFI Members Tue 2 Aug (from 11:30) and to the general public Thu 4 Aug (from 11:30).

James Bond Behind the Scenes: Stunts and SFX
Sat 1 Oct 14:45 NFT1 p16
Please note, the title of this event has been changed from VFX to SFX.

Preview: The Sound of 007
Sat 1 Oct 17:00 NFT1 p16
We are pleased to announce that director Mat Whitecross, lyricist Don Black and composer David Arnold will join us for a Q&A after this screening.