Updated: 16 May

May Programme

Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger
From Fri 10 May p14
We are pleased to announce that Audio Description will now be available at all screenings and the screenings on Sat 11 May 20:20 Studio and Wed 15 May 14:40 Studio will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.

Hoard
From Fri 10 May p15
Hoard will now be released in UK cinemas on 17 May, so we are delighted to be presenting a week of exclusive preview screenings at BFI Southbank from 10-16 May. See below for more screenings from Fri 17 May.

We are pleased to add a run of the following, a huge hit at the recent BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival:
Love Lies Bleeding
Screenings: Mon 20 May 20:50 Studio (DS); Wed 22 May 20:55 Studio; Thu 23 May 15:10 Studio
USA-UK 2024. Dir Rose Glass. With Kristen Stewart, Katy O'Brian, Ed Harris. 104min. Digital. 15. A Lionsgate UK release.
All screenings will have Audio Description available and the screenings on Tue 14 May 12:20 Studio and Mon 20 May 20:50 Studio will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.
Rose Glass' gripping and gory follow-up to Saint Maud finds a lesbian couple drawn into a web of violence in 1980s small-town New Mexico.
When bodybuilder Jackie walks into Lou's gym, there's instant attraction. Soon the pair are cohabitating and planning Jackie's win at an upcoming contest. But after an act of violence, the bodies start to pile up. Is there a way out for the couple? Kristen Stewart and Katy O'Brian are mesmerising in this strange, sexy and darkly comic queer crime drama. Grace Barber-Plentie, BFI Festivals Programmer.
Content warning: Contains graphic violence, gore detail, drug use, flashing images and distressing scenes.
Tickets on sale Sat 27 April to BFI Patrons and Members from 12:00 and on general sale from 16:00.

Please note these additional screenings:
Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger
Fri 17 May 12:00 NFT3; Tue 21 May 12:15 Studio; Thu 23 May 12:20 Studio (DS); Thu 23 May 17:50 NFT3
Audio Description available at all screenings and the screening on Thu 23 May 12:20 Studio will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.

Please note these additional screenings:
Hoard p15
Fri 17 May 14:30 and 20:35 Studio; Sat 18 May 18:05 Studio; Sun 19 May 18:00 Studio (DS); Mon 20 May 14:40 Studio; Tue 21 May 18:00 Studio (DS); Wed 22 May 12:20 Studio; Thu 23 May 20:35 NFT3
Audio Description will be available at all screenings and the screenings on Sun 19 May 18:00 Studio and Tue 21 May 18:00 Studio will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.

We're delighted to be adding this title to the BFI Southbank programme:
Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry
Screenings: Fri 17 May 18:10 Studio; Sat 18 May 12:00 Studio; Sun 19 May 12:45 Studio; Mon 20 May 12:15 Studio; Tue 21 May 20:35 Studio; Wed 22 May 15:00 Studio
Switzerland-Germany-Georgia 2023. Director Elene Naveriani. With Eka Chavleishvili, Temiko Chinchinadze, Pikria Nikabadze. 111min. Digital. EST. 15. A New Wave release
A fiercely independent woman's tranquillity is disturbed by an unexpected affair, in this wry, tender and understated drama from Georgia. Etero (a sensitive performance by Eka Chavleishvili) is a self-contented shop owner and blackberry forager in a small Georgian town. Happily single in her late 40s, she never expected to feel a sudden surge of desire for one of the local men. Director Elene Naveriani (Wet Sand) has created a deliciously shrewd and refreshing portrait of a woman who doesn't want, nor needs, to conform. Laure Bonville, BFI Festivals Programmer.
Tickets on sale Wed 15 May to BFI Patrons and Members from 12:00 and on general sale from 16:00.
Content warning: Contains nudity, sex.

O Lucky Man!
Sat 18 May 14:25 Studio p42
As the screening in NFT2 at 14:20 has sold out, we are pleased to add this additional screening.

A Streetcar Named Desire
Sat 18 May 20:35 Studio p53
As the screening in NFT2 at 20:30 has sold out, we are pleased to add this additional screening.

Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet
Mon 20 May 20:55 NFT3 p6
By popular demand, we are pleased to announce this additional screening.
There will not be a Q&A with this screening.

Member Mondays: Tokyo Story (Tōkyō monogatari)
Mon 20 May 18:00 BFI Stephen Street Screening Room 2
Japan 1953. Director Yasujirō Ozu. With Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Kyōko Kagawa, Haruko Sugimura. 136min. Digital. EST. U.
Retired couple Shōkichi and Tomi Hirayama, who live with their youngest daughter Kyōko, decide to travel east to visit their eldest son and daughter in Tokyo. Both soon make it clear they are too busy to spend time with their parents, leaving daughter-in-law Noriko to show them around. It's through her kindness that Ozu explores this family's dynamic. In its contemplation of tradition and modernity, and its portrait of family as a microcosm of a changing society, Ozu's most acclaimed film is of a piece with the magnificent work he produced in his final decade. With it, he refined his style to a beguilingly simple degree, emphasising gesture over action, and with each moment building towards a quietly devastating denouement.
Tickets on sale exclusively to BFI Members from Thu 25 Apr from 12:00 noon.

Member Mondays: An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji)
Mon 20 May 20:45 BFI Stephen Street Screening Room 2
Japan 1962. Director Yasujirō Ozu. With Shima Iwashita, Chishū Ryū, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada. 113min. Digital. EST. PG.
In Ozu's final film, Chishū Ryū is outstanding as a father concerned for his daughter's future. It's a theme the filmmaker explored many times, without ever repeating himself. The drama here is played out through the most subtle of gestures between family members. With each post-war film, Ozu's interest in the machinations of plot or conventions of narrative construction waned. It reaches its apotheosis here, as the filmmaker homes in on the minutiae of his protagonists' daily lives.
Tickets on sale exclusively to BFI Members from Thu 25 Apr from 12:00 noon.

Cabaret
Tue 21 May 14:50 Studio p52
As the screening in NFT3 at 14:30 has sold out, we are pleased to add this additional screening.

A Streetcar Named Desire
Fri 24 May 14:50 Studio p53
This sold-out screening will now take place in NFT3 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are thrilled to be able to present this film as part of our Lindsay Anderson season:
If You Were There…
Sat 25 May 20:40 NFT3 and Fri 31 May 18:30 NFT3
UK 1985. Director Lindsay Anderson. 79min. Digital.
Never before screened publicly, Lindsay Anderson’s original cut of his documentary account of WHAM!’s 1985 tour of China is a fascinating look behind the curtain of both pop success, and a closed, deeply foreign country.
In 1985, at the height of their success, WHAM! were invited to be the first western pop group to tour Communist China since the Cultural Revolution. Accepting the offer, the duo made an unlikely approach to Anderson, asking him to direct a documentary record of the tour. However, the collaboration ended awkwardly when his cut of the film was rejected by the band. The film was subsequently re-edited to incorporate more concert footage and released as WHAM! In China: Foreign Skies. Anderson’s cut, titled If You Were There… has never been screened publicly before, making this a not-to-be-missed, potentially once-only opportunity to see it.
Thanks to Andrew Ridgeley, and to Chris Organ and David Austin of George Michael Entertainment for their co-operation in connection with this screening.
Tickets on sale Fri 3 May, to BFI Patrons and BFI Members from 10:30 and on general sale from 12:30.

Please note the additional screening:
Member Mondays: The Godfather
Mon 27 May 15:30 BFI Stephen Street (now Screening Room 1) and 15:15 Screening Room 2
USA 1972. Director Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton. 175min. Digital. 15.
The Godfather must surely rank as one of the greatest films of all time. Putting its Oscar-winning credentials, critical acclaim and huge box-office success to one side, it still feels as epic and compelling as it did when it was first released. Spanning a decade, the film explores the world of organised crime in a way that Hollywood had never seen before: instead of glamour and wisecracks, Coppola provided an authentic air of the everyday merged with the cold brutality of the family business. With Pacino at the top of his game and Brando embodying power and corruption as the ageing Don, this is nearly three hours of pure cinematic gold.
Tickets for the additional screening on sale exclusively to BFI Members on Wed 15 May from 12:00.

Please note the additional screening:
Member Mondays: The Godfather Part II
Mon 27 May 19:15 BFI Stephen Street (now Screening Room 1) and 19:00 Screening Room 2
USA 1974. Director Francis Ford Coppola. With Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Diane Keaton. 202min. Digital. Some EST. 15.
Coppola's sequel to his original film of Mario Puzo's Mafia bestseller extends the timeframe both backwards (to Vito Corleone's arrival in New York in the early 20th century) and forwards (to his son Michael's ruthless consolidation of his own power in the postwar years). The narrative's epic sweep, the ubiquitously polished craftsmanship and the fine performances make for consistently engrossing viewing.
Tickets for the additional screening on sale exclusively to BFI Members on Wed 15 May from 12:00.

Stand Up! Stand Up!
Thu 23 May 20:30 NFT2 p39
We are pleased to announce that O Dreamland will be added to the programme:
O Dreamland UK 1953. Director Lindsay Anderson. 13min. 16mm

The Pleasure Garden
Sun 26 May 18:10 NFT3 p44
Please note that this 35mm shows signs of wear and tear, as expected from a release print of its age. It is the best print available, and we hope this won't affect your viewing.

June Programme

We are delighted to announce the following:
Sneak Peek: Inside Out 2 + Q&A with director Kelsey Mann, executive producer & Pixar's Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter, and Amy Poehler (voice of ‘Joy’)
Sun 2 Jun 10:30 BFI IMAX
USA 2024. Director Kelsey Mann. With Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black. 35min of footage + 40min Q&A. Digital. Advised certificate U. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios (UK)
An exciting opportunity to take a sneak peek at the opening 35 minutes from one of this year's most anticipated films and to hear first-hand from the people who made it happen.
Disney and Pixar's Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of Riley, now a teenager and with it, the introduction of new emotions to accompany the familiar Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust from the first film. Come and watch the opening 35 minutes of Inside Out 2 in the company of the creative team behind it and hear first-hand how they brought the new film to life and introduced new emotions Anxiety, Ennui, Embarrassment and Envy into the mix.
Tickets (Standard £13:50, Premiere £15:50, VIP £16:50) on sale Fri 3 May to BFI Patrons and BFI Members from 10:30 and on general sale from 12:30.

One Way or Another + discussion
Sun 2 Jun 15:40 NFT3 p22
Please note that the discussion will now be after the screening on Sun 2 June and not Fri 21 June as listed in the June/July Guide.
We are delighted to announce that season curators Dyana Gaye and Valérie Osouf will join us for this discussion, hosted by Mosa Mpetha, curator of Black, African and Archive films.

Rome, Open City
Sun 2 Jun 17:50 NFT3 p16
Please note, this screening will now start at the later time of 18:10.

Member Mondays: Once Upon a Time in the West (C'era una volta il West)
Mon 3 Jun 17:30 BFI Stephen Street Screening Room 1 and 19:45 Screening Room 2
USA 1968. Director Sergio Leone. With Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards. 165min. Digital. 15.
Conflict over a parcel of land with a vital water source, resulting in a standoff between three characters (played by Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson) and the interests of a rapacious railroad company, is the focus of this epic that helped redefine notions about the West. Working from a story co-written with Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, Leone drew inspiration from many key Westerns to construct his masterpiece. It works as an homage to what came before, a deconstruction of capitalism at its most aggressive and a riveting addition to the genre. It also features another mesmerising score by the great Ennio Morricone.
Tickets on sale exclusively to BFI Members from Thu 25 Apr from 12:00 noon.

Member Mondays: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
Mon 3 Jun 17:20 BFI Stephen Street Screening Room 2 and 20:35 Screening Room 1
France 2019. Director Céline Sciamma. With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino, Luàna Bajrami. 119min. Digital. EST. 15.
In 18th-century France, a female artist is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Héloïse so it can be sent to her suitor. However, the subject does not want to be painted, or married. Céline Sciamma's exquisite and deftly observed romance, beautifully played out by Merlant and Haenel, burns with passion and is bewitchingly crafted; each frame resembles an immaculate painting in this hypnotic story of forbidden love.
Tickets on sale exclusively to BFI Members from Thu 25 Apr from 12:00 noon.

Early Archive Shorts + season introduction discussion
Mon 3 Jun 18:00 NFT2 p21
We are delighted to announce that season curator Dyana Gaye will join us for this discussion.

Muna Moto + intro
Wed 5 Jun 18:20 NFT3 p23
Please note, this introduced screening will now take place at the later time of 20:45 and in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

TV Preview: Douglas Is Cancelled + Q&A with writer Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue
Tue 18 Jun 18:15 NFT2 p7
We are delighted to announce that cast members Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan will join the panel following this TV preview.

Gun Crazy
Wed 12, Mon 24 and Thu 27 Jun p44
This film has a PG certificate.

July Programme

Bye Bye Tiberias (DS screening)
Wed 3 Jul 12:30 NFT4 p13
To clarify, this DS screening will take place in NFT4 as per p13, not NFT3 as per the calendar. We apologise for this error.

The Conversation + Q&A with film editor and sound designer Walter Murch
Wed 10 Jul 18:20 NFT3 p18
We are delighted to announce that Walter Murch will take part in a Q&A following this screening.

Original Voices Shorts Programme
Wed 10 Jul 20:50 NFT3 p27
This screening will now take place in NFT2.

The Conversation
Wed 10 Jul 20:45 NFT2 p18
This screening will now take place in NFT4.

Bhagwan Bharose
Thu 25 Jul 18:15 NFT3 p57
We are delighted to announce that the director, Shiladitya Bora, will attend this screening for a Q&A.

Bug
Thu 25 Jul 20:50 NFT3 p39
This screening will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.