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Programme changes

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

Updated: 11 December

December Programme

We are pleased to announce the following addition to our programme:

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Fri 4 Dec 14:50 NFT3; Sat 5 Dec 15:30 Studio;Sun 6 Dec 13:00 Studio*; Mon 7 Dec 14:45 NFT2; Tue 8 Dec 20:40 NFT1; Wed 9 Dec 18:15 Studio*; Thu 10 Dec 14:20 NFT2; Fri 11 Dec 14:45 NFT2; Sat 12 Dec 11:50 NFT2;Sun 13 Dec 17:30 NFT1**; Mon 14 Dec 14:40 NFT2; Tue 15 Dec 20:45 NFT1
**The screening on Sun 13 Dec 17:30 NFT1 will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director George C. Wolfe and producer Todd Black.
*these performances will be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or Hard of Hearing. All screenings have AD (Audio Description) available.
USA 2020. Dir George C. Wolfe. With Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turnman. 94min. Digital. Cert 15. Courtesy of Altitude Film Entertainment
1920s Chicago is the setting for this adaptation of August Wilson's hit play that follows a band of musicians as they wait in a recording studio for the arrival of 'Mother of the Blues' Ma Rainey. Viola Davis gives an electrifying performance as Ma Rainey, the strong-willed blues singer at the top of her game and Chadwick Boseman in his final role is exceptional and heartbreaking as Levee, a trumpeter at the end of his tether who dreams big but is unable to contain his inner rage. Ultimately, this talented group of musicians become a symbol for the many oppressed and exploited black artists over the last century and are brought to life by an outstanding script and two central performances that feel certain to be sweeping awards over the coming months. Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer. Tickets on sale Tue 1 Dec at 11:30 to BFI Champions and Patrons; 12:30 to BFI Members and 16:00 to the public.

We are pleased to announce the following addition to our programme:
Falling
Fri 4 Dec 18:05 Studio; Sat 5 Dec 20:35 Studio; Wed 9 Dec 14:45 NFT2; Fri 11 Dec 17:30 NFT1*; Sat 12 Dec 14:50 Studio; Sun 13 Dec 13:00 Studio; Mon 14 Dec 20:35 Studio; Tue 15 Dec 14:45 NFT2; Wed 16 Dec 20:30 NFT3; Thu 17 Dec 14:45 NFT2
*Please note the screening on Fri 11 Dec 17:30 NFT1 will be followed by a Recorded Q&A with Viggo Mortensen and Lance Henriksen
Canada-United Kingdom-Denmark 2020. Dir Viggo Mortensen. With Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney. 112min. Digital. 15. Courtesy of Modern Films. Willis (Lance Henriksen), an elderly, conservative and cantankerous man, is grappling with the early stages of dementia and struggling to run his isolated farm in upstate New York. His son John (Viggo Mortensen), brings him to California to stay with him and his husband while they make long term plans for his care. During his stay, Willis's homophobic, xenophoic and misogynist tendencies are increasingly exacerbated by his memory loss, occasionally with humorous results, but primarily placing a painful strain on John as old wounds between him and his patriarchal father resurface. In his assured and deeply personal debut as a writer/director, Mortensen deftly explores the bonds and fractures of a father-son relationship, while drawing out a charged, career-best performance from Henriksen. Kimberley Sheehan, Film Programmer
Tickets on sale Tue 1 Dec at 11:30 to BFI Champions and Patrons; 12:30 to BFI Members and 16:00 to the public.

County Lines + Pre-recorded Q&A with writer-director Henry Blake and actors Conrad Khan and Ashley Madekwe, hosted by Variety and Observer critic Guy Lodge
Fri 4 Dec 18:00 NFT1, Wed 9 Dec 20:40 NFT1 and Sat 12 Dec 20:40 NFT2
To clarify, the Q&A following these screenings will be pre-recorded.

County Lines
Sat 5 Dec 12:30 NFT2 p5
This screening is now cancelled.

Mogul Mowgli
Sat 5 Dec 12:15 Studio p4
This screening is listed on the December calendar PDF in error. There is a screening at 12:15 in NFT3.

Woman With a Movie Camera Preview: Slalom
Mon 7 Dec 18:00 NFT1 p32
There will no longer be a recorded Q&A with the director after this preview. We apologise for any disappointment.

Morocco
Tue 8 Dec 17:50 NFT1 p10
There is no longer an intro to this screening as stated on the calendar PDF.

Following its success at the BFI London Film Festival, we are pleased to announce this addition to our programme:

Possessor
Tue 8 Dec 18:20 Studio; Thu 10 Dec 20:30 NFT3; Fri 11 Dec 20:35 Studio; Wed 16 Dec 14:40 NFT3
Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, USA 2019. Dir Brandon Cronenberg. With Christopher Abbott, Andrea Riseborough, Rossif Sutherland. 103min. Digital. 18. Courtesy of Signature Entertainment
The concept of drone warfare is taken to a provocative new level in Brandon Cronenberg’s nightmarish follow-up to 2012’s Antiviral. Another foray into the body-horror genre pioneered by his father David, this insanely enjoyable and graphically gruesome identity-swap thriller stars Andrea Riseborough as Tasya Vos, a psychic and possibly psychotic hitwoman-for-hire, who hijacks other people’s minds and manipulates them to into carrying out undetectable murder-suicides. A respectable wife and mother in her normal life, Tasya is the perfect undercover operative. That is until she encounters the unexpectedly stubborn Colin (Christopher Abbott), whose body she takes over as part of a plot to kill his media mogul father-in-law (Sean Bean). Slick, smart and gory, Possessor thrills right up to its visceral, goose-bump ending. Damon Wise, LFF Programme Advisor
Tickets on sale Tue 1 Dec at 11:30 to BFI Champions and Patrons; 12:30 to BFI Members and 16:00 to the public.

Mogul Mowgli
Sat 12 Dec 17:40 Studio p4
Please note this additional screening.

Desire
Sun 13 Dec 12:50 NFT2 p11
Please note, this screening now commences at 12:50 (not 12:40). This film will be presented on 35mm.

Marighella
Sun 13 Dec 17:45 NFT3 p33
Please note, this screening now commences at 17:45 (not 17:30).

County Lines
Mon 14 Dec 18:20 Studio p5
This screening is now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment.

Mogul Mowgli (with HoH subtitles)
Tue 15 Dec 18:20 Studio p4
This screening is now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment.

Mogul Mowgli
Thu 17 Dec 18:15 Studio p4
This screening will now be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

County Lines
Fri 18 Dec 14:40 NFT3 p5
This screening was listed on the December calendar PDF but is not taking place.

Little Women
Tue 8 Dec 17:40 NFT2; Sat 12 Dec 20:20 NFT1; Wed 16 Dec 20:25 NFT1; Mon 21 Dec 14:20 (not 14:30) NFT1; Sun 27 Dec 14:45 NFT1 p19
All screenings of this title will have AD (Audio Description) available. The screening on Sun 27 Dec 14:45 NFT1 will also be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing. Please note, the start time of the screening on Mon 21 Dec has changed to 14:20 (from 14:30).

Meet Me in St Louis
Mon 21 Dec 17:30 NFT1 p21
Please note, this screening will now commence at 17:40 (not 17:30).

It’s a Wonderful Life
Mon 21 Dec 20:30 NFT1 p22
Please note, this screening will now commence at 20:35 (not 20:30).

January Programme

A Clockwork Orange
Tue 12 Jan 20:25 NFT1
This screening will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the following additional preview to our January programme:
Preview: MLK/FBI + Recorded Q&A presented by We Are Parable
Tue 12 Jan 18:30 NFT1
USA 2020. Dir Sam Pollard. 104min. Digital. Cert tbc. Courtesy of Dogwoof
Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero, yet throughout his history-altering career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. Sam Pollard’s sobering and essential documentary recounts the government’s obsession with the Civil Rights leader and their efforts to blackmail and disempower him during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Drawing upon newly discovered and declassified files, with a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.
Before the screening, We Are Parable will present two newly commissioned pieces from spoken word artists, exploring and reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr’s experiences while the target of FBI harassment. The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard.
Kimberley Sheehan, Film Programmer

SONIC CINEMA:
Tickets for this screening are on sale now:
Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
Thu 14 Jan 17:50 NFT1; Thu 14 Jan 20:40 NFT3
UK 2020. Dirs Nick Cave, Robbie Ryan. 118min. Digital. Cert tbc. Courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing
Nick Cave performs solo at the piano in a film shot this June by award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan, at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London. In this special extended-cut (exclusive to cinemas), Cave plays his songs in a rarely seen stripped-back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen. This is essential viewing for fans of this masterly performer.
Tickets £12.50, concs £10.20 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Fri 4 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 4 Dec 12:30 and to the public from Mon 7 Dec 11:30.

DOC'N ROLL FILM FESTIVAL
Tickets for these screenings are on sale now:
Preview: Don't Go Gentle - A film about IDLES + digital Q&A with former band member/film producer Andy Stewart, Lindsay Melbourne and director Mark Archer
Sat 23 Jan 17:45 NFT1
UK 2020. Dir Mark Archer. 75min. Digital
Don't Go Gentle is a film about finding strength in vulnerability. It presents IDLES' determination, friendship and adversity as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, unexpectedly inspiring and unifying an international community along the way. In a time when open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we journey with lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knocking down stereotypes, empowering fans to talk about mental health and the realities we may not feel comfortable to speak about.
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Fri 4 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 4 Dec 12:30 and to the public from Mon 7 Dec 11:30.

Preview: Sébastien Tellier: Many Lives + digital Q&A with producer Deborah Chiarella + special guest TBA
Fri 22 Jan 18:00 NFT1
France 2020. Dir François Valenza. 80min. Digital François Valenza's documentary presents the endless metamorphoses of Paris' peerless pop/electronica auteur, Sébastien Tellier. It follows the highlights of the French singer/composer's two-decade career, including Eurovision mischief, his opening slot on Air's 2001 world tour and his runway performance for Chanel during Paris Fashion Week in 2014, alongside revealing insights and stories from close friends and fellow celebrities, including Jean-Michel Jarre, Xavier Veilhan, Air and Phoenix.
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Fri 4 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 4 Dec 12:30 and to the public from Mon 7 Dec 11:30.

Preview: Motian in Motion + digital Q&A with director Michael Kelly, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano
Sun 24 Jan 17:00 NFT1
USA 2020. Dir Michael Kelly. 86min. Digital
By 2011 Michael Kelly had already filmed years of fly-on-the-wall footage of iconic jazz drummer Paul Motian, following him from performances and recording sessions to private excursions in his beloved Central Park. Suddenly, Motian became ill and died from a rare form of cancer. In 2015 Kelly began interviewing and re-interviewing those Motian played and recorded with, including Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Carla Bley, Chick Corea, Gary Peacock, Chris Potter, Arlo Guthrie. With their words and his footage, Kelly has pieced together a touching tribute to a man whose impact on his craft will resonate for years to come. Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Fri 4 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members Fri 4 Dec 12:30 and to the public from Mon 7 Dec 11:30.

We are pleased to announce the following additional new release to our January programme:
Sound of Metal
Fri 29 Jan 14:40 NFT2, 17:45 NFT1, 20:30 NFT3; Sat 30 Jan 11:50, 17:30 NFT3, 20:40 NFT2; Sun 31 Jan 12:00 NFT2, 15:10 Studio, 18:30 NFT2 – Further screenings to follow in February
All screenings will have AD (Audio Description) available.
All screenings will be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or Hard of Hearing.
USA 2019. Dir Darius Marder. With Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci. 120min. Digital. Cert tbc. A Vertigo release Ruben (Ahmed) is an ex-addict and a drummer in a heavy metal punk duo with his girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). The couple live out of a beat-up RV, stopping at new cities and banging out frenzied, ferocious sets night after night. Ruben starts to suffer from ringing in his ears, which rapidly progresses to drastic hearing loss, as voices become muffled and far away. After a doctor reveals the loss is permanent, Ruben struggles to accept his new reality and let go of the things that have always defined him.
In his remarkable directorial debut, Darius Marder uses innovative and experimental sound design to create powerful soundscapes that intimately take us on Ruben’s sonic journey and his interior disorientation as he adjusts to a life with less sound. Charging through the film is a raw and astonishing performance from Riz Ahmed, once again proving him as one of the finest and most versatile actors in contemporary film.
Kimberley Sheehan, Film Programmer

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