- Regular programme
Explore our regular programme of world cinema, archive and experimental film.
Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema and docs.
UK Premiere: African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey + panel discussion
The life of African liberationist, Marcus Garvey, is told through archive, drama, interviews and photography.
Art in the Making
Celebrating diverse artistic forms, movements and makers.
Convention-breaking artist film and alternative moving-image culture.
The Surviving Films of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson + intro
Recently rediscovered and restored Europa, once looted by the Nazis, is presented alongside three other films by the Themersons.
Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin
A unique and challenging filmmaker whose themes include disability, sexuality, diaspora, and memory.
LGBTQIA+ films and events.
Projecting the Archive
Rediscovered British features from the BFI National Archive.
Free and paid matinees, and talks for the over-60s.
Seniors’ free matinee: HG Wells’ The Man Who Could Work Miracles + intro
A charming romantic fantasy with a message for its time from HG Wells.
Seniors’ paid matinee: Jules et Jim
Truffaut’s classic account of a ménage-à-trois is a bittersweet ode to romantic idealism.
Seniors’ free matinee: The Night of the Hunter + intro by BFI programmer David Somerset
Two young children are threatened by a murderous preacher, played by a chilling Robert Mitchum.
The best international restorations, often with a live musical accompaniment.
Silent Cinema presents: South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic + live score
An extraordinary story of survival in the wastes of Antarctica.
The Hill Park Mystery + intro
This pacy detective thriller is a great example of the best of Danish silent cinema – a real charmer.
Silent Cinema: Intrepid Women
Meet the women explorer-filmmakers who blazed their own trail.
The darker side of cinema; films that will horrify and astound.
Woman with a Movie Camera
We celebrate women’s contribution to cinema and spotlight female stories.