African Odysseys

Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema and docs.

Raça + Q&A co-hosted by Victor Fraga, DMovies

A documentary following three individuals as they struggle for civil rights in contemporary Brazil.

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African Odysseys present: Menelik Shabazz: For the People

A jam-packed, commemorative day of illustrated talks and film screenings.

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Art in the Making

Celebrating diverse artistic forms, movements and makers.

Europe After the Rain: Dada and Surrealism + intro by BFI Curator Steven Foxon

Mick Gold’s documentary is as creative and thrilling as the art movement itself.

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Wot No Art? + intro by BFI National Archive Curator Steve Foxon

A documentary exploring, and interrogating, the art and architecture of the post-war years (1945-51).

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Experimenta

Convention-breaking artist film and alternative moving-image culture.

Lensing the Landscape: River Yar + discussion with artists William Raban and Chris Welsby

Enjoy this seminal avant-garde work of the 1970s on BFI Southbank’s biggest screen.

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Experimenta presents: Premiere: Wayfinder + Q&A with director Larry Achiampong

Follow the Wanderer on a profound reckoning with the landscape and culture of contemporary England.

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Experimenta Mixtape: S02 E01 curated by Onyeka Igwe

Onyeka Igwe researches and curates from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive.

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Film Wallahs

Showcasing new South Asian and world cinema, from documentary to drama.

Adieu Godard + intro

A quirky dark comedy about a village elder’s obsession with the films of Jean-Luc Godard.

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BFI Flare

LGBTQIA+ films and events.

Cabaret

Liza Minnelli dazzles in Bob Fosse’s award-laden musical set in pre-war Berlin.

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Stranger by the Lake

An imaginative and explicit gay parable about the strange encounters made by a man frequenting a cruising beach.

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Too Desi Too Queer + Q&A

The ever-popular programme returns to the BFI with a selection of LGBTQIA+ shorts from South Asia.

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Looking for Langston + discussion

A screening and discussion around a vanguard of the New Queer Cinema and Black Queer Cinema movement.

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Projecting the Archive

Rediscovered British features from the BFI National Archive.

Idol of Paris + intro by Josephine Botting, BFI Curator

A camp costume melodrama from the makers of The Wicked Lady.

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King of the Damned + intro by film historian Jonathan Rigby

Conrad Veidt plays a man who leads a revolt at a hellish prison camp.

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Seniors

Free and paid matinees, and talks for the over-60s.

Seniors’ free matinee: Gregory’s Girl + intro by Sherief Hassan + discussion

A hugely popular comedy-drama about teenage infatuation at a Scottish secondary school.

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Seniors’ paid matinee: Vampyr + discussion

Dreyer’s experimental early talkie about a village threatened by malign forces is one of the greatest of all horror movies.

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Seniors’ paid matinee: Benediction + intro

Terence Davies’ moving and lyrical portrait of the life of celebrated war poet Siegfried Sassoon.

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Seniors’ free archive matinee: Le Havre + discussion

A charming comedy-drama set in the port city community of Le Havre.

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Silent Cinema

The best international restorations, often with a live musical accompaniment.

Modern Times + intro

It’s man vs machine in Charlie Chaplin’s beloved classic.

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Miss Lulu Bett + intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI National Archive Curator

This wonderful silent movie will make you stand up and cheer!

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Terror Vision

The darker side of cinema; films that will horrify and astound.

Ms .45 (AKA Angel of Vengeance)

A seamstress turns vigilante-avenger after being attacked and raped, in what is arguably Abel Ferrara’s greatest film.

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Terror + intro by David McGillivray and Tricia Walsh

An ancient curse leads to the gory deaths of a group of partygoers.

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Bug

A perfect synergy of comedy, music videos and adventures on the internet.

BUG 62

Adam Buxton is back with some BUG classics and some new adventures in music video.

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Woman with a Movie Camera

We celebrate women’s contribution to cinema and spotlight female stories.

Book Launch: Sofia Coppola: Forever Young + To Die For + The Bling Ring, introduced by Hannah Strong

A double-bill of films celebrating Sofia Coppola and her inspirations, followed by a Sofia Coppola-themed after party.

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Preview: Moon, 66 Questions + Q&A with writer-director Jacqueline Lentzou

A poetic and original study of a father-daughter relationship.

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