July

1 and 15 July

BUG 63

Adam Buxton is back with new adventures in music video.

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1 July

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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2 July

Sankofa + intro by June Givanni, June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive

An African-American fashion model is transported into the body of an enslaved woman on a Louisiana sugar plantation in the early 19th century.

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2 July

In conversation with Aparna Sen + UK Premiere: The Rapist

A very rare chance to hear from one of India’s greatest woman directors, and enjoy a preview of her latest film.

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3 July

LIFF Closing Gala: Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story + Q&A with Nav Bhatia and producer Rinku Ghei

The incredible life of the Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan is the focus of this inspirational documentary.

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4 July

New Writings: Blackstar Theory: The Last Works of David Bowie

In this talk, Dr Leah Kardos explores Bowie’s ambitious late works.

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4 July

Preview: Explorer + extended intro with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and director Matt Dyas

Gripping documentary exploring Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ record-breaking exploits.

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4 July

Nitram + pre-recorded Q&A with director Justin Kurzel and star Essie Davis

This hard-hitting drama saw Caleb Landry Jones win Best Actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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4 July

Akira

One of the greatest anime titles of all time deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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5 July

Premiere: Reel Stories: An Oral History of London’s Projectionists + Q&A

Documentary charting life behind the cinema screen.

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5 July

Seniors’ free matinee: From Trinidad to Lagos + Q&A with author Stephen Bourne

A double-bill of short films from popular Trinidadian singer, folklorist and actor Edric Connor.

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5 July

Glenda Jackson in conversation

A rare opportunity to hear from Glenda Jackson about her extraordinary career. She talks to BBC Radio 4’s John Wilson.

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6 July

The Film Language of Satyajit Ray

Season programmer Sangeeta Datta and expert speakers will introduce you to the films screening in our season celebrating Ray's centenary.

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7 July

Two Daughters: The Postmaster and Samapti + intro by Aparna Sen

Satyajit Ray adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories to mark the latter’s centenary year.

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7 July

Opening night: UK Premiere: Clock (aka Purple Beatz) + Q&A

Coming-of-age romantic drama, set against the underground drum ‘n’ bass, acid and house music scene of 90s London.

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8 July

Brian and Charles + Q&A with Jim Archer, David Earl and Chris Hayward

Comedian David Earl co-writes and stars as the eccentric recluse Brian in Jim Archer’s ‘odd couple’ comedy.

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9 July

Laurent Garnier: Off the Record + Q&A with Laurent Garnier

Inspiring documentary exploring the birth and rise of techno music through the eyes of one of its pioneers.

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10 July

Funday Preview: The Railway Children Return + Q&A with cast and crew

Jenny Agutter returns in this follow-up to the 70s classic set during the Second World War.

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11 July

Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI

One of the UK’s favourite film critics discusses upcoming releases, old treasures and guilty pleasures.

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13 July

In the Black Fantastic introduction + Touki Bouki

Season programmer Ekow Eshun introduces his curatorial vision behind the project, followed by a screening of Touki Bouki.

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14 July

Give Us This Day + intro

A beautifully constructed dramatisation of the life of Irish painter and decorator Robert Noonan.

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16 July

Satyajit Ray: His Home and the World

Join expert speakers for an afternoon of talks and discussions on the influences and legacy of Ray’s distinctive cinematic language.

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16 July

Beyond The Fluff: Screenwriting and Researching the Romantic Comedy

Ray Grewal and Alice Guilluy explore the importance of the rom-com.

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17 July

Phil-for-Short + intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon

A gender-bending farce from 1919, with live piano accompaniment.

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18 July

The Black Atlantic + Q&A

Collection of shorts from filmmakers and contemporary artists exploring the legacy of forced migration and the slave trade.

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20 July

The Incredibly Strange Creatures... + live experimental music introduction by The Howling

An unusual, unpredictable story of monster mayhem and hypnotic possession.

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21 July

The Mirror Has Two Faces + intro by BFI Events Programmer Kimberley Sheehan

Barbra Streisand’s underappreciated revamping of Le Miroir à deux faces (1958).

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25 July

Relaxed screening: Electricity + intro and discussion

Agyness Deyn stars as a young woman with epilepsy.

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26 July

The Bay of Saint Michel + intro by William Roberts and Josephine Botting

A trio of ex-commandos embark on a mission to retrieve treasure looted by the Nazis in this taut WW2 thriller.

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August

1 August

World premiere: Lost Migrations

A powerful three-part animation that ruminates on the impact of the 1947 Partition.

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5 August

The Harder They Come + intro by season curator and author Lloyd Bradley

Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama.

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6 August

Riddim Moves – A Dancehall day event

A celebration of the music and moves of dancehall culture.

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6 August

Devi + pre-recorded intro by Sharmila Tagore

A young Hindu bride is made the victim of blind superstition in a feudal household.

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8 August

Kinuyo Tanaka: Film Pioneer

Our season introduction talk exploring the career of Kinuyo Tanaka.

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9 August

Being Blacker + Q&A with Molly Dineen, Blacker Dread and Naptali

A fascinating documentary portrait of a Brixton legend.

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10 August

Nocturnal London: Codex + Stuart Pound in conversation

A wildly innovative portrait of London on the cusp of the 1980s.

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12 August

Preview: My Old School + Q&A with director Jono McLeod and actor Alan Cumming

An entertaining and engrossing documentary about a 90s Scottish school legend.

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13 August

Tony Hancock: Oddities and Rarities

A journey through the genius of the beloved comedian.

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14 August

The Divine Voyage + intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI Archive Curator

A dark tale of the high seas.

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15 August

Preview: The Feast + Q&A with director Lee Haven Jones and producer-screenwriter Roger Williams

A terrific slow burn, Welsh-language folk horror, laced with twisted humour, brutal body horror and extreme gore.

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16 August

The Frog + intro by Vic Pratt, Producer, BFI Video Publishing

An atmospheric adaptation of crime writer Edgar Wallace.

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18 August

12 Views of Kensal House + intro by Steven Foxon, BFI Curator (Non-Fiction)

The history of Kensal House, seen through the experiences of its 1980s occupants.

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22 August

Woman With a Movie Camera preview: Queen of Glory

A witty and tender dark comedy from a distinctive, new comedic voice.

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23 August

Lion of Judah, War in Ethiopia, 1935-1936 + discussion

A rarely seen account of the conflict that cemented the Rastafari movement.

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23 August

The Chess Players + pre-recorded intro by Shabana Azmi

Two friends play chess obsessively, seemingly oblivious to the larger political game unfolding around them.

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30 August

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend + Q&A with directors Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy

A riveting, archive-driven portrait of the reggae star and cultural icon.

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30 August

Enemy of the People + intro by Ashvin Devasundaram

In Ray’s adaptation of Ibsen’s play a doctor is confounded by a community’s unwillingness to embrace justice.

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31 August

TV Preview: Am I Being Unreasonable? + Q&A with writer/actors Daisy May Cooper, Selin Hizli and exec producer Jack Thorne

A comedy drama about the changes and challenges a new friendship can bring.

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