- Previews and events
Previews and events
Join us for previews, talks and special screenings.
Adam Buxton is back with new adventures in music video.
Too Desi Too Queer + Q&A
The ever-popular programme returns to the BFI with a selection of LGBTQIA+ shorts from South Asia.
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.
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.
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.
New Writings: Blackstar Theory: The Last Works of David Bowie
In this talk, Dr Leah Kardos explores Bowie’s ambitious late works.
Preview: Explorer + extended intro with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and director Matt Dyas
Gripping documentary exploring Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ record-breaking exploits.
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.
One of the greatest anime titles of all time deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Premiere: Reel Stories: An Oral History of London’s Projectionists + Q&A
Documentary charting life behind the cinema screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI
One of the UK’s favourite film critics discusses upcoming releases, old treasures and guilty pleasures.
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.
Give Us This Day + intro
A beautifully constructed dramatisation of the life of Irish painter and decorator Robert Noonan.
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.
Beyond The Fluff: Screenwriting and Researching the Romantic Comedy
Ray Grewal and Alice Guilluy explore the importance of the rom-com.
Phil-for-Short + intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon
A gender-bending farce from 1919, with live piano accompaniment.
The Black Atlantic + Q&A
Collection of shorts from filmmakers and contemporary artists exploring the legacy of forced migration and the slave trade.
The Incredibly Strange Creatures... + live experimental music introduction by The Howling
An unusual, unpredictable story of monster mayhem and hypnotic possession.
The Mirror Has Two Faces + intro by BFI Events Programmer Kimberley Sheehan
Barbra Streisand’s underappreciated revamping of Le Miroir à deux faces (1958).
Relaxed screening: Electricity + intro and discussion
Agyness Deyn stars as a young woman with epilepsy.
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.
World premiere: Lost Migrations
A powerful three-part animation that ruminates on the impact of the 1947 Partition.
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.
Riddim Moves – A Dancehall day event
A celebration of the music and moves of dancehall culture.
Devi + pre-recorded intro by Sharmila Tagore
A young Hindu bride is made the victim of blind superstition in a feudal household.
Kinuyo Tanaka: Film Pioneer
Our season introduction talk exploring the career of Kinuyo Tanaka.
Being Blacker + Q&A with Molly Dineen, Blacker Dread and Naptali
A fascinating documentary portrait of a Brixton legend.
Nocturnal London: Codex + Stuart Pound in conversation
A wildly innovative portrait of London on the cusp of the 1980s.
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.
Tony Hancock: Oddities and Rarities
A journey through the genius of the beloved comedian.
The Divine Voyage + intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI Archive Curator
A dark tale of the high seas.
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.
The Frog + intro by Vic Pratt, Producer, BFI Video Publishing
An atmospheric adaptation of crime writer Edgar Wallace.
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.
Woman With a Movie Camera preview: Queen of Glory
A witty and tender dark comedy from a distinctive, new comedic voice.
Lion of Judah, War in Ethiopia, 1935-1936 + discussion
A rarely seen account of the conflict that cemented the Rastafari movement.
The Chess Players + pre-recorded intro by Shabana Azmi
Two friends play chess obsessively, seemingly oblivious to the larger political game unfolding around them.
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.
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.
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.