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Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels

July-August 2019

Explosive, transformative and challenging cinema and TV – that’s the nineties we want to explore and celebrate.

Introduction by season programmer Anna Bogutskaya


Part 2 (August)

“When you wake up, wipe the slugs off your face. Be ready for a new day!”
My Own Private Idaho

In the 1990s a new generation of cinema and TV rule-breakers were fueled by changing (and cheaper) production methods and by a youthful creative energy. In the final part of our season, we focus on these filmmakers and their approach to their own generation’s outlook on life. From street hustlers, slackers, bohemians and hackers, to dreamers and nihilists, these films often focused on youthful frustration in its many iterations, with the filmmakers attempting to capture that energy truthfully and artistically. The generation that grew up in the 90s was a very particular breed, and this month we celebrate their coming of age.

Anna Bogutskaya


  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    Tensions escalate fast one hot Brooklyn summer in Spike Lee’s seminal joint.


Aged 16-25? £3 tickets are available to book in advance to any film in the season in July and August (excluding TV Gamechanger events, Young Soul Rebels + Q&A and re-release of Do the Right Thing). Sign up now!

See our screenings of Do the Right Thing and our No Direct Flight season.

Media partner

The Face

Video store pop-up
To celebrate the season, we have teamed up with Charlotte Greg-Simmons, Emma Cole and Josie Best from Wimbledon College of Arts to create an exclusive installation at BFI Southbank until 17 August 2019. Pop in, take a look around, watch some films or TV shows on VHS if you fancy, enjoy the complimentary snacks and drinks, and indulge in this blast from the not-too-distant past.


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