Programme changes

This page lists changes to the BFI Southbank programme, not represented in the published Guide.

Updated: 10 June

June Programme

After Love
Thu 10 Jun 14:15 NFT3 p10
This matinee will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are delighted to announce this addition to our programme:
Preview: In The Earth + Q&A with director Ben Wheatley
Thu 10 Jun 19:00 NFT1
United Kingdom 2021. Dir Ben Wheatley. With Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Reece Shearsmith. 107min. Digital. Cert TBC. Audio Description available.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
In a world suffering an outbreak of a deadly and highly contagious virus, Dr Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) leaves isolation to join a research hub based next to an expansive forest. When he arrives he is buddied up with park ranger Alma (Ellora Torchia) to embark on what should be a two day routine equipment run. As they journey deep into the forest they sense something sinister is lurking. Conceived and made during the UK lockdown, In The Earth is a fun return to Wheatley’s low budget, creepy countryside roots. Deeply atmospheric, with a wonderfully unsettling score from Clint Mansell, this is a violent and transcendent big screen trip you don’t want to miss…
Kimberley Sheehan, Film Programmer
This film contains intense flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Tickets £20, concs £16 (BFI Members pay £2 less) on sale Thu 27 May to BFI Patrons and Champions from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.

M*A*S*H
Thu 10 Jun 18:00 NFT1 p29
This screening will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cleo from 5 to 7
Thu 10 Jun 21:00 NFT1 p46
This screening will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

After Love (HOH Screening)
Thu 10 Jun 18:10 NFT2 p10
This screening will now take place the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience. A reminder that this screening will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

Sparkle
Thu 10 Jun 20:35 NFT2 p40
This screening will now take place the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce additional screenings of the following:
Nomandland p8
Fri 11 Jun 20:45 Studio; Sun 13 Jun 13:00 Studio; Mon 14 Jun 20:50 Studio; Wed 16 Jun 14:40 Studio (HOH)
All screenings will have Audio Description available.
The screenings on Wed 9 Jun 14:45 Studio and Wed 16 Jun 14:40 Studio will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

We are pleased to announce additional screenings of the following:
First Cow
Additional screenings: Fri 11 Jun 17:50 Studio; Sat 12 Jun 15:20 Studio (HOH); Sun 13 Jun 18:50 NFT3; Mon 14 Jun 14:40 Studio; Thu 17 Jun 17:50 Studio
From 28 May p9
This film has been given a 12A certificate.
The screening on Wed 2 Jun at Tue 8 Jun 14:45 Studio and Sat 12 Jun 15:20 Studio will now be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing. All screenings will have Audio Description available.

We are pleased to announce additional screenings of the following:
The Human Voice + pre-recorded intro and Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton
Fri 11 Jun 14:40 Studio; Sat 12 Jun 18:20 Studio; Sun 13 Jun 18:20 Studio; Thu 17 Jun 14:40 Studio
Dir Pedro Almodóvar. Prods Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García. Writer Pedro Almodóvar. With Tilda Swinton. Spain 2020. Digital. 30min. (Total Run Time 76min.) Some EST. 15
Pedro Almodóvar's English-language debut presents a woman (Tilda Swinton) on the edge waiting for her lover to call. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau's short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton's unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.
Maria Delgado
Tickets £10 (Members pay £2 less) on sale now.

Fargo
Sat 12 Jun 13:10 NFT3 p15
This matinee will now take place in the Studio. We apologise for any inconvenience.

After Love + Q&A with director Aleem Khan and lead actor Joanna Scanlan
Sun 13 Jun 18:40 NFT1 p10 (this screening has moved from NFT3)
We are delighted to welcome director, Aleem Khan, and lead actor, Joanna Scanlan, for a Q&A following this screening (see website for full details of film). Tickets on sale now.
Joanna Scanlan’s extensive career includes films such as How to Build a Girl, Pin Cushion, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Invisible Woman, Testament of Youth and The Other Boleyn Girl. Her TV credits include McDonald and Dodds, Requiem, The Woman in White, Rev, Getting On and The Thick of It. She wowed audiences in Channel 4’s hit show No Offence, playing the lead detective Viv Deering. Joanna has been BAFTA-nominated for Best Female Performance for her role in Getting On and twice nominated for her screenwriting on the show, which she co-wrote. She has already won two festival acting prizes, in Dublin and Thessaloniki, for her role as Mary in After Love.
Aleem Khan’s debut short film, Diana, premiered at the 2009 BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. His subsequent short, Three Brothers, was commissioned by Film London on the inaugural London Calling Plus scheme and premiered at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. A BAFTA nomination for Best British Short Film followed in 2015 and later that year, Aleem was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. After Love is his debut feature.

We are pleased to announce the LIFF Opening Night Film, as follows:
LIFF Opening Night: WOMB (Women of My Billion) + on stage Q&A with Srishti Bakshi and film critic Anna Smith
Thu 17 Jun 17:20 NFT1
India 2020. Dir.Ajitesh Sharma. 102min. Digital. English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu with EST. 18
A young woman, Srishti Bakshi, embarks on a spectacular journey, walking nearly 4,000km across India. Along the way she meets and learns first-hand about the experiences of the country's richly diverse female population. WOMB is a poignant and heart-warming documentary exploring the social and political issues faced by women of today's India. It is a unique testament to seemingly insurmountable challenges in these unprecedented times and the everyday heroes who are striving forwards.
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Women in the Films of Robert Altman: An Online Panel Discussion
Thursday 17 Jun at 19:00 p28
We are delighted to announce that film critics Anne Billson and Hannah McGill, as well as season programmer Geoff Andrew, will join us for this discussion hosted by film programmer Rowan Woods.
This online discussion will include captioning using Rev Live Captions for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the following:
Relaxed Screening: The Reason I Jump
Fri 18 Jun 14:30 NFT3; Tue 22 Jun 18.10 NFT3 p60
In order to assist with the accessibility and enjoyment of relaxed screenings of this title for our audiences, the film will be accompanied by a special subtitle stream which will include both subtitling of dialogue as well as warnings of potentially challenging or difficult moments within the film itself. These warnings will focus on moments that could be challenging from a visual, aural, and emotional perspective and will be accompanied by guidance text and symbols alerting viewers to the imminent approach of any such moments. For any further details about this screening of the film do contact us by calling (020 7928 3232), or by emailing the Box Office box.office@bfi.org.uk.
Tickets £3. On sale now by booking online or by calling or emailing the Box Office.
Our Relaxed Screening adjustments have changed to comply with our COVID Safety Plan. See www.bfi.org/relaxed for details.

Bitter Victory
Sun 20 Jun 13:00 NFT3 p46
This screening will now take place in NFT2.

The Reason I Jump (with HOH and AD)
Sun 20 Jun 13:30 NFT2 p11
This screening will now take place in the Studio.

The Reason I Jump
Sun 20 Jun 15:50 NFT2 p11
This screening will now start at the slightly later time of 16:00.

Wildfire + Q&A with director Cathy Brady
Sun 20 Jun 18:40 NFT1 p59
This film has been given 15 certificate.

Thieves Like Us
Mon 21 Jun 17:50 NFT2 p31
The 35mm print of this film is sadly now too colour faded to present so we will be screening this film from a video format. We apologise for any disappointment.

The Killers + pre-recorded intro by Imogen Sara Smith, author of ‘In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City’
Wed 23 Jun 17:50 NFT1 p44
To confirm, this screening has an intro as per page 44 (but missing from the online calendar PDF).

California Split
Thu 24 Jun 14:30 NFT1 p31
This matinee will now take place in NFT3.

Whitney: Can I Be Me
Sat 26 Jun 18:10 NFT2 p39
This performance will have Audio Description available.

The Salt in Our Waters + pre-recorded Q&A
Sun 27 Jun 15:00 NFT1 p54
To clarify, this is not the Closing Night presentation of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival.

Seniors' Matinee: Nashville
Mon 28 Jun 13:50 NFT1 p14
This matinee will no longer have an intro by Geoff Andrew. We apologise for any disappointment.

The Seventh Seal + intro by Mike Williams, Editor Sight & Sound
Wed 30 June 14:30 NFT1 p20
The introduction to this film will now be pre-recorded and presented before both screenings.

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SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST

Sheffield Doc/Fest: UK Premiere: The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual For Military Occupation + pre-recorded Q&A
Fri 11 Jun 20:20 NFT1
France 2021. Dir Avi Mograbi. 110min. Digital. English and Hebrew (with EST)
The Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories has lasted 54 years, and there is seemingly no end in sight. Working with testimonies given by soldiers in the Israeli army, Avi Mograbi provides insights on how a colonialist occupation functions, using Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a case study.
Tickets: £12.50, concs £10.20 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Closing Night: World Premiere: The Story of Looking + pre-recorded Q&A
Sat 12 Jun 20:50 NFT1
UK 2021. Dir Mark Cousins. 90min. Digital.
Facing the threat of losing his sight, award-winning filmmaker Mark Cousins embarks on an intimate odyssey from his bed, to explore the central role of looking in his own life and in the past, present and future of human experience. Join us in conversation with Mark as we delve into how looking can paint a portrait of our culture.
Tickets: £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.

July Programme

To allow us to quickly respond to any relaxation of Covid restrictions, and allow audiences to sit together if permitted, we will be going on sale with unallocated seating across the whole of July.

Censor
From Fri 2 Jul p8
The release date for this film has been put back so all screenings are now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment. The Woman With a Movie Camera Preview and Q&A on Thu 1 Jul 20:45 NFT1 is confirmed and will still go ahead.

We are delighted to add one of the highlights of the 2020 BFI London Film Festival to our July programme:
Supernova
Fri 2 Jul 14:15 NFT2; Fri 2 Jul 18:15 NFT3; Fri 2 Jul 21:00 NFT2; Sat 3 Jul 17:50 Studio; Sat 3 Jul 21:10 NFT3; Sun 4 Jul 15:30 Studio (HOH); Sun 4 Jul 18:45 NFT3; Mon 5 Jul 14:15 NFT2 (HOH); Mon 5 Jul 17:50 Studio; Mon 5 Jul 21:00 NFT2; Tue 6 Jul 14:15 NFT2; Tue 6 Jul 17:40 NFT2; Wed 7 Jul 14:45 Studio; Wed 7 Jul 17:50 Studio; Wed 7 Jul 21:00 NFT2; Thu 8 Jul 14:30 Studio; Thu 8 Jul 17:40 NFT2; Thu 8 Jul 20:45 NFT3 UK 2020. Dir Harry Mcqueen, With Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood. 93min. Digital. 15. A Studiocanal release. Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci shine as a long-term couple dealing with the onset of illness in this warm and tender drama.
After twenty years together, Sam and Tusker's blissful life has been shattered following Tusker's diagnosis with early onset dementia. Intent on spending as much precious time together as they can, the pair travel across England in their old campervan, visiting loved ones and returning to special places from their past. But as Sam and Tusker's trip progresses and they are forced to confront the grave reality of their situation, rifts begin to emerge as they look at what the future may hold. Driven by two beautiful performances from Firth and Tucci as a couple with a long history and an uncertain future, Harry Macqueen's (Hinterland) introspective road movie is a deeply affecting and quietly provocative exploration of love in the face of tragedy.
Michael Blyth, BFI London Film Festival Lead Programmer.
All screenings will have Audio Description available. The screenings on Sun 4 Jul 15:30 Studio and Mon 5 Jul 14:15 NFT2 will be presented with Subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.

Woman With a Movie Camera Preview: Girlfriends
Fri 16 Jul 18:15 NFT3 p13
We are delighted to announce this Women With a Movie Camera preview ahead of the re-release from 23 July.

How Green Was My Valley
Fri 16 Jul 17:50 NFT3 p40
This screening will now take place in the Studio.

Mandabi + pre-recorded Q&A
Sun 25 Jul 18:20 NFT2 p14
This screening will be followed by a 25min pre-recorded Q&A with Liz Chege (director of Africa in Motion Festival in Scotland), Dr Aboubakar Sanogo (one of the world’s experts in African Cinema and leading the UNESCO project to restore fifty African classics) and Ivan Mbowa (a business leader with expertise on why Africans are still experiencing the colonial and bureaucratic difficulties with day to day finance you see in the film).

Seniors' Matinee: Mandabi + intro
Mon 26 Jul 14:00 NFT1 p14
This matinee will be introduced by film curator, programmer and BFI London Film Festival Programme Advisor, Keith Shiri. It will also now be followed by a 25min pre-recorded Q&A (as per Sun 25 Jul 18:20 NFT2, see above).

35 Shots of Rum + pre-recorded intro by Be Manzini
Wed 28 Jul 17:40 NFT1 p43
This screening will now take place in NFT2. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Diary for My Children
Wed 28 Jul 17:50 NFT2 p38
This screening will now take place in NFT3. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Mandabi
Wed 28 Jul 18:00 NFT3 p14
This screening will now take place in NFT1. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Shoot the Messenger + Q&A with Ngozi Onwurah
Thu 29 Jul 17:45 NFT3 p31
To clarify, this screening start at 17:45 as per page 31 and not 17:50 as per the calendar.