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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Films in Sonic

Music inspired films and events that will leave you dancing in the aisles.

Sonic gala

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq

    Spike Lee reimagines Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata as a dazzling modern-day hip-hop musical set in Chicago.

Features

  • Fonko

    Fonko

    A pulsating journey through the electronic urban musical underground of Africa that looks at how the new sounds are defining a generation, from the team behind Black Power Mixtape (LFF2011).

  • Jewel’s Catch One

    Jewel’s Catch One

    A rousing doc about LA’s first black LGBT disco, defiantly opened in 1973 and beloved by music royalty from Sylvester to Madonna.

  • Junction 48

    Junction 48

    Musical ambition and geopolitics collide in this story of a Palestinian rapper trying to get a break in a world where opinions are formed before the music starts.

  • King of Jazz

    King of Jazz

    Described by David Pierce and James Layton as “an unparalleled cinematic interpretation of jazz music and stage spectacle,” this is a significant film restoration that shouldn’t be missed.

  • London Town

    London Town

    An uplifting, bittersweet and surprisingly tender coming-of-age story fuelled by the searing power of the music of The Clash.

  • The Man from Mo’Wax

    The Man from Mo’Wax

    The remarkable story of musician and record label-owner James Lavelle, one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in contemporary British culture.

  • Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

    Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

    Absorbing, hypnotic cinematic meditation crafted from the work of one Britain’s most important but little-known filmmakers.

  • On the Road

    On the Road

    Michael Winterbottom’s tour film captures the excitement of north London band Wolf Alice's thrilling live shows, while revealing insights about backstage life.

  • Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

    Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

    Energetic, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll documentary that captures the life and times of Mick Rock, creator of images as iconic as his subject matter.

  • We Are X

    We Are X

    The startling story of X Japan, the most influential rock band you may have never heard of!

Short films programme

  • Sound and Vision

    Sound and Vision

    Five diverse short films and animations that focus on music and musicians, as well as stories both inspired and moved by music.

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