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LFF For Free: Talks

A programme of free talks.

These talks are FREE and open to all (subject to age restrictions). Please note that places are limited and can be booked at the LFF For Free desk in the BFI Southbank foyer from 10am on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. If you have reserved a place please arrive 10 minutes before the start time or your place may be reallocated.


Event 1

In an Age of Consent: A Discussion

Tackling the complex issues of consent.

Sat 5 Oct 16:00-17:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank

Photograph: ©Irene Moray

In the wake of #MeToo the issue of consent in filmmaking and in the industry has become an urgent topic. The filmmakers in our In An Age of Consent programme tackle the complex issues of consent and here we invite you to join them for a discussion and Q&A around the questions raised in their films around consent, intimacy and sexuality in film.
Age 18+

Event 2

Film Criticism Read-along

Hear from some of the most exciting film critics of today.

Sun 6 Oct 11:00-12:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank

From waxing lyrical on Letterboxd, to reeling off a late-night drunken IMDb review, if everyone's a critic, who should you be reading? Where's the good writing at? Hear from some of the most exciting film critics of today on the writing that inspires them, and where to find it.

Hosted by LFF's Senior Film Programmer Kate Taylor, this session will feature readings from film writers Rebecca Liu, Matt Turner, Simran Hans and Isabel Stevens. Come with an appetite for wit, critical analysis and sparkling insight, and leave with a free copy of Sight & Sound!
Age 15+

Event 3

Cult in the Canon

Programmers and podcasters survey the cult cinema scene.

Sun 6 Oct 12:00-13:00 Blue Room, BFI Southbank

Horror is back in vogue amongst filmmakers at LFF this year; just don’t call it ‘Elevated Genre’. Filmmakers can’t keep their hands off horror this year, with many of your favourite arthouse auteurs using supernatural or sci-fi elements in their films to tell political or very personal stories. Here, LFF programmer Michael Blyth, Babak Anvari (Dir. Wounds), Anna Bogutskaya (The Final Girls) and Mike Muncer (The Evolution of Horror Podcast) survey the scene, checking on the pulse of cult cinema, and ask what draws filmmakers to the genre?
Age 15+

Event 4

The Films That Made Me with Peter Bradshaw

Join one of the UK’s most respected film critics as he explores the films that have had the biggest impact on him over the last twenty years.

Sun 6 Oct 13:00-14:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank

Join one of the UK’s most respected film critics as he explores the films that have had the biggest impact on him over the last twenty years. Peter Bradshaw is the film reviewer for intelligent, curious cinemagoers; he has worked at The Guardian for twenty years. The Films That Made Me collates his finest reviews from the last two decades, which carry with them his deep experience, knowledge and understanding of film.

Hosted by Anna Smith, Film Critic, Chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle and host of the Girls On Film podcast.
Age 15+

Event 5

Burning Questions on Non-Fiction

An interactive and thought-provoking event considering the non-fiction form.

Sun 6 Oct 13:30-14:15 Blue Room. BFI Southbank

An interactive and thought-provoking event involving a series of lightning presentations from a group of programmers, writers and filmmakers involved with non-fiction work, to discuss what is exciting and/or perplexing them in this dynamic form at the moment. The audience will then be encouraged to get into groups, with speakers joining them, to discuss the questions that have been raised. Participants include Beniamino Barrese (Director of The Disappearance of my Mother (LFF 2019)), Cintia Gil (Sheffield Doc Fest Director), Chloe Trayner (Open City Documentary Festival Director), Sophie Brown (Associate Programmer at Bertha Doc House, LFF Programme Advisor, and writer), and Roz Mortimer (Director of The Deathless Woman (LFF 2019).
Age 15+

Event 6

Is Laughter Still The Best Medicine?

Discussing the challenges facing humour-inclined creatives in an ever more fraught world.

Sun 6 Oct 16:00-17:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank

Comedy for troubled times: Our funny bone-obsessed film programmers Leigh Singer (programme advisor for the LFF's Laugh strand and features programmer for LOCO, the London Comedy Film Festival) and Manish Agarwal (LFF's assistant programmer) are joined by Lisa Owens (screenwriter, Days of Bagnold Summer) and Tiani Ghosh (actor and writer, The Darkest Universe) to discuss the challenges facing humour-inclined creatives amid an ever more fraught world.

Event 7

Screen Talk: Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons joins us to talk about her trailblazing career and the making of Harriet: a rousing biopic of slave turned abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, brilliantly portrayed by Cynthia Erivo.

Sat 12 Oct 11:00 NFT3, BFI Southbank

Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked in advance from the BFI Box Office in person or by calling 020 7928 3232. Tickets on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Fri 4 Oct 10:00, BFI Members 11:00 and to the public from 16:00. Max 2 Tickets per person. Click here for Screen Talk: Kasi Lemmons booking page.

Starting out as a child actor, the St Louis, Missouri-born Lemmons subsequently appeared in such US television staples as Murder, She Wrote and ER, while also scoring big screen supporting roles in Spike Lee’s collegiate musical School Daze (1988), the cult Nicolas Cage black comedy Vampire’s Kiss (1988), multiple Academy Award winner The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and horror classic Candyman (1992). Having enrolled in the film program at New York’s renowned New School for Social Research, she made an unforgettable directorial debut with the hugely acclaimed Eve’s Bayou: a lyrical, multi-layered and avowedly feminist family saga set in early ’60s Louisiana. Hailed as the best film of 1997 by Roger Ebert, Lemmons’ landmark first outing behind the camera was recently selected by America’s Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. She reunited with Eve’s Bayou star/producer Samuel L. Jackson for twisted mystery The Caveman’s Valentine (2001); won both the African-American Film Critics and NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Director prizes for second feature Talk to Me (2007, starring the equally garlanded Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor); and most recently directed Angela Bassett to an NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress prize with 2013’s Langston Hughes adaptation Black Nativity.

This talk will be hosted by Gaylene Gould, creative director.

Event 8

Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Oppression with Nina Menkes

Independent filmmaker Nina Menkes looks at the visual language of oppression.

Sun 13 Oct 14.00-15.15 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank

In this fascinating talk, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes presents and analyses a series of film clips by established film directors and delves into the way the formal visual language of cinema infiltrates our consciousness and contributes to the epidemic of sexual assault, sexual harassment as well as employment discrimination that has plagued Hollywood as well as our culture at large. “Nina Menkes blows the cover off the systematic undermining of female empowerment in one of our culture’s most influential forms of media," Maria Giese, Director, Women’s Media Summit.
Age 18+

Event 9

The Culture: A Discussion

Has the careful editing of our lives through social media made directors out of all of us?

Sun 13 Oct 16:00-17:00 BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank

Has the careful editing of our lives through social media made directors out of all of us? Online culture is all-consuming, constantly changing and, so far, unstoppable. We join a selection of the filmmakers behind ‘The Culture’ shorts programme in a discussion about how the internet has changed our relationships with each other, how it has changed our perceptions of ourselves and how far the personal editorialising of online culture reflects the act of filmmaking itself.
Age 15+

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