The BFI have announced the programme for September and early October at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, the latter having just resumed being fully operated and programmed in-house by the BFI.
As well as screening some of the biggest and best films on release in the UK, this month the BFI IMAX programme will begin to integrate with the programme at BFI Southbank, creating a film hub of two iconic and globally recognised cinemas in and around London’s South Bank. The newly integrated programme will this month celebrate 60 years of James Bond with a special weekend of events and screenings at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX from 1-2 October, complete details of which will be announced soon. The new vision and plans for BFI IMAX will be unveiled through a major venue re-launch later in 2022.
Seasons running at BFI Southbank in September and into early October will include PAM GRIER: FOXY, FIERCE AND FEARLESS, a major new retrospective dedicated to, in the words of Quentin Tarantino, ‘cinema’s first female action star’. The centrepiece of the season will be Pam Grier In Conversation on 9 September, where the iconic star will take to the BFI Southbank stage to discuss her incredible career. The season, which has been programmed by writer and film scholar Mia Mask, will include screenings of films such as COFFY (Jack Hill, 1973), BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA (Eddie Romero, 1973), FOXY BROWN (Jack Hill, 1974) and JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino, 1997), the latter of which will be re-released by Park Circus on 16 September to mark its 25th anniversary. Grier will also take part in Q&As at Midland Arts Centre (MAC) and Ritzy Picturehouse on 11 September and 10 September respectively, with both cinemas showing key films starring Grier as well. Complete details of this season will be announced soon.
As Channel 4 marks 40 years on the airwaves, BFI Southbank will celebrate the channel’s radical first decade and the revolutionary spirit that has continued to inspire it ever since. Programmed thematically by the BFI’s Marcus Prince and Rod Stoneman, who was a Deputy Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 from 1983-93, CHANNEL 4: 40 YEARS OF REVOLUTION will showcase work from the channel’s first 10 years. Titles will include THE TUBE (Channel 4/Tyne Tees TV, 1982), THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS: FIVE GO MAD IN DORSET (Channel 4, 1982), A VERY BRITISH COUP (Channel 4, 1988), HANDSWORTH SONGS (Channel 4, 1986), OUT ON TUESDAY (Channel 4, 1989) and many more.
There will be accompanying panel discussions and introductions to contextualise the ground-breaking significance of the programmes, with guests including comedians Rosie Jones and Munya Chawawa, Trix Worrell (creator of DESMONDS), actor Robert Lindsay, filmmaker John Akomfrah, Nida Manzoor (creator of WE ARE LADY PARTS), TV presenter Yinka Bokinni and many of Channel 4’s commissioners past and present. As the channel issues its latest provocation – ‘Here Comes Trouble’, a call for short films with radical ambition, the season will culminate in an address by Channel 4’s current Chief Content Officer Ian Katz. Regional screenings and events will also be taking place at venues across the UK including Arnolfini, Bristol; Filmhouse Edinburgh; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; and Y Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, with complete details of the season being announced soon.
Following the success of BFI Southbank’s season BOWIE: STARMAN AND THE SILVER SCREEN at the start of this year, the much-anticipated MOONAGE DAYDREAM (Brett Morgen, 2022) arrives at BFI IMAX from 16 September. To celebrate this new immersive Bowie experience from director Brett Morgen, the Starman will also land back at BFI Southbank with further screenings of key Bowie films. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Nicolas Roeg, 1976), THE HUNGER (Tony Scott, 1983), MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (Nagisa Ôshima, 1983), TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (David Lynch, 1992) and CRACKED ACTOR (Alan Yentob, 1975) return to the big screen by popular demand throughout September. BFI Southbank will also present two earlier films directed and co-directed by Brett Morgen, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE (Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, 2002), and COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (Brett Morgen, 2015) which sees Morgen’s talent for archival storytelling applied to two other cultural icons – Robert Evans and Kurt Cobain.
Also in September is the second part of a two-month season dedicated to KINUYO TANAKA, an actor and filmmaker who played an essential role in the history of Japanese cinema. Following August’s focus on her work as a director, screenings in September will highlight her acting work, and her celebrated collaborations with major filmmakers including Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi. Six of her most notable roles will be screened at BFI Southbank, including A HEN IN THE WIND (Yasujirō Ozu, 1948), THE LIFE OHARU (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) and BROTHEL NO. 8 (Mikio Naruse, 1952). The season, which was first conceived by Lili Hinstin and presented at the Lumière Festival in 2021, is presented in partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Janus Films.
Highlights of the events programme in September and early October will include MADLY, DEEPLY: A CELEBRATION OF ALAN RICKMAN on 2 October. Hosted by Mark Kermode, this very special event will celebrate and remember Rickman’s life and work, as well as launch the publication of his diaries, Madly, Deeply (Canongate Books). Alongside some of Rickman’s most celebrated moments on screen and excerpts from his diaries, the evening will feature some special guests talking about their friendship and work with him, including Emma Thompson, Harriet Walter, Ian McKellen, Juliet Stevenson, Lindsay Duncan, Eddie Izzard and Dexter Fletcher. On the same evening there will also be a screening of Anthony Minghella’s TRULY MADLY DEEPLY (1990) starring Rickman alongside Juliet Stevenson; a brilliant, funny and deeply touching film about coping with loss.
A major new TV thriller from award-winning writer Steven Moffat, INSIDE MAN (BBC/Netflix, 2022) will preview on 19 September with a screening of Episode 1, followed by a Q&A with stars David Tennant, Stanley Tucci, Dolly Wells and Lydia West, writer Steven Moffatt and director Paul McGuigan. The captivating four-part mini-series follows a prisoner on death row in the US, a Vicar in a quiet English town and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar, as they cross paths in the most unexpected way. On 7 September there will be a preview of CUNK ON EARTH (BBC Two/Netflix, 2022) including a Q&A with writer/executive producer Charlie Brooker, Philomena Cunk actress Diane Morgan, and series producer Sam Ward. In this ‘deeply profound and important’ mockumentary, Cunk tells the entire story of human civilisation and asks the experts some hard-hitting questions along the way.
Puppet musical extravaganza DON’T HUG ME I’M SCARED (Channel 4/BFI YACF, Blink Industries, 2022) will preview on 28 September, with a Q&A with creators Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling and Baker Terry, executive producer James Stevenson Bretton, producers Hugo Donkin and Charlie Perkins. Part-educational programming, part-existential nightmare, the mixed-media trip moves from kids’ show pastiche to fever-dream horror in the blink of an eye. DOCTOR WHO: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN (BBC, 1967/2022) will be screening on 3 September; with five of the original episodes missing, except for their audio, this new animated version presents the complete story of The Doctor’s Tibetan adventure 55 years after its first broadcast.
Also on 3 September, JAWBONE (Thomas Napper, 2016) cast members Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley and Ray Winstone reunite to mark the arrival of a new photobook on the film; a screening of this brutal and authentic British boxing drama will be followed by a Q&A with the cast. Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night. On 6 September, there is a rare opportunity to see cult film OXIDE GHOSTS: THE BRASS EYE TAPES (Michael Cumming, 2017) followed by a Q&A with the director Michael Cumming. Providing an insight into the creative process behind the landmark TV series BRASS EYE, the film is made from hundreds of hours of unseen footage from Cumming’s personal archive. A preview of THE SCORE (Malachi Smyth, 2021) will screen on 7 September with a Q&A featuring director Malachi Smyth and actor Johnny Flynn. This sweet, musical-crime-thriller with a splash of romance stars Flynn, Will Poulter and Naomi Ackie, and is powered by original songs from Flynn’s band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit.
The fourth annual S.O.U.L FEST (founded by S.O.U.L Celebrate Connect, We Are Parable and The British Blacklist)arrives at BFI Southbank on 16 September, this year in partnership with ABFF LONDON – a European spin-off of the American Black Film Festival. Expect this exciting new partnership to deliver a combination of exclusive films previews, shorts, festival awards and a programme of masterclasses, panel discussions and contributions from industry experts.
Mark Kermode, one of the nation’s most respected film critics,returns with MARK KERMODE LIVE IN 3D AT THE BFI on 12 September. Joined by surprise industry guests, Kermode explores, critiques and dissects new and upcoming releases, film news, cinematic treasures and guilty pleasures.
FURTHER PROGRAMME INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER – EARLY OCTOBER
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SEASONS AT BFI SOUTHBANK
Complete details of PAM GRIER: FOXY, FIERCE AND FEARLESS and CHANNEL 4: 40 YEARS OF REVOLUTION will be announced in dedicated press releases soon.
Complete details of the KINUYO TANAKA season are available in a dedicated press release on the BFI website.
NEW RELEASES AND REISSUES AT BFI SOUTHBANK AND BFI IMAX
New releases this month include BODIES BODIES BODIES (Halina Reijin, 2022), a smart, satirical horror-comedy based on a Kristen Roupenian story, with a stellar cast featuring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott and Pete Davidson. The film, which will open at BFI Southbank from 9 September, playfully explores the paranoia and hyper-individualism of an extremely online generation, with a plot that’s always one step ahead and an abundance of enjoyable performances. Prolific Korean director Hong Sangsoo’s second film of 2021, IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE (2021) was his eleventh to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival and will open at BFI Southbank on 23 September. It focuses on themes and features a narrative approach that are familiar to the writer-director, yet still presents a fresh – and funny – take on everyday life.Hong Sangsoo’s relaxed storytelling belies an insightful work that gradually reveals its layered depths and meaning.
MOONAGE DAYDREAM (Brett Morgen, 2022) is an epic, expressionistic portrait of David Bowie and the summation of Brett Morgen’s filmmaking style. He draws together a wealth of material to create a visually dazzling, kaleidoscopic rollercoaster dream experience of Bowie as performer, artist and thinker. The critical smash is showing at BFI IMAX from 16 September.
REGULAR BFI SOUTHBANK PROGRAMME STRANDS
BFI Southbank’s regular programme strands have something for everyone – whether audiences are looking for silent treasures, experimental works or archive rarities.
Our monthly RELAXED SCREENING will be the groundbreaking classic, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy, 1964). The everyday world of shop worker Genevieve and car mechanic Guy is brought to life with sensational colours and set design and dialogue is entirely sung to Michel Legrand’s rapturous and intense score. The screening on 26 September is presented for those in the neurodiverse community and their assistants and carers, for the special price of £3.
BFI Southbank’s year-round FLARE programme will mark the 25th anniversary of BENT (Sean Matthias, 1997) with a screening of the film on 27 September, followed by a Q&A with director Sean Matthias and writer Martin Sherman. One night in 1930s Berlin, a promiscuous gay man makes a decision that puts him and his boyfriend in great danger, forcing them to flee the city. The adaptation of Martin Sherman’s Tony-nominated play is a heartrending story of the persecution of gay people in Nazi Germany.
Often claimed to be an inspiration for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, Roger Christian’s psychokinetic phantasmagoria THE SENDER (Roger Christian, 1982) tells the story of a young man who is able to transmit his disturbed dreams into the minds of the people around him. A bracing blend of insidious surrealism and spectacular set pieces, this singular shocker is BFI Southbank’s TERRORVISION offering on 29 September.
Anti-colonial struggle is vividly captured in SAMBIZANGA (Sarah Maldoror, 1972), showing as part of BFI Southbank’s AFRICAN ODYSSEYS series on 3 September. Unfolding in the weeks leading up to the inception of the guerrilla war for independence, the film charts the desperate search of a young mother for her husband following his arrest. This passionate drama illustrates the cruelty of the Portuguese administration alongside the courage and sacrifice of ordinary Angolans during colonial rule.
A preview of SILENT LAND (Aga Woszczyn´ska, 2021) is this month’s WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA offering on 19 September. A perfect-looking Polish couple rent a luxurious Italian holiday home, triggering a relationship-testing chain of events. This terrifically assured feature debut by Aga Woszczyn´ska is a beautifully tense and finely observed unravelling of people and privilege.
Showcasing new South Asian and world cinema, FILM WALLAHS hosts a screening of MALAM (Leonard Yip, 2021) on 22 September with a discussion hosted by Anuj Radia. In his debut feature, Yip creates a mystical dystopian landscape where the darkness of the night is a character; MALAM questions whether it is possible to find light in a world of shadows.
Celebrating diverse artistic forms, movements and makers, ART IN THE MAKING presents GRAHAM SUTHERLAND (John Read, 1953) and JOHN PIPER (John Read, 1954) with an intro by John Wyver on 8 September. These two very early television documentary programmes take a closer look at renowned British artists Graham Sutherland and John Piper, introducing us to their most important works, which encompass portraits, landscapes, architecture and theatre.
In JOURNEYS FROM BERLIN/1971 (Yvonne Rainer, 1980), this month’s EXPERIMENTA feature on 14 September, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer ruminates in uncompromising style on the limits of radicalism and morality, and the contradictions between our public, private and political lives.
PROJECTING THE ARCHIVE on 13 September, will feature a screening of ALL IN! (Marcel Varnel), introduced by film historian Mark Newell. It features farceur Ralph Lynn as the monocled hero who acquires a wrestling club while trying to appease his prudish aunt. This month’s SILENT CINEMA feature is THE PRIMROSE PATH (Harry O Hoyt, 1925), screening alongside THE KID REPORTER (Alfred J Goulding, 1923)on 4 September, with an intro from BFI curator Bryony Dixon. THE PRIMROSE PATH is a pacy Prohibition-era drama with touches of the crime film. It’s full of hustlers, feds and racketeers, and is mainly notable today for 20-year-old Clara Bow’s radiant presence as a chorus girl.
FAMILIES will find a wealth of options at BFI Southbank in September. WATERSHIP DOWN (Martin Rosen, 1978) is the classic British adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel, about a group of rabbits who leave their warren after an apocalyptic vision of their future. A screening on 10 September will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss, while Audio Description will be available on 18 September.
THE SEA BEAST (Chris Williams, 2022) is the month’s FUNDAY double bill. A legendary sea monster hunter finds his world turned upside down when a young girl stows away on his boat and forces him to confront some of the truths about the very creatures he hunts. The film screens on 25 September, with a nautical themed FUNDAY workshop. Take part in our craft-based activities and have a go at animating your own sea beast, with some expert guidance on hand to help you. Free to ticket holders of the film.
Other FAMILY features include: ROBIN HOOD (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1973) on 17 September, Disney’s retelling of the story of the Nottingham outlaw (a wily fox in this version), which is approaching its 50th anniversary; HARVEY (Henry Koster, 1950) on 24 September, a classic comedy for older children about a man whose best friend is a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey; and SONG OF THE SEA (Tomm Moore, 2014) on 2 October, a beautifully made, truly enchanting 2D animated tale which is steeped in Irish folklore and magic.
For children looking to learn more about filmmaking, the BFI’s Education workshops offer an exciting hands-on experience. MINI FILMMAKERS SATURDAY CLUB and YOUNG FILMMAKERS SATURDAY CLUB return to BFI Southbank this September for six consecutive Saturday mornings from 10 September – 15 October. BFI YOUNG FILMMAKERS SATURDAY CLUB BROMLEY launches at the Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley this autumn, also running for six consecutive Saturday mornings from 10 September – 15 October. Across all three clubs, children and students will learn about filmmaking and the value of teamwork as they make short films.
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS
BFI Southbank’s ongoing BIG SCREEN CLASSICS series, where we screen essential titles on a daily basis for just £8, will be themed around FATEFUL MOMENTS IN TIME in September and early October. Time is important to all cinema, but in this selection, time is of the essence, with each film dealing, in one way or another, with a life-changing moment or moments, whether lived in the present, remembered, anticipated, or, perhaps, imagined. Screenings will include DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 1989), THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (Werner Herzog, 1974), ACCIDENT (Joseph Losey, 1967), RATCATCHER (Lynne Ramsay, 1999), THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Jacques Demy, 1964), CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962), FARGO (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996), THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Walter Salles, 2004)and many more.
In addition to our £8 ticket offer for BIG SCREEN CLASSICS, audience members aged 25 and under are able to buy tickets for BFI Southbank screenings (in advance or on the day) and special events and previews (on the day only), for just £3, through our ticket scheme for young audiences.