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  • Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa coming to BFI Southbank

    The godfather of hip-hop culture, Afrika Bambaataa will appear in conversation with Don Letts at BFI Southbank in December, as part of our season Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and its focus on Afro-futurism.


    Monday 15 September 2014

    Announcements

  • Night Will Fall: the story of file number F3080

    In 1945, Allied forces filmed the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, but the shocking footage of what they found was subsequently shelved after the withdrawal of government support for the project. Nearly 70 years later, a new documentary tells the story of a vital memorial film that is finally seeing the light of day.

    David Parkinson
    Monday 15 September 2014

    Features

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.

    Edward Lawrenson
    Friday 12 September 2014

    Features

  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 12 September 2014

    Features

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 11 September 2014

    Lists

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.

    Adrian Wootton
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

    Features

  • Shooting the message #18: Catsnake Film

    Operating out of Ealing Studios, video agency Catsnake Film has drummed up 4m views in a week with its latest commission: an online video about the ethics of the meat industry.

    Ros Cranston
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

    Features

  • Pride and joy: gay activism and British film

    Pride, a heart-warming new film about gay activists who stand up for striking miners in 1984, launches in cinemas this weekend. But what queer activism had come before them, and how was it shown on film?

    Alex Davidson
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

    Features

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Eastern European cinema

    Programme advisors Peter Hames and Jonathan Romney give their personal recommendations, including ‘one of the great discoveries of 2014’.

    Peter Hames, Jonathan Romney
    Tuesday 9 September 2014

    Features

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Indian and South Asian cinema

    Programme advisor Cary Rajinder Sawhney gives his personal choice of a striking new film from an established director, a brilliant debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.

    Cary Rajinder Sawhney
    Tuesday 9 September 2014

    Features

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