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  • Club class: Cannes’s 2016 intake

    Cannes wants to be a meritocracy. But who gets to play, asks Nick Bradshaw?

    Nick Bradshaw
    Tuesday 10 May 2016

    Festivals

  • The psychological western

    Born in the extrovert idealism of the frontier drama, the western was slow to adapt to the social malaise and anti-communist paranoia of the post-war period. Graham Fuller explains how it took its dark turn to incorporate contemporary socio-politics and psychology, with 12 case studies.

    Graham Fuller
    Monday 9 May 2016

    Deep Focus

  • Video: A speck in the cosmos – the inner frontiers of Raoul Walsh’s Pursued

    Often described as the first psychoanalytic western, Raoul Walsh’s 1947 Pursued plays out the traumas of Robert Mitchum’s homecoming Civil War vet as an existential maelstrom of violence, isolation and psychopathy. In this video essay Tag Gallagher offers a psychological reading of one of Hollywood’s weirdest westerns.

    Tag Gallagher
    Monday 9 May 2016

    Video

  • Westward the women! Distaff furies of the psychological west

    There’s never been anything quite like Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar, but many other post-war westerns of the era also found great post-frontier roles for women, writes Imogen Sara Smith.

    Imogen Sara Smith
    Monday 9 May 2016

    Features

  • Preview: Cannes Film Festival 2016

    BFI Southbank’s programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew finds much to get excited about in the lineup for this year’s Cannes festival.

    Geoff Andrew
    Monday 9 May 2016

    Features

  • Film of the week: Evolution

    Mysteries of the deep: Lucile Hadzihalilovic essays bodily sea changes and natural horror in her coolly estranging fantasia of a coastal mothers-and-sons conclave, says Richard Combs.

    Richard Combs
    Saturday 7 May 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • 10 great British experimental feature films

    These are all excellent places to start exploring the visionary tradition of Britain’s boldest artist filmmakers.

    William Fowler , David Somerset , Stuart Heaney , Georgia Korossi , Amy Tobin , Adam Scovell
    Friday 6 May 2016

    Lists

  • Alan Whicker collection donated to BFI National Archive

    The collection contains material spanning the entire career of the pioneering investigative TV journalist behind Whicker’s World.

    Thursday 5 May 2016

    Announcements

  • EVCOM Screen Awards 2016

    Dubbed the Oscars of specialist video, the EVCOM Screen Awards this year recognised more than a hundred projects commissioned across the corporate and charity sectors. 

    Patrick Russell
    Thursday 5 May 2016

    Features

  • From Beat Girl to Mad Men: the life of Gillian Hills

    From her screen debut in the 1959 Soho sexposé Beat Girl to French pop stardom, skimpy turns in Blowup and A Clockwork Orange to cult stardom as a book-cover illustrator, Gillian Hills has never been bored, she tells Trevor Johnston…

    Trevor Johnston
    Thursday 5 May 2016

    Interviews

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