BFI film releases

Every year we distribute restored film classics and new releases in cinemas across the UK.

Here, you’ll find our current releases and information on where you can see them.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Credit: 2014 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is frequently cited in polls as one of the finest films ever made.

Co-written by the director and novelist Arthur C Clarke, the film charts the progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter. Characteristic of Kubrick’s interest in evolution and artificial intelligence (most notably in the astronauts’ battle of wits with troublesome computer HAL 9000), the film also displays his desire for technical perfection: Geoffrey Unsworth’s camerawork, Douglas Trumbull’s pioneering effects and the production design remain enormously impressive to this day. But what’s perhaps most striking is the audacity of the measured, largely dialogue-free storytelling, with Kubrick allowing the judiciously chosen music (Ligeti, Khachaturian, the two Strausses) and the crisp, balletic beauty of the images to work their spell. A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.

Geoff Andrew


18 November
Leeds Town Hall (Leeds FF)

28 November-3 December
Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

28 November-4 December
Lighthouse Dublin
Cornerhouse Manchester
Ritzy Brixton
Hackney Picturehouse
Clapham Picturehouse
Greenwich Picturehouse
Watershed Bristol
IFI Dublin
Cameo Edinburgh
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Cinema City Norwich Picturehouse
Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool
Picturehouse NMM Bradford
Tyneside Newcastle
Belmont Aberdeen
QFT Belfast

4 December
Savoy Penzance
Cineworld Aberdeen
Cineworld Ashford
Cineworld Aldershot
Cineworld Ashton Under Lyne
Cineworld Bedford
Cineworld Bexleyheath
Cineworld Boldon Tyne & Wear
Cineworld Bolton
Cineworld Bradford
Cineworld Braintree
Cineworld Brighton
Cineworld Bristol
Cineworld Broad St Birmingham
Cineworld Burton on Trent
Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
Cineworld Cambridge
Cineworld Cardiff
Cineworld Castleford
Cineworld Cheltenham
Cineworld Cheltenham Screening rooms
Cineworld Chesterfield
Cineworld Chichester
Cineworld Crawley
Cineworld Didcot
Cineworld Didsbury
Cineworld Dublin
Cineworld Dundee
Cineworld Eastbourne
Cineworld Edinburgh
Cineworld Enfield
Cineworld Falkirk
Cineworld Feltham
Cineworld Fulham Rd
Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St.
Cineworld Glasgow Parkhead
Cineworld Gloucester Quay
Cineworld Hammersmith
Cineworld Harlow
Cineworld Haverhill
Cineworld Haymarket
Cineworld High Wycombe
Cineworld Hull
Cineworld Huntingdon
Cineworld Ilford
Cineworld Ipswich
Cineworld Isle of Wight
Cineworld Jersey
Cineworld Leigh
Cineworld Liverpool
Cineworld Llandudno
Cineworld Luton
Cineworld Middlesbrough
Cineworld Milton Keynes
Cineworld Newport
Cineworld Northampton
Cineworld O2 Greenwich
Cineworld Rochester
Cineworld Rugby
Cineworld Runcorn
Cineworld Sheffield
Cineworld Shrewsbury
Cineworld Solihull
Cineworld Southampton
Cineworld St Helens
Cineworld St Neots
Cineworld Staples Corner
Cineworld Stevenage
Cineworld Stockport
Cineworld Swindon
Cineworld Telford
Cineworld Wakefield
Cineworld Wandsworth
Cineworld West India Quay
Cineworld Weymouth
Cineworld Wembley
Cineworld Witney
Cineworld Wolverhampton
Cineworld Wood Green
Cineworld Yeovil

5 December
Giant Screen Cinema, Birmingham

7 December
Quad Derby

7, 9 December
Vue Birmingham Star City
Vue Bolton
Vue Bristol Cribbs
Vue Bury the Rock
Vue Camberley
Vue Cheshire Oaks
Vue Cramlington
Vue Croydon Purley
Vue Dublin (Eire cert TBC)
Vue Edinburgh Omni
Vue Exeter
Vue Finchley Road
Vue Gateshead
Vue Halifax
Vue Islington
Vue Leamington Spa
Vue Leeds Light
Vue Manchester Lowry
Vue Norwich
Vue Oxford
Vue Piccadilly
Vue Plymouth
Vue Portsmouth
Vue Reading
Vue Romford
Vue Southport
Vue Stratford
Vue Swansea
Vue Watford
Vue Westfield White City
Vue York

12 December
Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard

26-28 December
Curzon Mondrian

27 December
Dukes Lancaster

30 December
Oxford Picturehouse
City Screen York
Abbeygate Cinema
Harbour Lights Southampton
Brighton (Dukes at Komedia)
Stratford East Picturehouse
Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse
Little Theatre Bath Picturehouse
Regal Henley
Exeter Picturehouse

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