Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger

Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger is a major UK-wide celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships: Michael Powell (1905-1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988).

Bold, subversive and iconoclastic, their passionate collaborative artistic vision – spanning 24 films, including The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus – is a vital part of the fabric of British cinema history, which continues to inspire audiences and artists alike.

From 16 October to 31 December discover their work on the big screen at venues across the country, on BFI Player and with the free, major exhibition The Red Shoes: Behind the Mirror (from 10 November, BFI Southbank).

The Red Shoes: Beyond the Mirror

From 10 November, discover a brand new exhibition at BFI Southbank that immerses you in Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes.

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BFI Player – Powell and Pressburger collection

Discover a selection of highlights from the season.

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Join the BFI today to get a discount across all tickets to the Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger season at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX.

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If you are under 26 you can get £3 cinema tickets to all films in the Cinema Unbound season.

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Features

5 things to know about The Red Shoes – Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s triumph turns 70

By Pamela Hutchinson

5 things to know about The Red Shoes – Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s triumph turns 70

Michael Powell in Australia: how the Peeping Tom director made waves down under

By Andrew Nette

Michael Powell in Australia: how the Peeping Tom director made waves down under

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Powell & Pressburger’s 74-year-old classic hasn’t aged a day

By Sam Wigley

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Powell & Pressburger’s 74-year-old classic hasn’t aged a day

Phantom threads: original costume designs for A Matter of Life and Death

Phantom threads: original costume designs for A Matter of Life and Death

Where to begin with Powell and Pressburger

By Brogan Morris

Where to begin with Powell and Pressburger

Peeping Tom: in search of the locations for Michael Powell’s controversial classic

By Adam Scovell

Peeping Tom: in search of the locations for Michael Powell’s controversial classic

Peeping Tom: inside the restoration of Michael Powell’s shocking serial killer drama

By Philip Concannon

Peeping Tom: inside the restoration of Michael Powell’s shocking serial killer drama

Emeric Pressburger: England and exile

By Kevin Gough-Yates

Emeric Pressburger: England and exile

Raise a gin and Dubonnet to Powell and Pressburger’s “I Know Where I’m Going!” at 70

By Nathalie Morris

Raise a gin and Dubonnet to Powell and Pressburger’s “I Know Where I’m Going!” at 70

UK-wide programme announced for Cinema Unbound: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

UK-wide programme announced for Cinema Unbound: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

The Tales of Hoffmann: exclusive materials from the making of Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece

By Nathalie Morris

The Tales of Hoffmann: exclusive materials from the making of Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece

Black Narcissus at 75: exoticism and eroticism in Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece

By Adam Scovell

Black Narcissus at 75: exoticism and eroticism in Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece

5 reasons to watch A Matter of Life and Death – Powell and Pressburger’s otherworldly masterpiece

By Dr Charles Drazin

5 reasons to watch A Matter of Life and Death – Powell and Pressburger’s otherworldly masterpiece