The Marvellous Mabel Normand
As part of the BFI’s Comedy Genius blockbuster season, we’re celebrating the career of a silent screen legend: Mabel Normand.
Normand was the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood, an extraordinary performer from the anarchic days of Mack Sennett’s Keystone Company to the more polished comedies of the 1920s.
As an actor, producer and director she worked with the best, and, in a new BFI compilation of short films, we see her with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy — but make no mistake, Normand’s the star here.
Including Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913), Mabel’s Blunder (1914), His Trysting Place (1914) and Should Men Walk Home? (1927), this new package is accompanied by a brilliant new score from the Meg Morley Trio that perfectly complements Normand’s riotous brand of comedy.
The BFI has cleared international rights on the programme, which is available to book and license worldwide now. For queries about screenings or live events please contact BFI Bookings, and for licensing please email our sales team.
Loneliness, loss, love and libido are just some of the subjects explored in a new programme of animated short films, commissioned through Animation 2018, the prestigious programme from the BFI and BBC Four, designed to find and support the UK’s most exciting new and emerging animators.
Each film received production grants and will be broadcast on BBC Four in December, following a launch event at BFI Southbank, London, on 19 November.
A selection of the animations are available to license now from the BFI. For more information please contact our sales team.
BFI / Juno Films partnership
The BFI National Archive’s restoration of Shiraz (1928) has crossed the Atlantic and starts a US tour this December.
Acquired by our North American distribution partner, Juno Films, Shiraz screens in Chicago, Albuquerque, New York and Denver and is available now for booking across the US.
Juno Films will also be bringing Arcadia (2017) to the North American market in the first half of 2019.
BFI titles on tour
Documentary Centre, Guangzhou
We are proud to be collaborating with Guangzhou Library and the Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival on the launch of their dedicated, new Documentary Centre. They will be screening Drifters (1929), Night Mail (1936) and Industrial Britain (1931), from pioneering British filmmaker John Grierson, who first coined the term ‘documentary’.
BFI and Korean Film Archive
BFI is pleased to announce an exchange of archive restorations with the Korean Film Archive, in association with the Korean Cultural Centre UK.
In February 2019, BFI Southbank and KCCUK in London will screen every known surviving Korean film made before 1945 — many showing in the UK for the first time — while Korean audiences will be able to see BFI National Archive restorations of classic British films this December.
The programme of 11 BFI Treasures includes The Informer (1929), Shooting Stars (1928) and the BFI’s new restoration of Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still lives (1988), in addition to work by Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Derek Jarman, Margaret Tait and Ken Russell.
Black Star at TIFF
Inspired by the BFI’s original groundbreaking programme at BFI Southbank, TIFF ran a second edition of Black Star in October, in what they hope will become an annual event celebrating black excellence on screen.
And finally, two BFI restorations screened at festivals in Italy this month. The DCP of The Edge of the World (1937) screened at the 36th Torino Film Festival, as part of a complete retrospective of the films of Powell and Pressburger, whilst Shiraz screened at Cinema La Compagnia for the 18th edition of River to River, the Florence Indian Film Festival on 8 December.
Margaret Tait at 100
11 November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of acclaimed poet-filmmaker Margaret Tait and the launch of centenary events across the world.
The director of many distinctive short films, over a long and illustrious career, Tait directed just one feature film late in her life: the partly autobiographical Blue Black Permanent (1992).
Newly remastered in 2K to mark the centenary, the film — the first directed by a Scottish woman — explores loss and remembrance in characteristically bold and original fashion, encapsulating Tait’s innovative and passionate approach to the medium.