ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAMME
One Night in Miami…
Sun 11 Oct 13:45 NFT2; Sun 11 Oct 14:00 NFT1
Mon 12 Oct 14:35 NFT2; Mon 12 Oct 14:45 NFT1; Mon 12 Oct 14:50 NFT3
Dir Regina King. Prods Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Writer Kemp Powers. With Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr. USA 2020. 111min. UK Distribution Amazon Studios.
Four Black figures from recent US history meet in this visually stunning directorial debut from Academy Award-winning actor Regina King.
Based on Kemp Powers’ award-winning stage play, One Night in Miami… is the imagined story of what followed 22-year-old Muhammad Ali’s (Eli Goree) 1964 victory over heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Sat ringside are Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). The film explores the personal and political conflicts faced by the men — balancing their public image in a world where the pinnacle of success for a Black person was to be a sportsperson or entertainer, alongside their drive to fight for Black liberation. The conversations that followed were not without conflict and King’s depictions of their lives apart from each other is as much a testament to the strength of their character as it is the power of the film’s thrilling narrative. This was a meeting of minds on a historic night. Together they were to become more than the sum of their parts, opening up the civil rights conversation even as they acknowledged the backlash they faced. Aduke King.
The Human Voice + pre-recorded intro and Q&A with Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton
Sat 17 Oct 12:00 NFT2; Sat 17 Oct 12:15 NFT1; Sat 17 Oct 12:20 NFT3
Dir Pedro Almodóvar. Prods Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García. Writer Pedro Almodóvar. With Tilda Swinton. Spain 2020. 30min. UK Distribution Pathe UK.
Pedro Almodóvar’s English-language debut presents a woman (Tilda Swinton) on the edge waiting for her lover to call.
Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times. Maria Delgado.
Tickets £10 (Members pay £2 less) on sale now.
Sun 18 Oct 17:00 NFT2, Sun 18 Oct 17:15 NFT1, Sun 18 Oct 17:20 NFT3; Sun 18 Oct 19:40 NFT2; Sun 18 Oct 19:50 NFT1; Sun 18 Oct 20:00 NFT3.
Dir Steve McQueen. Exec Prod Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner, Steve McQueen, Lucy Richer, Rose Garnett. Prod Michael Elliott, Anita Overland. Scr Courttia Newland, Steve McQueen. With Amarah-Jae St Aubyn, Micheal Ward, Shaniqua Okwok, Kedar Williams-Stirling. UK 2020. 68min. Prod Co Turbine Studios Lammas Park
Oscar-Winner Steve McQueen takes a sensual excursion into romance, style and extraordinary sound systems of 1980’s Black London.
Another in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe collection of vivid memories, political indictments and historical artefacts depicting Black West Indian presence in London. In this edition, it’s a Saturday sometime in the 80s, Samson preps his sound system for Blues dance while Martha shimmies down her drainpipe, and Franklin, drenched in Brut, is primed to steal a heart. Red Stripe costs a pound, sweat drips from the walls as hips lock to the rhythm of lovers’ rock, and souls are possessed by dub vibrations. McQueen’s roving camera and luminous cast spread out and fill the screen. Inviting us to remember, not so much the good times, as the spectres of racism and violence loom, but the risk and reward of letting go for a night. Tega Okiti
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
CHANGES, CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
Fri 9 Oct 18:30 BFI Player
You now have 72 hours to watch this film (not within 30mins, as previously advertised).
Sat 10 Oct 17:25 and 20:15 NFT2; Sat 10 Oct 17:40 and 20:30 NFT3; Sat 10 Oct 17:45 and 20:45 NFT1; Tue 13 Oct 14:35 NFT2; Tue 13 Oct 14:45 NFT1; Tue 13 Oct 14:50 NFT3
Further to a previous update, we are sorry to announce that AD and HOH tracks will not be ready in time for these festival screenings so there will be no Audio Description available at any screening and the performance on Tue 13 Oct 14:50 NFT3 will not be presented with HoH subtitles. We apologise for any disappointment.
The presentation on Player will have Closed Captions and there will be opportunities to see the film with AD and HoH subtitles when the film is released at the BFI Southbank from 30 October.
Wed 14 Oct 20:45 BFI Player
Please note, you are required to start watching this film within 30 minutes of the advertised start time. You will need to hit play within this period or miss out on seeing this film. You do not have a 72 hour window on this title as previously advertised.
Thu 15 Oct 18:10 NFT1; Thu 15 Oct 17:40 NFT2; Thu 15 Oct 18:00 NFT3; Fri 16 Oct 14:45 NFT1; Fri 16 Oct 14:35 NFT2; Fri 16 Oct 14:50 NFT3
We are sorry to announce that the AD (Audio Description) track will not be ready in time for these festival screenings. We apologise for any disappointment.
Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes
Thu 15 Oct 18:30 BFI Player
Please note, this film starts at 18:30 and not 20:30 as stated on previous versions of the PDF calendar.
LFF Expanded: Madrid Noir
7 — 18 Oct BFI Southbank
Unfortunately, this title will no longer be part of our Expanded programme. We apologise for any disappointment.
ACCESS SCREENINGS ON PLAYER
Features and Experimenta
We are pleased to announce that Limbo and Sound for the Future will now have both CC and AD.
Never Gonna Snow Again, New Order, Notturno, If It Were Love (Si c’était de l’amour)and Ultraviolence will have CC only.
Shorts and Experimenta
We are pleased to announce thatHappy Thuggish Paki, King of Sanwi, and Dolapo is Fine will also now be presented with both CC and AD.
Unfortunately, Apparition andJambo Cinema will not have AD as previously stated.
Pre-book your visit to BFI Southbank during the Festival to experience LFF Expanded.
LFF has launched a virtual museum space, The Expanse, to house its bold new programme of XR and immersive art. Inside, you’ll find an exhibition featuring interactive works and 360 films, plus an auditorium for talks and events.
Book a free slot to visit BFI Southbank, where there will be tethered headsets available for use during the Festival. This installation is also your chance to experience augmented reality work Acqua Alta which brings books to life, featuring the beautiful illustrations of acclaimed French artists Adrien M & Claire B.
On sale now.
Blue Room LFF Expanded Installation: age limit 15.
You can also experience the programme from home, via tethered or non-tethered headset, Google Cardboard or simply via a web browser. Find out how to experience LFF Expanded: https://www.bfi.org.uk/london-film-festival/strands/expanded/about
SCREEN TALK: LETITIA WRIGHT
Supported by American Express
Thu 8 Oct 18:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Much celebrated Guyanese-British actor Letitia Wright joins us to discuss her stunning performance in our opening film Mangrove (Steve McQueen), as well as her outstanding career to date. Trained at Identity School of Acting in Hackney, Wright’s first leading role was as troubled teenager Jamie Harrison in Urban Hymn (2015) — a powerful drama that unfolded against the backdrop of the 2011 London riots. Over the past ten years, Wright has played dynamic roles in several feature films and TV series, including a charismatic turn as Shuri in Black Panther (2018), which brought her international recognition. She also appeared in British dramas Top Boy, Banana, Humans, Doctor Who and Black Mirror. Wright was listed among the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for Urban Hymn and in. 2019 she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award, as well as the Outstanding Performance award from the Screen Actors Guild for Black Panther.
SCREEN TALK: MIRANDA JULY
Supported by American Express
Thu 8 Oct 20:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
‘All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life — where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.’ Multi-disciplinary artist Miranda July has charmed the film world with three category-defying feature films: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), The Future (20011) and now Kajillionaire, which is one of this festival’s highly anticipated premieres. Like her work as a writer with ‘The First Bad Man’ and ‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’, alongside her performance-based visual arts pieces such as her commissions for the V&A and Artangel, July’s films explore the lonely beauty of being human. They chart characters’ attempts to connect with and understand others, despite the cruelty of the world. It’s a great pleasure to welcome Miranda July back to the Festival, for this in-depth talk about her film work.
SCREEN TALK: TSAI MING-LIANG
Supported by BFI Patrons
Fri 9 Oct 20:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
With a unique body of work that explores time, space, memory and embodiment, Tsai Ming-liang is one of contemporary cinema’s most distinctive auteurs. He joins us to discuss his distinguished four-decade career, which has encompassed theatre and television work, gallery-based performances and his extraordinary cinematic output. Known as one of the masters of slow cinema, we will delve into Tsai’s unique approach to structuring narrative and framing images. A key voice in the second wave of New Taiwanese filmmakers, Tsai followed his striking debut feature about troubled youth in Taipei, Rebels of the Neon God (1992), with his international breakthrough Vive L’amour (1994). It saw him awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 51st Venice International Film Festival, along with three Golden Horse Film Festival awards for Best Picture, Director and Sound. Days, Tsai’s astonishingly beautiful meditation on solitude, premiered in competition at the 2020 Berlinale and won the Jury Teddy Award for LGBTQI+ cinema.
LFF EXPANDED SCREEN TALK: ES DEVLIN
Supported by Nowness
Sat 10 Oct 18:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Few visual artists forge the physical and digital to such astonishing effect in quite the way that London-based artist and designer Es Devlin does. Whether working for the world’s top theatres or exhibition spaces such as National Theatre or the V&A, creating a piece for the Venice Biennale, or designing acclaimed immersive sets for artists like Beyoncé, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, Devlin’s work is innovative, boundary pushing and always inspirational. Her play with light and digital projection creates sculptural, immersive experiences that draw in audiences, whether she’s working in gallery or public spaces and on any scale. The designer of the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, Devlin’s plaudits include an OBE and three Olivier Awards. As we launch LFF EXPANDED, the first Immersive Art strand at BFI London Film Festival, it’s a huge privilege to welcome this pioneer to talk about her ground-breaking work.
SCREEN TALK: RIZ AHMED
Supported by Time Out
Sun 11 Oct 18:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Multi-talented actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed joins us to talk about his career and the making of Mogul Mowgli. With his roles in British independent features such as Chris Morris’ Four Lions and Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna, the Hollywood blockbusters Jason Bourne, Rogue One and Venom, as well as his Emmy-winning turn in The Night Of, Ahmed’s acting career has been stratospheric. Also known as Riz MC, he won critical acclaim with his albums Microscope and Cashmere, and raps in the band Sweat Shop Boys. In Mogul Mowgli, which he co-wrote with director Bassam Tariq, Ahmed plays a British-Pakistani rapper whose life spirals out of control when he succumbs to a debilitating illness. It’s yet another astonishing performance by this gifted performer.
SCREEN TALK: CHRISTIAN PETZOLD
Supported by Porsche
Wed 14 Oct 20:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Acclaimed German director and screenwriter Christian Petzold joins us to talk about his career and the making of his ninth feature film Undine. A master at crafting understated yet deeply atmospheric dramas, Petzold graduated from the German School of Film and Television (dffb), where he met his mentor and frequent collaborator, experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki. An avid cinephile, Petzold is one of the founders of the Berlin School, a filmmaking movement exploring new aesthetics and cinematic expressions. His truly distinctive body includes the acclaimed ‘Love in the Time of Oppressive Systems’ trilogy of Berlin Silver Bear winner Barbara (2012), Phoenix (2014) and Transit (2018).
SCREEN TALK: DAVID BYRNE
Supported by Empire
Thu 15 Oct 20:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
David Byrne is the very definition of a polymath. A musician, artist, producer, activist, performer, writer, avid cycling enthusiast, web innovator, filmmaker and passionate campaigner for democracy and human rights. Born in Scotland, raised in Canada and American by nationality, it’s fair to say that many countries would be keen to call him a native son. And then there’s his style, which exists in a state of constant evolution. There are no parameters to his musicality or his interest in fashion. And from his wry humour to the warmth of his rapport with audiences — and not forgetting those booty-shaking dance moves — he is the consummate performer. And the perfect collaborator. He brings so much of himself to each partnership, but also embraces the inspiration that comes from work with such a wide array of creatives, from Jonathan Demme, St Vincent, Brian Eno and Caetano Veloso to Twyla Tharp, Fatboy Slim, Bernardo Bertolucci and now Spike Lee. The acclaimed New York filmmaker was enlisted to direct the fabulous and inspired concert film of Byrne’s American Utopia stage show, which was itself a marvel of collaboration. That film will be the starting point for this talk. But this being David Byrne, who knows where the event will take us. All we know is that it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
SCREEN TALK: MICHEL FRANCO
Supported by Little White Lies
Sat 17 Oct 20:30 BFI YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Franco stunned the world with his impressive 2009 feature debut Daniel and Ana, which focussed on a pair of affluent siblings who are kidnapped and forced to endure unfathomable emotional violence. And his star has been rising ever since. He won Un Certain Regard at Cannes with After Lucia (2012) and has attracted huge acclaim with his subsequent films: Through the Eyes (2014), Chronic (2015) and April’s Daughter (2017), as well as building a wide-ranging body of work as a producer, which includes 2019’s extraordinary Workforce. With films that are complex and not so easily categorised, Franco has proven a sharply observant chronicler of the increasing desperation and fury of Mexico’s exploited working class, but is also attuned to the dysfunction and moral decay of the country’s elite. New Order, which screens in this festival, brings together these two social groups in spectacular fashion, delivering an explosive, dystopian ‘Mexican disaster movie’. In it, the put-upon rise up against the privileged. It’s not an easy watch by any means, but this deserved winner of Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize presciently captures the anger of our times. We’re honoured to welcome Michel Franco to the LFF to talk about his career.
SCREEN TALK: GEORGE CLOONEY
Sun 18 Oct 16:00 BFI YouTube
George Clooney is an alumni of the BFI London Film Festivalmany times over; The Ides of March, The Descendants, Up in the Air and Festival opener and closer respectively, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Good Night and Good Luck, to name a few over recent years. One of the world’s leading actors, he’s also distinguished himself as producer and director with a body of work defined by brilliant craftsmanship, intelligence and sharp political insight, while always being hugely entertaining. Just weeks ahead of the eagerly anticipated The Midnight Sky which he both directs and stars in, Clooney takes a break from post-production to reflect on his work, and with thanks to Netflix, give audiences the inside track on The Midnight Sky.
The Midnight Sky is a post-apocalyptic tale that follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight, co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir. It will be released by Netflix in December.
MEET THE ARTISTS — LFF EXPANDED
Fri 9 Oct 18:00 The Expanse, Reception
Get to know the artists involved in our new strand LFF Expanded and chat with them in an informal setting about their works featured in the exhibition. Artists will be present throughout the gallery space, offering visitors a chance to talk with them about their artistic practice, creation process and future plans. And what’s unique about this experience is that none of us has to travel — you can enter THE EXPANSE remotely from your home and contact filmmakers and their teams from around the world. Take this chance to connect with this amazing group of innovators — all from the safety of your home!
FUTURE RITES & CHAOTIC BODY 1
Fri 9 Oct 19:00 The Expanse, Auditorium
Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance. He is known for producing technologically innovative and thought-provoking stage productions, as well as exploring the creative possibilities being opened up by new digital platforms for companies such as the Royal Ballet, Rambert and
Birmingham Royal Ballet. The artist will present an overview of the upcoming projects: Future Rites and Chaotic Body 1. Future Rites is an immersive and collaborative performance experience based on Igor Stravinsky ground-breaking ballet The Rite of Spring. The experience combines motion capture, real-time animation and AI, inviting interaction between the public and a cast of dancers around themes of ritual, nature and sacrifice. Chaotic Body 1 is part of Alexander Whitley company’s Digital Body project, launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It explores how dance can exist in a purely digital form, delving into the seemingly limitless ways in which human movement can be visualised through the use of using motion capture and games engine technology.
LEAVE THE EDGES
Sat 10 Oct 16:00 The Expanse, Auditorium
Leave the Edges is a rich and thoughtful exploration of the complex ancestries of African diasporic cultural expression, inspired by post-colonial African spirituality and artistic practices that range from West Africa and the Caribbean to Europe. It mixes subtle and exquisite film with live choreography to create a visual poem of dynamic interactions between image, dance, ritual and music. Leave the Edges will be screened inside our virtual auditorium and followed by a short Q&A with the filmmaker. We are also showcasing Baff Akoto’s VR documentary series Virtual (Black) Realities as part of the LFF Expanded programme. The artist will give an insight into how the convergence between conventional and immersive filmmaking has influenced his work.
Leave the Edges is available until 17 Oct in the Experimenta programme Exposing Territories.
Sat 10 Oct 20:00 The Expanse
Based on the original comic book by Connor Willumsen, Anti-gone is a multi-media performance by Theo Triantafyllidis that premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This bold and visually outstanding piece employs motion capture technology and open-world-video-game mechanics to shape digital worlds in real-time. The story unfolds around Spyda and Lynxa, a couple navigating an apocalyptic, post-climate change world where environmental disaster and social unrest are constant. This exceptional concept creates a new form of hybrid theatre-making in the age of immersive storytelling. Originally performed on-site/in the same room with actors, artistic team and audience members, we will present a remote performance in two different versions. There will be a live-stream broadcast of the virtual performance, which will take place remotely and simultaneously from Los Angeles and Athens. There will also be a virtual live performance of a scene from the piece inside The Expanse.
ARTIST TALK: BRAVE NEW WORLD — VR AND AI IN IMMERSIVE ART
Sun 11 Oct 16:00 The Expanse, Auditorium
Technology touches our lives constantly. Our society and each of us as an individual have become so reliant on it that it’s almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without it. Two of the most vibrant and widely discussed emerging technologies are Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Recently, major advances have been made to enhance VR and AI, bringing them together to create a single form of technology that offers seemingly endless possibilities. Two projects in our Lff Expanded programme deal with the deployment of those technologies on an artistic level: Anna West and David Callahan’s To Miss the Ending, and Pietro Gagliano’s Agence. The creators will talk about their projects and contrasting approaches to employing Artificial Intelligence within their immersive works.
CHILL OUT — EXPANSIVELY
Sun 11 Oct 20:00 The Expanse, Reception
Take a moment to unwind after the busy first weekend of BFI London Film Festival. Enter the virtual reception area in THE EXPANSE, listen to some chill-out music and exchange your impressions, thoughts and findings of the first days with other visitors, industry colleagues and filmmakers. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the works you have seen during the last few days and connect with other like-minded festivalgoers.
YOUNG PROGRAMMER EVENTS
WHAT’S STOPPING YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING INTO THE FILM INDUSTRY?
In partnership with BFI Film Academy
Sat 10 Oct 12.00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Curated by: Siavash Minoukadeh and Aisha Jan. Host: Caragh Davison. Panellists: Gage Oxley, Sam Fray and Christian Cerami.
We want to work to undo some of the barriers disadvantaged young people face in breaking into the film industry opening with a screening of a film by one such filmmaker, this event aims to offer a platform for a broader conversation about these issues and offer practical solutions to them. Although young filmmakers are our primary audience, we want the industry — from practitioners to press — to attend in order to understand the issues disadvantaged young people currently face and to encourage them to help make the industry more accessible. Whether you’re starting out or facing obstacles as they progress, this event offers practical advice and information. It will share ways to overcome difficulties such as accessing funding, learning to network and making contacts, and finding opportunities for work outside filmmaking centres like London. It will also highlight the work and help offered by organisations and schemes targeting these issues.
In partnership with BFI Film Academy
Sun 11 Oct 12:00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Curated by: Maya Sfakianaki, Sam Judd and Jessica Haygarth. Host: Maya Sfakianaki. Panellists: Justin Edgar, Sophie Leigh Stone and Sam Judd.
Discussion around the possibilities for disabled people to create and provoke with their art is rare. Events promoting accessibility are often formulaic, usually aimed at access to the industry and not the talents and unique perspectives of disabled filmmakers. This event will recognise disabled filmmakers’ contributions to the landscape of film, whilst interrogating how their disabilities are a positive and integral part of their filmmaking. It will commence with an interactive viewing experience. A short film will be screened three times, each with sound and visual alterations. These alterations will mimic the experience of viewing film with limited senses. Finally, the film will be shown in its unaltered form. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion where director, producer and screenwriter Justin Edgar, filmmaker Sam Judd and actress Sophie Leigh Stone will be discussing the possibilities of working as a disabled filmmaker and using your disability to create art. We aim to show disabilities as an alternative way of understanding the world and through it proposing a distinctive approach to filmmaking.
PICK ‘N’ FLICKS
In partnership with BFI Film Academy
Sat 17 Oct 12:00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Curated by: Billie Collins. Host: Billie Collins. Panelists: Mandla Rae, Ruari Paterson-Achenbach and Yandass Ndlovu
What happens when you sit a queer, radical, feminist composer in front of Amadeus? How does a freestyle hip-hop dancer react to their first taste of Billy Elliot? And how would a spoken word poet take on the verse of Dead Poets Society? In Pick ‘n’ Flix three artists — a dancer, a poet and a composer — encounter famous cinematic representations of their craft and explore how film interacts with other art forms. Each artist has been assigned a film. We’ll get their initial reactions before watching a creative work they’ve crafted in response. We’re not here to talk about film — we’re here to make a song and dance about it.
QUEER AND PLEASANT LAND
In partnership with BFI Film Academy
Sun 18 Oct 12:00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Curated by: Billie Collins. Host: Rico Johnson-Sinclair. Panelists: Rupert Williams, Emma Plover and Michelle Laverick.
Growing up queer in a rural town can make you feel like ‘the only gay in the village’. TV and film can become key for young LGBTIQ+ people living in the back of beyond and where real-life representation and visibility is thin on the ground. But the queers we see onscreen are often out-and-proud urbanites, moving in circles of glitter and fabulousness — not traipsing round fields and googling ‘how d’you know you’re gay?’. Queer and Pleasant Land is a panel discussion exploring cinematic answers to the question: what does it mean to be queer in a rural community? How can we ensure that rural queers see themselves on screen? And how do we bust the stereotype that you can only be gay if you’ve got an Oyster card and prove that a Drag Queen can rock a wellington boot?
THE FEMALE HORROR RENAISSANCE
Presented by Sight & Sound
Sat 10 Oct 16:00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Notwithstanding its Scream Queens and Final Girls, horror was once considered the preserve of the male director and writer, its trailblazing female creators pushed to the margins. But in recent years the number of women making horror has boomed. A new generation of exciting female directors have broken through, and are bending rules and blurring lines. Alongside them have come a new generation of female writers, programmers and academics, who have helped broaden our understanding of the scope of horror cinema. But then, horror’s hidden power has always been its allegorical and political nature, so what better genre to explore the female experience? Anna Bogutskaya, co-founder of horror film collective The Final Girls, leads a conversation exploring the female horror renaissance with some of the most exciting new figures working in horror today.
BRITISH DOOSRA MOVEMENT: NEW IMAGES OF THE BRITISH ASIAN EXPERIENCE
Sun 11 Oct 16.00 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Three filmmakers with films showing in the London film festival, Aleem Khan (After Love), Hardeep Pandhall (Happy Thuggish Paki) and Dawinder Bansal (Jambo Cinema), discuss issues of identity in the depiction of the British Asian experience. Their work challenges the idea, deep-rooted in British cinema, that the British Asian experience can only be understood by its intersection with dominant communities. For too long, the British Asian experience has been largely limited to storylines where a young Asian falls in love with a white person, family and custom get in the way and love eventually conquers all. This discussion looks at how each of these filmmakers celebrate their heritage, creating images that look at the complexities of double consciousness as well as more complex and impactful stories about the British Asian experience.
BEHIND THE SHOES: THE RISE OF SNEAKER CULTURE
Tue 13 Oct 20:30 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Filmmaker Yemi Bamiro, director of One Man and His Shoes, a documentary that tells the story of the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers, is joined by sneaker archivist Kish Kash and Jason Coles, author of ‘Golden Kicks: The Shoes that Changed Sport’, to discuss the film and explore the history and cultural significance of sneakers. Hosted by director, filmmaker, writer and stylist Basma Kalifa, the panel will also discuss the question: where will sneaker culture go from here?
Q&As WITH SHORT FILM PROGRAMME FILMMAKERS
Watch-a-long the LFF short film programmes on BFI Player before joining the programmers and filmmakers live on Zoom for a Q&A.
Secrets & Lies
Thu 8 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 19.45 Filmmaker Q&A : Zoom
Less peaks, more troughs. Whether it’s secrets or lies, these very personal stories range from the everyday to the far out, with characters who exude resilience and self-determination.
Kids Will Be Kids
Fri 9 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 19.45 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
Children worldwide can be unruly, wild and unmanageable. This is all part of growing up, even if it sometimes means going beyond the limits. These films, from the backstreets of Accra in Ghana and the Australian Outback, to rural life in India and Wales, and the dog-eat-dog world of a British estate, perfectly illustrate this.
My Time to Shine
Mon 12 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 19.45 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
Whether or not the world is a kind and accepting place, these films present grand visions of strength and self-discovery. And on life’s rocky road, there is something to be said for being certain about the person you are.
Tue 13 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 20.15, Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
A chance to see some of the best in UK filmmaking talent, with a varied and diverse selection of stories. Crossing genres and styles, from horror and comedy to animation and powerful drama, this is a vital snapshot of new British filmmaking that’s not to be missed.
We Built a World
Wed 14 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 20.00 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
In a year that has faced many challenges, we look to the perspectives of those we often do not see. In doing so we hold a mirror up to the world we live in. These films offer a moment to reflect and question, as well as engage with communities and their stories.
This is the Rhythm of My Life
Thu 15 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 20.00 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
Music, film, faith, costumes and colour lift our spirits and allow us to dream. Strip them away and life might be simpler, but it’s the strength we find in these things that brings us together and, like the characters in these films, makes us eternally interesting.
Q&As WITH EXPERIMENTA PROGRAMME FILMMAKERS
Watch-a-long the LFF Experimenta programmes on BFI Player before joining the programmers and filmmakers live on Zoom for a Q&A.
Fri 16 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 20.15 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
This programme considers the futures we might gift, extrapolate or create from our present tensions, through the eyes of those bequeathed. An odyssey of desires from queer to Afrofuturism to the posthuman: all have a stake in this planet and demand a request for a better tomorrow.
Sat 17 Oct 18.00 Watch-a-long: BFI Player, 20.00 Filmmaker Q&A: Zoom
These films bear testimony to oppressive histories of confinement, restriction, violence, and their consequences. The artists use artefacts of the past to transform our comprehension of historic injustice and to expose colonial strategies of oppression that sought to destroy cultures. Resistance and creativity inevitably immerge in new vibrant ways.
REFLECTIONS ON FRIENDSHIP’S DEATH
Sat 17 Oct 14:30 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Friendship’s Death was the only solo feature film made by the influential British film theorist Peter Wollen. Forceful in its politics and shimmering with prophecy, it remains bracingly relevant more than thirty years on. As we celebrate the return of this unique film to audiences, we are delighted that four key figures from the production are able to join us for two in-depth discussions. Lead actors Tilda Swinton (Friendship) and Bill Paterson (Sullivan) will join BFI curator Will Massa to reflect on their collaboration with Wollen as a director. Following this, the film’s producer, Rebecca O’Brien, and cinematographer, Witlold Stok, will join BFI curator Josephine Botting to tell the story of the film’s production.
PETER WOLLEN: WRITING, POLITICS, FILM
Sat 17 Oct 15:30 YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
To celebrate the remastering of Friendship’s Death, Laura Mulvey and Kodwo Eshun join BFI Archivist Wendy Russell for an appreciation of the work of Peter Wollen. Mulvey and Eshun consider Friendship’s Death, exploring multiple themes within the film, its political contexts and biographical circumstances. The discussion will broaden to consider Wollen’s eclectic body of writing and the unique critical perspective he brings to bear in a wide variety of fields, from his politically committed work to his screenwriting.
THE CHEATERS WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT BY CYRUS GABRYSCH
From 13:00 Sun 11 Oct until 13:00 Wed 14 Oct BFI Player (Free screening)
Sydney’s Isabel, Phyllis, and Paulette McDonagh bucked a predominantly male film world and successfully produced four feature films between 1926 and 1933, including this charming 1929 release. Embezzler Bill Marsh (Arthur Greenaway) emerges from jail and working with his daughter Paula (Marie Lorraine), who serves as a bait, targets wealthy victims. He is also seeking revenge on businessman John Travers (John Faulkner), who turned him into the police. However, Paula falls in love with Travers’ son and starts to doubt her future in a life of crime. Highly regarded for its set design — including some striking details — mood and atmosphere, and featuring stunningly vivid tinting, The Cheaters is one of Australia’s major surviving silent films.
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