When’s it on? BFI YouTube, Monday 28 September, 19:00
Director Hong Khaou and actor Parker Sawyers talk to LFF Programme Advisor Elaine Wong about their new film Monsoon, filming in Vietnam and the joys of working with Henry Golding. In Monsoon, a beautiful study of loneliness and belonging, a young British Vietnamese man returns to his birth country for the first time in over 30 years.
Monsoon is available to watch on BFI Player now and is screening at BFI Southbank from 25 September.
Monsoon was supported through development and production with the support of the BFI, using funds from the National Lottery.
African Odysseys presents The Hard Stop Q&A with George Amponsah and Dionne Walker
When’s it on? BFI YouTube, Wednesday 30 Sept, 19:00
Screening as part of African Odyssey’s programme Injustice, The Hard Stop is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Mark Duggan’s friends and family following his death. The years since its release in 2016 have seen renewed activism discourse around police brutality in the UK and internationally, explored throughout this season of films. We bring together director George Amponsah, producer Dionne Walker and host Adam Elliot-Cooper to discuss the story behind the documentary, the truths at the heart of the film and what has changed in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Hard Stop screens at BFI Southbank on 29 September and 5 October, and is available to rent online at BFI Player.
The Hard stop was supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery
Play for Today at 50
When’s it on? BFI YouTube, Thursday 1 October, 19:00
October 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of anthology drama series Play for Today, which comprised broadcasts of more than 300 one-off television plays on the BBC between 1970 and 1984, combining some of the era’s finest writing, acting and directing talents and leaving a significant cultural legacy. To kick off a vast programme of activity to mark this milestone, join us as an esteemed panel of guests discuss the immense significance of Play for Today and the launch of the BFI Play for Today at 50 Blu-ray.
Original writers and producers David Edgar and Kenith Trodd, who worked on Play for Today, are joined by contemporary television drama writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, National Treasure) and BFI National Archive Curator Lisa Kerrigan.
Chaired by documentary writer-director John Wyver, the discussion will explore what made Play for Today so special and the impact it has had on television drama 50 years on..
Originally published: 28 September 2020