Last updated on January 30th, 2023 at 10:27 pm
Here’s the latest from the BFI
Tuesday 24 January 2023, London.
The BFI today announce the first two weeks (1 – 15 March) of the March programme for BFI Southbank, ahead of the return of BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQIA+ FILM FESTIVAL, which will take place from 15 – 26 March, as well as the programme for whole month at BFI IMAX. The first two weeks of March will see the culmination of a three-part season counting down SIGHT AND SOUND’S 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, with screenings of the films voted from 30th place up to the prestigious top-spot taking place at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX. Results of the world-famous once a decade Critics’ poll were revealed in December, and saw a female filmmaker take the number one place for the first time since the poll’s inception in 1952. The winner, Chantal Akerman’s mesmerising and hypnotic JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), will screen alongside the rest of the top 30 during the first two weeks of March.
Also in March is the return of BUSTING THE BIAS, a weekend of screenings, talks and immersive presentations taking place between 3 – 5 March, that celebrate Disability filmmaking, intersectionality, and community-led action towards an inclusive film industry. The weekend will champion accessible and equitable practices and cultures within filmmaking and exhibition and tackle conversations around authentic on-screen representation, advocacy and inclusion for Disabled talent and audiences. The full programme will be announced soon.
Highlights of the events programme at BFI Southbank will include a film preview of Hassan Nazer’s heart-warming ode to Iranian cinema, WINNERS (2022), which picked up the Audience Award at the 2022 Edinburgh International Film Festival and two British Independent Film Awards, screening at BFI Southbank on 9 March. Mark Kermode, one of the nation’s most respected film critics, returns with
regular event Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI on 13 March. Joined by surprise industry guests, Kermode explores, critiques and dissects new and upcoming releases, film news, cinematic treasures and guilty pleasures.
Playing on International Woman’s Day, 8 March, as part of the WOW – Women of the World Festival (which takes place at the Southbank Centre from 10-12 March), will be an exclusive, one-off screening of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play PRIMA FACIE, starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) in her astonishing West End debut. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working-class origins to be at the top of her game. An unexpected event places her at the point where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morality diverge. After sold-out runs in cinemas across the UK, PRIMA FACIE returns for one night only at BFI Southbank and will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests including Jude Kelly, Helena Kennedy KC and more to be announced soon. This screening is made possible with the kind support of Empire Street Productions and National Theatre Live. A donation from each ticket sold will go to support The WOW Foundation’s work, which includes the WOW Festival, the world’s biggest, most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non- binary people.
Also taking place on International Woman’s Day, ON HER SHOULDERS: BLACK WOMEN IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM will spotlight the work of Juliet Alexander, who presented Ebony on the BBC, which in 1982 became the UK’s first Black news and current affairs TV magazine programme. Previously a journalist at a time of great racial unrest, Alexander worked on The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as co-presenting Black Londoners on BBC Radio London with Alex Pascall. This event will feature TV extracts from a pioneering career and a panel discussion about the achievement and the progress of Black women in broadcast journalism with guest speakers including producer and commissioning editor Maxine Watson, and Sky Newscaster Gillian Joseph, hosted by author Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff.
Our monthly free screening for SENIORS will also take place on International Women’s Day and celebrate Wendy Toye with a feature and short double-bill. Toye, who originally trained as a ballet dancer before turning to acting and then directing, on both the stage and screen, inspired a generation of female filmmakers to pursue a career in a male-dominated film industry. THE TECKMAN MYSTERY (1954) is a stylish whodunnit, detailing a biographer’s investigation into the death of a young airman. It will show alongside her award-winning short THE STRANGER LEFT NO CARD (1952). Completing the International Woman’s Day line-up will be a WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA screening of FASHION REIMAGINED (Becky Hutner, 2022), a documentary following fashion designer Amy Powney as she
decides to use prize money from winning the coveted Vogue award for the Best Young Designer of the Year, to create a fully sustainable clothing collection. The screening of this urgent documentary will be followed by a Q&A with director Becky Hutner.
BFI Southbank will mark the centenary of poet, singer and artist IVOR CUTLER, with a selection of special events in early March. Part of the British satire boom and Beatlemania, Cutler played a role in the Greenham Common movement, was a latter-day labelmate of Oasis and second only to The Fall in the number of John Peel sessions he recorded. His great absurdist wit – popular with both children and adults – was discovered by each new generation from the late 1950s until his death in 2006. In all that time, he never compromised his style, remaining a beloved member of the counterculture. Curated by Dick Fiddy, Ian Greaves and William Fowler, IVOR CUTLER AND THE ECCENTRIC MISCELLANY will be a selection of events celebrating Cutler’s life as well as other eccentrics from all corners of the UK, such as Margaret Rutherford, Vivian Stanshall and Bruce Lacey, who have graced British screens over the years.
New releases screening at BFI Southbank in early March will include the BFI Distribution release of CREATURE (2022), the new film from Academy Award winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy, Diego Maradona). Released in cinemas UK-wide on 24 February, following its World Premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival, CREATURE is a genre-busting collaboration between Kapadia and the Olivier Award winning choreographer Akram Khan, based on the English National Ballet’s 2021 stage production. There will also be screenings of be Lukas Dhont’s Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix-winner, the striking, emotionally charged drama CLOSE (2022), about best friends Leo and Remi. This tender and tough coming-of-age story movingly charts the pitfalls of masculinity and the power of friendship. Screening from 3 March, CLOSE will also be the subject of BFI Southbank’s monthly Members Salon on 6 March. In addition, screening from 24 February will be Hirokazu Koreeda’s BROKER (2022), which focuses on the semi-illicit world of adoption markets, and won Song Kang Ho (PARASITE, MEMORIES OF MURDER) the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022. So-young leaves her recently born child at a church where Dong-soo works. Once an orphan, he now takes some of the abandoned infants and, with the help of black marketeer Sang-hyun, sells them at a high price to parents desperate for a child of their own. But when So-young regrets her decision and returns to the church, her discovery of what is to happen to her child and the money involved leads her to join in the enterprise.
New releases that must be seen on the biggest screen in the UK, BFI IMAX, will this month include a pair of much-anticipated sequels. Screening from 3 March, CREED III (Michael B Jordan, 2023) marks the directorial debut of star Michael B. Jordan, and is a thrilling continuation of the Rocky legacy. After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed has been thriving in both his career and family life. When childhood friend and former boxing prodigy Damian (Jonathan Majors) resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring against his former friend. Opening on 17 March at BFI IMAX will be SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS (David F. Sandberg, 2023) where this time the eponymous superhero and his foster siblings are facing off against the evil Daughters of Atlas, who have a weapon that could potentially destroy the world. With Helen Mirren battling Zachary Levi there is only one place to experience the magnificent entry in the DC Extended Universe.
FURTHER PROGRAMME INFORMATION FOR 1 – 16 MARCH 2023
MARCH SEASONS AT BFI SOUTHBANK
SIGHT AND SOUND’S 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME
The final two weeks of this major season drawn from SIGHT AND SOUND’S 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME will feature screenings of the films voted from 30th place up to the prestigious top-spot. The winning film, Chantal Akerman’s mesmerising and hypnotic JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), will screen alongside the rest of the top 30, including titles such as THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955), DAISIES (Vera Chytilová, 1966), DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 1989), PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Céline Sciamma, 2019), PERSONA
(Ingmar Bergman, 1966), THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972), CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1951), MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch, 2001), IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai, 2000), CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941) and VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).
BFI Southbank’s regular PHILOSOPHICAL SCREENS event will, on 1 March, welcome regular panellists Lucy Bolton and Catherine Wheatley to discuss the significance of Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES, the impact it has had across the last five decades and the reasons why it just might be the greatest film of all time. The event is free to ticket holders of the film on 1 March (but must be booked in advance).
The season also offers a rare chance to see some of these towering achievements on the biggest screen in Britain, BFI IMAX, with screenings of titles including TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976), APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) and MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga
Vertov, 1929). In addition, over 50 titles from the SIGHT AND SOUND 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME are available to watch UK-wide on BFI Player.
REGULAR BFI SOUTHBANK PROGRAMME STRANDS
BFI Southbank’s regular programme strands have something for everyone – whether audiences are looking for silent treasures, experimental works or archive rarities.
This month’s PROJECTING THE ARCHIVE screening will be THE CLAIRVOYANT (1935), directed by one of Britain’s most prolific filmmakers, Maurice Elvey. This tale of a stage mind-reader who appears to discover real powers allows star Claude Rains to develop his mysterious side and build on the popularity of his role as The Invisible Man. Fay Wray and Jane Baxter are his female foils, and dramatic events-a-plenty spice up the romantic drama as the perils of prophecy become all too clear.
BFI Southbank’s monthly SILENT CINEMA screening is drawn from the SIGHT AND SOUND’S 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, with a screening one of the highest placed silent films in the list, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928). Dreyer‘s sparse style, filmed with little emphasis on plot or setting, and almost entirely in facial close-ups, is an extraordinary cinematic achievement.
Screening for families on 4 March will be the thrilling animated classic THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells, 1998), which tells the story of Moses, beginning with his birth into an enslaved family and the subsequent journey that saw him become a Prince of Egypt and eventually lead a persecuted people toward the Promised Land. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT was the first traditionally animated film from Dreamworks and is a visually dazzling delight.
Celebrating diverse artistic forms, movements and makers, ART IN THE MAKING will this month reflect on the way art is disseminated and who is best served through these processes. In ART WE DESERVE? (Jeremy Marre, 1979), art critic Richard Cook explores the gap between the artist and their public. By
contrast, MARKETING THE ARTS (Bob Carson, 1988) is a training video aimed at developing arts institutions’ ability to market themselves. These screenings are presented in partnership with the Essay Film Festival on 13 March.
On 1 March, BFI Southbank’s ongoing EXPERIMENTA programme will screen UNICA (Blaise Kirschner, 2022), alongside other films from the computer graphics world. UNICA, by Jarman Award winner Blaise (formerly Anja) Kirschner, was shot in Berlin as an eerie fiction, and follows an artist, their mother and a motion-capture performer, as their interstitial machine world is built and born. Meanwhile, references to the Second World War in the ruined landscapes on the periphery of the city cast a violent, apocalyptic shadow, and the film strikes an increasingly existential tone. This screening will be accompanied by other examples of innovative artists’ machinima and will be followed by a Q&A with Kirschner about her work and this ever-developing moving-image form.
Audience members aged 25 and under are able to buy tickets for BFI Southbank screenings (in advance or on the day) and special events and previews (on the day only), for just £3, through our ticket scheme for young audiences.
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