April 2020 events at BFI Southbank

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April 2020 events at BFI Southbank, including BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, a focus on Ravi Shankar, Rocks venue takeover and a BFI Blu-ray/DVD Launch of It Couldn’t Happen Here starring The Pet Shop Boys


–          Director Alice Winocour and actor Eva Green (PROXIMA)

–          Director Sarah Gavron and the cast of ROCKS

–          Director Rose Glass (SAINT MAUD)

–          Director Halina Reijn (INSTINCT)

–          Director Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING, QUEEN OF KATWE

–          Director Eliza Schroeder and actor Celia Imrie (LOVE SARAH)

–          Director Matt Wolf (RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT)

–          Director Henry Blake (COUNTY LINES)

–          The Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, director Jack Bond (IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE) and choreographer Arlene Phillips

–          Actor, writer and director Craig Roberts (ETERNAL BEAUTYSUBMARINE)

–          Writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode

–          Comedian Brett Goldstein (FILMS TO BE BURIED WITH)

Film previews and premieres: INSTINCT (Halina Reijn, 2019), ROCKS (Sarah Gavron, 2019), COUNTY LINES (Henry Blake, 2019), SAINT MAUD (Rose Glass, 2019), LOVE SARAH (Eliza Schroeder, 2020), RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT (Matt Wolf, 2019), THE SECRET GARDEN (Marc Munden, 2020), MARIGHELLA (Wagner Moura, 2019), PROXIMA (Alice Winocour, 2019)

TV previews: QUIZ (ITV, 2020)

DVD and Blu-ray launches: IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE (Jack Bond, 1987)

New and Re-Releases:THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (Clint Eastwood, 1976), COUNTY LINES (Henry Blake, 2019), LES MISÉRABLES (Ladj Ly, 2019), ROCKS (Sarah Gavron, 2019)

Friday 21 February 2020, London.

This April BFI Southbank boasts a vast and varied programme of previews, director Q&As and special events, including the much anticipated return of the BFI & RADIO TIMES TELEVISION FESTIVAL, at BFI Southbank from 17-19 April. The TV Festival, which comprises around 30 events, will include onstage appearances from some of the biggest names in television, with a line-up to be announced soon. Also this month will be shot focus on the work of RAVI SHANKAR, coinciding with the great musician’s centenary year. The programme, which has been curated by his daughter Anoushka Shankar, will include films such as Monterey Pop (DA Pennebaker, 1968) and Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955).

The events programme in April includes a number of hotly anticipated previews with cast and crew onstage including Proxima (with director Alice Winocour and actor Eva Green), Saint Maud (with director Rose Glass), Instinct (with director Halina Reijn), Love Sarah (with director Eliza Schroeder and actor Celia Imrie), Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (with director Matt Wolf) and County Lines (with director Henry Blake). Also previewing twice on Saturday 4 April with cast and crew in attendance, will be the BFI Film Fund backed Rocks (Sarah Gavron, 2019). The two previews of Rocks will be part of a vibrant Rocks venue takeover which celebrates the release of Sarah Gavron’s uplifting and moving new film, with talks, workshops, panels, music and spoken-word performances all inspired by the movie, the central character of ‘Rocks’ and her teen friends. The venue takeover on 4 April, details of which will be announced in full soon, comes a week ahead of the film’s UK-wide release on Friday 10 April, which will include an extended run at BFI Southbank. Other extended runs will include the Oscar-nominated Les Misérables (Ladj Ly, 2019) and County Lines (Henry Blake, 2019), the latter of which will be released by the BFI at selected venues across the UK on Friday 17 April.

Other events in April will include a BFI Blu-ray launch for Jack Bond’s 1987 pop surrealism road movie It Couldn’t Happen Here (out on BFI Blu-ray and DVD on 15 June), the first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys, who find themselves on an extraordinary adventure from the coast to London, encountering a curious array of eccentric characters along the way. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with The Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, director Jack Bond and choreographer Arlene Phillips. Director Mira Nair will be in conversation on Friday 24 April to talk about adapting her film Monsoon Wedding for the stage (opening this summer in the West End), her directing of TV series A Suitable Boy for the BBC and more. Nair will also introduce a screening of her Venice Golden Lion winning Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001), about a middle-class Indian family and their friends as they gather together from all over the world to celebrate an arranged Punjabi marriage. BFI Southbank’s Screen Epiphanies series also returns on Thursday 23 April with actor, director and writer Craig Roberts, who will introduce Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love (2002). 


·         WED 1 APR, 18:15 – FILM PREVIEW: Proxima (Alice Winocour, 2019) / Onstage: Q&A with director Alice Winocour and actor Eva Green

·         THU 2 APR, 18:15 – MEMBER EXCLUSIVES: Member Picks: Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019)

·         THU 2 APR, 19:00 – SONIC CINEMA: Alessandro Cortini presents Volume Massimo / Onstage: musician Alessandro Cortini

·         FRI 3 APR, 20:10 – BFI BLU-RAY/DVD LAUNCH: It Couldn’t Happen Here (Jack Bond, 1987) / Onstage: Q&A with The Per Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, director Jack Bond and choreographer Arlene Phillips

·         SAT 4 APR, ALL DAY – SPECIAL EVENT: FILM PREVIEW + VENUE TAKEOVER Rocks (Sarah Gavron, 2019) – to celebrate the release of Sarah Gavron’s uplifting and moving new film Rocks, BFI Southbank will be hosting a vibrant venue takeover inspired by the movie, the central character of ‘Rocks’ and her teen friends / Onstage: director Sarah Gavron and cast

·         SAT 4 APR, 12:30-16:30 – BFI LABS: BFI Labs Presents: So You Wanna Make a Film?

·         SUN 5 APR, 14:30 – SPECIAL EVENT: Kinoteka Film Festival Closing Night Gala: Forbidden Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1924) / Onstage: live score by Marcin Pakaluk

·         WED 8 APR, 18:15 & 20:15 – TV PREVIEW: Quiz (ITV, 2020) / Onstage: Q&A with writer James Graham and cast

·         SAT 11 APR, 14:00 – UK PREMIERE: African Odysseys presents: Marighella (Wagner Moura, 2019) / Onstage: Q&A with guests TBA

·         MON 13 APR, 12:30 – FUNDAY FILM PREVIEW: The Secret Garden (Marc Munden, 2020) – preceded by a free Funday Workshop for ticket holders

·         TUE 14 APR, 18:10 – FILM PREVIEW: County Lines (Henry Blake, 2019) / Onstage: Q&A with director Henry Blake

·         THU 16 APR, 18:15 – FILM PREVIEW: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (Matt Wolf, 2019) / Onstage: Q&A with director Matt Wolf

·         THU 16 APR, 18:20 – SPECIAL EVENT: BFI NETWORK Nights

·         FRI 17 – SUN 19 APRIL – BFI & RADIO TIMES TELEVISION FESTIVAL – full programme to be announced soon

·         MON 20 APR, 14:00 – SENIORS’ FREE MATINEE: It Always Rains on Sunday (Robert Hamer, 1947)

·         MON 20 APR, 18:15 – FILM PREVIEW: Love Sarah (Eliza Schroeder, 2020) / Onstage: Q&A with director Eliza Schroeder and actor Celia Imrie

·         MON 20 APR, 18:30 – TALK: New Writings: Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Time / Onstage: Laura Mulvey, author of Afterimages

·         TUE 21 APR, 18:20 – EXPERIMENTA: Illuminating the Wilderness (Kate Adams, Tim Corrigan, 2018) / Onstage: discussion with artists and makers from Project Art Works

·         THU 23 APR, 18:20 – SCREEN EPIPHANY: Craig Roberts introduces Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002) / Onstage: actor-writer-director Craig Roberts

·         THU 23 APR, 20:45 – SPECIAL EVENT: Films to Be Buried With / Onstage: Comedian Brett Goldstein plus special guest TBA

·         FRI 24 APR, 10:30-13:30 – MEMBER EXCLUSIVES: Tour of the BFI National Archive

·         FRI 24 APR, 18:10 – SPECIAL EVENT: Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001) / Onstage: intro by director Mira Nair

·         FRI 24 APR, 20:45 – SPECIAL EVENT: Mira Nair in Conversation / Onstage: intro by director Mira Nair

·         MON 27 APR, 18:30 – TALK: New Writings: Coming Together: The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979 / Onstage: Professor Ryan Powell, author of Coming Together

·         MON 27 APR, 18:30 – SPECIAL EVENT: Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI / Onstage: writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode plus guests TBA

·         MON 27 APR, 20:00 – MEMBER EXCLUSIVES: Members Salon: County Lines

·         MON 27 APR, 20:45 – FILM PREVIEW: Saint Maud (Rose Glass, 2019) Onstage: Q&A with director Rose Glass

·         TUE 28 APR, 18:30 – PROJECTING THE ARCHIVE: The Blue Lagoon (Frank Launder, 1949)

·         THU 30 APR, 20:40 – TERROR VISION: Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990)

·         WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK SCREENINGS: Relaxed Screenings of A Fistful of Dollars (Mon 30 Mar, 18:10), Steamboat Bill, Jr (Sun 5 Apr, 12:00) and Illuminating the Wilderness (Tue 21 Apr, 18:20)


·         FROM FRI 3 APR: The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976)

·         FROM FRI 10 APR: Rocks (Sarah Gavron, 2019)

·         FROM FRI 17 APR: County Lines (Henry Blake, 2019)

·         FROM FRI 24 APR: Les Misérables (Ladj Ly, 2019)


Recently a number of filmmakers have turned to black-and-white to tell stories, create mood and enhance meaning. Monochrome cinematography never vanished entirely, of course, but such exceptions to the modern norm are reminders that black-and-white might be a question of art, not of saving money. This month and next, our daily screenings of classics celebrate monochrome miracles of various kinds. A film from BIG SCREEN CLASSICS – THE TIMELESS BEAUTY OF BLACK-AND-WHITE will screen every day for the special price of £8:

·         Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

·         Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)

·         The Tango Lesson (Sally Potter, 1977)

·         L’eclisse The Eclipse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)

·         The Last Picture Show (director’s cut) (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)

·         The Gospel According to Matthew Il vangelo secondo Matteo(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964)

·         Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)

·         Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton, 1928)

·         The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)

·         The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)

·         The White Ribbon Das weiße Band (Michael Haneke, 2009)

·         Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)



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