Programme Notes

BFI Southbank

Tempo

Hodges succeeded Kenneth Tynan as producer of Tempo, ITV’s arts programme. He switched its largely studio-based output to 16mm film and launched three series: Tempo Profiles; Tempo Entertainers; T...

Little Miss Sunshine

‘This is one of the first films I remember watching… It’s full of heart, deliriously funny, and the cast is superb’. Claire Cho, BFI member When the Hoover family discover that young Olive (Abigai...

Them

The films of the New French Extremity and the accompanying focus on Gaspar Noé examine an important, controversial and highly violent cinema movement. They are not suitable for all. The film you a...

Gregory's Girl

+ intro by Sherief Hassan, editor, Movie Masterclass – seeing beyond the screen + discussion ‘Gregory’s Girl’: a contemporary review Bill Forsyth’s second film, Gregory’s Girl, is set in and aroun...

Modern Times

+ intro SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away the film’s ending. This sound/silent hybrid is Chaplin’s last non-dialogue film and a farewell to the little tramp character. Its satirical ...

Wolf Children

Japanese animated fantasy Wolf Children comes to Britain weeks after Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) announced his retirement from filmmaking. On the evidence of this film (bolstered by two excellen...

To Die For

+ intro by Hannah Strong SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. Nicole Kidman plays Suzanne not merely as a bimbo, but as a woman who has concentrated down to one obsessi...

Inside

The films of the New French Extremity and the accompanying focus on Gaspar Noé examine an important, controversial and highly violent cinema movement. They are not suitable for all. The film you a...

Cléo from 5 to 7

SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. Agnès Varda came up the hard way. Starting as official photographer for the Théâtre National Populaire, she somehow managed to finan...

Vortex

Gaspar Noé on ‘Vortex’ What was the origin of Vortex ? I’ve been wanting to make a film with elderly people for several years. With my grandparents, then with my mother, I realised that old age in...

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg enjoys a legendary place as an all-but-unique curiosity in French cinema – the film for which the epithet ‘bittersweet’ was invented, less a musical (though French examp...

Laika + intro

+ Q&A with Asif Kapadia Walking beneath the graffitied railway arches where the smell of spray paint lingered in the damp air on the way to the London Film Festival’s VR venue at Leake Street,...

Playing with Reality + panel

+ panel discussion Co-curated by ANAGRAM and Mind in Camden With support from BFI Expanded This evening is a companion event to the UK premiere of Goliath: Playing with Reality, a powerful virtu...

Vortex + intro

+ intro by Gaspar Noé Françoise Lebrun on ‘Vortex’ Do you know why Gaspar Noé called you in? Yes! He saw The Mother and the Whore and he loves that film, it really moved him. But we didn’t talk m...

Journey to Italy

SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away the film’s ending. Quite simply, Journey to Italy is a very, very great film. A landmark in many respects. One of those masterpieces which feels as if...

The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies wrote in the introduction to the published script for Distant Voices Still Lives that he was ‘trying to create ‘a pattern of timeless moments’.’ Yet that picture has stronger dramati...

High Tension

The films of the New French Extremity and the accompanying focus on Gaspar Noé examine an important, controversial and highly violent cinema movement. They are not suitable for all. The film you a...

Benediction

+ extended introduction with actor Jack Lowden Benediction explores the turbulent life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, through the eyes of the revered filmmaker Terence Davies. Sassoon...

Still Walking

+ intro by Dr Alexander Jacoby, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies (Wednesday 11 May only) SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. In Japanese, there’s more than one mod...

Enter the Void

The films of the New French Extremity and the accompanying focus on Gaspar Noé examine an important, controversial and highly violent cinema movement. They are not suitable for all. The film you a...