Programme Notes

BFI Southbank

The Warriors

Introduced by director Asif Kapadia (Monday 21 June screening only). ‘What I like to do is put interesting characters in tough situations and force them to make choices about conduct,’ Walter Hill...

Wildfire

+ Q&A with director Cathy Brady Born within a year of each other, Lauren (Nora-Jane Noone) and Kelly (Nika McGuigan) are ‘Irish twins’. You’d never see one without the other, but over the year...

Raya and the Last Dragon

What’s it about? Disney’s latest stunning animated feature follows Raya, a warrior from Kumandra, a realm of warring nations divided by mistrust. When the bickering tribes break a magical orb and ...

Bitter Victory

Two officers leading a mission to attack Nazi headquarters in the Libyan desert come into conflict, due partly to sexual jealousy, partly to differences in capability and courage in facing the peri...

Ahimsa
Gandhi – The Power of the Powerless

+ Pre-recorded Q&A Featuring music by U2 and AR Rahman, this compelling and powerful documentary explores the roots and global impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence. Including intervi...

WolfWalkers

+ pre-recorded Q&A with directors What’s it about? It’s the mid-17th century and young Robyn arrives in Ireland with her father, who is tasked with hunting down the local wolves. Yet everyth...

The Warrior

+ On-stage interview with writer-director Asif Kapadia The Rajasthan desert in Northwest India is not a place where you expect to find a theatrical film shoot. It’s hot, inhospitable and far from ...

The Reason I Jump

The book The Reason I Jump, which was the springboard for this new film by Grierson Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell, was originally written by Higashida Naoki, a non-speaking autistic teen. H...

The Reason I Jump
(Relaxed Screening)

‘I think we can change the conversation around autism by being part of the conversation,’ says Ben on his letter board. Jerry Rothwell’s multi-award winning documentary is a significant step in the...

My Beautiful Laundrette

+ On-stage interview with writer Hanif Kureishi SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. Originally shot for television in six weeks on a low budget, My Beautiful Laundrett...

In the Earth

Following an uncharacteristically tepid adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca undertaken for Netflix and released last year, Ben Wheatley here returns to the diseased rural British underbelly h...

Women in the Films of Robert Altman – An Online Panel Discussion

We are delighted to announce that film critics Anne Billson and Hannah McGill, as well as season programmer Geoff Andrew, will join us for this discussion hosted by film programmer Rowan Woods. Ro...

WOMB

+ On stage Q&A with Srishti Bakshi and film critic Anna Smith. WOMB is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming narrative of the plight, dreams, rights and fight against all forms of violence that ...

Secret Honor

Altman on ‘Secret Honor’ I’m interested in the complexity – or the simplicity, I should say – of American politics, power politics. And I do have a political conscience. But I didn’t approach this...

HealtH

SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. HealtH is the last film that Robert Altman made under his contract with 20th Century-Fox, ending a run of films between 1977 and 19...

The Elephant Man

With a pre-recorded introduction by director Prano Bailey-Bond. SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away the film’s ending. In 1884, the ‘freak’ John Merrick was discovered in a booth in th...

Popeye

Altman on ‘Popeye’ I really asked to do Popeye because … why not? A movie is just a fantasy anyway. And it occurred to me that this was a chance to create my own environment, which I’d done in Qui...

The Story of Looking

+ Pre-recorded Q&A As he prepares for surgery to restore his vision, award-winning filmmaker Mark Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our individual and collective lives....

Quintet

SPOILER WARNING The following notes give away some of the plot. ln the attempts to find an explanation for Quintet, it has been likened to Images, the art-house film Altman made at a time when he w...

Doctor Who
Dragonfire

Writer Ian Briggs came to the BBC’s Script Unit from studying drama at Manchester University, via a short stint as a member of the behind-the-scenes management team in local theatres. He soon met A...