How We're Celebrating BFI London Film Festival's 60th Birthday

Clare Stewart | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clare Stewart

Whilst the glamour the red carpets bring is important, diversity and discovery are high on our programming agenda. Immediately following the Festival, the BFI will launch the UK's biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors - Black Star.

20 Colour Snapshots of Vibrant Soho 60 Years Ago

British Film Institute | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
British Film Institute

Flesh and pleasure made its name, but in 1956 there was a lot more to a place that, in modern times, has all but vanished.

HÄXAN Live Score: The Process So Far

Josephine | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Entertainment

Last year I was approached to be a part of the film and music series at HOME, Manchester's newest multi-arts venue. I was asked to create a live score for a silent film. My first choice was HÄXAN: witchcraft through the ages, a Danish horror documentary charting the varied perceptions of witchcraft and satanism from ancient times to the contemporary 1920s setting.

The Time Is Now: The 59th BFI London Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

I can barely hide my glee, the 59th BFI London Film Festival opened last night with the rousing, vital Suffragette and it kicked off 12 jam-packed days of some of the most exciting new films filling London's cinemas.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

fiveFilms4freedom: Love Is a Basic Human Right

Alan Gemmell | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alan Gemmell

Neither the British Council nor the British Film Institute are campaigning organisations but we both believe in the power of film and culture to promote positive social change. fiveFilms4freedom is a celebration of the UK's cutting-edge film industry and of BFI Flare's pioneering role in promoting gay rights around the world supporting freedom and equality everywhere.

Conversations about Cinema: The Impact of Conflict

Mark Cosgrove | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Mark Cosgrove

As a subject, conflict has always drawn filmmakers, whether driven by political or social ideals, or inspired by more humanitarian concerns.

This Century-Old Sci-Fi Movie About Robot Cars Is Just Incredible

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Tech

The best science fiction film you'll watch this week isn't the one about Magic Mike In Space. It's this incredible 103-year-old masterpiece about a ro...

LFF Review - Rosewater

Tom Linay | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Jon Stewart is one of the most revered television personalities in America and judging by the reception he received at the Debate Gala of his new film, Rosewater, he's held in equally as high regard this side of the Atlantic.

LFF Review - 'The Wonders' and 'A Second Chance'

Tom Linay | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.

Sara C Nelson

The Bedouin Western That Made Stars Of Jordan's Last Nomads | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

As a child, Naji Abu Nowar would catch the train from his hometown of Oxford to London’s West End to soak up all that his beloved film industry had ...

Screenwriters: The Hidden Talent Behind Every Great Film

Jeremy Brock | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Brock

Now in their fifth year, the International Screenwriters' Lectures, hosted jointly by BAFTA and the BFI, have cemented their worldwide reputation as the most prestigious forum for celebrating the peculiar genius of screenwriting.

What to Look Out for at the 58th BFI London Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.

Pre-Code Hollywood: The Forgotten Genre

Jon Spira | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

Like a lot of people, Black and White cinema didn't do much for me growing up. My access point was through the Universal Monster movies, leading in to Hitchcock and as I got older, I found myself able to sit through Truffaut and Ozu and eventually I came to embrace films of a greyer palette.

'Let Me Grab Your Soul Away' - Kate Bush and Gothic Film

British Film Institute | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
British Film Institute

As Kate Bush announces her first tour in 35 years, let's delve through her back catalogue and discover how the darker side of cinema influenced some of her greatest hits.

3D Creative Summit 2014

Alice Stansfield | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Stansfield

Over Wednesday 12th till Thursday 13th March the BFI South bank in London hosted the 3D Creative Summit. 'As 3D's future takes shape, this is a true o...

Al Pacino Season at the BFI; The Godfather: Part II's Cinema Release

Hannah Gal | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

Forty years after its original release, Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather: Part II is to screen in UK cinemas. Park Circus's release of The Godfather: Part II (restored in 4K) returns to the big screen from the 21st of February, opening at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.

Four Days Of The Best Comedy Films

Aaron Child | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Aaron Child

LOCO is the London Comedy Film Festival and this year coming it is spread over four days. Arriving in London on the most miserable week of the year, 23 - 26 January hopefully the films, panel discussions and workshops will give you something to smile about.

'12 Years a Slave' and 'The Spectacular Now' - Two of the Best Films at This Year's LFF

Tom Linay | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Where to begin with a film like 12 Years A Slave? My limited range of expression feels unable to do its impact justice but I have an obligation to this blog, so I'll give it a shot. Steve McQueen's film is an unforgettable experience and one I don't think I will likely repeat again.

Inside Llewyn Davis and LFF Round-up

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Inside Llewyn Davis, is a wonderfully detailed snapshot of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1962 New York, and our conduit into this world is the abrasive but talented folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).

Nebraska - A Brilliant Slice of Americana

Tom Linay | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It's deliberately slow paced, which may be off-putting for some and Forte may struggle to hold his own with the stellar performances around him but Payne has delivered another original and bittersweet tale of small-town American life...

Gravity - An Astonishing Filmmaking Achievement

Tom Linay | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Although the Oscars and BAFTAs are still a few months away I'm putting it on the record now that I'd be happy for the respective academies to close the competition forthwith and just give all the main prizes to Gravity.

Captain Phillips - BFI London Film Festival Review

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The European premiere of Captain Phillips was a fantastic way to kick off the 57th BFI London Film Festival at ODEON Leicester Square last night, with many of the cast and crew in attendance, including the film's star, Tom Hanks, and British director, Paul Greengrass.

From Film Making Novices to Production Company Owners: A Rollercoaster Tale of Success

Jens Christensen | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jens Christensen

We're going to need a camera, a microphone, some actors, a big bag of aluminium cans... and an old school hue blue VW camper van. And a quick 'teach yourself film making' brainstorm. Then once it's all in place, we'll go and make a film to enter into the search for green student film makers.

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Jonathan Wakeham | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Jonathan Wakeham

As we head towards awards season, and the BIg Message movies lumber into cinemas to tell us what to think, Woody has carved a career out of asking the questions that all of us wrestle with: What is the point of life? Can we ever love one person? And how the hell do you catch a live lobster?