Are you looking for a dizzying array of wonderful films to keep you occupied this autumn? Of course you are, and that’s why you need to be hitting the BFI for their exceptional line up of world class talent.
Following a sonic cinema preview of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, with a Q&A featuring the lady herself, there’s something else taking place that you most certainly won’t hear the end of once we start on it this week; yes, it’s the London Film Festival, one of our absolute favourites. A dizzying array of shorts, hidden gems, and some big releases we’re just looking to eat up, such as Good Time, Ingrid Goes West (You can check out review here), The Florida Project and Blade of the Immortal. Not to mention a special members event with Vanessa Redgrave on her documentary Sea Sorrow, focusing on the refugee crisis, plus a special screening of David Fincher’s masterpiece Se7en, introduced by author Lee Child.
BFI Thriller will be treating us to their UK wide season Who Can You Trust?, it’ll be kicking things off with presentation of Coppola classic The Conversation, followed by specific strands: Can You Trust Them?, Can You Trust Her? and Big Thrill Double Bills, feature screenings of beloved classics The Silence of the Lambs and North by Northwest, as well as the UK premiere of the hotly anticipated The Killing of a Sacred Deer. This will all be running between 16th-30th October.
Following that, you can check out Good at Being Bad: The Films of Gloria Grahame, the stunning femme fatale who will be the subject of the upcoming films Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. The film will be previewed as part of the season on Tuesday 14th November, and you can check out screenings of The Big Chill and In a Lonely Place, the latter of which is a stunning film. The season opens on November 13th with an illustrated talk, Gloria Grahame: Femme Fatale Film Noir Icon, that explores her career, her legacy, and her relationship with directors like Frank Capra and Fritz Lang.
Finally, we’re all guilty of being a little melodramatic at times, but it’s time to celebrate with the BFI’s season Tears and Laugther: Women in Japanese Melodrama. An opportunity for audiences to explore Japan’s Golden Era with a specific female focus, you can check out rarely screened classics like The Mistress, An Inlet of Muddy Water, and The Blue Sky Maiden, as well as spotlights on their wonderful stars, including Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo and “The Japanese Bette Davis” Kinuyo Tinaka. You can check out this amazing stuff between October 16th-29th November.
As always, the BFI have got you covered for all your extravagant film needs. There’s some beautiful stuff you don’t want to miss, and stay tuned for our coverage of the ever excellent London Film Festival, starting this week.