Highlights for August:
- Touch of Evil: Extended run as part of Orson Welles: Part Two. Murder and madness, sex and violence… Welles’ noir masterpiece has them all.
- Man With a Movie Camera: Extended run of Dziga Vertov's acclaimed montage, recently voted number 1 in the Sight and Sound greatest documentary poll and now digitally restored.
- The Bicycle Thieves: Vittorio de Sica's beloved neorealist classic (a favourite of Scorsese) gets an extended run as part of the BFI's tribute to the director.
- London Premiere: A Syrian Love Story + Q&A with Sean McAllister and special guests: An intimate, award-winning documentary (a winner at Sheffield Doc Fest) portrait of a family torn apart by politics.
- War Book + Q&A with director Tom Harper, writer Jack Thorne and cast: Black comedy ensues as a group of UK government officials role-play apocalyptic disaster scenarios in a parliament meeting room.
- Sonic Cinema presents 808: A unique little documentary about...the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
- The Krays (London on Film Season) & Kemp Q&A: Peter Medak's 'gangster film explores the lives of two of East London’s most influential gangsters played by Martin and Gary Kemp, both of whom will attend for a Q&A.
- Sparrows Can’t Sing and Barbara Windsor Q&A (London on Film Season)- a powerful and authentic tale of East End life which began life at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Barbara Windsor will take part in a Q&A following the screening, with fellow cast member Murray Melvin.
- Orson Welles Unfinished Works + intro by Stefan Drössler, Munich Film Museum (Orson Welles Season)- a look at some of the legendary directors unfinished projects- and there were many.
Main BFI August Film and TV Seasons:
Acting in over 150 films and directing more than 30, De Sica was a titan of Italian cinema. The Bfi pays tribute to the director of The Bicycle Theives.
As Welles’ career progressed, opportunities for creative control dried up – but not his passion for innovation. Part 2 of the BFI's tribute to the titan of cinema.
The BFI moves to part two of London on Film, and asks: who is a Londoner?
Debut films from a distinctive new American voice, two films back to back.
How has television risen to the challenge of covering the art of poetry?
Join the BFI for the second part of Sight & Sound’s greatest documentary poll on the big screen as they count down from five to one.
Extended Runs: Extended runs at the BFI in August include Touch of Evil, Man with a Movie Camera, and The Bicycle Thieves.
Regular Strands: includes African Odysseys, Cult, BFI Member exclusives, Essential Experiments, Projecting the Archive, Family, Passport to Cinema, Flare LGBT, Seniors, subtitled, and Studio runs.