BFI prepares to break a few hearts with new LOVE season


The BFI today revealed its three month, UK-wide 2015 blockbuster, LOVE: FILMS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH… FILMS TO BREAK YOUR HEART, in partnership with Plusnet, at a special launch event at BFI Southbank. This is in keeping with the BFI's recent strategy of hosting epic, multi-month seasons, which have so far covered Scifi, Gothic, and Hitchcock.

Taking place this autumn (Oct 19 – Dec 31), BFI LOVE will be a major season dedicated to LOVE on film and TV screens, with around 1,000 events taking place all over the UK. The full press release is below, and the entire season itself will probably be of such mammoth length when published that you will need a lunch break to read it all, but some highlights known so far include:

  • LOVE will encompass three key themes – The Power of Love, Fools For Love and Fatal Attractions – and includes film screenings and Q&As with directors and talent.
  • Guests will include Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, Beyond the Lights), Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice), actors Derek Jacobi (Love is the Devil), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Adrian Lester (Hustle), John Gordon Sinclair and Claire Grogan (Gregory’s Girl) and musician KT Tunstall.
  • A Jane Austen Day.
  • An extravaganza to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bollywood phenomenon Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) (1995) at BFI Southbank.
  • A new restoration of Dr Zhivago (1965) on theatrical release.
  •  70th anniversary screenings of Brief Encounter with nationwide tea dances,
  • Wings of Desire at Paisley Abbey and other pop-up screenings of films including Vertigo (1958) in Brighton's Royal Pavilion and family favourites including Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Princess Bride (1987) and Frozen (2013) at Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle, Wales.
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