March at the BFI – with guests including Susan Sarandon and Michael Caine

ONSTAGE APPEARANCES INCLUDE:

SUSAN SARANDON AND ALEXANDRA DEAN (EXEC PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY), ACTOR MICHAEL CAINE AND DIRECTOR DAVID BATTY (MY GENERATION), DIRECTOR RUBEN ÖSTLUND (THE SQUARE), DIRECTOR MOLLY DINEEN (BEING BLACKER), WRITER-ACTOR MARC WOOTTON AND ACTORS VICKI PEPPERDINE, ASIM CHAUDHRY AND HARRY PEACOCK (HIGH & DRY), WRITER TONY GRISONI AND ACTORS DAVID MORRISSEY AND MANDEEP DHILLON (THE CITY AND THE CITY)

Film previews: ISLE OF DOGS (Wes Anderson, 2018), MY GENERATION (David Batty, 2017), CUSTODY (Xavier Legrand, 2017), BEING BLACKER (Molly Dineen, 2017), THE SQUARE (Ruben Östlund, 2017), I GOT LIFE! (Blandine Lenoir, 2017)

TV previews: HIGH & DRY (Baby Cow Productions-Fooling Nobody, 2018), THE CITY AND THE CITY (BBC Two-Mammoth Screen, 2018)

New and Re-Releases: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Lynne Ramsay, 2017), BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Alexandra Dean, 2017), THE TOUCH (Ingmar Bergman, 1971), THE MAGIC FLUTE (Ingmar Bergman, 1975)

Prior to the launch of BFI FLARE on Wednesday 21 March, the programme at BFISouthbank from 1-20 March sees the culmination of both our season dedicated to Swedish master INGMAR BERGMAN, and GIRLFRIENDS, a season celebrating the joys and complexities of female friendships on screen. Highlights of the GIRLFRIENDSprogramme in March will include a very special live edition of popular comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist on Saturday 17 March and a day of events on Saturday 3 March looking at girlfriends on television, from Sex and the City and Girls to Chewing Gum and Fleabag. The BFI’s continuing ANIMATION focus this month will include the UK Premiere of a set of Aardman Shorts which have been newly restored by AMPAS. The shorts, which feature family favourites Wallace and Gromit, will be followed by a Q&A with Aardman co-founder David Sproxton on Sunday 11 March.

Ahead of the release of new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean, 2017), which tells the story of Hollywood star and pioneering inventor Hedy Lamarr, BFI Southbank will host a very special International Women’s Day preview of the film on Thursday 8 March. The preview will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director Alexandra Dean and Executive Producer Susan Sarandon, which will also be simulcast live to selected cinemas across the UK in partnership with UN Women. The film will then open on extended run the following day, screening alongside a selection of classic films in which Lamarr starred, including Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944) and My Favorite Spy (Norman Z McLeod, 1951). Also previewing will be My Generation (David Batty, 2017); presented and narrated by Michael Caine, My Generation playfully explores the impact of Britain’s working class cultural revolution in the 1960s. The preview on Wednesday 14 March will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Caine and director David Batty, which will be simulcast live to selected cinemas across the UK. Also previewing in March will be the Oscar-nominated The Square (2017), which will be followed by a Q&A with director Ruben Östlund on Monday 12 March.

The 16th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival will open at BFI Southbank with a screening of Birds Are Singing in Kigali (Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, 2017) on Wednesday 7 March. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Joanna Kos-Krauze, who will also take part in two further Kinoteka events at BFI Southbank on Thursday 8 March. BFI Southbank will also welcome the Human Rights Watch Film Festival to the venue over the weekend of 9-11 March; the Festival, which returns to London from 7-16 March, will announce the full programme, including films and special guests at BFI Southbank, in early February.

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