BFI Birthday Weekend


The BFI (British Film Institute) is celebrating 75 years of Film and TV culture this weekend Friday 26th – Sunday 28th at London’s BFI Southbank and the IMAX. This will include film screenings, kid’s workshops, debates, dancing, free events, music and a variety of extra special guests.

So with as they claim something for everyone including a lot of free entertainment, if you’re in London this weekend pop down to the Southbank, there’s even an all night time travel film screening with films such as Back to the Future II, Terminator 2, Highlander and Twelve Monkeys all playing back to back at the IMAX.

Read on for the timetable of events from the BFI website

Friday 26 September will kick things off in style as we host a compelling array of audiovisual performances with The AV Social, supported by Pioneer Pro DJ. Here we will glance into the future of cinema, as it mingles with club culture, gaming and the visual arts. Headliner Dan Tait will cover visual DJing, Quayola delivers multi-screen visualisations,  Oli Sorenson tackles live cinema, and finally, Steve & Pikilipita take the screens exclusively with gaming consoles. We’ll also be hosting an open Talkaoke session, live and interactive.

Saturday 27 September is full of activities and events for all. Start with a free screening of the wonderfully restored Mitchell and Kenyon in Ireland, glorious early cinema experiments with live accompaniment; then drop into the studio to see familiar faces sharing their favourite films with you. Film London also invites family film teams to attend a film-making workshop run by Cineclub, helping them plan a 3-minute film using a location along the South Bank. In the evening we collaborate with our friends at The Big Chill festival to present spectacular live performances exploring the themes of memory and time, with featured artists including D-Fuse, Exceeda, and Future Loop Foundation. And if you still don’t want to go home then settle into the BFI IMAX for all-night screenings of time-travel classics, including Back to the Future II, Terminator 2, Highlander and Twelve Monkeys.

Sunday 28 September – not a day of rest at the BFI: the Weekender continues with more free screenings and we celebrate 2008’s City of Culture by screening Mitchell & Kenyon’s Liverpool, with a live score. There will be talks on the future of cinema with well-known guests around the venue and you can snap a souvenir picture in association with HP printers. For families and younger audiences, we host our popular Film Funday at BFI Southbank on Sunday 28 August, celebrating the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin with a slapstick workshop and special menu for kids, alongside magical films at the BFI IMAX shown in spectacular IMAX 3D. For those who want to test their film knowledge, we have a special birthday quiz in the riverfront café, and the evening brings the anticipated return of The White Coffin Club, providing the opportunity for all to dress to impress and dance the night away to the nostalgic tunes of yesteryear.

Plus, of course, we have a full film programme for you to enjoy over the weekend, including our retrospectives of screen legend Clint Eastwood, international talent Juliette Binoche, and comic superstar Charlie Chaplin. So come and join the party as the BFI celebrates its 75th birthday. Come early – stay late, very late!

See the BFI website here for more information.