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South Bank Spring Film

April 11th, 2018 | by Matthew Walsh

South Bank Spring Film

Hot on the heels of a winter that quite frankly outstayed its welcome, spring is in the air and the cinemas of the South Bank are marking the occasion with a fine selection of films, retrospectives and seasons to banish those winter blues for good.

There are timely looks at revolutionary cinema of the 60s, new takes on old genres, animated escapism and the biggest of big-screen blockbusters. Ditch the umbrella, stroll by the riverside and take in filmic favourite.

  • Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema

    In 1958 director Tony Richardson, writer John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman founded Woodfall Films, a company that echoed with an angry public’s mood towards an increasingly out of touch establishment. Soon cementing itself as the home of the British New Wave, its social realist films became calling cards for some of the finest talent in homegrown cinema. Marking 60 years since its inception BFI Southbank turns its screens over to examples of Woodfall’s famed work including Look Back in Anger, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones and Kes, alongside talks, Q&As and special presentations.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Sergio Leone

    His name is synonymous with some of the most revered westerns of all time. His collaborations with composer Ennio Morricone left an indelible print on the world of film soundtracks and now Italian director Sergio Leone fronts a season at BFI Southbank. Catch the films that launched the career of Clint Eastwood in his ‘Dollars’ trilogy and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as well as Once Upon a Time in America and early examples of the director’s work.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Modern Westerns

    Recent years have seen an awakening of one of the most unmistakable of film genres; the western. Tying in with the Sergio Leone season, BFI Southbank is collecting the best modern examples for a month-long showcase of lives on the frontier. There’s the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, Australian outback-set Sweet Country and acclaimed new release The Rider, among others.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Animation 2018: Eastern European Experimentation

    The Quay brothers may not be household names on par with Speilberg and Scorsese, or even animators Nick Park and Hiyao Miyazaki, but their experimental and distinctive take on animation has, for decades, shaped the field and won plaudits among directors such as Christopher Nolan, David Lynch and Terry Gilliam. Based in England for 40 years their work is the springboard for this collection of screenings based around the world of experimental European animation that features acclaimed films a world away from Disney.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Close-up: Valeska Grisebach

    With new film, Western, recently released, now is the perfect time to revisit the work of an invigorating voice in contemporary cinema, Valeska Grisebach. The German director’s decade-long career has produced films of simmering tension and examining looks at modern life since her debut Longing. Catch that, Western, as well as her turn-of-the-century drama, Be My Star featuring a Q&A with the woman herself.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Uprising spirit of 68

    Fifty years ago a political wave washed over the world. From the Parisian streets that were brought to a standstill to anti-Vietnam war protests and the Civil Rights movement, there was definitely something in the air. It was in the cinemas too as filmmakers across the globe used cameras as their weapon and cinema as their battlefield to tackle important issues of the day. This retrospective season features the finest works from that period including satire, rousing dramas, innovative documentaries and notable works from Jean-Luc Godard and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Lost in America

    It’s easy to look back at the American cinematic output of the 80s and dismiss it as big-haired, small-brained entertainment dotted with feel-good fun, good guys and bad dudes. This season encourages us to see ‘The Other Side of Raegan’s 80s’ and includes titles that make us think twice about that derided decade. There are also opportunities to see early outings for Keanu Reeves, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Daniels and films by Albert Brooks, Dennis Hopper, Jonathan Demme and Sidney Lumet.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • The Sound of Music

    The hills are alive with the sound of music! Well, the South Bank is at least. A newly restored version of the undisputed musical classic graces the BFI South Bank’s screen, playing in 70mm format for an exclusive two-week run in May. If you’ve only ever seen the tuneful tale of a singing nun and the rise of Nazism on television repeats make an appointment with Maria to take in the spectacle on the big screen.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Anime weekender

    Every two years, BFI Southbank opens its doors to the latest and greatest in the world of anime output. The year’s celebration toasts the distinctive animated style with a host of titles that range in topic from science fiction to coming of age dramas and from magic realist fables to heart-wrenching drama.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Isle of Dogs

    Wes Anderson’s quirky canine comedy finds us alongside 12-year-old Atari on a mission to retrieve his beloved missing dog. At a time when dogs have been quarantined on their own island following an outbreak of dog flu, the inventive Atari enlists the help of some new friends to track down the banished ‘Spots’ in a stylish stop-motion marvel.

    At the Curzon, Mondrian London. 

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Mondrian London
  • Ghost Stories

    Stumbling across three haunted cases that remain unsolved, Para-scientist and chief sceptic Professor Goodman sets about using reason and rationale to explain the inexplicable. Delving deeper, however, leaves him shaken and questioning everything he thought he knew. The team behind The League of Gentleman adapt their runaway West End success into a chilling film that revels in old-school horror and gleefully crawls under your skin.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Mondrian London
  • South Bank Spring Film

  • Ready Player One

    In the future when space is at a premium and lives are enjoyed more in a virtual world than the real one, one man has the chance to change his life forever. Steven Spielberg’s hyper-realised sci-fi follows Wade Watts as he enters the race to win a fortune via the thrilling virtual world of Oasis. His journey becomes a desperate battle against corporate powers whose threats cross into the real world.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    BFI IMAX
  • House of Vans Cinema: DIY

    The home of skating hosts a month-long celebration of low budget filmmaking in its free cinema throughout April and into May. Toasting the titles that didn’t need to spend big to leave a sizeable impression, the season features cult classics like Clerks and Napoleon Dynamite, indie favourites Lost in Translation and Garden State as well as British breakouts in the shape of Snatch and Control.

    For more information, click HERE. 

    House Of Vans

Find The Venues

  • 1 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 2 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 3 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 4 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 5 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 6 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 7 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 8 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 9 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 10 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 11 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 13 - BFI IMAX

    BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London SE1 8XR

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  • 14 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    London
    SE1 8SW 

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