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Winter Film Guide

November 16th, 2017 | by Matthew Walsh

Winter Film Guide

As winter starts to take an unmistakable grip around the capital, streets become adorned with Christmas decorations and festive sandwiches hit the shops, the South Bank offers some respite from the cold and the chaos with a fine film selection spread across its storied venues. Ending the year with a gift for each cinematic taste you can head to the riverside to sample new global delights and big-hitting blockbusters, join a karaoke choir or board a murderous train.

  • 1

    India on Film

    70 years on from India and Pakistan’s independence from Britain a season of films that explore the Partition in one form or another take centre stage in August at the BFI’s Riverside home of cinema. With different religions now wrestling for control over large swathes of the sub-continent, it was an era of uncomfortable division, a period that is reflected in these films that range in style, attitude and date.

    For more information about India on Film at BFI Southbank, click HERE.  

    BFI Southbank
  • 2

    Thriller Season

    The thriller; the cinematic genre as old as Hollywood itself and one that constantly evolves. BFI Southbank are celebrating the ageless movement with a selection of films from across the globe with an emphasis on those films that explore the darker, more conflicted sides of human nature and ask its audience who, exactly, can they truly trust?

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 3

    GOOD AT BEING BAD: THE FILMS OF GLORIA GRAHAME

    With new release Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool recounting her love affair with aspiring actor, Peter Turner, BFI Southbank spends a timely season in the company of Oscar-winning actress from the Golden Age Gloria Grahame. Known as ‘the girl who can’t say no’ after her turn in Oklahoma, Grahame worked with the great and good of Hollywood before a difficult reputation cast her out of the highest circles. Re-discover a true great of the silver screen throughout December.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 4

    TEARS AND LAUGHTER: WOMEN IN JAPANESE MELODRAMA

    Japanese cinema shined at its brightest in the years between the Second World War and the 60s. Directors such as Yasujirô Ozu became globally acclaimed names, the country’s socially conscious melodrama flourished and women were often at the centre of story. This retrospective season looks at some of the highlights from the period, focusing on the many works that held the social changes towards women and their role in society at their core.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 5

    FILM AFRICA

    Now in its seventh edition, FILM AFRICA brings the best of the continent’s new cinema to British screens to be seen by a new audience. This years stand-out is arguably The Wound – already South Africa’s Oscar contender – which depicts a burgeoning love story on a backdrop of an ancient coming of age ritual.

    BFI Southbank
  • 6

    RUSSIAN FILM WEEK

    From Sunday 19 – Sunday 26 November a series of screenings and events cast a cinematic eye over all things Russian for a dedicated week of new releases. Alongside titles Mathilde, Spacewalker and Bolshoi there will be appearances and Q&As with directors and actors to get stuck into.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 7

    UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL

    Proudly celebrating the work of female filmmakers the Underwire Film Festival is back at the BFI. Different programme strands highlight short films that range from horror to comedy, romance to sci-fi in a season that shines a light on the often under-represented work of filmic female talent.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 8

    JUSTICE LEAGUE

    Sometimes it takes more than one hero to save the planet. In the wake of Superman’s exit, a newly reflective Batman realises the importance of changing his volatile ways in order to best serve the people and the planet. Recruiting Wonder Woman to help assemble a team of remaining meta-human crime fighters, a new Justice League is formed – one that is swiftly called into action with the threat of the powerful Steppenwolf.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI IMAX
  • 9

    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

    Lightsabers at the ready, the fiercely anticipated Episode VIII is ready to land.  Following her first fling with the Force, Rey joins Luke Skywalker and, alongside Finn and Poe unlocks further mysteries, past secrets and a possible unavoidable fate. Nearing the end of its 9-film cycle the thrilling space opera saga racks up the tension and sets us up for an almighty conclusion.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    BFI Southbank
  • 10

    THE NEW MAN

    Real life couple Josh and Devorah are going to have a baby. Following some IVF treatment, the writer-director pair are turning the cameras on themselves to document the journey ahead. Raising questions of masculinity, fear and responsibility this searingly honest film takes in advise from the stars and life-threatening complications. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Being a Man season, this innovative documentary is heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    Southbank Centre
  • 11

    ARCTIC SUPERSTAR

    Slincraze isn’t your average rapper. Coming from the remote Nordic Sami community there are only 20,000 people in the world who speak his language but Nils Rune Utsi (his real-life alias) isn’t letting that get in his way. Following his career and taking in the tours over a four year period, this insightful travels to New York and Tromso and uncovers a man determined to follow his dream.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    Southbank Centre
  • 12

    MAMMA MIA FILM & FANCY DRESS

    Everyone’s favourite Abba-scored, Greek-Island-set, paternity-querying box office sensation is coming back to the Southbank Centre. Tune your voices, don your flares and get ready to belt out the hits for a special karaoke sing-along to Mamma Mia in December. It’s all free and fancy dress, while optional, is encouraged.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    Southbank Centre
  • 13

    MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

    All aboard for a tale of murder, deceit and fine moustaches as Agatha Christie’s famous whodunit gets a grandstanding adaptation. Boarding the Orient Express a heady mix of affluent guests are soon to each play their part in a murder mystery only the world’s greatest detective can solve, a certain Hercule Poirot. Kenneth Branagh’s film adds a satisfyingly cinematic sheen to the global literary sensation.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

    Mondrian London
  • 14

    INGRID GOES WEST

    Ever cast an envious eye over an instagram profile and wished you had their life? In this dark modern comedy, Ingrid is taking that feeling to the nth degree. Aubrey Plaza plays the social stalker who becomes obsessed with ‘instafamous’ Taylor Sloane, moves to LA and changes her life in order to befriend her with sinister consequences.

    For more information and to book, click HERE

     

    Mondrian London
  • 16

    LITTLE RIPPERS FILM CLUB

    Looking for an activity for younger family members on the weekend? Well, look no more. The Little Rippers Film Club is back at House of Vans and bringing some fine family films with them. Children can enjoy an hour-long Skate Skool session before heading to the cinema to kick back on a bean bag and take in festive titles including Paddington and A Christmas Carol on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    For more information about Little Rippers Film Club at House of Vans London, click HERE. 

    House Of Vans

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  • 1 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 2 - BFI Southbank

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    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 3 - BFI Southbank

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    London
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  • 4 - BFI Southbank

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    Belvedere Road
    London
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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 IMAX

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

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  • 9 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 10 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 11 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 12 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 13 - Mondrian London

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

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  • 14 - Mondrian London

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

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  • 15 - House Of Vans

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

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