The British Film Institute (BFI) announced the highlights of its 2010 programme on Friday at BFI Southbank. It’s going to be a bumper year, with exciting new seasons, restored archive footage and some cutting-edge work from young people and filmmakers all over the globe.
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the BFI film archive: a treasure trove that BFI claims is the most significant archive of film and television on earth.
This year will see a renewed focus on British film and TV, as well as seasons on
- African Cinema
- Iconic Blondes
- British Documentaries and Central Office of Information films
Here at Visit London, we were especially excited to hear about the Capital Tales strand, which will focus on films about our favourite city. Capital Tales will take the form of monthly screenings, showing documentaries, feature films and archive footage filmed in and about London.
Events to watch out for in the next few months include:
- A romantic selection of classic love stories for Valentine’s Day, including Casablanca, Adam’s Rib and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
- The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – where the opening night film has just been annouced as the world premiere of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister – a new British film starring Maxine Peake, Susan Lynch and Tina O’Brien.
- The Future Film Festival, which starts next week, showcases work by and for 13-25 year olds. Now in its third year,the Future Film Festival is the ideal chance to see what the next generation of filmmakers (and audiences) are up to.
And last, but definitely not least, we were shown two minutes of footage from the first-ever film to be made of Alice in Wonderland. BFI has the only surviving original print of this film, which has been lovingly restored to coincide with the launch of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at BFI IMAX on 5 March. In a charming parallel, the 1903 version’s director, Cecil M. Hepworth, cast his wife as Queen of Hearts as well!
For more details of all the cool stuff coming up at BFI this year, go to www.bfi.org.uk