BFI Southbank

Southbank

Formerly the National Film Theatre, this much-loved four-screen venue on the South Bank in Waterloo became the BFI Southbank in 2007. For film lovers who know their Kubrick from their Kurosawa, this is London's best cinema. Certainly, it's the city’s foremost cinema for director retrospectives and seasons programmed to showcase international work or films of specific genres or themes. It’s the flagship venue of the British Film Institute and plays home each year to the BFI’s London Film Festival and to the BFI’s seasons, such as 2014’s celebration of sci-fi. BFI Southbank also regularly hosts Q&As with some of the world’s leading filmmakers. The venue itself is a hot spot, with two bar-restaurants (one overlooking the river, nestled under Waterloo Bridge), a bookshop (good for DVDs too) and a library.

Venue name: BFI Southbank
Contact:
Address: Belvedere Rd
London
SE1 8XT
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Set amid the widescreen cottonfields of south-east Arkansas, ‘Shotgun Stories’ centres on the life-long conflict between two sets of distanced half-brothers born of the same father. Son (Michael Shannon), Boy (Douglas Ligon) and Kid Hayes (Barlow ...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Howard Hawks’s late-period comic essay on the economic advantages of an ample bosom is not one of his best, though it just about works as a naughty Technicolor bellwether to these ‘Sex and the City’-fixated times. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell p...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    A biopic with a lively theatrical spirit and BBC Four poise, ‘Hannah Arendt’ is a probing and clear-eyed study of the German-Jewish political philosopher who famously reported on the trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. Arendt, played by German ...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    ‘Don’t kill him – wear him down.’ Those are among the first words we hear in Abderrahmane Sissako’s devastating African drama ‘Timbuktu’, spoken by a gun-toting jihadist chasing down a fleeing gazelle. The scene sets a chilling tone that’s impossi...
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