We usually have a packed programme of short courses for adults throughout the year, so while we’re closed we’ve put together a selection of resources exploring a range of subjects to help you get more out of film.
Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Exhibition
Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen is credited with elevating stop-motion animation into an artform, and National Galleries of Scotland are marking the centenary of his birth with a fascinating exhibition, previewed exclusively as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine programme.
The BFI’s Film Archive is available online for FREE, with over a century of Britain on film to explore. Use the map to find fascinating short and feature-length films from their national and regional archives.
Ealing Studios were responsible for some of the most iconic British films of the 1940s and ‘50s, famous for their comedies but with a back catalogue that also included drama and films to support the war effort.
Mark Kermode’s fascinating guide to the art of cinema, originally broadcast on BBC Four. Kermode examines the techniques and conventions behind classic film genres to reveal how filmmakers keep audiences coming back for more.
Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development. They’ve made some of their fantastic resources available to use at home – great for families.
We’ve all got one – a classic film that everyone except us seems to have seen. Not a problem… unless you’re a film critic, that is. Now writers from the Guardian are confessing which classic films they’ve never actually watched. Read on, and you might be a trifle surprised.
Step head-first into the world of one of Japan’s greatest animation filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), and the renowned Studio Ghibli in this four-part documentary.
If you’re missing the extra insight that post-screening Q&As bring to your cinema viewing, look out for Curzon’s Living Room Q&As. Alongside a series of new releases and critically acclaimed films from recent years, Curzon are offering free weekly Q&As with filmmakers.
Delve into a range of interviews with international film talent filmed at the BFI in front of a live audience, including Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho; Carol Morley on Federico Fellini; Bait‘s Mark Jenkin in conversation with Mark Kermode; and Bacurau director Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Martin Scorsese, one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, joins John Wilson in conversation in this special edition of BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, discussing topics such as masculinity, guilt and redemption, Scorsese’s latest film The Irishman, and the themes that have inspired him throughout his career.
Tom Hanks, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, was Kirsty Young’s castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. In amongst choosing his 8 favourite records, the beloved Academy-award winning actor talked about his life and work, from Big to Sleepless in Seattle, and Forrest Gump to Captain Phillips. Originally broadcast in 2016.
Front Row’s Samira Ahmed meets French director Céline Sciamma to discuss her BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which previewed at Phoenix in December 2019 before its release in February.
Dame Judi Dench joins John Wilson in conversation in this special edition of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, broadcast on 12 March. She looks back at her 60-year career in theatre, television and film, discusses Shakespeare and musicals, and talks about how she copes with losing her eyesight.
Belfast-born actor and director Kenneth Branagh talks to Front Row‘s John Wilson about his glittering career on stage, film and TV, which has featured everything from Shakespeare and Chekhov, to Hollywood movies and Scandi-noir detective series.