BFI Southbank’s June programme to champion films by and about women

After the success of their ‘Girlfriends’ season BFI Southbank are now dedicating their June programme to films by and about women, with major seasons dedicated to Ava Duvernay, Agnès Varda and Ida Lupino to link in with the national Vote 100 campaign, that celebrates 100 years since some women were able to vote for the first time in Britain. Their Animation 2018 programme will also be turning the focus to women pioneers of animation during June.

The season will begin with Agnès Varda: Vision of an Artist (June 1st-July 31st) and will revisit the french new-wave pioneer’s 60 year career as a leading figure of women filmmakers. This will see a re-release of her 1985 film Vagabond alongside her most notable fictional works Cleo from 5 to 7, La Pointe Courte and Le Bonheur and well as her recently Oscar-nominated documentary Faces, Places. The programme will be examining Varda’s penchant for merging fiction and documentary with her poetic camera styles and interest in art history with an evening titled Agnès Varda Salon: Political, Personal and Playful. 

Ava Duvernay will be celebrated as part of the BFI’s regular Close Up feature, that highlights important voices in contemporary cinema. On June 11 the Southbank will be welcoming Ava via skype to discuss the breadth of her work from her first feature This is the Life to her most recent A Wrinkle in Time, as well as the work she has done as part of ARRAY, her distribution company.

On June 5th actor, writer, director and producer Ida Lupino will be recognised in a talk titled Before and Behind the Camera: The Very Versatile Ida Lupino, that examines her life as a 1940s starlet that took on male-dominated Hollywood by avoiding being typecast, setting up her own production company and then becoming one of Hollywood’s only female directors at the time. This will be in partnership with a selection of 14 of her finest films ranging from Never Fear (aka the Young Lovers) Lupino’s directorial debut, The Gay Desperado, The Hitch-Hiker and Outrage.

June will also mark the 70th anniversary of Windrush, and the BFI will be hosting an event called Testaments: Stories and their Makers on June 23rdbringing together 5 generations of black women filmmakers for a series of intimate discussions.

The major event of the season is the day-long Woman With a Movie Camera summit on June 16th, that celebrates and examines women trailblazers of the past and present through cinephilia and activism, with focuses on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and aims to champion new women’s voices in criticism and film programming.

You can keep up to date with all events and listings for the BFI Southbank, and buy tickets here.


by Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson is the founder of Screen Queens. She hails from the north of England (the proper north that people think is actually Scotland but isn’t). Her lifesource is Harmony Korine’s 90s Letterman interviews and Ezra Miller’s jawline. She is a costume designer for hire who spends way too much time watching bad horror movies. Her favourite films are Into The Wild, Lords of Dogtown, Stand by Me and Pan’s Labyrinth. She rants about cinema screenings @kawaiigoff

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