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BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

OUR PICKS Each month, we give you our top choices from the programme ‘WHAT COULD BE MORE FESTIVE THAN GREMLINS AT CHRISTMAS WITH ACTOR ZACH GALLIGAN IN PERSON?’ JUSTIN JOHNSON, LEAD PROGRAMMER Gremlins + Q&A (p18) WELCOME! Many people of my age were introduced to world cinema by a three-channel TV network that played classics to the nation, where Laurel and Hardy rubbed shoulders with the films of Truffaut and Cocteau. The irony of the multichoice age is that it feels as if fewer people have the opportunity to find these great films, and it is our job to ensure that not only are they never forgotten but that they can also be appreciated on the big screen (we re-released Lawrence of Arabia in September and three quarters of the first-night audience indicated that they’d never seen it before). I remember watching A Matter of Life and Death as a child and knowing that I was experiencing something greater than I could imagine. Here was a film that defied genre, moved seamlessly from black and white to colour and dealt with themes such as the afterlife, love and death. This month, we bring the title back for a run (see p14) – beautifully restored and ready to find a whole new audience. Justin Johnson Lead Programmer


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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