Considered one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, Cunningham is acclaimed for pushing the boundaries of dance, influencing the visual arts, film and music over the course of his seven-decade career. This exquisitely crafted and artistically ambitious documentary explores his creative process, focusing on the period between 1942 and 1972, from struggling dancer to acclaimed choreographer, and his collaborations with composer and life partner John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
Excerpts of Merce’s shows, rehearsals, interviews and his diagraphs and drawings are deftly interwoven with mesmerising new performances from the last generation of dancers to have worked with him. Split screens and superimpositions enhance this immersive and breathtaking cinematic experience, compellingly retracing the creative journey of this bold and visionary artist.
Documentary 2022 84 mins Director: Nigel Askew
Nigel Askew's documentary explores the punk movement, featuring revealing insights from designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood.
Documentary 2021 92 mins Director: Marie Amiguet
An adventurer and one of the world's most renowned wildlife photographers attempt to track the most elusive of big cats, in this stunning documentary scored by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave.
Documentary 2021 156 mins Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
A definitive portrait of Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer responsible for some of the most memorable film scores of all time.
Documentary 2021 75 mins Director: Jennifer Peedom
A profound cinematic and musical reflection on how rivers have shaped both the planet’s elaborate landscapes and all human existence.
Documentary 2020 83 mins Director: William E. Badgley
This is the story of the iconic Don Letts, the coolest cultural polymath – narrated by the man himself.
Documentary 2020 92 mins Director: Rob Lemkin
Rob Lemkin’s harrowing yet urgent documentary shines a lens on the trauma and legacy of colonialism in one of Africa’s poorest nations, Niger.
BFI London Film Festival Presents
Drama 2021 103 mins Director: Khalil Joreige
A package of keepsakes from 1980s wartime Beirut arrives in contemporary Montreal, in this stylish intergenerational drama from acclaimed directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
Drama 2020 95 mins Director: Philip Baranttini
An emotionally scarred London chef (Stephen Graham) struggles to keep it together in this formally extraordinary and beautifully acted single-take thriller.
Drama 2021 121 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
A triptych of charming romantic mishaps from Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director of the Oscar and Bafta-nominated Drive My Car.
Drama 2021 179 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi takes us on an unpredictable and self-revelatory journey in this serene yet riveting Oscar-winning drama.
Science Fiction 2020 108 mins Director: Julia Ducournau
Agathe Rousselle makes a ferocious debut as a killer on the run, in Julia Ducournau’s electrifying techno-chiller and Palme d'Or winner.
Comedy 2021 105 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard ventures into new territory with a vibrant take on love and Paris, as four characters cross amorous paths in the modern city.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2000 84 mins Director: Peter Lord
Mel Gibson’s Rocky the rooster helps the chickens escape from fascistic farmers in Aardman Animations first foray into feature films.
Drama 2021 72 mins Director: Laura Wandel
The harsh world of playground politics is seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl in a gripping debut from Belgian writer-director Laura Wandel.
Drama 2021 95 mins Director: Alex Camilleri
Writer-director Alex Camilleri’s powerful neorealist drama is a rare home-grown Maltese production.
Anthology 2022 144 mins Director: Oliver Mason
The latest in Peccadillo’s critically acclaimed series features a fresh and exciting selection of the very best contemporary gay short films.
Drama 2021 109 mins Director: Jacqueline Lentzou
A highly anticipated debut feature from Jacqueline Lentzou about the glacial relationship between a father and his daughter.
Drama 2021 106 mins Director: Emmanuel Carrère
Juliette Binoche plays an undercover reporter investigating the conditions faced by France’s working women in this insightful, involving drama.