Benjamin Britten at 100 at BFI Southbank – screenings and events

We're all really, really excited. Honest.
We’re all really, really excited. Honest.

Exciting news out today for those like me occupying Planet Britten, is that the gorgeously lovely people at the BFI are screening a special series of films and programmes in addition to a few events dedicated to the East Suffolk hero.

Benjamin Britten at 100 at BFI Southbank includes screenings of GPO Film Unit docs, a re-mastered screening of The Turn of the Screw from 1959, previews of new films by Tony Palmer and John Bridcut’s  (Britten’s Endgame to be broadcast on BBC Four later this year). The  season is introduction by Britten biographer Paul Kildea (who will no doubt have a few questions put to him about ‘that’ biography published earlier this year).

BBC productions of  Owen Wingrave (1961), Billy Budd, and Gloriana also feature in the season, plus Derek Jarman’s homage to the War Requiem, Death in Venice (1981) and Peter Grimes  filmed at Snape 1969 – the make-up team was considerable (pictured above). All in all its a bit of an Britten opera feast. I want to see all of them (please).

The Britten100 season is presented in collaboration with the Britten-Pears Foundation. Dates and times included below. More info on the BFI at Southbank website.


Monday 2 September, 6.20pm NFT1
Season Introduction: Britten’s Visual Imagination
Paul Kildea


Monday 2 September, 2.00pm NFT1
Seniors’ Matinee: A Time There Was… A Profile of Benjamin Britten  
Isolde Films / LWT 1980. Dir. Tony Palmer.
Introduced by Tony Palmer


Monday 2 September, 6.00pm NFT1
Preview: Nocturne 
Isolde Films/Sky Arts . 134min
Introduced by Tony Palmer


Sunday 8 September 2013, 4.00pm NFT2 & Friday 20 September 2013, 8.30pm NFT
GPO Documentaries
including Coal FaceSixpenny TelegramNight MailThe Way to the SeaAround the Village GreenMony a Pickle and The Tocher


Monday 9 September 2013, 5.50pm NFT 1
Peter Grimes
BBC 1969 dir. Brian Large


Sunday 15 September 2013, 3.10pm NFT2
Billy Budd
BBC 1966 dir. Basil Coleman


Wednesday 18 September 2013, 6.20pm NFT2
Missing Believed Wiped: The Turn of the Screw
Associated Rediffusion 1959 dir. Peter Morley


Tuesday 24 September 2013, 6.00pm NFT1
Illuminations / BBC 2000 dir Phyllida Lloyd


Thursday 3 October 2013, 8.15pm NFT3
TV Preview: Britten’s Endgame
2013 Crux Production for BBC Four. Dir John Bridcut. 120min
Followed by Q&A with John Bridcut


Friday 4 October 2013, 8.40pm NFT2
War Requiem
1989 dir Derek Jarman


Saturday 5 October 2013, 6.15pm NFT1
Owen Wingrave
BBC 1971 dir Brian Large


Sunday 6 October 2013, 3.45pm NFT3
Britten’s Children
BBC 2004 dir. John Bridcut


Tuesday 8 October 2013, 6.00pm NFT1
Death in Venice
Isolde Films UK 1981 dir. Tony Palmer







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