What TV’s on at the BFI in March 2014

It’s time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in March 2014. Not much on this month, because of the full film schedule, but previews of the final two parts of the ‘Worricker Trilogy’, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield, as well as a showing of the first part, Page Eight, and a short season of TV documentaries by Mira Hamermesh, including Maids and Madams, Talking to the Enemy and Loving the Dead.

Sat 1 Mar 13:30 NFT1
Page Eight
A Heyday Films / Runaway Fridge TV / Carnival Films / Masterpiece co-production in association with NBCUniversal for BBC 2011.
Dir David Hare. With Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Rachel Weisz. 105min
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is MI5’s most admired intelligence analyst. When his boss Benedict Baron dies suddenly he leaves behind a contentious file which exposes all the contradictions and excesses of the war on terror.
Joint ticket available with the two previews £15, concs £11.50 (members pay £1.50 less)

TV Preview: Turks & Caicos + Panel
A Carnival Films/Heyday Films/Beaglepug/Masterpiece co-production in association with NBCUniversal for BBC 2014.
Dir David Hare. With Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Ryder, Christopher Walken. 95min

Johnny Worricker is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile islands Turks & Caicos. But an encounter with a CIA agent forces him into the company of some ambiguous American businessmen who claim to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis.
There will be a panel discussion and Q&A in which we welcome David Hare and cast members. Please check the BFI website for final confirmations. Followed by an interval.

+ Salting the Battlefield
A Carnival Films/Heyday Films/Beaglepug/Masterpiece co-production in association with NBCUniversal for BBC 2014.
Dir David Hare. With Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Ralph Fiennes. 92min

Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrrell (Helena Bonham Carter) are now on the run together across Europe. But Worricker knows his only chance of resolving his problems is to return home and confront his nemesis – the UK Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes).
Joint ticket available with Page Eight £15, concs £11.50 (members pay £1.50 less)

Tue 4 Mar 18:10 NFT3
Talking to the Enemy – Voices of Sorrow and Rage
Channel 4 1987. Dir Mira Hamermesh. 55min

Hamermesh was a Zionist who believed in justice and dialogue, and this film demonstrates these beliefs perfectly. It follows a chance meeting on neutral ground in Washington D.C. between Muna Hamzeh, a young Palestinian journalist, and Chaim Shur, an older Israeli editor. When Chaim suggests Muna visit Israel and come to his family’s home at their kibbutz in the Negev, Hamermesh follows. The two talk, and in observing this dialogue Hamermesh’s film truly makes us think.

+ Loving The Dead
BBC2 1991. Dir Mira Hamermesh. 55min

After South Africa and India, Hamermesh returned to her homeland to find her mother’s grave and explore how Poles co-exist with the ghosts of their missing Jewish neighbours. Widely regarded as her masterpiece, this deeply personal film sees Hamermesh travelling all over Poland to find traces of the vanished Jewish presence.

Thu 6 Mar 18:00 NFT3
Maids and Madams + Q&A with Sir Jeremy Isaacs
Channel 4 1986. Dir Mira Hamermesh. 52min

Shot in South Africa, the subtly understated Maids and Madams examines the tragedy of apartheid through the emotional relationship between the black household worker and the white employer. Winner of the Prix Italia, it shows how apartheid begins at home – where white-aproned black maids tend the children of their white madams, while their own children stay neglected, jealous and without prospects in crumbling, remote townships.
Please visit the BFI website for full confirmation on panelists nearer the time

Champions’ priority booking: February 3 11.30am
Members’ priority booking opens: February 4 11.30am

£9.50 (members)
£7.00 (member concs)
£11.00 (non-members)
£8.50 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £6.00.

All shows are £6 on Tuesdays. Conc prices are available to senior citizens, students, unwaged and disability visitors. Proof of eligibility may be required.

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details.

  • Mark Carroll

    I think I'll try “Page Eight” out, I don't think I caught that the first time.

  • JustStark

    I saw 'Page Eight'. It's really really really boring.