Thirty years! Really? Seems hard to believe. Yet it’s 30 years ago that Prime Suspect was first broadcast. As I (re)discovered – although I always kind of knew it – when I recently rewatched it, it really is an astonishingly good piece of work.
I won’t be able to offer the kind of service Rob used to offer when it came to either BFI events or news (and I don’t think he can either!), but as TMINE’s new Official Movie Reviewer in Residence, I hope to offer at least some kind of news service for movies.
The BFI announced this on Friday and it looks fantastic, so I thought I’d let you all know about it.
The BFI today announces a new celebration of one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, film critic-turned-director, François Truffaut (1932 – 1984), taking place across the UK from January – February 2022. This major retrospective will include BFI Distribution re-releases of THE 400 BLOWS (1959) and JULES ET JIM (1962), a two-month season at BFI Southbank, a collection of films available on BFI Player, partner seasons at cinemas including Edinburgh Filmhouse and Ciné Lumière, and BFI Blu-ray releases later in spring 2022. Alongside the BFI Southbank season – FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS – which is programmed thematically, there will also be screenings of a series of films that Truffaut lauded in his film criticism or which were particularly influential on his own work.
Truffaut spent a number of years working as a film critic at publications such as Cahiers du Cinéma, where he became renowned for his scathing reviews and a 1954 essay in which he criticised certain trends in French cinema. Along with peers like Jean-Luc Godard and Éric Rohmer, he became one of the most significant directors of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s. This seminal movement, which revolutionised filmmaking with its preference both for a playful approach to narrative and for shooting on location, would go on to influence the ambitions and practice of many filmmakers of the 60s, 70s and beyond, while countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Bong Joon-ho to Greta Gerwig and Wes Anderson, continue to hold Truffaut’s work in high esteem.
Further programme information
The BFI will bring a raft of Truffaut films back to the big screen in cinemas around the UK and Ireland and then onto the small screen. BFI Distribution will re-release THE 400 BLOWS (1959) in a new 4K restoration on 7 January 2022, followed by the re-release of JULES ET JIM (1962) on 4 February 2022. Cinemas will also be able to screen another five Truffaut films, all via BFI Distribution; SHOOT THE PIANIST (1960), LA PEAU DOUCE (1964), THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968), MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969) and THE LAST METRO (1980).
In the spring, the BFI will release JULES ET JIM, THE 400 BLOWS, THE LAST METRO and LA PEAU DOUCE on Blu-ray, each presented with contextualising extras and an illustrated booklet in their first pressings. A collection of 10 Truffaut films will be available to subscribers of BFI Player from January, with the four BFI Blu-ray titles being made available on BFI Player later in the spring.
The two-month season at BFI Southbank, running from January – February 2022, curated by BFI Programmer at Large Geoff Andrew, will feature thematic strands, so that audiences can easily explore Truffaut’s rich and varied back catalogue. In January, the Antoine Doinel films will introduce or reacquaint audiences with the character who some have described as Truffaut’s fictional alter-ego; Antoine Doinel is depicted over a 20-year period in THE 400 BLOWS (1959), short sequel ANTOINE ET COLETTE (1962), STOLEN KISSES (1968), BED AND BOARD (1970) and LOVE ON THE RUN (1979).
Also in January will be The Renoir Truffaut, named for the French filmmaker who was a major influence on Truffaut. Screenings in this part of the programme that show Renoir’s significant influence will include THE WILD CHILD (1970), A GORGEOUS GIRL LIKE ME (1972), DAY FOR NIGHT (1973), THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN (1977) and THE LAST METRO (1980).
In February, the season will focus on The Literary Truffaut, with screenings of films that Truffaut adapted for the screen, including JULES ET JIM (1961), FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966), THE STORY OF ADELE H (1975) and THE GREEN ROOM (1978).
The final theme of the season will examine The Hitchcock Truffaut, named for the director with which Truffaut is often associated, and whose work was of great influence on him. Films screening will include the brilliant merging of American noir and the New Wave style seen in SHOOT THE PIANIST (1960); the subtle account of an extra-marital affair SILKEN SKIN (1964); and Truffaut’s most overt tribute to Hitchcock, MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969) starring Catherine Deneuve and legend of the French New Wave Jean-Paul Belmondo, who recently died aged 88.
Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London
Hooray! Not only has the BFI finally been able to reopen its doors, it’s also started putting on TV events. And in October and November, it’s got a whole season of events dedicated to the magnificent long-running BBC anthology show, Play for Today, which first aired 50 years ago.
Full details of the season, as well as which plays are being show and when are after the jump, as well as links to previous TMINE ‘The Weekly Play’ articles that have featured the plays.
The BFI today announces a special digital in conversation event with Lennie James. The online event, which is part of the ongoing BFI at Home programme, presented in partnership with the Radio Times will feature Lennie James, the creator, writer and star of the universally acclaimed Save Me Too in conversation with BBC 6 Music film critic and broadcaster Rhianna Dhillon on Monday 22 June, 19:00 BST, via BFI YouTube.
The event, which coincides with the home entertainment release of Save Me Too, will look back at the success of the show, how Lennie is spending lockdown and his varied and esteemed career, including starring in television phenomena Line of Duty, The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, as well as roles in blockbuster films including Snatch and Blade Runner 2049.
Save Me Too, which stars Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham and Jason Flemyng, has James delivering a powerhouse performance as Nelly, on a desperate search for his missing daughter Jody with potentially terrible consequences for him and those around him. All episodes of Save Me Too are available on Sky Atlantic on demand and NOW TV, and available on DVD from the 22 June.
Free online panel discussion with the team behind ITV’s Isolation Stories
ITV 2020. Dir Paul Whittington. Eddie Marsan, Sheridan Smith, Angela Griffin, Robert Glenister, David Threlfall and more
BFI will host an online panel discussion with the award-winning team behind ITV’s new drama, Isolation Stories, the first lockdown TV drama which responds to and reflects on what families are going through during weeks of isolation. The panel discussion will stream before the broadcast of the second episode, and will give audience a chance to hear from exec producer Jeff Pope (Philomena), cast Eddie Marsan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street), director Paul Whittington (White House Farm), writer Gaby Chiappe (The Level) and producer Tom Dunbar (A Confession).
Isolation Stories will air on ITV at 9pm over four consecutive nights from Monday 4 May. Each 15 minute episode was filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves watched remotely by the directors. Assembled in conditions the production company has never faced before and written and directed by an award-winning team, the series features moments that are funny, sad, heart-warming and poignant.
Starring Sheridan Smith, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, Robert Glenister alongside his son Tom Glenister, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and Marsan’s two sons as well as Philip Jackson, Leanne Best and Michael Jibson.
The first episode entitled Mel, follows heavily pregnant, and fed up with life, Mel (Sheridan Smith) as she faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child – who has chosen to stay with his wife and family. Other episode explore father-son dynamics, a self-absorbed hypochondriac’s virtual sessions with his psychiatrist and a grandfather who tries to mend his broken family whilst observing social distancing.
The panel will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson giving audiences a chance to hear the unique challenges in producing this fascinating series and the highly topical issues it raises for us all. The public can submit their questions for the panel to @BFI on Twitter and by using the hashtag #IsolationStories. All questions must be submitted by 2pm on Monday 4 May.