Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger

Supporting Scotland’s film exhibitors to take part in a UK-wide celebration of Powell and Pressburger.

This autumn we’re diving into the cinematic universe of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, whose creative partnership in the 1940s created some of the most stylistically ambitious, thematically rich, subversive, and sensual British films ever made.

Conceived by the BFI and delivered in partnership with FAN, Cinema Unbound is the greatest celebration yet of this extraordinary duo of filmmakers.

Powell and Pressburger not only transformed British cinema, but the vast creative universes they created has gone on to influence the world of cinema and popular culture. Backed by a UK-wide press and marketing campaign, the Cinema Unbound season will provide entry points into Powell and Pressburger’s work for a wide range of audiences.

Film Hub Scotland members are invited to take part in Cinema Unbound by delivering events that celebrate the work and legacy of Powell and Pressburger.

Where do I start?

Take a look at the Creative Brief for information on the programme and to get some inspiration.

Also get ideas from the list of available contextual titles that are available to book.

What is available?

Access up to £500 (£125 per film) for programme enhancement, wraparound activity and audience development when you book one or more of the four key titles:

  • A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
  • Black Narcissus (1947)
  • I Know Where I’m Going (1945) – re-released theatrically on 20 October
  • The Red Shoes (1948) – re-released theatrically on 8 December

What are the guidelines for this fund?

Please then read the information carefully in the Funding Guidelines.

Period of activity

Cinema Unbound runs from Monday 16 October – Sunday 31 December 2023 at BFI Southbank and across FAN.

Titles on the Menu will be available to book beyond the main season dates until the end of February 2024.

Menu applications will be kept open on a rolling basis until Monday 16 October 2023.

Invisible Women: Support for your screenings

We are partnering with activist collective, Invisible Women, to offer bespoke editorial and film framing for the BFI Powell and Pressburger Season.

This includes critical writing responses and programme notes, in-person introductions in Glasgow or Edinburgh and pre-recorded introductions.

Contact Invisible Women or email to find out more.

How to apply

Applications can be made via the online form below. All applicants will also be asked to complete an Equality Monitoring Form.

The online application form doesn’t allow you to save your progress, so you’ll find a list of the questions asked in our downloads section to help you prepare your application offline.

If you have any questions, or require support to complete your application, please contact us at:

Apply here