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: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger 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.

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.

Period of activity

Cinema Unbound runs from Monday 16 October – Sunday 31 December 2023 at BFI Southbank and across the BFI Film Audience Network.

Support for bespoke projects and wraparound activity have now closed.

Titles on the Menu will be available to book beyond the main season dates until the end of February 2024. The Menu titles are: A Matter of Life and Death; Black Narcissus; I Know Where I’m Going! and The Red Shoes.

For more information, please get in touch.