BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

Get ready for an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza as we partner with the BFI for a UK-wide season celebrating all things film musical in BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen.

From October to January, BFI Musicals! will showcase the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers back on the big screen.

More toe-tapping, heart-swooning cinematic treats to be announced soon - register your interest and be one of the first to find out.

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BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen programme

Previous Screenings & Events in this programme

BFI Family Season
Please note: This event took place in Oct 2019
Event
Join Pervasive Media Studio residents Compass Presents as they lead a Flashmob in the Centre of one of the most iconic, best-loved dance routines of all time: Gene Kelly's umbrella-twirling, puddle-splashing turn in Singin' in the Rain.

Cabin in the Sky (Cancelled)

 Classified  December Musical Brunches
Cabin in the Sky
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
With its all-Black cast, MGM’s 1943 musical Cabin in the Sky provided a rare and invaluable showcase for some of the era’s most legendary African American performers.

Pakeezah

 Classified PG  S   December Musical Brunches
Pakeezah
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
One of the most extraordinary musical melodramas ever made and a cult classic, Pakeezah is much beloved by audiences for Meena Kumari’s breathtakingly tragic turn as the doomed Sahibjaan, who is born in a graveyard to a dying mother who was once a famed courtesan.

A Star is Born

 Classified  December Musical Brunches
A Star is Born
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
George Cukor’s (The Women,My Fair Lady,A Philadelphia Story) epic 1954 version of A Star is Born features an Oscar® nominated Judy Garland and James Mason as the lovers on opposing ends of fame, and is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all time.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

 Classified PG  S  
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
Jacques Demy’s 1964 all-sung masterpiece launched Catherine Deneuve into stardom and remains one of the most romantic films to emerge from the French New Wave era.

Calamity Jane (singalong)

 Classified  December Musical Brunches
Calamity Jane (singalong)
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
Dust off your Stetson and polish those cowboy boots - Calamity Jane is back, this time with a dazzling digital restoration and a sing-a-long screening.

Guys and Dolls

 Classified  December Musical Brunches
Guys and Dolls
Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019
Film
Based on the popular 1950 Broadway musical of the same name, Guys and Dolls is a hugely entertaining musical with some of the brightest stars of its day, including Marlon Brando in his only musical role.

Cossacks of the Kuban

 Classified  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Cossacks of Kuban
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
A masterful mythologisation of the Soviet way of life, singing Soviets on the Steppe are to the fore in this richly coloured Romeo and Juliet-style tale of two rival farms.

Carnival Night

 Classified  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Carnival in Moscow
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
A brilliant parody of Soviet top-down bureaucracy, Eldar Ryzanov’s debut musical comedy satirises the appointment of a new Director of a House of Culture, who threatens the New Year’s party plans of his co-workers.

West Side Story + Poetry

 Classified PG  Musicals, Rewritten?
West Side Story + Poetry
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
An electrifying musical, with an astonishing score written by masterful composer Leonard Bernstein and legendary Stephen Sondheim, Westside Story sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City.

Musical Spoken Word Workshop

Musicals, Rewritten?
Musical Spoken Word Workshop
Please note: This event took place in Jan 2020
Event
Join the brilliant Beth Calverley and Malaika Kegode for a not-to-be-missed musical inspired spoken word workshop for anyone aged 15 – 24.

Hairspray + Poetry

 Classified PG  Musicals, Rewritten?
Hairspray + Poetry
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
Set in Baltimore in 1962, Adam Shankman’s glittering production of Hairspray - adapted from the 2002 stage production and John Waters’ gloriously kitsch 1988 film is a celebratory call for equality and acceptance.

Milk Poetry Musical Showcase

Musicals, Rewritten?
Milk Poetry Musical Showcase
Please note: This event took place in Jan 2020
Event
Join us for an evening of spoken word with Milk Poetry featuring Caroline Teague, Beth Calverley and Asmaa Jama performing work inspired by some of the greatest musicals hosted by Malaika Kegode. Expect speed poems, politics and show tunes.

Cheryomushki

 Classified  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Cheryomushki
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
A unique and wonderfully upbeat musical comedy adapted for the screen in 1963, Cheryomushki is set in the suburbs of Soviet Moscow, where young couples find dream homes provided by the state.

We Are from Jazz

 Classified  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Jazzman
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
This unforgettable comedy musical follows the story of the young musician Konstantin and his burning ambition to bring jazz to the Soviet Union in the 1920s.
We Are Parable Presents The Art of the Black Visual Album: Sampha - Process
Please note: This event took place in Jan 2020
Event
We've teamed up with We Are Parable for a unique screening of Process, the visual album from award-winning UK artist Sampha, directed by video artist Kahlil Joseph (Beyonce: Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar: good Kid, m.A.A.d city).