30 May 2007
Freddie Francis tribute at BFI Southbank
We have learned that the BFI are planning a special tribute to Oscar-winning cinematographer, and former Hammer director Freddie Francis this July at the BFI Southbank, London.
Monday July 23rd 2007
The BFI National Film Archive is screening two films in tribute to Freddie Francis:
Paranoiac (UK 1963) 18:10 NFT3
Maurice Denham and Oliver Reed in Freddie Francis' Paranoiac.
Photo © Universal/Hammer.
Jimmy Sangster's deliciously twisted and ghoulish plot is brought to life by Francis' subtle treatment and some great performances. Oliver Reed plays evil, drunken Simon Ashby, who goes off the rails when his elder brother returns from the dead to reclaim the family fortune. The dank interiors of the Ashby pile conceal many secrets; madness, hints of incest and a skeleton in the closet make this Hammer thriller a rare unmissable treat.
We hope to welcome Jimmy Sangster to introduce this screening.
Cape Fear (USA 1991) 20:20 NFT3
De Niro brilliantly combines sheer menace with sexual appeal in Scorsese's dazzling, self-conscious remake. The battle between good and evil in the 1961 original is given a complex, modern twist and a generous helping of graphic violence. Francis was chosen for the feel for Gothic atmosphere so evident in his Hammer films and his virtuoso visual flourishes are complemented by Elmer Bernstein's pounding score.
We hope that a member of Francis' family will introduce this screening.
Joint tickets for the screenings are £12.50, concessions £9.25 (members pay £1 less)
Tickets can also be purchased for each film; ring box office for prices.
Tickets can be booked from June 6 from the BFI Southbank box office.
Members postal booking available now.
London SE1 8XT
Tel: 020 7928 3232