BFI Southbank are set to present a season celebrating the explosive and transformative cinema and TV made from 1989-1999 throughout July and August.

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From the 1st July until the 31st August, BFI Southbank will celebrate the best 90’s cinema and television, exploring how this decade broke rules and kickstarted the careers of some of the most celebrated filmmakers today including Quentin Tarantino and Richard Linklater.

The season will explore work that dared to be different, leading to having a profound impact on pop culture and every day life including films such as The Blair Witch Project (1999) and The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999).

Special events throughout the programme will include  a 90s film quiz, an event celebrating classic 90s children’s TV, black cinema throughout the decade and the world cinema that made waves. Special guests attending for Q&As and introductions will include Isaac Julien (Young Soul Rebels), Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk) and Amy Jenkins (This Life).

This new season will begin with a special screening of Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) on Friday 5th July, which comes ahead of an extended run of the film from Friday 2nd August, when it is re-released in selected cinemas across the UK by Park Circus.

The BFI Southbank will also present a  Video Store installation from Friday 26th July – Saturday 17th August; designed by students from Wimbledon College of Arts, the store will play host to pop-up events and be the perfect trip down memory lane for those pining for the bygone VHS era.

Meanwhile, the programme will also acknowledge the success of American teen films in the 90’s with a special Forever Young Film Club which  will present a fun-packed 90s Teen Film Quiz on Thursday 1st August. Elsewhere, on the 12th August author and film critic Matt Glasby will take part in an illustrated talk about his new book Britpop Cinema:From Trainspotting to This Is England, exploring how 90s cinema said goodbye to the kitchen sink and embraced escapism instead.

The season will also celebrate the world of television in the 90’s with special events celebrating TV shows including Queer as Folk, This Life and The Word, with special guests. Meanwhile, the event 90s Kid’s Shows on Sunday 18th July will see  audiences being able to take a nostalgic trip to revisit programmes like Five Children and It, Live & Kicking, The Queen’s Nose, Maid Marian and her Merry Men, Bodger & Badger and Press Gang.


BFI Southbank’s Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels season will run from the 1st July until the 31st August.