NEWS: BFI Announce Details of Edgar Wright’s London After Dark Season

The season of films curated by Edgar Wright in celebration of his new film Last Night in Soho will be screened from the 18th October until the 29th November.

Image from Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom.

The BFI have confirmed details of Edgar Wright’s London After Dark, a new season curated by the film director to coincide with the release of his new film Last Night in Soho.

Taking place at BFI Southbank from the 18th October to 29th November, the season of 10 films will introduce audiences to the work that inspired Wright’s latest film.

Along with Edgar Wright’s choices such as Beat Girl, Hitchcock’s Frenzy and The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963), the season will also include two special screenings of Last Night in Soho which is released in the UK on 29th October. There will be a preview on 21st October (with special guests to be announced), and a special screening on 31st October, followed by an in-person Q&A with Wright.

Edgar Wright said: “My new film Last Night In Soho was born out of a long-held desire to fashion a story set in an area of Central London that I’ve worked in for the last 25 years, a district that I love and sometimes fear. The 1960s casts a long shadow on Soho and I’ve long been fascinated with the films of the period that peek into the darker corners of central London nightlife. This season represents a broad range of some of the films that inspired me; dramas, horrors, thrillers, even documentaries (of sometimes dubious veracity). So, as the nights get longer, disappear down some dark alleys with me…”

Wright’s anticipated new film stars Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise, who leaves her life in a remote village to become a fashion student in London, where home becomes a top-floor flat amid Soho’s neon lights. Eloise soon learns that life in the capital is not without its dangers as she learns secrets about Soho in the past and must face some ghosts that are lurking in the present.

Films chosen by Edgar Wright to screen in the season include the first of a series of ripped-from-the-headlines tabloid documentary West End Jungle, Primitive London, Passport to Shame, Peeping Tom and The Pleasure Girls.

To find out more about the screenings visit the BFI website.

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