BFI year of Gothic

Posted by Matt Foley on February 23, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with

FrightFest — at the Glasgow Film Festival — is currently capturing the popular imagination in the UK but that’s not the only treat this year for horror/Gothic film fans. The British Film Institute will launch officially its own series of Gothic features in June to showcase classics of the genre. A number of the features are likely to be shown at BFI Southbank in London, but there will be events nationwide (including a potential screening in Derry/Londonderry – the 2013 City of Culture). Creative Director Heather Stewart, who did super work last year with the BFI‘s Hitchcock showcase,  has said:

Gothic is a perennial theme that seems to speak to every generation, from Horace Walpole, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley’s pioneering Gothic tales to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Saga […] and True Blood. Gothic will demonstrate how the BFI is, once again, at the heart of the zeitgeist. Last summer the BFI made Alfred Hitchcock the name on the nation’s lips and Gothic promises to follow suit, with a uniquely filmic take on this fascinating theme that is so quintessentially British.

The programme will run for some four months and a number of related DVD releases are planned. Judging by the early promotional material the selection of films looks to be closer to German Expressionism than to sparkly Byronic vampires. A brief trailer for the season can be found here.

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