BFI celebrates Steve McQueen’s Small Axe with special weekend

Following the immense success of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series (lensed by DP Shabier Kirchner), the BFI are presenting a special big screen weekend dedicated to McQueen’s love letter to Black resilience, joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and food. Taking place at BFI Southbank from 22 – 24 October, the weekend will present all five … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC

FREEDOM TO CREATE Cinematography is the adventure Sean Bobbitt BSC always craved, allowing him to explore new worlds and experience a rush of intellectual and visual freedom. Sharing stories from an extraordinary career, he discusses creating imagery relevant to a truth, captivating audiences, and life-changing filmmaking experiences.  The notion of a career as a feature film cinematographer came to Sean Bobbitt BSC relatively late in life. “I … Read more

Cannes announces “Rendez-vous with…” masterclass line-up

Launched in the 90s, “Masterclasses” became a highlight of the 12 days at Cannes over the years. The Festival decided to rename them “Rendez-vous with…” in 2018 and to stage more of them, so that the personal visions and unique words of the major artists of our age could be imparted alongside the Official Selection … Read more

Scorsese, Nolan and more pay tribute as BFI creative director Heather Stewart steps down

After a career at the BFI spanning 30 years, Heather Stewart is to step down in September 2021 from her current role as creative director. She will take on a new position as BFI director emeritus. As director emeritus, Stewart will continue to be an ambassador and advisor to the BFI, with a focus on … Read more

Shabier Kirchner / Small Axe: Mangrove

THE TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL Mangrove – the first film in the monumental five-part Small Axe series unites cinematographer Shabier Kirchner with director Steve McQueen to tell personal stories of resilience and triumph that are both steeped in history and vibrant with culture. “If watching Small Axe can inspire one youth in the Caribbean to become … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows

Stealing Hearts Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows Stealing Hearts Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows BY: Trevor Hogg Upon graduating from Santa Clara University in California, Sean Bobbitt BSC headed back to England believing that he would go straight into directing television shows. “Everywhere I went, people were kind but laughed as the average age for … Read more

Cut Sequence from Steve McQueen’s Hunger Revealed

In October 2008, Hunger, a historical drama film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike which starred Michael Fassbender as strike leader Bobby Sands, was released with direction by Steve McQueen and cinematography by Sean Bobbitt BSC. Having premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious Caméra d’Or award for first-time filmmakers, the 96 … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC / 12 Years A Slave

Heart of Darkness Sean Bobbitt BSC / 12 years a slave Heart of Darkness Sean Bobbitt BSC / 12 years a slave BY: Ron Prince Variously described as “blistering and brilliant”, and “a new, movie landmark of cruelty and transcendence”, 12 Years A Slave looks set to storm the headlines and, in all probability, the … Read more

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