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August 2005 at the NFT

The NFT are screening a series of Powell (& Pressburger) films in August 2005 to mark Michael's centenary. Sadly they've chosen that month to refurbish their main screen, NFT1, so that won't be available for any of the screenings.

The Michael Powell season at the NFT is presented by the bfi in association with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, with the support of Granada International.

After being shown at in London, these films will be shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and then at various locations around the country.

To tie in with the bfi's Michael Powell centenary celebrations, a special open-air screening of A Matter of Life and Death will be held in the magnificent courtyard at Somerset House during the Summer Screen week of 16-20 August, presented by FilmFour and Somerset House in association with the bfi. For further information and to book tickets, visit

Mon01 Aug18:20NFT3Michael Powell: An Introduction
By Prof. Ian Christie
Mon01 Aug20:40NFT3The Spy in Black (1939)
Smith (1939)
Tue02 Aug18:20NFT3The Spy in Black (1939)
Smith (1939)
Tue02 Aug20:40NFT2The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Wed03 Aug18:20NFT2The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Wed03 Aug20:40NFT2Contraband (1940)
Thu04 Aug18:10NFT3The Spy in Black (1939)
Smith (1939)
Thu04 Aug20:00NFT3The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Fri05 Aug14:40NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Fri05 Aug18:15NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Fri05 Aug20:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Fri05 Aug20:45NFT2The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Sat06 Aug16:00NFT2Gone to Earth (1950)
Sat06 Aug18:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sat06 Aug20:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sat06 Aug20:40NFT2Contraband (1940)
Sun07 Aug15:10NFT2The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Sun07 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sun07 Aug20:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sun07 Aug20:40NFT2Gone to Earth (1950)
Mon08 Aug18:10NFT2The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Mon08 Aug20:45NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Tue09 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Tue09 Aug18:15NFT2Gone to Earth (1950)
Tue09 Aug20:40NFT2The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Wed10 Aug17:30NFT2The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Wed10 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Wed10 Aug20:30NFT2A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Thu11 Aug18:20NFT2Contraband (1940)
Thu11 Aug20:40NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Fri12 Aug15:50NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Fri12 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sat13 Aug18:00NFT3The Red Shoes (1948)
Sat13 Aug20:40NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sun14 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Sun14 Aug20:20NFT3The Red Shoes (1948)
Mon15 Aug20:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Tue16 Aug18:00NFT2The Red Shoes (1948)
Tue16 Aug18:20NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Tue16 Aug20:40NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Wed17 Aug18:00NFT2The Small Back Room (1948)
Wed17 Aug20:20NFT2The Red Shoes (1948)
Wed17 Aug20:30NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Wed17 Aug Somerset HouseA Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Thu18 Aug18:10NFT3Black Narcissus (1947)
Thu18 Aug20:40NFT2The Small Back Room (1948)
Fri19 Aug14:30NFT2The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Fri19 Aug18:20NFT2Peeping Tom (1960)
Sat20 Aug14:00NFT3Thelma Schoonmaker Powell in Conversation
Sat20 Aug16:00NFT2The Small Back Room (1948)
Sat20 Aug20:40NFT2Peeping Tom (1960)
Sun21 Aug16:00NFT2One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
Sun21 Aug18:20NFT2Age of Consent (1969)
Sun21 Aug20:40NFT2Peeping Tom (1960)
Mon22 Aug18:20NFT2Peeping Tom (1960)
Mon22 Aug20:40NFT2One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
Tue23 Aug18:10NFT3The Edge of the World (1937)
St. Kilda, Britain's Loneliest Isle (1928)
Tue23 Aug20:40NFT2Age of Consent (1969)
Wed24 Aug20:30NFT2One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
Thu25 Aug18:10NFT3A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Thu25 Aug20:40NFT3The Edge of the World (1937)
St. Kilda, Britain's Loneliest Isle (1928)
Fri26 Aug14:30NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Fri26 Aug18:20NFT3A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Fri26 Aug20:30NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Introduced by Margot Fitzsimons ("Bridie")
Sat27 Aug15:50NFT3The Edge of the World (1937)
St. Kilda, Britain's Loneliest Isle (1928)
Sat27 Aug18:00NFT3A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Sat27 Aug20:30NFT249th Parallel (1941)
Sun28 Aug16:00NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Sun28 Aug18:15NFT2A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Sun28 Aug20:30NFT349th Parallel (1941)
Mon29 Aug15:40NFT3A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Mon29 Aug18:15NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Mon29 Aug20:30NFT2A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Tue30 Aug18:10NFT249th Parallel (1941)
Tue30 Aug20:45NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Wed31 Aug18:20NFT3I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Wed31 Aug20:20NFT3A Matter of Life and Death (1946)


  1. Black Narcissus (1947):
    New restoration by Granada International
    Screening as part of the Digital Futures programme
    A bfi release
  2. The Edge of the World (1937):
    New digital restoration by the bfi
    Screening as part of the Digital Futures programme
  3. The Spy in Black (1939):
    A restoration by the bfi National Film and Television Archive, supported by the British Board of Film Classification.
  4. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945):
    New digital restoration by the bfi, with thanks to Granad International.
    Screening as part of the Digital Futures programme
  5. A Matter of Life and Death (1946):
    New digital restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
    Screening as part of the Digital Futures programme
  6. Thelma Schoonmaker Powell in Conversation:
    Thelma Schoonmaker Powell shares some memories of her late husband, and will give us a rare glimpse of source materials for projects realized and unrealized.
    Tickets £8.20, concs £6.25. Joint ticket available with The Small Back Room on Sat 20 Aug £11.50, concs £9.25

A collection of critical essays, The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-Maker, edited by Ian Christie and Andrew Moor, is published by bfi Publishing.

Available from the NFT reception desk:
Paperback 15.99 (NFT Members offer price 13.99 until 31 Aug 2005)

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