A comforting antidote to the dreadful past few months, the BFI Southbank is screening a series of Bank Holiday style comfort movies when it reopens next month.

The sort of movies that you settle down to on a damp Bank Holiday to enjoy, knowing every single line of what’s said, and loving the nostalgia of it all. All they need to make it perfect is to offer tea and hot buttery crumpets in the cafe.

And tickets are just £8 per person and go on sale on Monday 24 August 2020 at 10am.


You’re gonna need a bigger boat. Spielberg’s timeless blockbuster needs no introduction.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

One of Disney’s most beloved films, now over 80 years old.


Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Monty Python’s irreverent and hilarious satire of religious orthodoxy.



Classic wartime melodrama starring Humphrey Bogart.


Singin’ in the Rain

Gene Kelly’s love letter to the movies is pure cinema.


Pulp Fiction

Tarantino’s violent and incendiary Palme d’Or-winning classic.



Moving retelling of Martin Luther King Jr’s epic march in 1965.



Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating and Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama.


The Wizard of Oz

The classic Technicolor musical was made for the big screen.



Tom Hanks excels in Penny Marshall’s 80s comedy classic.


Spirited Away

This magical animated fantasy is Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece.


My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in Gus Van Sant’s New Queer Cinema landmark.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn glitters in the endlessly popular adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic novel.


A Matter of Life and Death

Powell and Pressburger’s allegorical fantasy contemplates love and death.


After Life

Beautiful and lyrical meditation on memory and happiness.


Boyz n the Hood

Blistering urban drama starring Cuba Gooding Jr.



Alicia Silverstone stars in the 90s high-school adaptation of Jane Austen. Whatever!


Bicycle Thieves

Landmark of Italian neorealism about a father searching for his stolen bike.


Daughters of the Dust

Hugely influential feature debut from Julie Dash.


Bugsy Malone

Kids play the grown-ups in Parker’s timeless children’s gangster flick.


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  1. Jon Jones says:

    Can just see you, Ian, being at the head of the queue for Boyz n the Hood

  2. Melvyn says:

    Surprised Antony Hopkins in the original “ coronavirus mask” is not included !

  3. Jona26 says:

    Was scrolling throught the list thinking “Yes, possibly,no, yes” and got to the past one and nearly exclaimed out loud on the bus! Is it wrong of a man about to turn 50 to be so excited?

  4. Jona26 says:

    Whoops typo – should say “last one” not “past one”

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