Christopher Nolan to Headline LFF Connects Event Series

Christopher Nolan will headline a new series of events at the BFI London Film Festival it was announced on Friday (Aug. 28).

Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, renowned for her art work in film, will launch LFF Connects, a new series of high-profile talks, with an in-depth conversation at London’s BFI Southbank on Friday Oct. 9. The conversation will be moderated by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart.

LFF Connects is a brand new series of high-profile talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas within the film industry by exploring both the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries, including television, music, art, games and creative technology. The series will be launched in partnership with American Express at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

Nolan and Dean will explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as an essential part of the cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future, and why the debate around film needs to change. Also joining the discussion will be Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austrian Film Museum.

“As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema,” said Dean. “Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it.”

“LFF Connects is a series of events designed to look at the future of film and its intersection with the wider creative industries,” said Clare Stewart, Festival Director of the BFI London Film Festival. “We could not hope to have a more dynamic, impactful launch than to bring together Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean, two of the greatest creators working in film and art to discuss the future of film as a medium.”

The 59th BFI London Film Festival runs from Oct. 7-18.

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