From the end of May, BBC Arts celebrates The Genius Of British Cinema in a season of documentaries, films and events across BBC Two, BBC Four, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, BBC iPlayer and online.
In a partnership aiming to bring British film to a wider audience, BBC Arts and the BFI have joined up to host live events and screenings taking place at BFI Southbank which will be recorded for BBC Four. In Conversation will feature an interview with some of the best known names in British cinema, Julie Walters, Ken Loach and Dame Judi Dench.
On BBC Two, film aficionado Jonathan Ross goes behind the scenes of the nation’s most successful studios in Pinewood: 80 Years Of Movie Magic. Whilst exploring the sets and scenes of some of the biggest blockbusters of all time he meets the people who made them possible both on screen and off, including Barbara Windsor, Hayley Mills, Joan Collins, Matthew Vaughn and Naomie Harris.
Ross tells the story behind some of Britain’s greatest film moments and even reveals the magic behind the movies in some special recreation sequences, where he takes to the wheel himself in a bold car stunt, learns the art of choreographing a musical number on screen, before staging an audacious underwater scene complete with damsel in distress!
The BBC’s multi award-winning Arts strand Arena undertakes the first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema, with contributions from collaborators and film-makers who have been inspired by him.