South Bank London

Shifting Layers: The Film Scores of Philip Glass

In this month-long season, the BFI explores acclaimed composer Philip Glass’s unique contribution to cinema.


01 Aug - 31 Aug 2024

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Tickets from £11.30

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BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, UK

For over fifty years, Philip Glass has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest filmmakers to produce breathtaking music.

A restless creative presence upon the landscape of contemporary music, whose musical style has constantly evolved, Glass’s scores elevate the power of the films they accompany, but also frequently engage in a dialogue with his larger body of work.

Whether it’s his work with solo piano, pulsating electronica or a full orchestra, every film that this groundbreaking and hugely influential composer works on edges towards the transcendent.

In this season, the BFI Southbank looks back at some of his best work, in both documentary and narrative cinema.

Films spotlighted in this unique season include Martin Scorsese’s Kundun, The Truman Show, The Hours, The Illusionist and the 1992 horror classic Candyman, as well as critically acclaimed documentary films such as Jane, The Thin Blue Line and the Qatsi Trilogy.

On Wed 14 August at 6:10pm an expert panel gathers for The Philip Glass Effect, a richly illustrated discussion about the composer’s distinguished career.

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