“I think about film more as the start of a dialogue rather than as the escapist form of entertainment with which it has become identified.”

– Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator at Watershed, Bristol

This is the thinking that kickstarted Conversations About Cinema. We like to talk about films and believe many other people do too. We’re interested in language, politics, history, art, music and lots of other things. Above all we’re interested in discussing the issues raised through film, how they make us feel and how they reflect the world we live in.  Conversations About Cinema provides routes and insights into films from other cinema-goers, curators, academics, filmmakers and more. We invite you to join the conversation.

Each year, hundreds of new films are released in the UK from all over the world. Conversations About Cinema puts the spotlight on some of these great films, starting off in March 2016 with The Pearl Button, a lyrical documentary from Patricio Guzmán (Nostalgia for the Light, The Battle of Chile) which opens up a rich reflection on landscape, history and culture in Chile.

The films featured on Conversations About Cinema are hand picked by a panel of cinema curators from independent cinemas across the UK as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). They are films worth discovering and talking about – conversation starters.

If you’re part of a cinema and would like to find out more or get involved, get in touch.

All Conversations About Cinema content is free to use and share online. If you’re a blogger and linking to it on another site, all we ask is that you acknowledge the site and encourage others to join the conversation about cinema.

The past season of Conversations about Cinema, Impact of Conflict, opened up discussions on subjects as varied as issues of racial tension and civil rights violations (Selma), religious extremism (Timbuktu), and the Indonesian ‘Communist purge’ of the 1960s (The Look of Silence). Explore the Impact of Conflict season here.

Conversations About Cinema is a collaborative project working with partners and cinemas across the BFI Film Audience Network.