Thriller: Our new Festival strand to support the BFI's latest season

05 Sep 2017

4 mins
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Complementing the BFI's Thriller blockbuster season this autumn, we've curated a brand new Thriller strand for our own Into Film Festival - and we haven't done it alone!

Taking inspiration from the BFI's season, we'll be exploring the thriller in all its forms, and questioning whether it could even be the genre of our time. What's more, we asked young people from regional programming groups from the BFI's Young Film Audience Network around the UK to help us curate the strand, along with members of our own Youth Advisory Council, which means that for the very first time, the world's largest youth film festival will have a strand curated by its own audience.

The young programmers, aged between 8 and 21 years, were asked to investigate seven key aspects of the thriller genre, nominating their two favourite films from each category. We then rounded out the strand with thriller favourites chosen by Into Film's Youth Advisory Council and with anniversary titles and recent releases identified by Into Film's professional curation team.

Into Film Festival bookings go live on Wednesday 6 September exclusively for Into Film Club leaders, and on Thursday 7 September for everybody else. Find out more about the Into Film Festival here.

The films selected by young people were:

For British Thrillers, young programmers from Gulbenkian in Canterbury selected:

For Contemporary Femme Fatales, young programmers from Cinema City in Norwich selected:

For Film Noir, young programmers from Cell B in Wales selected:

For Hitchcock thrillers, young programmers from Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland selected:

For Political Thrillers, young programmers from Storyhouse in Chester selected:

For Psychological Thrillers, young programmers from QFT in Belfast selected:

For Suspense Thrillers, young programmers from Eden Court in Inverness selected:

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