Top 10 Films is delighted to reveal that the BFI will present a special season dedicated to Stephen King between September 1 and October 3 at BFI Southbank.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love the work of Stephen King. One of the great contemporary writers, King is perhaps best known as a creator of scary tales courtesy of films like The Shining, Carrie and Misery remaining audience favourites. But the man who also wrote the novels, novellas and short stories that inspired The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me is more than just a teller of horror stories. He’s a powerhouse storyteller, full stop.To celebrate his work, BFI have announced a season of film and television dedicated to King. The seasons comes at an opportune time. Not least, it’ll be King’s 70th birthday. 2017 will also see the release of films adapted from his work. Andres Muschietti brings us It and Nikolaj Arcel gives us The Dark Tower, both epic stories of heroes and villains with a fantastical, horror slant. This year, King will also release his latest novel Sleeping Beauties, which he has co-written with son Owen.
Taking place at BFI Southbank from Friday 1 September – Tuesday 3 October, the season will include screenings of classic adaptations such as Stand by Me (Rob Reiner, 1986) and The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994), talks and discussions, selected screenings of films including Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976) and The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) on the huge screen at the BFI IMAX, and a special Birthday Weekender (21-23 September) including a Stephen King Film Quiz and a Stephen King Summit.
Alongside the season Stephen King has chosen a selection of his favourite films to screen exclusively at BFI Southbank. These include The Hitcher (Robert Harmon, 1986), of which King says “what sets this apart…is the amazing performance of Rutger Hauer”; Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957) – “although it’s old school… the horror here is pretty understated, until the very end”; The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980) – “there are no monsters bursting from chests; just a child’s ball bouncing down a flight of stairs was enough to scare the daylights out of me”; Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla, 1960) – “on the subject of British horror…you can’t do much better than Village of the Damned”; and The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben, 1987) – “There’s that classic moment when he goes blank and says, “Saaay, who am I this time?” before bludgeoning his wife with a telephone”.