The British Film Institute is to celebrate the Eurovision SOng Contest as part of their events to mark 100 years of the BBC.
Two sessions devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest are to be held at the BFI London Southbank on October 22. Session One is a rebroadcast of coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 1962. Thanks to the recent discovery of an audio copy of the BBC transmission (with commentary by David Jacobs) of this competition it has now been possible to create a near complete reconstruction of the show as originally broadcast by the BBC from 60 years ago. This screening presents a rare opportunity to see a vintage Eurovision Song Contest. NFT1 12:00 (86 minutes plus introduction) Tickets £15. Concessions £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less).
Session Two is called “A Eurovision Extravaganza: The Changing Face Of Eurovision” which will be a panel discussion alongside clips from the competition. With an array of rare archive material and pertinent clips, the panel, hosted by Eurovision expert Gordon Roxburgh, will analyse the changing face of Eurovision. And, to finish the day in style, a bespoke compilation will capture the spirit of Eurovision over the years featuring famous hosts, unforgettable performers, OTT sets, inappropriate costumes and the increasingly elaborate interval entertainments. NFT1 14.45 (130 minutes approx.) Tickets £15, concessions £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less).
Gordon Roxburgh is a former editor on Eurovision.tv, having worked on editions of both the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest between 2010 and 2016. He has written four books to date entitled: ‘Songs For Europe The ‘United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest’, published by Telos Publishing (www.telos.co.uk) with a fifth volume covering the first decade of the 21st Century due out in 2023.
Tickets for the events go on sale on September 19th for the general public at 11:30 BST and on September 15th at 11:30 BST for BFI members. More details can be found on the BFI website here.