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The best international new releases, talks with filmmakers, major curated seasons and leads in the presentation of the performing arts on screen.

We invest in the artists of today and tomorrow creating a platform for independent directors and working with a variety of international film festivals and arts partners. We showcase the work of young programmers and filmmakers and collaborate with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Through our activities we hope to inspire more people to discover and love the arts. We programme free offsite events in east London, offer reduced price tickets to 16-25 year olds through the Young Barbican membership scheme and special student ticket prices.

We have welcomed families for over 30 years to Family Film Club, our Saturday morning screenings, and present regular Parent & Baby screenings of the best new release titles.


ScreenTalks Archive

We dust off the tapes in our cinema archive and rediscover exclusive conversations with some of the world's leading filmmakers and film fans. Discovered so far: Ben Wheatley, Amma Asante, Ken Loach, Carol Morley, Horace Ove and more...

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Podcast: Cinema

Subscribe to our fortnightly podcast for interviews and discussion about our film programme, from the iconic to the independent, art-house to the award-winning - plus our incredible archive of ScreenTalks.

Available on iTunes, Spotify and Acast