John Landis in Conversation

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Legend John Landis is currently in London filming Burke and Hare - a black comedy about a pair of infamous 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. Burke and Hare stars; Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis as William Burke & William Hare respectively as well as Isla Fisher, John Cleese, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Merchant and Jenny Agutter amongst others.

So it makes sense that while he is here that the BFI are delighted to welcome the iconic director John Landis back to their Southbank stage.

Following a sensational surprise appearance at the last year's Halloween BUG music-video special, the BFI are delighted to welcome John Landis back to the BFI Southbank stage. Director of such modern-day classics as The Blues Brothers, Animal House and An American Werewolf In London, Landis has been responsible for some of the most memorable characters in American pop culture.

It is worth noting that the BFI will be screening John Landis' Slasher just before the talk. Slasher was Landis' first foray into documentary, Landis profiles a real American character: used-car salesman Michael Bennett, aka 'Slasher'. A fidgety, chain-smoking fast-talker, Bennett travels the country helping dealerships liquidate their languishing clunkers in weekend blowouts replete with drastically slashed prices and smarmy, in-your-face sales techniques. As Landis follows Bennett through one particularly frenetic sale in Memphis, Slasher becomes both a fascinating character study and a cultural exposé of that most enduring of US archetypes - the used-car huckster.

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John Landis in conversation at the BFI

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, London, England SE1 8XT

8:15pm, Tue 16 Mar, 2010


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