BAFTA’s Bugsy Birthday Bash

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is pleased to announce the full events programme for its summer celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Bugsy Malone.

For one weekend BAFTA’s iconic Piccadilly home will be transformed into Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, with a fun-filled programme of activities including a dress up photo experience, a den of splurge gun shenanigans, daily screenings of the film and an exhibition which will explore the making of the BAFTA-winning film with behind-the-scenes images, sketches and untold stories. This programme of special events and workshops will allow visitors to learn about on-set photography, get tips on writing their own film masterpiece and even meet some of the stars of the film.

Sir Alan Parker, director of Bugsy Malone, said: “I’m always astounded at the ‘legs’ of Bugsy Malone. Hard to think that what started out as a story that I made up for my children on long car journeys has lasted this long, so I’m extra grateful to BAFTA for celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release.”



Kate Farrell, BAFTA’s Exhibitions Manager, said: “BAFTA’s Bugsy birthday bash will offer a memorable experience in London for all ages this summer, presenting three days of activities, events and exhibition content celebrating the magic of this enduring film that continues to spark joy in children and adults alike.”

The birthday celebration reflects the way in which the history and success of Bugsy Malone has been recognised by BAFTA, with the film winning multiple awards, becoming a cult British classic and its director and producer Alan Parker and David Puttnam going on to take up major roles at BAFTA.

The open weekend promises to be a great holiday treat for film lovers and families and a chance to relive the gloriously catchy songs and irrepressible humour of this much-loved film.


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