The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Gaylene Gould as Head of Cinemas and Events at BFI Southbank! Per its website, BFI Southbank is “a four-screen cinema venue showing a huge selection of classic and contemporary films each year, with new and re-releases, film seasons, and director and actor retrospectives.” It is the leading repertory cinema in the UK, specializing in seasons of classic, independent and non-English language films.

In the newly-created role, Gould will lead the program at the UK’s national cinematheque, driving audience development, business planning and a unique public program of film and television screenings and events. Gould joins with over 20 years of cross art form programming experience and has consulted on projects most recently for The Tate, The National Theatre, The Independent Cinema Office, Barbican, RSC and the BFI’s Black Star blockbuster project.

 Gaylene Gould is a Writer, Consultant and Creative Director of WriteTalkListen working in the UK and internationally. Her previous roles have included Creative Director of Film Club, Head of Programme at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, National Project Manager for BFI season Black World (2006), Project Director at Arts Council England and programming and events roles at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Africa at the Pictures Film Festival.

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