Ava DuVernay is not just a filmmaker; she is a movement.

Less than a decade into her directing career, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to helm a film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award (2014’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma).

‘Her works focuses on complex, profound and intelligent characters. Through both her own work and her distribution company ARRAY, DuVernay has championed and propelled stories about women and people of colour, and in just over 10 years since she directed her first feature, she has become one of the major contemporary filmmakers working today’ – Anna Bogutskaya, Events Programmer

This June the BFI celebrates her groundbreaking achievements both in front of, and behind, the camera and to join the celebrations, The British Blacklist has teamed up with the BFI to offer you an exclusive discount.

You can enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1 for any film or event in the season simply quote SALON241 when booking online, in person or over the phone.

The films in the season include: 

This Is the Life – A fascinating documentary charting the rise of a group of LA street poets who shunned gangster rap. DuVernay’s first feature is a fascinating documentary charting the rise of The Good Life, a group of LA street poets who rejected gangster rap and dedicated themselves to pushing the creative boundaries of hip-hop. The progressive movement they created in 1989 reverberates right through music to the present day.

Saturday 02 June 2018 20:15 NFT2 – book here using discount code SALON241

Sunday 10 June 2018 20:20 NFT2 – book here using discount code SALON241


I Will Follow – An artist receives 12 visitors who will help her move on from a recent bereavement.

In her first fiction feature, DuVernay establishes a lot of her interests as a filmmaker: elevating people of color, exploring the inner lives of women and the dynamics of caring. Maye (Richardson-Whitfield) is a successful artist who has dedicated her life to caring for her ailing aunt (Todd). After her aunt’s passing, Maye receives 12 visitors who will help her move on from her grief.

Starring: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms, Omari Hardwick, Beverly Todd

Sunday 03 June 2018 20:30 NFT3 – book here using discount code SALON241

Sunday 10 June 2018 18:20 NFT2 – book here using discount code SALON241


Middle of Nowhere – Ruby drops out of med school to focus on the well-being of her incarcerated husband.

Ruby (Corinealdi) was on her way to becoming a doctor when her husband was sentenced to eight years in prison. She drops out of med school to focus on his well-being while he’s incarcerated. DuVernay picked up the Sundance Directing award for this stirring, character-driven drama that shines a light on an infrequently explored part of African American life.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lorraine Toussaint

Monday 11 June 2018 20:45 NFT3 – book here using discount code SALON241

Monday 25 June 2018 20:40 NFT3 – book here using discount code SALON241


Selma – Ava DuVernay’s breakout film stars a brilliant David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.

Ava DuVernay’s breakout film is the first major feature centered on Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Oyelowo) and his campaign for equal voting rights, a campaign that culminated in an epic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. DuVernay’s close collaborator David Oyelowo carries the film with a towering, unforgettable performance.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey

Friday 08 June 2018 20:35 NFT2 – book here using discount code SALON241

Sunday 17 June 2018 19:50 NFT3 – book here using discount code SALON241


13th – Ava DuVernay’s riveting piece of non-fiction features many major thinkers of our time.

This in-depth look at the legacy of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution highlights the underlying issues of inequality and mass incarceration which have been created despite the amendment. A long-term passion project for DuVernay, this is a riveting piece of non-fiction that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 and boasts contributions from major thinkers.

Friday 29 June 2018 20:45 NFT2 – book here using discount code SALON241


The Close Up Salon: Ava DuVernay – The BFI showcases the work of a woman who’s forging her own path as one of the brightest and boldest contemporary directors.

This month we showcase the work of Ava DuVernay, who is forging her own path as one of the brightest and boldest directors working today. This event provides an opportunity to explore what exactly makes DuVernay so special. Join our expert speakers to explore the range of her craft, the themes she explores in her films, and her impact as one of the few black female directors working at the highest levels in Hollywood today.

Monday 11 June 2018 18:30 BFI Reuben Library – book here using discount code SALON241

The Ava DuVernay season at the BFI runs from June 2nd until June 29th 2018. Find out more here