SCREENING: 13 May 2017 at 20:00

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Tony Palmer introduces a special screening of his classic film Bird on a Wire, an unforgettable account of Leonard Cohen’s now legendary 1972 European Tour. 

Long thought lost and only available on very poor quality bootlegs, this classic 1974 tour movie has now been digitally and painstakingly restored to its original glory, thanks to the discovery in 2009 of 296 rusted cans of material in a warehouse in Hollywood. 

Presenting 17 of Cohen’s greatest songs, emotionally delivered when he was at the height of his powers, this is an unforgettable record of a poet and singer on the brink of worldwide fame.

"…compulsory viewing. Its combination of impeccably filmed concert footage and fly on the wall off stage reporting makes it probably the best movie of its type ever made." Toronto Globe & Mail.

The BFI is funding ‘Transformative Film Culture For Hull', as part of its National Lottery-funded BFI Film Audience Network and led by its lead partner BFI Film Hub North. Delivered through Hull 2017 and by Hull Independent Cinema and a unique partnership of film festival, educational and archive partners from across the north, the film programme will bring a packed programme of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals throughout the year to Hull and the region. The programme reflects the BFI’s activities across the UK to bring film to audiences where there is less opportunity for them to experience and engage in film, and to support local film networks and audience initiatives. There will be much to explore, celebrate and enjoy.