Al Pacino‘s Salomé and Wilde Salomé are to be part of a special event at BFI Southbank in London. The two films that are based on Oscar Wilde’s play will be presented together on Sunday 21st September and followed up by a Q&A with Academy Award winner, Al Pacino.

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Salomé, for anyone who doesn’t know, is Oscar Wilde‘s most controversial work. Banned in London in the late 19th Century, it’s a scintillating tale of greed, revenge and lust that tells the legend of King Herod, who lusted after his young stepdaughter Salomé who is thought to have sexually baited John the Baptist.

Wilde’s adaptation has spawned many a stage production over the years, including an opera by Richard Strauss. You can even find shades of it in the works of musicians like U2 and Nick Cave.

Pacino’s fascination with this work dates back to 1988; he saw the play performed in London with Steven Berkoff in the role of Herod, and went on to portray the king on Broadway himself. It wasn’t until he witnessed the performance of Jessica Chastain at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles though, that he decided to delve further into his research and eventually commit the project to film.

Salomé, a filmed version of the play itself, is backed by a compelling documentary, Wilde Salomé, that captures the exhausting challenges Pacino faced in both performing the play and directing the two features simultaneously. The documentary follows Pacino’s journey to Europe, where he explores the literature, politics, violence, religion and sexuality of the literary genius that was Oscar Wilde.

This unique event will be hosted by Stephen Fry (seriously, who else?) at the BFI Southbank, where the pair will discuss the work in detail. The event will also be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK.

Go here to find out which cinemas will be participating in this event.

Tickets for BFI Southbank will be available for members from 4PM Tuesday 3rd June, before they are made public from 11.30am on Wednesday 4th June. BFI members are entitled to discounted tickets.

Visit the website here or telephone the BFI Southbank Box Office on: 020 7928 3232.

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