BFI Presents Al Pacino’s Salome & Wilde Salome

In super exciting event news, Al Pacino brings his long in-the-making documentary/feature film Salome & Wilde Salome to the BFI Southbank for a special screening hosted by Stephen Fry, and featuring Q&A with Pacino and Jessica Chastain. The film and interview will be simultaneously be broadcast across 200 screens nationwide, on Sunday 21st September.

The film itself follows a similar structure to Pacino’s previous directional work, Looking For Richard, as it plays out as both feature film and making of documentary.

Salome – sees Pacino play King Herod during a Birthday feast. His daughter Salome (Jessica Chastain) discovers the imprisoned John the Baptist and becomes infatuated with him. Rebuffed by The Baptist she promises her father to perform the erotic Dance of the Seven Veils for him in return for John’s head. Herod refuses the offer, so Salome must find other means to see her wish granted.

Wilde Salome – sees the behind the scenes making of the production. How much is staged for the cameras is uncertain but you get to see Pacino bark lines like “I’ve got three days to make this play!”.

The trailer promises an intriguing mix of fact and fiction, the project has been a passion of Pacino’s for years now. It’s been in production for so long that, when she first performed it, Chastain was an unknown, and has now become a certified star. It’s great to have Pacino back on dramatic shouty form once more.

Tickets available through