We invite you to Step into the Dark for a season of films exploring dystopia, the sublime and the surreal, where the dark comes alive on the silver screen. Including ScreenTalks with the likes of Sam Taylor-Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, Kazou Ishiguro and Mike Leigh.

Every day I Have the Blues

Every Day I Have the Blues

Memphis Slim's classic song provides the title for this exploration of jazz and blues on film, including two seminal jazz films by revered American independent film-maker, Shirley Clarke.

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Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins

Famous names from the worlds of film, art, music, theatre, literature and fashion choose a film to match a sin, with each screening followed by an in-depth Q+A.

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Supression / Expression

A specially curated programme of films from the 1960s and '70s, when film-makers worldwide took up contemporary political debates and often met with controversy or censorship.

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The Dark Heart of Fairy Tales

The Dark Heart of Fairy Tales

'Happily-ever-after' revisited as we reinvest the fairy tale with the sensual and fear-provoking original intentions of the Brothers' Grimm. Including a special ScreenTalk with Paula Rego.

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Silent Horror and Live Music

Silent Horror with Live Music

We present three landmarks of German Expressionist silent horror, which have inspired generations of film-makers, from Orson Welles to Tim Burton, accompanied by live music.

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Tickets & Offers

£10.50 online
£11.50 on the door

Barbican Members:
£8.40 online
£9.20 on the door


£12.50 online
£13.50 on the door

Barbican Members:
£10 online
£10.80 on the door

£9.50 online
£10.50 on the door 

On sale dates: 
Mon 1 Oct - Red Members
Tue 2 Oct - Orange Members
Wed 3 Oct - Yellow Members and general public

Cocktail offer

Give in to temptation 

Indulge in a sinful cocktail during the Step into the Dark season, from our special ‘dark’ martini to a classic bloody mary.

Available from the Martini bar in the Barbican Centre on Level 1, and all cinema bars. 
£8 each