BFI Southbank

A four-screen cinema venue showing a huge selection of classic and contemporary films each year, with new and re-releases, film seasons, and director and actor retrospectives.


Lean on Pete

A resplendent portrait of a lonely boy on a quest for home.

Ravishing and doleful in equal measure, Andrew Haigh’s latest is a resplendent portrait of a lonely boy on a quest for home. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (a soulful Plummer) has rarely stayed in the same place for more than a year. Having been left by his mother as a child, he lives with his father who loves him but doesn’t understand just how much Charley craves and needs stability (not to mention food). Taking a part-time job with a cantankerous horse trainer (Buscemi), he forms a deep bond with nearly-knackered horse Lean on Pete, with whom he shares his innermost thoughts. Lean on Pete once again confirms Haigh’s versatility, and cements his reputation as one of the great cinematic storytellers of his generation.

Tricia Tuttle, LFF Artistic Director


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Audio Description available at all screenings. The screenings on Wed 9 May 14:30 Studio and Sun 13 May 15:00 Studio will have Hearing-impaired Subtitles.