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Leslie Hardcastle

Arts Administrator
8 December 1926 to 14 March 2023

A British arts administrator, who served the British film industry for 30-plus years through various roles at the British Film Institute (BFI) and National Film Theatre (NFT, now BFI Southbank). Leslie Hardcastle started at the BFI as a booking agent, before being made house manager of the NFT when it opened in 1957. Later, he was promoted to controller in 1966. Among his notable efforts were: overseeing the growth of the NFT from one screen to three; helping promote the London Film Festival as its administrator; and working with other BFI departments to create London’s Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in 1988. After retirement in 1991, Hardcastle worked at MoMI as a consultant curator until 1994 and he would later contribute to the London Film Museum.

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