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  • Stalker: in search of Tarkovsky’s Soviet sci-fi locations

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s seminal sci-fi, about a trio of travellers searching for wish fufillment by crossing into restricted territory, made a dystopian malady of life in the then Soviet Union. Forty years after the film’s release, Patrick Gamble heads to Estonia to track the Stalker, the Writer and the Professor in his own attempt to get into the Zone.

    Patrick Gamble
    Tuesday 7 May 2019

    Features

  • Video: Jed Mercurio and the cast of Line of Duty

    The writer of one of most talked-about crime shows on telly talks to Mark Lawson about the twists and turns of his police procedural’s fifth series.


    Friday 3 May 2019

    Video

  • Five great scenes with Peter Mayhew as Star Wars’ Chewbacca

    As a tribute to the late Peter Mayhew, we look at the British actor’s finest moments in his most famous role, as Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga.

    Lou Thomas
    Friday 3 May 2019

    Lists

  • Five things to watch this weekend – 3-5 May

    The broken and the weak amass while angels and demons look on. Just another weekend of essential viewing…

    Peter Hill
    Friday 3 May 2019

    Lists

  • John Llewellyn Moxey: The transatlantic TV talent

    John Llewellyn Moxey, who died last week aged 94, was there at the birth of the TV-movie, worked during a watershed moment for the small screen and — through stints on Charlie’s Angels, Mission: Impossible and Murder She Wrote — proved himself a quiet master of the medium. David Parkinson pays tribute to a director who surfed giant changes in TV for over three decades.

    David Parkinson
    Friday 3 May 2019

    Features

  • Child bereavement campaign triumphs at the Charity Film Awards 2019

    The 2019 Charity Film Awards celebrated the variety and creative quality of the charitable sector’s short filmmaking, with the night’s main prize going to Child Bereavement UK’s film about loss, grief and rememberance.

    Patrick Russell
    Thursday 2 May 2019

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  • 10 great British seaside films

    The best of seaside cinema, celebrating the spectacle of Brits released on the beaches. Simple pleasures, quirky traditions, brightness punctuated with violent attacks of darkness and gloom. It must be British summer time.

    Anna Cale
    Thursday 2 May 2019

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  • Video: Jane Magnusson on Bergman: A Year in a Life

    The director of a documentary about Ingmar Bergman talks about a year in the filmmaker’s life when his greatest creative projects were vying for attention with his turbulent personal relationships.


    Thursday 2 May 2019

    Video

  • Video: Josh O’Connor on The Durrells and The Crown

    The actor, speaking at the recent BFI + Radio Times TV festival, talks about working on the ITV series The Durrells and playing Prince Charles in the upcoming new series of Netflix’s The Crown.


    Wednesday 1 May 2019

    Video

  • Playing the Bitch: Why we’re showing a season of fierce females

    In June the BFI is programming a season of films and events dedicated to tough, difficult women who use everything at their disposal to get their way. Season programmer Anna Bogutskaya explains the thinking behind the project.

    Anna Bogutskaya
    Wednesday 1 May 2019

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