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  • 10 great films set in Glasgow

    Scotland’s biggest city has provided the backdrop to everything from Ealing comedies to dystopian sci-fi. With Bill Forsyth’s That Sinking Feeling arriving on BFI Blu-ray/DVD, we pick 10 of the best Glasgow movies.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • New films from Mike Leigh and Ken Loach to compete at Cannes

    A biopic of J.M.W. Turner and a story of political activism in 1920s Ireland are the British selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • BBC2 at 50: how the Beeb’s second channel survived its disastrous opening night

    After a first night – in April 1964 – plagued by a power cut, BBC2 took a few years to find its feet before going on to golden years of innovative programming.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

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  • Prop4aShw

    Nathaniel Budzinski on a very open show proposal by Turner Prize-winner Mark Leckey.

    Nathaniel Budzinski
    Sunday 25 August 2013


  • Film of the week: What Maisie Knew

    Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s modernising of Henry James’ child’s-eye divorce study swaps the master’s scalpel for a spoonful of sugar – but does give Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan room to humanise their monstrous parents, says Philip Horne.

    Philip Horne
    Friday 23 August 2013

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  • ‘It’s in the trees!’ Night of the Demon script

    Look inside the script of supernatural classic Night of the Demon. It’s a dark night, there’s a pale moon, and something is moving in the trees…

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 23 August 2013


  • Why I love... Dracula

    Is the suave, blood-sucking count in the Hammer version of Bram Stoker’s novel the best of all screen Draculas?

    Kevin Lyons
    Friday 23 August 2013


  • Blowing their own alphorn: Swiss musical documentaries

    A sidebar at this year’s New Horizons film festival in Wrocław showcased another Swiss specialism: putting on film the world’s music and sounds, at home and abroad. Agnieszka Gratza reports.

    Agnieszka Gratza
    Friday 23 August 2013


  • 10 great films set in museums

    As we get ready to settle into the British Museum for our Monster Weekend, we stroll the corridors of film history to select 10 great museum movies.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 22 August 2013


  • Video: Pat Collins on Silence

    Pat Collins discusses his film Silence, which follows a sound recordist on a quest to capture the quiet of an environment free of manmade sound.

    Thursday 22 August 2013


  • Why I love... Night of the Demon

    Paving for the way for later occult classics like The Wicker Man, Night of the Demon is a masterpiece of fright about witchcraft in modern Britain. 

    Vic Pratt
    Wednesday 21 August 2013


  • Portraits of Satyajit Ray

    Nemai Ghosh’s photographs of Satyajit Ray show a master filmmaker at work, both on location and at home in his study.

    Andrew Robinson
    Monday 19 August 2013


  • Film of the week: Kuma

    Caught between old and new mores, a borrowed wife learns the blues in this snapshot of repressive hypocrisy in Austria’s Turkish enclave, writes Philip Kemp.

    Philip Kemp
    Friday 16 August 2013

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  • 10 great films about brothers

    10 great films about brothers

    Fraternal frictions, jealousy and brotherly love run high in our list of 10 classic brother movies, celebrating the nationwide rerelease of the James Dean classic East of Eden.
    Thursday 10 April 2014

  • 10 great teen films

    10 great teen films

    We chart the growing pains of the coming-of-age movie across the decades with a selection of 10 terrific teen movies.
    Friday 4 April 2014

  • 10 great films about doubles

    10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.
    Thursday 27 March 2014


  • 10 great films about sex

    10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest...
    Friday 21 February 2014


  • Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    17 rare shots of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola in production on one of film history’s greatest trilogies.
    Tuesday 18 February 2014


  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    As the great Japanese animation studio nears its 30th anniversary and BFI Southbank mounts a full feature retrospective, we pick out five must-see...
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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