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  • Beyond Clueless: a golden age of the American teen movie

    Ultra Culture founder Charlie Lyne talks about the passion for post-Clueless American teen movies that fuelled his new Kickstarter-funded documentary tribute.
    Wednesday 30 July 2014

  • Hitchcock on the Potemkin steps

    This month Hitchcock made a posthumous visit to Odessa – and Robin Baker, the BFI’s Head Curator, was lucky enough to travel with him.
    Tuesday 29 July 2014

  • The Lady from Shanghai: Welles at his most mischievous

    Orson Welles’ exhilarating film noir finds the actor-director mixing profundity with playfulness.
    Tuesday 22 July 2014

  • 10 great American film noirs

    With Orson Welles’s magnificent noir melodrama The Lady from Shanghai back in cinemas, we turn back the clock to the golden age of Hollywood to select the 10 best American film noirs.
    Thursday 24 July 2014

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  • National Picnic Week: great picnics on film

    ‘Do you want a leg or a breast?’ As the UK celebrates National Picnic Week, we open up the hamper of film history to select 12 classic picnic scenes.

    Samuel Wigley
    Tuesday 17 June 2014

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  • Preview: East End Film Festival 2014

    A memory-loss drama set in New Orleans opens the 13th East End Film Festival, a 12-day celebration of international cinema that takes place across east London.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 13 June 2014

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  • Film of the week: Belle

    Amma Asante’s portrait of the eighteenth-century mixed-race noblewoman Dido Belle reconstructs the costume drama on the twin pillars of love and justice, says Sophie Mayer.

    Sophie Mayer
    Thursday 12 June 2014

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  • 10 great football films

    Films about football are rarely much good, but occasionally one gets past the goalie. With the 2014 World Cup about to get under way, here’s a team of 10 of the best – including a couple of TV plays that were too good to leave out.

    Chris Fennell
    Thursday 12 June 2014

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  • Three films selected for BFI support through pitch session at Doc/Fest

    An intimate portrait of Grace Jones, a North Korean kidnap love-story and a moving journey of a son to reconnect his family find backing from the BFI Film Fund at the Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.

    Wednesday 11 June 2014

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  • Two to tango: Argentine films at BAFICI 2014

    Fact and fiction continued to entwine in idiosyncratic ways at this year’s Buenos Aires showcase, found Aaron Cutler.

    Aaron Cutler
    Tuesday 10 June 2014

    Festivals

  • Comedian and actor Rik Mayall dies aged 56

    The irreverent comic star of cult sitcoms The Young Ones and Bottom has passed away.

    Samuel Wigley
    Monday 9 June 2014

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  • Preview: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014

    New films from Martin Scorsese and Alex Gibney and the world premiere of a celebration of kissing on screen are among the roll call of documentary delights at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 6 June 2014

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  • Film of the week: Fruitvale Station

    Ashley Clark admires writer-director Ryan Coogler’s calmy compassionate reconstruction of a day in the life and death of Oscar Grant, a black urban everyman and victim of police racism.

    Ashley Clark
    Friday 6 June 2014

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  • Television without pity: Dennis Potter’s TV criticism

    Not just Britain’s greatest TV writer, Dennis Potter also worked for years as a TV critic, earning the reputation of a hellfire preacher who was as passionate damning the witless as he was singing the praises of some surprising favourites.

    Lisa Kerrigan
    Thursday 5 June 2014

    Features

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    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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

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