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New BFI release: Boyz n the Hood

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, John Singleton's landmark drama is re-released as part of the BFI's Black Star project

New BFI release: Napoleon

Abel Gance's revolutionary silent epic, newly digitised and available on DCP for the first time

New BFI release: 35mm: Quay Brothers Meet Christopher Nolan

Enter the nightmarish world of the Quay Brothers with this collection of iconic shorts alongside Christopher Nolan's Quay

New BFI Release: Barry Lyndon

Legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s tenth feature film, the Oscar® and BAFTA-winning historical drama Barry Lyndon, will be back on big screens again this summer.

New BFI release: I Am Belfast

A dreamlike evocation of Belfast with a powerful soundtrack by great Belfast DJ and film composer David Holmes.

New BFI release: Le Mépris

A sumptuously stylish study of a rocky marriage, Jean-Luc Godard's new wave landmark returns to cinemas on New Year's Day

New BFI release: Doctor Zhivago

An epic romance set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago is one of cinema’s great love stories

New BFI release: Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film

A new compilation of archive shorts depicting how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged.

New BFI release: Pasolini

Starring Willem Dafoe, Abel Ferrara's latest film offers a kaleidoscopic view of the last day in the life of director Pier Paolo Pasolini

New BFI release: Man with a Movie Camera

Voted the greatest documentary of all-time by Sight & Sound, Dziga Vertov's experimental classics returns to cinemas this summer

New BFI release: Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

Chuck Workman's wonderfully entertaining and touching portrait of Orson Welles, examines the director's career and legacy

New BFI release: Touch of Evil

We mark the centenary of Orson Welles with a re-release of his classic film noir, the last film he directed in Hollywood

New BFI release: 8 ½

No. 4 in Sight & Sound’s Directors’ Poll of greatest films of all time, Federico Fellini's 8½ is an undisputed classic of world cinema awaiting discovery by a new generation of cinemagoers.

New BFI release: Cry of the City

Robert Siodmak's fast-paced crime thriller, which anticipates the films of Martin Scorsese, returns to cinemas as part of a retrospective of his work.

New BFI release: The Philadelphia Story

Cukor's classic about a society wedding threatened by scandal is a highpoint of sophisticated Hollywood comedy, re-released as part of a celebration of the career of Katherine Hepburn.

New BFI release: Au revoir les enfants

One of the great movies about World War Two and the German Occupation, Louis Malle’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece returns to cinemas nationwide Jan – Feb 2015.

New BFI release: The Green Ray

Eric Rohmer's Golden Lion winning drama returns to UK cinema screens as part of a BFI season celebrating his acclaimed body of work.

New BFI release: 2001: A Space Odyssey

A re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning cinematic milestone to coincide with the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season

New BFI release: The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the Great War is one of the finest films of the British silent era, newly restored for the 58th BFI London Film Festival

New BFI release: Night Will Fall

André Singer's extraordinary new documentary about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

New BFI release: M

A re-release of Fritz Lang's classic psychological thriller to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of actor Peter Lorre

New BFI release: Satyajit Ray's CHARULATA

Exquisitely adapted from a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, this ravishing new restoration of Charulata does justice to its perfection.

New archival compilation from the BFI: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

A special compilation from the BFI National Archive recreating the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914.


We have a superb selection of new DVD releases available for booking over the next few months.

New BFI release: Spring in a Small Town

Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair – now restored – is a remarkable rediscovery.

Celebrating Derek Jarman - New DCPs from the BFI

Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of DEREK JARMAN (January 1942 – February 1994), the following titles are available from March 2014 on DCP, newly remastered by the BFI National Archive.

New BFI release: A Farewell to Arms

Now beautifully restored by Lobster Films, A Farewell to Arms is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

New BFI release: An Autumn Afternoon

Now digitally restored, the final film by the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu is one of his most touching works and, thanks to Yuharu Atsuta’s ravishing camerawork, one of his most beautiful.

New BFI release: Rome, Open City

A landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Rossellini’s portrait of life under the Nazi Occupation remains remarkable for its sheer immediacy, tension and power.

New BFI release: Lift to the Scaffold

A war veteran and his lover plan the murder of her husband in Louis Malle’s groundbreaking film.

New BFI release: Gone With the Wind

Now the beneficiary of a 4K digital restoration, David O Selznick’s production of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller remains the pinnacle of polished Hollywood storytelling and craftsmanship.

New BFI release: The Innocents

Deborah Kerr stars in this chilling drama, regarded as one of the best psychological thrillers ever made.

New BFI release: La Belle et la Bête

Jean Cocteau’s much-loved Gothic fantasy La Belle et la Bête has been digitally restored to 4K to mark the 50th anniversary of the director’s death.


We have a superb selection of new DVD releases available for booking over the next few months and into 2014.

Black History Month titles from the BFI

To celebrate Black History Month this October, the following films are available for cinema hire from the BFI.

New BFI Release: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (5 July 2013)

Based on the remarkable true story of the foundling Kaspar Hauser, this
newly restored version remains one of the most eloquent and emotionally
affecting expressions of Werner Herzog's distinctive world view.

New BFI Release: AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD (7 June 2013)

A new restoration of Werner Herzog’s extraordinary account of the quest for El Dorado.


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