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Our video on-demand service features contemporary and classic films, hand-picked from our festivals, cultural programme and the BFI National Archive.

    • Ida

      A Polish nun explores her family’s past in this stunning exploration of faith and history, the winner of last year’s Best Film award at the London Film Festival.

    • Only Lovers Left Alive

      Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.

    • China on Film

      Travel back in time to a lost China with this collection of extraordinary, rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies.

    • Goltzius and the Pelican Company

      Peter Greenaway’s new film showcases his trademark breathtaking visual framing and provocative subject matters.

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Every week we publish a list of 10 great films, all of which are available to view in the UK.

    • 10 great battleship and war-at-sea films

      Battleships, submarines and sea warfare are the co-ordinates of this week's list, in celebration of the London Film Festival Archive Gala screening and nationwide rerelease of one of the great, forgotten British war films.

      David Parkinson
      16 October 2014

    • 10 great black British films

      With Destiny Ekaragha’s new comedy Gone Too Far! now only the fourth British film directed by a black woman to be released in cinemas in the UK, it felt the right time to ask: what are some of the best films about black British experience? 

      Ashley Clark
      9 October 2014

    • 10 diverse female talents to watch at the LFF

      This year's Festival is striking for the diverse female talent both behind and in front of the camera. Here are ten to look out for across the programme.

      Jemma Desai
      3 October 2014

    • 10 great films about the Troubles

      As Yann Demange’s acclaimed debut, ’71, gets its UK premiere at the London Film Festival ahead of a nationwide release, we look at some of the best films about Northern Ireland’s Troubles.

      Alex Davidson
      2 October 2014

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