In October we launched the BFI Player, a new VOD platform making great film accessible to the widest possible audience in the UK.
Offering a mix of free (approximately 60%) and pay-per-view (approximately 40%) films, the BFI Player gives everyone in the UK the opportunity to enjoy contemporary and archive films in the comfort of their own home.
Here’s a countdown of the 10 most popular rented films now available. Check back tomorrow to find out the most watched films you can see for free.
10. Her Private Hell (1967)
An innocent girl abroad gets caught up in the sleazy world of modelling in the UK’s first narrative sex film, directed by Norman J. Warren.
9. The Body Beneath (1970)
Although Hammer Studio’s Dracula (1958) just missed the top 10, vampires are still represented thanks to sex-gore auteur Andy Milligan’s cult horror, set in Hampstead.
8. A Man’s Story (2010)
Filmed between 1998 and 2010, this documentary charts the career and personal life of menswear designer Ozwald Boateng.
7. Rust and Bone (2012)
The winner of the Best Film award at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s moving and poetic love story features great performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
6. The Nine Muses (2010)
John Akomfrah mixes archive material, literary and musical quotations and newly shot silent footage in a wry, rapt meditation on memory and migration.
5. Le quattro volte (2010)
Michelangelo Frammartino’s quirky, wordless account of rural Calabrian life is elegant, touching and funny – a philosophical poem to enduring tradition.
4. Lock Your Door (1949)
You can rent short films as well as features on the BFI Player. In this spooky slice of the uncanny, writer Algernon Blackwood tells a chilling tale by the fireside.
3. Shell (2012)
Writer-director Scott Graham’s beautiful debut feature, in which a teenager develops an intense relationship with her reclusive father in a remote part of Scotland, takes bronze in our top three.
2. The Epic of Everest (1924)
A restoration of one of the most remarkable films in the BFI National Archive takes the runner-up spot: the official film record of the legendary 1924 attempt to conquer the highest mountain in the world.
1. The Selfish Giant (2013)
A fixture on top 10 polls in 2013 and the most-rented film on the BFI Player, Clio Barnard’s challenging and compassionate follow-up to The Arbor sees two Yorkshire tearaways struggling with life and friendship.