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  • 10 great British films directed by women

    With Joanna Hogg’s third film, Exhibition, confirming her as among our best new directors, we look back at some of the finest films directed by women in the UK.

    Jemma Desai, Selina Robertson, Alex Davidson, Josephine Botting, Jez Stewart, Michael Brooke, Ros Cranston, Lisa Kerrigan, Catherine McGahan, Dylan Cave
    Thursday 24 April 2014

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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.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Thursday 17 April 2014

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  • 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.

    Ashley Clark
    Thursday 10 April 2014

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  • Top 10 gay films on the BFI Player

    Lesbian angels, a Palme d’Or winner and a film that arrived ‘like a loud smack on a bare butt cheek’ all feature in our list.


    Friday 4 April 2014

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  • Birds Eye View 2014: seven female friendships on film

    To mark a rare screening of Girlfriends, a favourite of Stanley Kubrick and Lena Dunham, we look at seven other memorable female friendships on film.

    Jemma Desai
    Friday 4 April 2014

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  • 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.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 4 April 2014

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  • The 10 best Alec Guinness performances

    Born on 2 April 1914, 100 years ago, Alec Guinness was one of British cinema’s most brilliant and versatile actors. To mark the centenary of his birth, we select his 10 most memorable performances.

    Patrick Fahy
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

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  • 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.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 27 March 2014

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  • 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 titles from the fantastic Studio Ghibli.

    Jasper Sharp
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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  • 10 great films set in the spring

    As we shrug off the winter and head into spring, here are 10 films to get you in the mood for the warmer weather.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 20 March 2014

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