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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.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • New films from Mike Leigh and Ken Loach to compete at Cannes

    A biopic of J.M.W. Turner and a story of political activism in 1920s Ireland are the British selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • BBC2 at 50: how the Beeb’s second channel survived its disastrous opening night

    After a first night – in April 1964 – plagued by a power cut, BBC2 took a few years to find its feet before going on to golden years of innovative programming.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

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  • Video: Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Q&A

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and the talent behind Sherlock discuss the making of The Empty Hearse.

    Friday 24 January 2014


  • 10 great chase films

    From silent comedies to modern action blockbusters, cinema has always thrived on the thrill of pursuit. Catch your breath while we go after 10 essential chase movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 23 January 2014


  • The General: the greatest comedy of all time?

    No comedy came higher in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll than Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic The General. But it wasn’t high enough…

    Geoff Andrew
    Thursday 23 January 2014


  • Celebrating Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove at 50

    As Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy Dr Strangelove turns 50, we share some production designs and behind-the-scenes shots from the making of a cold war masterpiece.

    Sarah Cox
    Wednesday 22 January 2014


  • Find the fun: editing documentaries the Mary Poppins way

    When he struggles to bring discipline and rules to his documentaries’ anarchic found moments, Robert Greene turns to Mary Poppins for help.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 22 January 2014


  • Kay Mander (1915-2013)

    Once told that a woman director wouldn’t be able to control a male crew, the late Kay Mander became one of UK documentary’s most passionate voices.

    Sarah Easen
    Wednesday 22 January 2014


  • The Stuart Hall Project: John Akomfrah interview

    Award-winning documentary-maker John Akomfrah explains the importance of archive film to his emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

    Georgia Korossi
    Tuesday 21 January 2014


  • Federico Fellini quotes

    Wit and wisdom from the great Italian director behind La dolce vita and 8½.

    Monday 20 January 2014


  • Why I love... Zulu

    It’s 50 years since the premiere of the classic historical adventure that launched the career of Michael Caine.

    John Oliver
    Monday 20 January 2014


  • Behind the scenes: Zulu

    Six rare images of Michael Caine and the cast and crew grappling with the heat and dust of South Africa during the making of the now 50-year-old British classic.

    Monday 20 January 2014


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  • 10 great films about brothers

    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.
    Thursday 10 April 2014

  • 10 great teen films

    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.
    Friday 4 April 2014

  • 10 great films about doubles

    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.
    Thursday 27 March 2014


  • 10 great films about sex

    10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest...
    Friday 21 February 2014


  • Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    17 rare shots of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola in production on one of film history’s greatest trilogies.
    Tuesday 18 February 2014


  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    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...
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

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

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