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  • BFI edition of silent classic Underground wins best Blu-ray at DVD awards

    The restored, high definition edition of Anthony Asquith’s 1928 classic of London life is named the year’s best Blu-ray by Italy’s esteemed Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.
    Friday 4 July 2014

  • 10 great films set in the swinging 60s

    It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • Behind the scenes with the Beatles and Richard Lester

    Rare images, many from the private archive of director Richard Lester, show the Fab Four playing around on the set of their swinging 60s pop film classics A Hard Day’s Night and Help!
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.
    Thursday 26 June 2014

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  • Video: Ghostwatch panel discussion

    Michael Parkinson and the rest of the cast and crew discuss Ghostwatch (1992), the BBC’s controversial pseudo-documentary about a haunted house.
     

    Friday 13 December 2013

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  • Stormy waves: the London Korean Film Festival 2013

    Some high-profile absences and attendant censorship worries were but the foam on a weltering sea of investigations of Korea. Anton Bitel reports on angry socio-political allegories, sex-assault dramas and more.

    Anton Bitel
    Friday 13 December 2013

    Festivals

  • Family lives: Discover Arab Cinema

    BFI Southbank’s year-long Discover Arab Cinema season continues with four acclaimed directorial debuts focusing on family life.

    Mona Deeley
    Friday 13 December 2013

    Features

  • Blockage on the line: Snowpiercer vs Scissorhands

    Bong Joonho’s Snowpiercer was one of the most anticipated films of 2013. But while it has been a hit in France and Korea, English-speaking audiences won’t be able to see it for some time to come. This is more than just a case of the wrong kind of snow, reports Tony Rayns.

    Tony Rayns
    Friday 13 December 2013

    Features

  • Spike Lee: Oldboy, new man?

    Spike Lee’s remake of Old Boy might not have set the world on fire, but his lively engagement with digital media points to a bright future, says Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark
    Friday 13 December 2013

    Features

  • 10 great haunted house films

    Creaky floorboards, faces at the window, things that go bump in the night – with The Innocents back in cinemas, here are 10 more classic old dark house movies.

    Kevin Lyons
    Thursday 12 December 2013

    Lists

  • Earliest film of Christmas ghost story sees light

    Watch the BFI’s restoration of The Mistletoe Bough (1904), the oldest film version of a classic Christmas ghost story.

    Thursday 12 December 2013

    Announcements

  • The gothic glamour of The Innocents

    Dressed for distress – beautiful costume designs for Deborah Kerr in the haunted-house classic The Innocents.

    Claire Smith
    Wednesday 11 December 2013

    Features

  • BFI Player among 100 Best Things in the World

    GQ magazine names the BFI’s new video-on-demand service one of the 100 Best Things in the World Right Now.

    Samuel Wigley
    Tuesday 10 December 2013

    Features

  • Video: Author Neil Gaiman on gothic

    Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, Coraline and The Graveyard Book, discusses the origins of gothic in literature and his love of gothic cinema.
     

    Monday 9 December 2013

    Video

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