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  • Out of the Rubble: Penny Woolcock on the mistakes British cities keep making

    Director Penny Woolcock tells us about her new short film on housing, poverty and immigration in modern British cities, commissioned by the BFI as an artist’s response to our Britain on Film collection of digitised archive films.

    Monday 8 February 2016

    Interviews

  • The films that built Out of the Rubble

    A guide to the archive films that feature in Penny Woolcock’s new documentary Out of the Rubble, which premiered on Film4 and is available online on BFI Player.

    Ros Cranston , Mark Duguid , Steve Foxon , Lisa Kerrigan , Katy McGahan , Patrick Russell , Jez Stewart , Rebecca Vick , Sue Woods
    Monday 8 February 2016

    Features

  • Filming Revolution: crowd-documenting the Egyptian Revolution

    Who gets to tell the story – or stories – of a democratic struggle? Sophie Mayer explores Alisa Lebow’s bustling nonlinear ‘meta-documentary, encompassing the voices of 30 Egyptian filmmakers, artists and activists.

    Sophie Mayer
    Sunday 7 February 2016

    Bytes

  • Toon of the month: Old Man

    Chris Robinson on Leah Shore’s brave/risque animation, putting pictures to the words issuing from an elderly Charles Manson’s head.

    Chris Robinson
    Saturday 6 February 2016

    Bytes

  • The 10 best librarians on screen

    To celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, staff at the BFI Reuben Library nominate their top 10 librarians in film and television.

    Emma Smart , Sarah Currant
    Friday 5 February 2016

    Lists

  • Preston Sturges: 10 essential films

    Across both his early screenplays and the classic run of screwball comedies he later made as director, here are 10 of the best places to get that Preston Sturges feeling.

    Matthew Thrift
    Friday 5 February 2016

    Lists

  • Close encounters: the return of The X-Files

    For all the pleasures of The X-Files’ labyrinthine narrative, the key to the show’s success is Mulder and Scully’s relationship, argues Keith Uhlich.

    Keith Uhlich
    Friday 5 February 2016

    TV

  • The best indie animation of 2015

    As the awards season counts down, three of our critics pick their highlights of 2015’s animated shorts.

    Alex Dudok de Wit , Chris Robinson , Jez Stewart
    Friday 5 February 2016

    Annual round-ups

  • BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases announced for April – June 2016

    The packed line-up includes Alan Clarke box sets and the return of Flipside.

    Thursday 4 February 2016

    Announcements

  • 10 great Icelandic films

    Deadpan sheep-farmer drama Rams, a prizewinner at Cannes 2015, is the latest proof of the vitality of modern Icelandic cinema. Here are 10 more recent greats from the land of fire and ice.

    Sarah Lutton
    Thursday 4 February 2016

    Lists

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