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  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.
    Thursday 11 September 2014

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

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  • Film of the week: Silence

    Echoes – of the past and the lost, of people and their stories – seep into this richly resonant portrait of a sound recordist documenting west Ireland’s unpeopled landscapes. Mark Sinker fills in the gaps.

    Mark Sinker
    Friday 9 August 2013

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  • 10 great films featuring cats

    With World Cat Day upon us, we celebrate 10 great movies that wouldn’t be the same without their feline stars.

    Eleni Stefanou
    Thursday 8 August 2013

    Lists

  • Saving Mr. Banks closes BFI London Film Festival

    Saving Mr. Banks, the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the screen, will close this year’s Festival.

    Thursday 8 August 2013

    Announcements

  • Ear to the ground: Pat Collins’ Silence

    A cinematic ode to the sights and sounds of the Irish landscape is one of the quiet pleasures of the year, explains Geoff Andrew.

    Geoff Andrew
    Wednesday 7 August 2013

    Features

  • Editorial: Rough cuts

    The 10 per cent cut in the BFI’s grant is five per cent more than other cultural institutions. Why, asks Nick James?

    Nick James
    Wednesday 7 August 2013

    Comment

  • Not quite ‘Jurassic Park’: Steve Coogan on film

    With his most famous character, Alan Partridge, making his cinematic debut in Alpha Papa, we chart the rise of Steve Coogan’s career on the big screen.

    Ashley Clark
    Tuesday 6 August 2013

    Features

  • Video: John Travolta in conversation

    The Hollywood star discusses his career with Jonathan Ross.

    Tuesday 6 August 2013

    Video

  • Video: Heaven’s Gate trailer

    The trailer for the rerelease of Michael Cimino’s western, long recognised as a magnificent achievement of rare ambition.

    Monday 5 August 2013

    Video

  • The most famous beach scene in the movies turns 60

    It’s 60 years since Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr first thrilled audiences with their risqué roll in the waves in From Here to Eternity.

    Samuel Wigley
    Monday 5 August 2013

    Features

  • The essay film

    Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.

    Andrew Tracy , Ginette Vincendeau , Catherine McGahan , Chris Darke , Geoff Andrew , Olaf Möller , Sergio Wolf , Nina Power , Nick Bradshaw
    Saturday 3 August 2013

    Deep Focus

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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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