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Dylan Cave

Dylan worked for Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse before joining the BFI National Archive in 1999. He develops, writes and presents on the archive’s fiction collection and leads in acquiring new British features and shorts. His current research interests are in contemporary production, British short film and aspects of moving image ephemera, particularly trailers.

A co-programmer of the Projecting the Archive strand, in 2011 he curated a season of postwar British Empire films. He also contributes to Sight & Sound and has recently written for FIAF’s Journal of Film Preservation, the BFI Compendium 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock (BFI, 2012) and the anthology Ealing Revisited (Palgrave/BFI, 2012).

He tweets @DylanCave1.

Articles by Dylan Cave

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  • 10 great films by really young directors

    Amazingly, these 10 classics were all made by directors aged 25 or under.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016


  • 10 great tower block films

    To celebrate the release of Ben Wheatley’s towering new adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cult novel High-Rise, we champion 10 more tall tales set in skyscrapers and high-rise apartments.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016


  • London Short Film Festival 2016 – 10 to try

    Where to dive in to the nearly 400 films screening at this year’s London Short Film Festival? Here are 10 recommendations to get you going.

    Thursday, January 7, 2016


  • Strange crannies of the world: the best of British live action at Encounters 2015

    From Iceland to Bangladesh to west London, public and private spheres were played off one another in this year’s native highlights at the Bristol short film showcase, reports Dylan Cave.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015


  • 10 great hip-hop dramas

    With Straight Outta Compton and Dope in cinemas, we flip the script on 10 hard-knock tales about beats, rhymes and life.

    Thursday, September 3, 2015


  • 10 great films about Chinese people in the UK

    With the festivities under way for Chinese New Year, we tell the story of cinema’s changing depiction of Chinese Britain in these 10 essential films.

    Thursday, February 19, 2015


  • Soft

    Dylan Cave on Simon Ellis’s garlanded 2006 short, a moral brickbat from the wrong side of the leafy suburban street.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015


  • 12 to try at the 12th London Short Film Festival

    Where to start with the smörgåsbord of shorts offered by the 2015 London Short Film Festival? Here are a dozen small plates to get you started.

    Friday, January 9, 2015


  • Why I love ... Attack the Block

    Mixing wit, social conscience and action thrills, Attack the Block is a bracingly original alien invasion film that keeps its feet firmly on the streets of ‘Broken Britain’ even as it warns us to watch the skies.

    Friday, December 19, 2014


  • Discover Chinese Britain on Film

    A new collection available to view online on the BFI Player tells the story of Chinese Britain on film, with a selection of rare feature films and shorts.

    Monday, October 20, 2014


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