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Nigel Algar

Nigel worked briefly for Contemporary Films before joining The Other Cinema in 1971. In 1975 he joined the BFI with responsibility for the Distribution Library and the Central Booking Agency, servicing the 16mm non-theatrical market. In 1990, after championing the re-release of classic films, he left the BFI to work in TV. After four seasons on BBC2’s Moving Pictures, he made standalone documentaries on subjects including the British gangster film and Bing Crosby.

Nigel rejoined the BFI in 2005 to head the fiction curatorial team, where he oversaw the David Lean restoration programme. He has worked closely with The Film Foundation on Archive restoration projects, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Hitchcock’s nine silent films. He also programmes the Projecting the Archive strand at BFI Southbank.

Articles by Nigel Algar

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  • The day Bob Hoskins visited the BFI

    Somebody had compared Bob Hoskins to the great French actor Jean Gabin; Hoskins wanted to know what they were ‘on about’. Curator Nigel Algar shares an anecdote about welcoming the Mona Lisa star to the BFI to explain all.

    Thursday, May 1, 2014


  • Bryan Forbes (1926-2013)

    Bryan Forbes, director of Whistle Down the Wind and The L-shaped Room, was a great talent in British cinema.

    Thursday, May 9, 2013


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