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Samuel Wigley

Samuel is news and features editor for the BFI. He is also a critic for Sight & Sound and has contributed to The Guardian and Total Film.

He still just about stands by this list of 10 favourite films and is proud of making up some of these ones.

Articles by Samuel Wigley

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  • 10 great films set on British islands

    From The Wicker Man to Whisky Galore!, we celebrate classic films set on islands around Great Britain.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016


  • Island escape: Scott Graham on Iona

    For his second feature, director Scott Graham decamped to the Hebrides for a spiritual drama with echoes of the Harrison Ford thriller Witness and Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece Ordet.

    Monday, March 21, 2016


  • How to design movies for the Coen brothers

    Does a production designer get sentimental when it comes time to dismantle his sets? We put this and other questions to six-time Coen brothers collaborator Jess Gonchor.

    Thursday, March 3, 2016


  • Borderlines Film Festival 2016 – 10 to see

    Borderlines is back with a bigger than ever feast for film fans in Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, including a host of previews, the complete Tarkovsky features and a celebration of modern Romani cinema.

    Thursday, February 25, 2016


  • Glasgow Film Festival 2016 - 10 to see

    How to choose between more than 170 films on offer at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival?

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016


  • British films at Berlin 2016

    New films from Terence Davies and John Michael McDonagh, a slew of debut features, and a special screening of David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth are among the UK’s offerings at this year’s Berlinale.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016


  • From Tarkovsky to Leone: the influences for post-apocalypse film The Survivalist

    Nominated for this year’s BAFTA for outstanding debut, writer-director Stephen Fingleton unpicks some of the diverse cinematic inspirations that fed into his remarkable new sci-fi movie The Survivalist.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016


  • 10 great films from 1996

    Take That broke up, the Spice Girls broke through, and Dolly the Sheep was born. But which films were in cinemas, and how do they shape up today?

    Friday, January 22, 2016


  • British films at Sundance 2016

    A strangler on the streets of LA? Evil spirits on the loose in Iran? A new film from Asif Kapadia? The selection of brand new British movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is as varied as ever.

    Thursday, January 21, 2016


  • Alan Rickman has died aged 69

    The great British stage and screen actor’s best known films include Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Sense & Sensibility.

    Thursday, January 14, 2016


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