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Discover the latest from the BFI, the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image.

Cinema in lockdown

John Smith in the time of Covid: “I wanted to capture the melancholy of watching people through their windows”

With two new short film projects, Citadel and Covid Messages, the veteran British artist filmmaker has been busy during the pandemic – indeed, because of it.

By Ian Christie

John Smith in the time of Covid: “I wanted to capture the melancholy of watching people through their windows”
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 22 to 24 January

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 22 to 24 January
Reviews

It’s a Sin is a love letter to 1980s gay culture – and hate mail to the era’s homophobic hegemony

By Alex Davidson

It’s a Sin is a love letter to 1980s gay culture – and hate mail to the era’s homophobic hegemony
From the Sight and Sound archive

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen

By Simon McCallum

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen
News

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 film programme, awards jury and award nominees

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 film programme, awards jury and award nominees
Top 10

10 great last films by British directors

By David Parkinson

10 great last films by British directors
Features

60 years of La notte: How Antonioni’s film walked over the empty glamour of the 1960s

By Adam Scovell

60 years of La notte: How Antonioni’s film walked over the empty glamour of the 1960s
Features

Blue Sky: The 1990s nuclear drama that won Jessica Lange her second Oscar

By Alex Ramon

Blue Sky: The 1990s nuclear drama that won Jessica Lange her second Oscar
Reviews

Bridgerton’s meeting of Regency era and Gossip Girl makes a far from heavenly match

By Hannah McGill

Bridgerton’s meeting of Regency era and Gossip Girl makes a far from heavenly match
Where to begin

Where to begin with Patricia Highsmith on screen

By Chloe Walker

Where to begin with Patricia Highsmith on screen
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 15 to 17 January

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 15 to 17 January
From the Sight and Sound archive

The man in the cryogenic freezer: an interview with John Carpenter

By Tom Milne and Richard Combs

The man in the cryogenic freezer: an interview with John Carpenter
News

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 dates

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 dates
Reviews

Ham on Rye: a haunting, dreamlike portrait of American adolescence

By Ryan Gilbey

Ham on Rye: a haunting, dreamlike portrait of American adolescence
Reviews

Archive creates a not-so-artificial AI

By Anton Bitel

Archive creates a not-so-artificial AI
Reviews

MLK/FBI narrows America’s race struggles to fit its spotlight

By Chrystel Oloukoi

MLK/FBI narrows America’s race struggles to fit its spotlight
Reviews

Death to 2020 puts our torments in the rear-view mirror

By Leigh Singer

Death to 2020 puts our torments in the rear-view mirror
Reviews

Enormous makes ill-conceived comedy from nonconsensual pregnancy

By Ginette Vincendeau

Enormous makes ill-conceived comedy from nonconsensual pregnancy
Reviews

Wonder Woman 1984 shrinks history, stretches patience

By Adam Nayman

Wonder Woman 1984 shrinks history, stretches patience
News

Wong Kar Wai season coming to BFI Player and the ICA’s Cinema 3 throughout February 2021

Wong Kar Wai season coming to BFI Player and the ICA’s Cinema 3 throughout February 2021
Reviews

Dear Comrades! uncovers a Khrushchev-era Soviet state massacre

By Michael Brooke

Dear Comrades! uncovers a Khrushchev-era Soviet state massacre
Watch a cult classic

Watch a cult classic #9: Payroll

By Adam Scovell

Watch a cult classic #9: Payroll
Reviews

Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce

By Philip Kemp

Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce
Lists

100 great films streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime – updated for winter 2021

By Samuel Wigley

100 great films streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime – updated for winter 2021
News

How to make the most of film from home — updated weekly

How to make the most of film from home — updated weekly
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 8 to 10 January

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 8 to 10 January
From the Sight and Sound archive

Remake/remodel: 45 weird and wonderful alternative film cuts

By James Bell, Tom Charity and others

Remake/remodel: 45 weird and wonderful alternative film cuts
Obituaries

Joan Micklin Silver made her own film ground

By Carrie Rickey

Joan Micklin Silver made her own film ground
From the Sight and Sound archive

The Basilisks perfectly evokes the languor of the Italian South

By Elizabeth Sussex

The Basilisks perfectly evokes the languor of the Italian South
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