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Features

Animation for the nation: how the COI used cartoons to present the voice of authority

A generation of British viewers will never forget what Charley said. The cult 1970s series of public information films was just one of the ways in which the Central Office of Information harnessed animation to inform, educate and, in some cases, terrify, says BFI curator Jez Stewart.

By Jez Stewart

Animation for the nation: how the COI used cartoons to present the voice of authority
Where to begin

Where to begin with Sarah Maldoror

By Katie Goh

Where to begin with Sarah Maldoror
News

BFI Film Academy celebrates 10 years of supporting the next generation of filmmakers

BFI Film Academy celebrates 10 years of supporting the next generation of filmmakers
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 17 to 19 September

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 17 to 19 September
From the Sight and Sound archive

Gallivanting with Andrew Kötting, Big Granny and little Eden

By Iain Sinclair

Gallivanting with Andrew Kötting, Big Granny and little Eden
What to watch at LFF

On the streets, on the tennis courts, at the arcade: 3 documentaries about forging your own path

By Lynn Nwokorie

On the streets, on the tennis courts, at the arcade: 3 documentaries about forging your own path
Reviews

Rose Plays Julie is a mythic thriller about women and violence

By So Mayer

Rose Plays Julie is a mythic thriller about women and violence
10 great

10 great private eye films

By Trevor Johnston

10 great private eye films
Interviews

Rose Plays Julie: Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor on their provocative identity thriller

By Nikki Baughan

Rose Plays Julie: Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor on their provocative identity thriller
Reviews

Gunpowder Milkshake is a frothy glass of female-led action fun

By Nikki Baughan

Gunpowder Milkshake is a frothy glass of female-led action fun
Reviews

Prisoners of the Ghostland sends Nic Cage on an uninspired action movie mission

By Tony Rayns

Prisoners of the Ghostland sends Nic Cage on an uninspired action movie mission
Features

A Taste of Honey at 60: how the work of a teenage playwright changed British film

By Chloe Walker

A Taste of Honey at 60: how the work of a teenage playwright changed British film
News

Europa, a Nazi-looted lost avant-garde masterpiece, receives world premiere at 65th BFI London Film Festival

Europa, a Nazi-looted lost avant-garde masterpiece, receives world premiere at 65th BFI London Film Festival
What to watch at LFF

The best Spanish and Latin American films at LFF 2021

By Maria Delgado

The best Spanish and Latin American films at LFF 2021
Festivals

30 great films playing at BFI London Film Festival 2021

30 great films playing at BFI London Film Festival 2021
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 10 to 12 September

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 10 to 12 September
News

Complete LFF Expanded immersive art and XR strand line-up

Complete LFF Expanded immersive art and XR strand line-up
News

Celebration of François Truffaut launching in January 2022

Celebration of François Truffaut launching in January 2022
Obituaries

Michael Kenneth Williams, forever Omar in The Wire (1966-2021)

By Leila Latif

Michael Kenneth Williams, forever Omar in The Wire (1966-2021)
10 great

10 great supernatural horror films of the 21st century

By Katherine McLaughlin

10 great supernatural horror films of the 21st century
News

Young Audiences Content Fund sees recommissions of Teen First Dates, How and Don’t Unleash the Beast as latest slate announced

Young Audiences Content Fund sees recommissions of Teen First Dates, How and Don’t Unleash the Beast as latest slate announced
News

BFI Blu-ray release announced for Saint Etienne: I’ve Been Trying to Tell You

BFI Blu-ray release announced for Saint Etienne: I’ve Been Trying to Tell You
Reviews

Martyrs Lane invites an angelic, ghostly child into a family home

By Josh Slater-Williams

Martyrs Lane invites an angelic, ghostly child into a family home
Obituaries

Nino Castelnuovo: remembering the Umbrellas of Cherbourg star (1936-2021)

By David Parkinson

Nino Castelnuovo: remembering the Umbrellas of Cherbourg star (1936-2021)
Reviews

The White Lotus satirisises the empty lives of a Hawaiian resort’s wealthy clientele

By Kate Stables

The White Lotus satirisises the empty lives of a Hawaiian resort’s wealthy clientele
Obituaries

Jean-Paul Belmondo: the face of the New Wave, the body of popular cinema (1933-2021)

By Ginette Vincendeau

Jean-Paul Belmondo: the face of the New Wave, the body of popular cinema (1933-2021)
News

First full series programme announced for 65th BFI London Film Festival

First full series programme announced for 65th BFI London Film Festival
News

Full programme announced for 65th BFI London Film Festival

Full programme announced for 65th BFI London Film Festival
News

Shortlist announced for £50k IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI

Shortlist announced for £50k IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI
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