Features and reviews

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

Features

Pod people: the legacy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

As the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers debuts on Blu-ray, we take the measure of its many remakes and how they adapted the Jack Finney story to reflect the anxieties of their own times.

By Mark Salisbury

Pod people: the legacy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Then and now

London After Dark: the nocturnal 1960s films that inspired Edgar Wright... and how their locations look today

By Adam Scovell

London After Dark: the nocturnal 1960s films that inspired Edgar Wright... and how their locations look today
Features

Sci-fi pioneer, German ‘James Bond’ and star of one of the world’s worst films: celebrating George Nader on his centenary

By Chloe Walker

Sci-fi pioneer, German ‘James Bond’ and star of one of the world’s worst films: celebrating George Nader on his centenary
Features

“You throw Black people in a western and it’s like sci-fi”: Director Jeymes Samuel on The Harder They Fall

By Christina Newland

“You throw Black people in a western and it’s like sci-fi”: Director Jeymes Samuel on The Harder They Fall
Where to begin

Where to begin with Małgorzata Szumowska

By Alex Ramon

Where to begin with Małgorzata Szumowska
Features

Please sir, I want some more: behind the scenes on the making of Oliver!

By Nigel Arthur

Please sir, I want some more: behind the scenes on the making of Oliver!
Features

The here and now in new dimensions: the LFF’s virtual reality programme

By Ulrich Schrauth

The here and now in new dimensions: the LFF’s virtual reality programme
What to watch at LFF

The view from South Asia: the best films from the subcontinent at this year’s LFF

By Kalpana Nair

The view from South Asia: the best films from the subcontinent at this year’s LFF
What to watch at LFF

Wings of desire: 3 films from the future at the LFF

By Sarah Perks

Wings of desire: 3 films from the future at the LFF
What to watch at LFF

6 African films not to miss at the LFF

By Chrystel Oloukoï

6 African films not to miss at the LFF
From the Sight and Sound archive

Mike Leigh: the naked truth

By Andy Medhurst

Mike Leigh: the naked truth
What to watch at LFF

Post-lockdown laughs: comedies in the age of COVID

By Leigh Singer

Post-lockdown laughs: comedies in the age of COVID
Features

BFI London Film Festival trail

BFI London Film Festival trail
What to watch at LFF

Shorts to see: recommendations from our programmers

By Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson and others

Shorts to see: recommendations from our programmers
What to watch at LFF

Culinary delights: festival films for big appetites

By Paul Ridd

Culinary delights: festival films for big appetites
What to watch at LFF

Perception diving: 3 films about changing the way we think

By Sophie Brown

Perception diving: 3 films about changing the way we think
What to watch at LFF

Lost souls: faith and the occult in the Cult strand at LFF

By Anton Bitel

Lost souls: faith and the occult in the Cult strand at LFF
What to watch at LFF

Reflections on history and magic: the best Eastern European films at LFF

By Peter Hames

Reflections on history and magic: the best Eastern European films at LFF
What to watch at LFF

Urgent upheavals: artist films that call for new understandings of complex times

By Helen de Witt

Urgent upheavals: artist films that call for new understandings of complex times
What to watch at LFF

Northern highlights: the best Nordic films at this year’s LFF

By Sarah Lutton

Northern highlights: the best Nordic films at this year’s LFF
My influences

After Love: Aleem Khan’s inspirations – from Edward Hopper to Chantal Akerman

By Aleem Khan

After Love: Aleem Khan’s inspirations – from Edward Hopper to Chantal Akerman
Where to begin

Where to begin with Mike Leigh

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Mike Leigh
Features

Strange new worlds: the craft of Denis Villeneuve

By Nikki Baughan

Strange new worlds: the craft of Denis Villeneuve
What to watch at LFF

Lebanese stories: 3 defiant films from a nation rocked by crisis

By Elhum Shakerifar

Lebanese stories: 3 defiant films from a nation rocked by crisis
Features

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

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
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
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
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