Carol Morley

Film writer/director

Voted for

American Honey2016Andrea Arnold
An Angel at My Table1990Jane Campion
La DOUBLE VIE DE VÉRONIQUE1991Krzysztof Kieslowski
Giulietta degli spiriti1965Federico Fellini
Cléo from 5 to 71962Agnès Varda
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Daughters of the Dust1991Julie Dash
The Thin Blue Line1988Errol Morris
Picnic at Hanging Rock1975Peter Weir
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton


Well, the difficulty and pain of compiling my list ten years ago has flooded back. I could have handed in the same list, as I still believe all those films I selected back then are truly great, but I feel like this is an opportunity to include ones that I didn’t have the space to include, or that didn’t exist then. I’m not much of a list maker, and certainly not interested in which film knocks which off the ‘top spot’ – but this is an opportunity to celebrate what cinema has given to the world, and also to reflect on how films touch and shape you as a person.

My reasons for my selection are: American Honey for how it made me feel – it grasped my heart; An Angel at My Table for its beating heart celebration of an artist’s life; The Double Life of Véronique for beauty and mystery; Juliet of the Spirits for colour and how it searches for meaning; Cléo from 5 to 7 for its astonishing life force; Jeanne Dielman, for breaking boundaries brilliantly; Daughters of the Dust for its poetry and desire for new forms; The Thin Blu Line for its major influence on documentary form; Picnic at Hanging Rock – gifted like a recurring dream; and The Night of the Hunter for haunting me forever.