El Hunt

Freelance Journalist

Voted for

1963Federico Fellini
Bande à part1964Jean-Luc Godard
Thelma & Louise1991Ridley Scott
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
All about My Mother1999Pedro Almodóvar
Moonlight2016Barry Jenkins
Mean Girls2004Mark S. Waters
But I'm a Cheerleader1999Jamie Babbit
The Watermelon Woman1997Cheryl Dunye


I've tried to strike a balance here between highlighting my own personal titans of modern cinema as we know it (Godard leads in this category, for sure) and choosing films that deviate from or challenge the dominance of white male 'genius' directors across lists like this (not just at the BFI, to be fair), and indeed across the history of film itself. I love and enjoy the cinema of Godard, Fellini, Kubrick, Truffaut and many of the well-documented, critically lauded greats, but I also think that there is more than one way to measure greatness – as well as shaping the canon, I believe that a great film should move you in a deep and revelatory way, or cast some bright new light on the world. Maybe it's a cult film beloved by the LGBTQ+ community, no less accomplished but still sidelined by the mainstream. Or in the case of Mean Girls or But I'm A Cheerleader, perhaps it should just leave you helpless with laughter!