Elinor Groom

Curator of Television

Voted for

All That Heaven Allows1955Douglas Sirk
The Arbor2010Clio Barnard
Brief Encounter1945David Lean
Lonesome1928Paul Fejös
The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring2001Peter Jackson
A Matter of Life and Death1946Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Mon oncle1958Jacques Tati
My Neighbour Totoro1988Hayao Miyazaki
A Portrait of Ga1952Margaret Tait
Aruitemo aruitemo2008Hirokazu Koreeda


Evidently I am a sucker for relationships: romances, families, friendships and fellowships. Film is charged with the unease of time of moving forward.

I gravitated toward titles I first saw as a child or a teenager, and when making tough choices I settled on the films I watch again and again. Others might do a better job of separating the greatest films from their favourites, but for me there are only favourites (too many for this list, really). My choices were also heavily influenced by the things happening in my life, and a few of these selections rose to the top because they resonated with me as a new mum crawling out of the pandemic. It excites me to think how much will change if I'm invited back to this particular party.

No television works... in my heart I think I keep them separate, although this could well change ten years from now. Maybe I should have found space for Nuts in May or The Wrong Trousers.

I’m so glad I did this; reflecting on the things I’ve watched will shape my viewing for the better over the coming decade.