Jason Wood

Executive Director Public Programme and Audiences

Voted for

La Jetée1962Chris Marker
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Los olvidados1950Luis Buñuel
Night and Fog1955Alain Resnais
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa


La Jetée

1962 France

Only 28 minutes long but an incredibly innovative and influential work. It approaches perfection and seems to me to crystallise the full possibilities of the medium.

Pather Panchali

1955 India

The first in Ray's remarkable Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali shows us how film can be a window to the world.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

A work that grows in stature, it's an at times poetic but also remarkably realistic portrait of the Black American working-class experience.

Beau travail

1998 France

A film which makes remarkable use of landscape and movement, it's a career highlight from a director who remains a potent force in cinema.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

1927 USA

A close call for me between this and the director's Nosferatu. Sunrise feels like such an audacious synthesis of genres and style. Plus, it has one hell of a performance from Janet Gaynor.

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 USA

No matter how many times I watch this I find something new in it. It's like a dream that I yearn to return to.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

A film that demonstrates the ability to be explicitly political and forthright in its demands for change and equality whilst also having popular appeal. The soundtrack is also incredibly on point.

Los olvidados

1950 Mexico

A film that triggered my interest in Mexican culture, it balances the director's surrealism with a more realist aesthetic.

Night and Fog

1955 France

A film that explores without sentiment humanity's capacity for hatred, violence and destruction. The film's sobering suggestion that we seem to have learned nothing remains depressingly prescient.

Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

Ah. The pressure of lists. I felt the need to have one canonical title. And was torn between this and something by Tarkovsky or Godard. In the end I went for Seven Samurai for its sense of spectacle and ability to enthral and entertain.