Rebecca Vick

Curatorial Archivist, BFI National Archive

Voted for

Went the Day Well?1942Alberto Cavalcanti
Don't Look Now1973Nicolas Roeg
KRÓTKI FILM O ZABIJANIU1987Krzysztof Kieslowski
Orlando1992Sally Potter
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Morvern Callar2001Lynne Ramsay
Red Road2006Andrea Arnold
Moonlight2016Barry Jenkins
Rocks2019Sarah Gavron
Playground2021Laura Wandel


Went the Day Well?

1942 United Kingdom

Celebrating some of the UK's great character actors of the period.

Muriel George's performance as a wartime postmistress of a sleepy English village, resourcefully disengaging an unwanted invader with some pepper to the eyes, before finishing him off with an axe, has to be seen to be believed.

Don't Look Now

1973 United Kingdom, Italy

The sense of mystery makes Don't Look Now magical in feel. There are many elements that make this a compelling re-watch, including the fine editing and cinematography, and the stellar performances.


1987 Poland

Originating from an episode of the Polish television series Dekalog, this moral tale helped bring an end to the death penalty. It is a staggeringly dark piece of cinema that continues to floor me to this day.


1992 United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Italy, France, Netherlands

“There can be no doubt about his sex” or can there? This queer tale is provocative, witty and mischievous. Tilda Swinton's masterful performance navigating gender and class is both elegant and subtle. The subversive direct addressing of the audience has been much imitated.

Mulholland Dr.

2001 France, USA

This film blew my mind! I could not make head nor tail of its narrative, but was seduced by its gorgeous imagery and atmosphere.

Morvern Callar

2001 United Kingdom, Canada

Lynne Ramsay is one of the most distinctive voices in cinema. I could have chosen any one of her films. Samantha Morton is devastatingly good.

Red Road

2006 United Kingdom, Denmark

Do you like being watched? This twisted exploration of grief is acutely observed, with a mesmerising and uncomfortable performance from Kate Dickie. The pace and atmosphere of this film is electrifying.


2016 USA

The performances and cinematography are as rich, as they are exquisite. A beautifully understated masterpiece. I did not want the film to end!


2019 United Kingdom

A modern-day classic. A joyful, authentic celebration of teenage female friendship and resilience. This uniquely collaborative production, where Gavron embraced facilitating the story, rather than dictating the teen girls experience, is positively refreshing.


2021 Belgium, France

An unflinching and visceral portrait of playground bullying. The performances from these young actors, nurtured by a debut writer-director, are haunting and outstanding. Shot from the children's point-of-view, skillfully with a handheld camera, giving a uniquely intimate feel.