Curatorial Archivist, BFI National Archive
|Went the Day Well?
|Don't Look Now
|KRÓTKI FILM O ZABIJANIU
Went the Day Well?
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
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.
KRÓTKI FILM O ZABIJANIU
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.
“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.
This film blew my mind! I could not make head nor tail of its narrative, but was seduced by its gorgeous imagery and atmosphere.
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.
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.
The performances and cinematography are as rich, as they are exquisite. A beautifully understated masterpiece. I did not want the film to end!
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.
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.