Sandra Hebron

Head of Screen Arts, National Film and Television School

Voted for

A Matter of Life and Death1946Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
Black Girl1965Ousmane Sembène
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
News from Home1976Chantal Akerman
Vagabond1985Agnès Varda
Orlando1992Sally Potter
In the Cut2003Jane Campion
Double Tide 2009Sharon Lockhart
Lovers Rock2020Steve McQueen


I usually avoid lists, but Sight and Sound is hard to say no to – and having submitted a list last time round, I was curious to see how many of those choices would stick. I’ve applied the same principle now as then: no pretence of this being a ‘greatest’ list, with so many ‘great’ filmmakers missing; and some of my choices not even being the ‘greatest’ films by the ones I’ve chosen. So, just some films that one way or another affected me deeply the first time I saw them, and that bear multiple repeat viewings. Surprisingly (to me), this list is narrower than last time – with earlier films and geographical spread sacrificed to make way for deserving films made by women, and more recent titles – deliberately so, but it was a tough call.