Simon Duffy

Programme & Research Manager

Voted for

Last Night1998Don McKellar
Embrace of the Serpent2015Ciro Guerra
La Jetée1962Chris Marker
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Aruitemo aruitemo2008Hirokazu Koreeda
La MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ2003Marco Tullio Giordana
Tomboy2011Céline Sciamma
This is England2007Shane Meadows
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Hit the Road2021Panah Panahi


Last Night

1998 Canada, France

Six hours until the end of the world - a great premise explored with humour, compassion and a great cameo from David Cronenberg. Indie filmmaking at its best.

Embrace of the Serpent

2015 Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Netherlands

Hauntingly beautiful and mesmerising: this unique film's cinematography is definitely best appreciated on the big screen.

La Jetée

1962 France

The use of still images, music and voice-over capture the imagination and compel in a way full length features with much bigger budgets rarely do. Genius idea perfectly executed!

The Apartment

1960 USA

The digital restoration screened in 2018 at Il Cinema Ritrovato and looked stunning - I'm still not sure if it's really a romantic comedy or a heart-breaking film about loneliness. Maybe it's both…

Aruitemo aruitemo

2008 Japan

I reckon most of the films in his filmography could make the list, but this beautifully observed family drama is perhaps his finest film.


2003 Italy

Epic Italian family drama - the 6 hours fly by (honest).


2011 France

Tender, poignant and compelling. A gem of a film.

This is England

2007 United Kingdom

Humour and humanity combine brilliantly in all of Shane Meadows' films but maybe this is the best?

Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

Had to pick a Kubrick, and this is the one that's stayed with me the most over the years.

Hit the Road

2021 Iran

Do we really have to wait ten years before we can say a film this good is great? Loved the wonderful performances and the fine balancing of humour and pathos.

Further remarks

Titles not listed in any particular order - just all films I love.