Simon McCallum

Archive Projects Curator, BFI

Voted for

Blue1993Derek Jarman
The Conformist1970Bernardo Bertolucci
A Cottage on Dartmoor1930Anthony Asquith
Enter the Void2010Gaspar Noé
The Intruder2004Claire Denis
The Ornithologist2016João Pedro Rodrigues
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom1975Pier Paolo Pasolini
Shoah1985Claude Lanzmann
Sunset Blvd.1950Billy Wilder
The Wizard of Oz1939Victor Fleming


A necessarily deranged snapshot of films that have imprinted themselves on mind and memory, sparked personal moments of revelation, or represent tunnel-vision commitment to point of view, political agenda, creative vision. Or all of the above.

I regret there wasn't space for more documentary and short-form work, and among many absences that of Seven Samurai - somehow edged off the list. Though she transcends such mortal concerns, the omission of Elizabeth Taylor is criminal; my number 11 wildcard would of course be Boom!