Zorian Clayton

Curator of Prints at V&A and BFI Flare Festival Programmer

Voted for

The Big Lebowski1998Joel Coen
The Women1939George Cukor
Nuts in May1976Mike Leigh
Grey Gardens1975David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
All about My Mother1999Pedro Almodóvar
Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance1983Godfrey Reggio
Blithe Spirit1945David Lean
Nomadland2020Chloé Zhao
The Graduate1967Mike Nichols
Daguerréotypes1975Agnès Varda


Making this selection has been much trickier than I thought. Whilst I wanted to consider diversifying away from some of the usual picks that end up at the top of most of such lists (The Graduate especially), ultimately such a film really deserves to be there as every scene is practically perfect.

My selections are films that have stayed with me for the longest time, that I could watch over and over and that are a masterwork of the medium as a whole - originality, script, casting, acting, cinematography, editing, music, sound - the full works. I am a big fan of Hammer Horror for instance but even on a good day they couldn't be said to tick all those boxes.