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21st Century British Cinema is in rude health. Internationally acclaimed, with success at festivals and the box office, the BFI is proud to support the breathtaking range of the UK’s filmmaking talent.

The BFI has supported some of the most original and distinguished British films in recent years. Powerful debuts by the likes of Clio Barnard, Tom Shkolnik and Scott Graham tell incisive stories about modern Britain, while established filmmakers like Fernando Mierelles and Michael Winterbottom have taken their ambitious visions to the global stage. Works from filmmakers with new perspectives, such as Andrea Arnold, Ayub Khan Din , Noel Clarke and Max & Dania illustrate the richly diverse range of British stories to be told.

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View Catch Me Daddy
Catch Me Daddy

Catch Me Daddy 2013 15

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Wolfe, Daniel Wolfe

View Bypass

Bypass 2015 15

Duane Hopkins’s follow up to Better Things is a striking, poetic drama about a young man on the edge.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Duane Hopkins

View The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

View Electricity

Electricity 2014 15

Agyness Deyn stars in a powerful story seen through the eyes of a young woman whose epilepsy brings extraordinary hallucinations.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Bryn Higgins

View Second Coming
Second Coming

Second Coming 2014 15

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Debbie Tucker Green

View London Road
London Road

London Road 2014 15

Daring, startling and wholly original: a musical based on the infamous Ipswich murders of 2006, adapted by National Theatre director Rufus Norris.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Rufus Norris

View '71

'71 2014 15

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Yann Demange

View 3 Steps to Heaven
3 Steps to Heaven

3 Steps to Heaven 1995

Edgy mixture of black comedy and urban drama about a woman uncovering the hidden truths about her dead lover.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

View 20,000 Days on Earth
20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth 2014 15

The myths and minutiae of musician Nick Cave are explored in the course of this fictional portrait, following 24 hours in the life of a cultural icon.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth

View 360

360 2012 15

Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins lead an ensemble cast in a sleek thriller exploring the way our lives interconnect across the world.

109 mins United Kingdom

View 8 Minutes Idle
8 Minutes Idle

8 Minutes Idle 2012 15

Quirky British call-centre comedy about whose life is disrupted when he has to start living in his office.

86 mins United Kingdom

View Above Us the Earth
Above Us the Earth

Above Us the Earth 1977 15

Karl Francis’ docu-drama about the closure of the Ogilvie Colliery in the Rhymney Valley by the National Coal Board in 1975.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Karl Francis

View All in Good Time
All in Good Time

All in Good Time 2011 12

A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom's parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.

93 mins United Kingdom

View The Angelic Conversation
The Angelic Conversation

The Angelic Conversation 1985 PG

The Angelic Conversation sees Derek Jarman conjure an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems. With narration by Judi Dench and music by Coil.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

View The Arbor
The Arbor

The Arbor 2010 15

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

View Ascendancy

Ascendancy 1982

An English aristocrat is driven to despair over the effects of violence on her family, in this powerful meditation on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Edward Bennett

View Attack the Block
Attack the Block

Attack the Block 2011 15

Aliens wage war on a tower block after one of their number is bludgeoned by a street gang in this witty, action-packed feature debut by Joe Cornish.

87 mins United Kingdom

View Berberian Sound Studio
Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio 2011 15

In 1970s Italy, a timid British sound engineer joins the crew on a violent horror film. But the disturbing world of the film soon seeps into reality.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

View Better Things
Better Things

Better Things 2007 15

Duane Hopkins’ stunning debut tells a sombre story with startling beauty, as it follows the stories of various addicts in a West Midlands town.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Duane Hopkins

View Broken

Broken 2012 15

A compelling drama of splintered families and warring neighbours, with a stunning debut from young Eloise Laurence. With Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.

90 mins United Kingdom

View Burning an Illusion
Burning an Illusion

Burning an Illusion 1981 15

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Menelik Shabazz

View Calvary

Calvary 2013 15

Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh combine again for a powerful story of a rural priest threatened with death in seven days.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. John Michael McDonagh

View Caravaggio

Caravaggio 1986 18

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

View The Comedian
The Comedian

The Comedian 2012 15

Touching drama about a thirtysomething comedian looking for happiness.

78 mins United Kingdom

View The Deep Blue Sea
The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea 2011 12

Buried passions boil over in a buttoned-up postwar Britain in Terence Davies acclaimed adaptation of Rattigan's play, starring Rachel Weisz.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

View The Double
The Double

The Double 2013 15

Richard Ayoade’s stylish and sinister adaptation of Dostoevsky’s story stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual-role as a timid office clerk confronted by his confident, scheming doppelganger.

United Kingdom Director. Richard Ayoade

View Dreams of a Life
Dreams of a Life

Dreams of a Life 2011 12A

Carol Morley's drama-documentary investigates the tragic death of a woman whose body lay undetected for almost three years.

94 mins United Kingdom

View Exhibition

Exhibition 2013 15

Joanna Hogg's sleek and minimalist comedy about a pair of artists and their emotional attachment to their ultra-modernist apartment.

104 mins United Kingdom

View Fast Girls
Fast Girls

Fast Girls 2012 12A

The four young runners on the Team GB women's relay team battle to overcome rivalries and personal demons in time for the World Athletics Championship.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Regan Hall

View The First Grader
The First Grader

The First Grader 2010 12

Inspiring true story of a Kenyan man who returned to school aged 84. With Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Justin Chadwick

View Fish Tank
Fish Tank

Fish Tank 2009 15

Mia loves to dance and longs to escape her Essex council estate but her uncontrollable rage is her worst enemy.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

View Frank

Frank 2013 15

Michael Fassbender is the man inside the papier-mâché head, in this fictionalised reimagining of the story of northern entertainer Frank Sidebottom.

95 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

View Franklyn

Franklyn 2008 15

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald McMorrow

View Friendship’s Death
Friendship’s Death

Friendship’s Death 1987

Tilda Swinton’s extraterrestrial robot makes left-field political observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.

78 mins United Kingdom

View Ginger & Rosa
Ginger & Rosa

Ginger & Rosa 2012 12

Teenage friendship is torn apart when Rosa finds love in the wrong place, in Sally Potter's acute, 60s-set drama.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

View Grow Your Own
Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own 2007 PG

A group of Merseyside gardeners take umbrage to the arrival of some refugees, but they find common cause to resist a devious corporate takeover.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Laxton

View Happy-go-lucky

Happy-go-lucky 2007 15

Sally Hawkins shines in her breakout role as the perpetually sunny Poppy, in Mike Leigh’s charming drama about the power of optimism.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

View Herostratus

Herostratus 1967 15

A young poet (Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle

142 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

View Hyena

Hyena 2014 18

In this stylish, dark crime drama, a policeman’s complex web of underworld relationships is threatened by an internal affairs investigator.

United Kingdom Director. Gerard Johnson

View The Iron Lady
The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady 2011 12

Meryl Streep delivers an extraordinary performance as Margaret Thatcher in a provocative portrait.

104 mins United Kingdom

View The King's Speech
The King's Speech

The King's Speech 2010 12

Oscar-winning tale of the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth) and the Australian speech therapist who treated his stammer.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Hooper

View Lilting

Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

United Kingdom Director. Hong Khaou

View London

London 1994 U

The first in Patrick Keiller’s highly imaginative trilogy of films is a photographic trip through London, recounted by our unseen narrator.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Patrick Keiller

View Loving Memory
Loving Memory

Loving Memory 1970 12

An unsettling portrait of love and loss by the director of Top Gun.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Scott

View Madagascar Skin
Madagascar Skin

Madagascar Skin 1995 15

John Hannah stars as a painfully shy gay man who escapes the city in Chris Newby’s extraordinary second feature.

United Kingdom

View Maeve

Maeve 1981

Pat Murphy and John Davis’ experimental film about an Irish woman’s reflections on the Troubles from a female perspective.

90 mins United Kingdom

View The Moon over the Alley
The Moon over the Alley

The Moon over the Alley 1975 15

The Moon Over the Alley is a bizarre and compelling musical exploring the problems of multicultural Notting Hill residents in the early 1970s.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins

View Neds

Neds 2010 18

Peter Mullan's forceful drama about a boy who becomes embroiled in gangland life in 1970s Glasgow, peppered throughout with a rich vein of black humour.

124 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Mullan

View Nighthawks

Nighthawks 1978 15

A schoolteacher juggles everyday life with nights spent cruising for Mr Right in this fascinating landmark in British gay cinema.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked
Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked

Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked 1991 18

Ron Peck’s experimental follow up to the groundbreaking Nighthawks is both a making-of documentary and a deeply personal film memoir.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View North of Vortex
North of Vortex

North of Vortex 1992 18

A gay poet, a bisexual sailor and a straight waitress embark on a trip through an American desert landscape in this languid, woozy road movie.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

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Occupy! 1976

Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Nighy and Julie Walters appear in this film about a four-year struggle to set up a worker’s cooperative.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Gael Dohany

View Play Me Something
Play Me Something

Play Me Something 1989

Tilda Swinton stars in a playful and ingenious cine-essay on the art of storytelling, from art critic John Berger and filmmaker Timothy Neat.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Timothy Neat

View Sightseers

Sightseers 2012 15

Young lovers Chris and Tina turn their first holiday together into a rural killing spree in Ben Wheatley's priceless black comedy.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

View Pressure

Pressure 1975 15

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Horace Ové

View Project Wild Thing
Project Wild Thing

Project Wild Thing 2013 PG

Crowning himself as Marketing Director for Nature, a father aims to entice his kids away from TV, toys and technology.

83 mins United Kingdom

View Queen and Country
Queen and Country

Queen and Country 2014 15

John Boorman’s follow up to Hope and Glory finds 18-year-old Bill called up for National Service against the backdrop of the Korean War.

114 mins United Kingdom Director. John Boorman

View Red Road
Red Road

Red Road 2006 18

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

View Requiem for a Village
Requiem for a Village

Requiem for a Village 1975 18

The idyllic, pastoral past of a Suffolk village is reborn through memory in this extraordinary, little-known film from director David Gladwell.

68 mins United Kingdom

View The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant 2013 15

Two Yorkshire tearaways struggle with life and friendship in this challenging, compassionate growing-up tale by the director of The Arbor.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

View Shell

Shell 2012 15

In a remote part of Scotland, teenager Shell develops an intense relationship with her reclusive father.

90 mins United Kingdom

View Submarine

Submarine 2010 15

Richard Ayoade’s sweet and quirky directorial debut about a Swansea teen’s travails with his distant girlfriend and warring parents.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Ayoade

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Together 1956 PG

Two deaf-mute dock workers eke out a humble East End existence in Lorenza Mazzetti's striking and poetic example of Free Cinema.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Lorenza Mazzetti

View Traveller

Traveller 1981

Reluctant newlywed travellers Angela and Michael try to smuggle goods across the border in this lyrical Irish road movie written by Neil Jordan.

80 mins Ireland Director. Joe Comerford

View Trishna

Trishna 2011 15

Tragedy befalls a young Indian woman when she falls in love with a rich British man in Michael Winterbottom's sharp Thomas Hardy update.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winterbottom

View Under the Skin
Under the Skin

Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

View Vera Drake
Vera Drake

Vera Drake 2004 12

Mike Leigh’s acclaimed story of a selfless woman who performs unlawful abortions in 1950s Britain; both an affecting drama and vital social history.

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

View We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin 2010 15

Tilda Swinton gives a BAFTA-nominated performance as the mother of a teenager who commits a high school massacre. With Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay

View Winstanley

Winstanley 1975 PG

An authentic historical drama about the visionary Gerrard Winstanley who led a group of impoverished 'Diggers' to assert their common rights.

96 mins United Kingdom

View Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein 1993 18

Written for Channel 4 by radical literary theorist Terry Eagleton and directed by Derek Jarman, Wittgenstein is a bold, offbeat biography, exploring the politics and sexuality of the great, troubled philosopher.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

View Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights 2010 15

Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.

128 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

View Young Soul Rebels
Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels 1991 18

The Queen's Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O'Jays in Isaac Julien’s feature debut.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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