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The camera flips inward to film the creative process. Watch rarities, exclusives, documentaries and special features from the artists and obsessives who make the films.

The lines you quote, scenes you love, films you prize: they start with an idea and, through toil and teamwork, become something real. Inside Film is where actors, directors and others explain their work.

"A film director has to have the sensitivity of a poet and the stamina of a construction worker. The trouble is that rather too many of us get it the wrong way around."

Alan Parker

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View Lost in Karastan
Lost in Karastan

Lost in Karastan 2014 15

In this smart filmmaking satire, Matthew Macfadyen plays as a hard-up British director who accepts a commission to make a film for a Central Asian dictator.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Hopkins

View What Is This Film Called Love?
What Is This Film Called Love?

What Is This Film Called Love? 2012 12

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

View Thursday's Child
Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child 1943 PG

Sally Ann Howes plays the 12-year-old spotted by a casting director, setting her on the way to stardom.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Rodney Ackland

View Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 15

A sensuous and sexy snapshot from the life of James Dean, capturing moments from the years before his career took off.

93 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

View Life Itself
Life Itself

Life Itself 2014 15

An aptly affectionate tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, whose warmth and empathetic style won him a devoted global following.

120 mins USA Director. Steve James

View Altman

Altman 2014 15

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

96 mins Canada Director. Ron Mann

View A Story of Children and Film
A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film 2013 PG

Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.

101 mins United Kingdom

View Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom 1960 15

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

View Two in the Wave
Two in the Wave

Two in the Wave 2009 12A

Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut: the story of a friendship, a break-up and the birth of a new cinematic movement that would sweep the world.

France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

View A Bit of Scarlet
A Bit of Scarlet

A Bit of Scarlet 1996

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Weiss

View Night of the Filmmakers
Night of the Filmmakers

Night of the Filmmakers 1995

From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.

90 mins Germany

View 8½

1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

View Anger Me
Anger Me

Anger Me 2006 15

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

72 mins Canada Director. Elio Gelmini

View Shirin

Shirin 2008 PG

Abbas Kiarostami’s digital experiment features – most engrossingly – facial close-ups of Iranian women watching a film we can only hear and imagine .

91 mins Director. Abbas Kiarostami

View Five Broken Cameras
Five Broken Cameras

Five Broken Cameras 2011 15

The personal meets the political as a Palestinian farmer with a home video camera shoots a local protest against the building of an Israeli 'security fence' in his village, and finds himself the official documentarian of five years worth of footage of the struggle.

94 mins France

View The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer

The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer 1984 12

An intricate, multi-layered exploration of the aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Švankmajer's animated films.

14 mins United Kingdom

View Memories of John
Memories of John

Memories of John 2012

A short documentary featuring some of John Cassavetes' key collaborators, actor Peter Falk and producer Al Ruban.

USA Director. Doug Headline

View Ken Loach Keynote
Ken Loach Keynote
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Ken Loach Keynote 2010

With typical vigour, Ken Loach asserts his love for and support of the British Film Industry, and explains how you can help defend it.

65 mins United Kingdom

View Jeremy Thomas in conversation
Jeremy Thomas in conversation
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Jeremy Thomas in conversation 2014

Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas discusses 40 years of filmmaking with Geoff Andrew.

53 mins United Kingdom

View Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation
Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation
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Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation 2014

Mohammad-Ali Talebi talks to Mark Cousins about his series of classic childhood films, including Willow and Wind, The Boot and Bag of Rice.

8 mins United Kingdom

View Willow and Wind
Willow and Wind

Willow and Wind 2000

An edge-of-seat classic about a boy who has to transport a large pane of glass across the countryside in a howling gale, from Iranian masters Abbas Kiarostami and Mohammed-Ali Talebi.

80 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

View Bag of Rice
Bag of Rice

Bag of Rice 1996 U

A feisty child and her near-blind neighbour trek across Tehran in this unforgettable odd-couple adventure.

79 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

View The Boot
The Boot

The Boot 1992

Samaneh pesters her mother for a pair of red boots, only to lose one, so she undertakes a desperate search for it.

59 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

View Long Live the Republic
Long Live the Republic

Long Live the Republic 1965

In war-torn Czechoslovakia, young Odrich has to dodge bullets, beatings and bullies, yet still manages to retain his innocence and imagination.

132 mins Director. Karel Kachyna

View Crows

Crows 1994

Dorota Kedzierzawska’s remarkable film turns a troubling storyline – about a neglected girl who kidnaps a younger girl and acts as her surrogate mother – into a tender and exhilarating drama.

66 mins Director. Dorota Kedzierzawska

View The Yellow Balloon
The Yellow Balloon

The Yellow Balloon 1953 PG

A young boy is coerced into helping a fugitive in J. Lee Thompson’s taut crime thriller, set amid the bombed-out ruins of post-war London.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Lee Thompson

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