The Mistletoe Bough (9 mins)
An unlucky bride is locked in a trunk during a game of hide and seek in this ghostly early silent film. The tale of The Mistletoe Bough dates back to the 18th century, and was traditionally recited at Christmas time as a ballad. Its ghostly bride, olde-worlde castle setting and shock discovery of skeletal remains make it a Gothic classic. With new music by Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, commissioned by the BFI.
This is a silent film
Directed by Percy Stow
More like this...
The trailer for Lars Von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality.
A well-acted early version of Charles Dickens' much loved Christmas story, featuring some impressive ghost sequences.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and the talent behind Sherlock take questions from the audience about the making of The Empty Hearse.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.
Directed by Lynne Ramsay, 2010
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.
A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.
Directed by Charles Weston, 1914
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Roll up, roll up, for all the fun of the fair as Sunderland celebrates the August bank holiday.
Enjoy a preview of the exciting films we’ve got in store for you on the BFI Player.