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See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
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Instructions to Let Go [Instrucciones Para Soltar]Instructions to Let Go [Instrucciones Para Soltar]
When Daphne and Mafer meet at a hotel, they quickly become friends until their natural chemistry begins to emerge.
Animation & Artists Moving Image201910 mins
When an astronaut ponders the silence of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
Non-Fiction19141 minsSilent Location: Hurlingham Ho
Aeronautical antics at the Hurlingham Club, West London.
Amateur film194431 minsSilent Location: Greens Norton
Attractively-shot amateur film of village and rural life in Green's Norton, taken in the summer of 1944.
There is an unspoken truth about being a train driver, not because it's a secret, but because there just aren't any words.
Amateur film19414 minsSilent Location: Bloomsbury
A group of volunteers at Bedford Square practice extinguishing fires with a stirrup pump, though some even find the overalls a bit of a struggle
Non-Fiction19792 mins Location: Corby
Save Steel to Save Corby' the banners call. This has become more than a battle to save a steelworks, it's the fight for a whole town's existence.
Science Fiction191360 mins Location: London
Britain's first full-length science fiction feature has been restored by the BFI National Archive and given a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC.
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
Interesting doc following the Black Theatre of Brixton, which produced more black plays in two years than the whole of English theatre had in the previous twenty-five.
197027 mins Location: Chelsea
Join the original Naked Civil Servant in his London bedsit for a lesson on life, love and gender politics
Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902)Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902)
Non-Fiction19029 minsSilent Location: Bradford
An epic tour of the places and people of Edwardian Bradford.
Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Morfydd Clark, Rose Glass, Segun Akinola and Be ManziniMark Kermode Online In 3D with Morfydd Clark, Rose Glass, Segun Akinola and Be Manzini
Discussion programme202056 mins
The funniest, best loved and most respected film critic in the UK talks to an array of guests from the world of film including Morfydd Clark, Shola Amoo, Be Manzini, and more!
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
We Do What We Can is a film that looks at one of the miracles in the journey of diaspora Africans.
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
News19766 mins Location: Papplewick
With brass polished and a good head of steam Papplewick's pumping station is a lasting legacy to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.
Most Popular Free 2020
The free films that caught your imagination in 2020
Charity appeal20202 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Amateur film197219 minsSilent Location: Bickershaw
Mud and music at Wigan's answer to Woodstock.
Documentary193624 mins Location: Euston Sta
The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary, featuring music by Benjamin Britten and the verse of W.H. Auden.
Flock to your local keep fit class - there's a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.
195614 mins Location: Harlow
An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.
News19715 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Future Film Festival
The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers. The 2021 edition culminated in the BFI Future Film Festival Awards, supported by Netflix – explore this year’s winners, which have been chosen by industry experts including producer Elizabeth Karlsen, activist and filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab, broadcaster and filmmaker Reggie Yates, and actors Daisy Edgar-Jones and Malachi Kirby.
Mark Kermode Online In 3D
Mark Kermode's hugely popular film discussion show is now available on BFI Player.
Spotlight on Key Workers
A salute to the vital workers who keep our essential services running in bad times - and all the time.