Explore archive films
See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
What we're watching
Historical drama191792 minsSilent
A strong cast of British stage luminaries enriches this tale of heartache and betrayal in 18th century London society
Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins
Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.
Non-Fiction19773 mins Location: Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll
Hay on Wye declares independence and pledges a future of second-hand book browsing and sausage eating.
Documentary198118 mins Location: Notting Hill
West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Amateur film196918 minsSilent Location: Leatherhead
Leatherhead gets a new theatre in this fascinating film which records its construction - with visits from stars of stage and screen as well as a grand Royal opening.
News19712 mins Location: Launceston
A leggy stroll around Launceston reveals the uptake of hotpants for men.
Performance196549 mins Location: Harlow
Listen to Harlow: the new town’s musical life from orchestras and choirs to jazz and pop.
Documentary198526 mins Location: Keresley
"Kiss me goodnight Arthur Scargill but Maggie you are no sister to me." Keresley: a colliery and a pit village but, with a strike on, which side are you on?
Travelogue200665 mins Location: Land's End
Startling colour photography of 1920s Britain imbues Claude Friese-Greene’s 1920s road trip around Britain.
Non-Fiction19743 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Amateur film194910 minsSilent Location: Talyllyn Railway
The engine ‘Dolgoch’ bumps and bounces its coaches – and two teapots - along the line from Tywyn Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn, before its closure in 1950.
Documentary192268 minsSilent Location: Glastonbury
Druids, kings and mystics - rekindling the ancient spirit of Glastonbury.
News19725 mins Location: Wednesbury
Tasting the plain, good 'fittle' of the Black Country - just remember to pull the hairs out of those pork scratchings.
Training film/TV programme195423 minsSilent
A delightfully eccentric hairdressing tutorial for the stylists of 1950s Britain
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
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.