Explore archive films
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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A lesson from the dark side directed by Alan Parker, but be aware that the answer might not lie at the bottom of a glass.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20174 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins
Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.
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.
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
A young recluse suﬀering from PTSD encounters a late-night commercial that promises him an unexpected and somewhat magical cure.
Performance196549 mins Location: Harlow
Listen to Harlow: the new town’s musical life from orchestras and choirs to jazz and pop.
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.
Music video20198 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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!
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.