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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News19834 mins Location: St Ives
Tune down, turn off and scoop out as the famous outlet for ice cream closes its doors.
Promotional198113 mins Location: Bradford
It's 'Bradford - The Movie' - a glossy and very 1980s Pennines promo.
Intrepid tourists brave the great waves breaking on the marina wall at Brighton
News19793 mins Location: Skegness
Fighting back against the allure of the Costa Brava - Butlins tempts the East Midlands holidaymakers.
Without Bounds to Beat is an experimental documentary that recounts a town’s revival of an ancient folk tradition, placing it in contrast to today’s digital technologies.
Based on the filmmaker’s collection of British newspaper cuttings, Everyday Something features interlocking private moments that give glimpses into everyday life.
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
Gay women from different generations discuss their experiences in this revealing TV documentary
Documentary194831 mins Location: Edinburgh
Beautifully evocative impression of a Sunday in early postwar Edinburgh.
Home movie195310 minsSilent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
From Heywood in Lancashire to a farm near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, for a holiday filled with sandcastles and cattle, hiking and motorbikes.
News19736 mins Location: Walsall
The sights and sounds of Walsall Market
News19641 minsSilent Location: Saltash
A raft race and water fun enables visitors to keep up with the Saltashians.
This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.
Queer East Shorts
Showcasing rarely-seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia to audiences in the UK.
Tennis on Film
Quiet Please! Our unique collection serves up some nine decades of court action from Wimbledon and other UK tournaments.