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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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Magazine and Review show19733 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A Beatle with Wings, Paul McCartney talks about his return to live performance with a new solo band at Newcastle City Hall.
News19736 mins Location: Walsall
The sights and sounds of Walsall Market
Adolf Hitler glowers from the cover of a Spanish-language version of Mein Kampf in this account of how US diplomats fought the rise of Nazism in South America in 1938.
These poor bruins have to grin and… well, bear it
Amateur film19452 minsSilent Location: Heptonstall
Mrs Turkey goes on the warpath when her newly-hatched poults are threatened by the farmer and his dog
Advert19425 minsSilent Location: Ilkeston
With ration books at the ready, shoppers had to stretch the pennies in wartime Derbyshire.
A delightful animated appeal to help bringing in Scotland’s harvest, made by the legendary Lotte Reiniger.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19094 mins
Toy Story meets Fatal Attraction in this tale of an Edwardian childhood romance scuppered by poor finances and a stalking dolly
Short documentary20215 mins
Actor Marli Siu (Anna and the Apocalypse, Run) introduces Naomi Kawase’s calming culinary drama.
Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben WheatleyMark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben Wheatley
Discussion programme202045 mins
Mark looks back at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, speaking to Festival Director Tricia Tuttle about the challenges of this year and chatting to the creators of two of the Festival’s most talked about titles: Mogul Mowgli and After Love.
Short documentary20215 mins
Lydia West (It’s A Sin) introduces debbie tucker green’s ethereal, warm and human debut feature.
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Advert19581 mins Location: York
Out goes the romantic gesture and in comes the hip as Una Stubbs and her fellow cats break open the chocolates in a groovy scene in a groovy club.
News19742 mins Location: Byker
Two musicians lament the changes taking place as part of the Byker Estate re-development in Newcastle.
Government sponsored film19504 mins Location: Glasgow
Experience Glasgow as you’ve never seen it before, in this wonderful early 1950s sponsored road safety film with bustling city streets, vintage cars and a startling warning.
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.
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
News19767 mins Location: Shropshire
The long hot summer of 1976 brings drought. Can a Shropshire countryman provide the answer?
Black Britain on Film
Striking, illuminating and sometimes surprising images of black culture, community and characters, spanning over a century of British film and TV.
Japan on Film
The vibrancy of the Meiji era is revealed in these early films of Japan, restored by the BFI National Archive.
Railways on Film
Tracking shots: cinema and the railways have enjoyed a long journey together, starting in the Victorian era and yet to hit the buffers.