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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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A poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, drawing on the collections of 12 UK film archives.
Amateur film192714 minsSilent
Fascinating footage of Indian customs, shot in 1927 by intrepid plant hunter Major George Sherriff during his tenure as Vice Consul at Kashgar.
195022 minsSilent Location: Westbourne
A special camp is organised by the Gillingham Education Department and Co-op societies
An irritated homeowner, frustrated by the grieving mother outside his house, manages to find the sympathy and fellow feeling which helps her to move on.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19786 mins
Behind closed drawers what other worlds lie? A bureau with tenants from the pleistocene (or plasticine) era offers ‘documentary’ potential.
Documentary197851 mins Location: Battersea
Murals around London, notably Morgan's Wall in Battersea, painted by local artists.
Budding romance and political subversion create a headache for the manager of Superstore in Rik Lander’s colourful satire on capitalism.
Short documentary20215 mins
Film & TV Critic Hanna Flint introduces The Arbor and reflects on how Clio Barnard's debut feature fuses documentary and fictional elements in an innovative way.
A young woman embarks on a filmmaking project when some mysterious men give her a camera and tell her to capture her everyday reality.
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?
Home Movies & Amateur Film
Celluloid scrapbooks: the most intimate and personal of films invite us into Britain's birthday parties, back gardens and beach holidays.
Royal Geographical Society
Ascend the Himalayan peaks, sail through mighty oceans and traverse thickets of African jungle – all in one extraordinary collection of films.
Film Academy Shorts
We present the very best shorts by young filmmakers, produced through the BFI Film Academy.